http://www.creativecongo.com Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:49:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 53591963 Where to Find Inspiration http://www.creativecongo.com/where-to-find-inspiration/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:21:27 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1982 Here are a few sites that I check on a regular basis. Great place to mine inspiration

behance.com

vimeo.com

creativebloq.com

thisiscolossol.com

http://www.designindaba.com/

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5 Fave Comedy Videos of 2014 http://www.creativecongo.com/5-fave-comedy-videos-of-2014/ Mon, 18 May 2015 14:40:42 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1923 read more →]]> Quick caveat, there are thousands of great comedy videos on YouTube.  Sadly, the number of comedy videos on Vimeo seems to be somewhat anemic.  Still, every once in a while, I happen upon some nice comedy shorts and so, these are my faves of 2014 found on VIMEO.

 

#1 – It’s not Porn…

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This is really fun and, like all great comedy, really TRUE!

#2- Naptime!

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I don’t have kids, but if I did…

#3 – On the Job

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I really like the videos of Patric Boivin and this is no exception

#4 – JuggaLOVE

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Because every sub-lifestyle deserves it’s own dating site!

#5- Brutus the Bound – The Infinite Gladiator

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Spotlighting the horrors of war as an imaginary candyland, I love the beauty of this animated piece.

Honorable Mentions

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Okay!  Another toot of my own horn – I made this video for the Doritos Crash the Superbowl 2015 – I did NOT place as a finalist, but I really do love the video.

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YES, another video I made.  This spoof of Misery won 2nd place from the Tongal – Swede a Movie video contest.

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5 Fave Live-Action Commercials of 2014 http://www.creativecongo.com/5-fave-live-action-commercials-of-2014/ Mon, 11 May 2015 14:43:00 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1919 read more →]]> Oh, commercials, how you can annoy.  Though I spend most of the time fast forwarding and avoiding them, every now and then some come along that are so artistic, savvy, interesting, funny, or just plain beautiful, I have to take pause.

Here are 5 live action commercials that really impressed this year.

 

#1 – “Welcome to Airbnb” by Cirkus

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Exquisitely done, everything in this commercial is real, was made in miniature, and filmed in one shot.  Enjoy!  Here is a link to the Making Of video

#2- HBO – It’s Not TV

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This is really fun with great visual effects.

#3 – Film4 / Idents / Alternative Endings

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Each of these were created by recreating classic scenes.  Here’s a Making Of for these ads.

#4 – Netflix – Trailer Wolf

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A little Español – el Lobo de Wallstreet

#5- Never Stop Starting – SparkNZ

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Great mix of live action and visual effects – enjoy!

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Finding Decent Music for Clients http://www.creativecongo.com/finding-decent-music-for-clients/ Mon, 04 May 2015 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=2092 read more →]]> Finding quality stock music is the worst part of any editors job. The. Worst. And yet it is almost as important to our work as the computer. There are certainly sites out there with good stock music.  But, in classic “choose 2 out of 3” fashion, the options you have are: good stock music, reasonable price, and a catalog you haven’t already exhausted. That 3rd one is the killer. You would be surprised how quickly you can go through a site’s upper echelon of material. Some sites have artists that consistently create new material…others build reasonably sized catalog and sit on it from here to eternity.

Here are 5 sites I’ve used at various stages that have high quality music and options for various uses (corporate, web-only, television, film, etc.).  They’ve each got different strengths and weaknesses and there should be something here for everyone. Never be left without good music for a client!


 CC_PremiumBeat

This is my go-to site for music options.  It’s based around handpicked independent artists who use PremiumBeat.com as a marketplace for their own work. What that gives you is a community of people who are constantly making new material because that is their bread and butter. And what’s more, everything is exclusive to PremiumBeat.com. You won’t find it anywhere else. Found a prolific artist whose sound fits a brand you work with? You might just be on easy street. And the quality of the artists and production is very high in a lot of cases. Standout artists: Olive Musique, Max Brodie, Brightside Studio, and Reaktor Productions. Prices in the $40-60 range for web, internal corporate and non-commercial use.  TV and film use starts around $150.

 

CC_SongFreedom

Song Freedom is a very interesting concept. The idea is to bring high-quality, well-known pop music to certain types of videos at a really reasonable price. Especially in the face of the fact that most of those types of videos are using this music already…without paying for it. Many an editor has turned to the easy money of wedding or bar/bat mitzvah videos. Which of these videos didn’t have “I’ve Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas?  Songs Freedom just takes that concept and puts a reasonable price sticker on it. It’s helping many a wedding editor come back to the fold of lawful music usage. Prices range from $10 to $200 with custom quotes for certain commercial uses (TV advertising or film).

CC_MusicBed

The Music Bed might be the priciest of the options, but it also has the least “stock music” sound of all the options. For many of the offerings, they legit sound like some unknown artist who just hasn’t made it yet.  Prices are generally $500 and up so it can be cost prohibitive. But if it’s for one of your corporate clients who understand you’ve gotta spend money to make money? Well then it might just be a good option.

 

CC_CueMX

CueMX (a Source Audio partner) is probably the option that is most limited in usage, despite a huge library. I would only really recommend this for corporate uses but in that area it shines. Doing an explainer video for a tech company? Quarterly meeting videos for a financial company? Event videos for a business conference? CueMX has you covered. It’s definitely not for your fashion brand or the quirky office supply company, but for all those businesses outside of the public advertising sphere it’s perfect.

 

CC_FMA

Finally, what about music that artists want to give away? What about historical music? Public domain anyone? Whether it’s to help garner more exposure for your music or a recording of a classic folk standard from the early 1900s, Free Music Archive makes them available to download for free. There are various levels of usage that are set by the artists. Some allow usage only in non-commercial cases. These are perfect for personal project, proof-of-concept videos and things like pilots and film festival submissions. A perfect example is “Freeway” by Kurt Vile. What a great song to have for legal use in your short film! Some music can even be licensed for commercial use but there is a smaller selection and not everything is relevant to client work.

 


Got any stock music sites that are clutch for you that you don’t see mentioned here? Put them in the comments!

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Free Bounce Animation Preset for AE http://www.creativecongo.com/bounce/ http://www.creativecongo.com/bounce/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:30:53 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=2076 read more →]]> I use bounce expressions on practically every animation I do.

So I finally made a set of animation presets.

Here they are:

Watch the video to see how it works and installation :

OR, if you want to jump into it –

To install, just unzip, then go to DOCUMENTS (on Mac), not Applications –

Documents – Adobe – User Presets – (and just drop the files in)

or Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC\Support Files (Windows)

Enjoy!

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Free Wiggle Expression Animation Presets http://www.creativecongo.com/wiggle/ http://www.creativecongo.com/wiggle/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:00:50 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=2083 read more →]]> I use wiggle expressions a lot.

For simplicity, I made animation presets.

Useful for keyframing the wiggle or setting up wiggle on individual parameters – X or Y

Here they are:

Watch the video to see how it works and installation :

OR, if you want to jump into it –

To install, just unzip, then go to DOCUMENTS (on Mac), not Applications –

Documents – Adobe – User Presets – (and just drop the files in)

or Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC\Support Files (Windows)

Enjoy!

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5 Fave Short Films of 2014 http://www.creativecongo.com/5-fave-short-films-of-2014/ Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:36:26 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1914 read more →]]> I love going on Vimeo on Saturday mornings to watch videos.  It reminds me of being a kid, looking at Saturday morning cartoons.

Here are 5 short films that really blew my mind last year.

Great storytelling, cinematography, visual effects, these have it ALL!

 

#1 – Blinky

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Eerie, thought provoking, visually gorgeous, this is a true masterpiece and my favorite short of the year.

#2- Villa Antropoff

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Trippy, fun, visually stunning, and really fun to watch

#3 – Sequence Champignon

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This is an unfinished film.  Or, at least, that is the claim.  It feels like it was made this way intentionally and I’ve watched it a few times.  It’s always a thrill to get emotionally invested in inanimate objects.

#4 – The Last Viewing

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Heart wrenching – I am a HUGE fan of all the StoryCorps videos from the Rauch Brothers.  This is just one of many beautiful animations and stories created this year.

#5- La Detente

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Spotlighting the horrors of war as an imaginary candyland, I love the beauty of this animated piece.

Honorable Mentions

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Really fun comedic short

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An interesting anime styled short

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5 Fave Music Videos of 2014 http://www.creativecongo.com/5-fave-music-videos-of-2014/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:43:28 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1894 read more →]]> I love going on Vimeo on Saturday mornings to watch videos.  It reminds me of being a kid, looking at Saturday morning cartoons.

Here are 5 music videos that really blew my mind this year.

Enjoy these visual and auditory treats.

 

#1 – DyE feat. Egyptian Lover

She’s Bad (Official Video)

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Love the color, cinematography, concept, and the MUSIC!

#2 – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Turn Down for What

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Incredibly shot, great comedy – the song is fun and the video lives up

#3 – Kris Menace feat. Miss Kittin

Hide

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Beautiful and it looks mostly hand drawn, a great animated video

#4 –  Butter Ya’Self

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Fun stop-motion music video.  Who knew a banana could pimp so hard?

#5 – Miss Alissa

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Love the comic book stylized characters and the mix of 2D and 3D action.

 

Honorable Mention –  Shake Ya Boogie

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Great 3D and awesome throwback to black & white cartoons of the 20’s and 30’s

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Creative Congo Tutorial: Creating an Animated Bar Graph with Expressions http://www.creativecongo.com/creative-congo-tutorial-creating-an-animated-bar-graph-with-expressions/ http://www.creativecongo.com/creative-congo-tutorial-creating-an-animated-bar-graph-with-expressions/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:45:21 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=2063 read more →]]> Expressions can seem really daunting. But faced with their ability to help us simplify/automate work and safe-guard against future changes, it makes sense to start using them. Even though approaching expressions can be intimidating, think of them like After Effects itself: You can do very powerful things with a very basic understanding and what you can do only grows the deeper you dig into it.

Above is a tutorial that goes through a very simple example for creating an animated bar graph and building it with expressions so updating and re-using are easy.

0:00 – Introduction

1:10 – Creating Animated Bar Graph

11:28 – Baking expressions into keyframes

Expressions

For Text Layer:

parseInt(/* pickwhipped property */) + "%";

For Bar Graph Layer:

var num = /* pickwhipped property */;
var h = num * 1.2; //adjust by a ratio value
[value[0], h];

 

Further Reading:

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5 Awesome FREE 3D rigs/plugins for Cinema 4D http://www.creativecongo.com/5-free-for-cinema4d/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:30:37 +0000 http://www.creativecongo.com/?p=1949 read more →]]> I love Cinema 4D and I especially love ANYTHING that’s cool and FREE!

Here are 5 pre-rigged projects for Cinema 4D. I’ve personally used each of these.

Simplicity of use ranges, but no matter what, using these pre-rigs are absolute time and DEADLINE savers.

Enjoy!

 

Roller Coaster 4D:

RollerCoaster4d

 

 

 

 

 

This is an amazing setup for creating roller coasters with real physics. It will take a few hours to learn and even after that, a few hours to set up, but the amount of time it would take to create from scratch is substantial.

The project includes one preset. The tutorial is good, but has NO sound, so be ready to watch a 40 minute silent video. It is clear and easy to comprehend, once you’ve watched the tutorial.

RollerCoaster 4D

Dochem Drost

https://vimeo.com/user2645016

Magic Book:

Magic Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this plug in. It makes it quick and easy to create a realistic book. You have control over how the pages turn, whether images are on the front, back, or both sides of individual pages.

Magic Book

Here’s a tutorial from Pixel Lab that breaks it down.

Pixel Lab Tutorial

 

Arrow Toolkit:

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 4.26.07 PM

 

 

 

 

Another awesome set up. You can use presets or create your own splines as paths for these arrows.

Control over thickness, length, banking, tapering of arrow and the arrow head. I love this plugin.

Arrow Toolkit

Here’s another nice tutorial from Pixel Lab

Tutorial for Arrow Tookit

 

Bottle Maker:

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 4.30.16 PM

 

 

Another great and fairly easy plugin – here’s a link to tutorial and download via LesterBanks – you will have to register with EndlessTheory, the creator of the plugin, in order to download.

Bottle Maker

 

Cartoon Liquid:

This is the easiest and simplest of the plugins. All you have to do is animate the bottle and the liquid automatically swishes around. You can also control how much liquid is in the bottle.

Great, fun, easy – what else could you ask for?

Download it here: CartoonLiquid

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