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Playful animations with lots of LOLs for the Brand Film Festival

Our Review of Cinema 4D R17’s new features

We’ve recently updated to the brand spanking new edition of Cinema 4D Studio and we’re loving the new features.  First thing’s first, it looks nicer! It’s had a few UI tweaks that make it feel like you’ve upgraded.  There are tons of new buttons to press but my favourite new feature is one of the simplest. Lines! Well, better lines.

The spline tools have been completely reworked and are now far more intuitive. The new pen tool has consolidated most of the previous spline tools into one and it’s very adaptable. With the Spline Arc tool you can create mathematically precise curves, and easily tweak them. Spline Smooth does what it says on the tin, but very nicely, not to mention the extra options to Flatten, Random, Pull, Spiral, Inflate or Project your path.

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In the past I tended to draw my paths in Illustrator and import them as it was so much easier than fighting the limited capability of Cinema’s spline tools, but now Cinema has just as much functionality. There’s also a selection of pathfinding options, such as Intersect, Subtract, Union, And, Or. It’s basically a 3D Illustrator toolbar. These new spline tools alone are worth the upgrade, but there are some other cool new features worth checking out such as the Take System and sculpting improvements, but that’s for another day. Follow us on Instagram to see our latest work.

 

Here’s one we made earlier…

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6 things you should know about our Animator Will Chappell

1. He’s well talented! We’ve already put him to work on some great character animations for an upcoming project and they are looking fab.

2. He loves to draw! – Will goes to life drawing classes on Thursday, and is always making sketches of things he sees in his mind. See, he’s doing it there in the picture below….

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3. He’s been animating for years. Will loved animation from an early age. He was in Animation Club at school, and tells us he has won awards. (We like having award-winning animators in the studio.)

4. He’s passionate about Storytelling.  His favourite Disney film is Sword in the Stone – so that’s proof.

5. He’s got loads of followers on instagram – more than First Image annoyingly. Follow us

6. Best of all – he’s ready to work on your next project – To see Will’s Skills bring your ideas to life, contact joe@firstimage.co.uk

The making of…

Watch our behind the scenes peek for M-pin

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Welcome Jamie Thodesen and his 3D awesomeness to the creative team

Jamie joins us from soho-based Light Creative where he has honed his experience producing television graphics for all the major broadcasters.

His Cinema 4D expertise and passion for eye-catching motion graphics make a great new addition to our creative team.

See, we’ve already put him to work!

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Graphic Designer | Live Events

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We’re looking for a talented and highly motivated Mid-Weight Graphic Designer to join our live event team with a minimum of 2 years of experience at a reputable agency.

With over 30 events throughout the year, we’re looking for a highly creative and confident individual with exceptional organisation and communication skills.

You will primarily be developing brand-led concepts and treatments for high-level B2B award ceremonies, presentations and print design. The job requires full production skills from design concept through to on-site keynote operation at live events primarily around Central London.

You will be comfortable being a project lead and responsible for junior designers.

Basic skills required: Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign | Excellent written and spoken English

‘Nice to have’ skills: After Effects | Keynote | Live event & AV experience

See our live events reel here to get a flavour of the events we do; http://firstimage.co.uk/services-live-events.html

Salary: £25k negotiable depending on experience

How to apply: Qualified applicants should submit their resume and a brief cover letter, telling us why we should pick you to; hello@firstimage.co.uk

Deadline for applications March 18, 2016

NO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE

Graphic Design Intern wanted

 

 

INTERN VACANCY NOW FILLED

We are however always keen to hear from talented individuals so if that’s you then get in touchhello@firstimage.co.uk

NO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE

Bespoke social media wall in partnership with Lux Technical

Our brand spanking new social media wall that we like to call ‘Sosha’ had its first outing at the Trust Women Conference on the 17-18th November at the Landmark Hotel London.

Developed from the ground up, we were commissioned by Lux Technical’s Jamie Mangan to design & build not just another ugly stock twitter wall, but one that felt truly integrated into the design and feel of the event.

Packed full of highly respected delegates and journalists, the ‘chatter’ around each session was reflected in the fully moderated content on wall, making it the perfect platform for live debate and engaging the audience with the issues of the day; #moderndayslavery #humantrafficing #supplychains #sexism #syria #isis #changemaking
There’s no wonder the event was punching at #5 in LDN on twitter on the first day!

As per brief the screen perfectly complemented the set and event space, visualising a live feed of questions, comments and images really helped to digest the poignant (and often very emotional) keynotes heard throughout the two days.

We’re really excited about the potential of ‘Sosha particularly in a serious context (though we think it will be great for social gatherings and party frolics too!)

If you’d like a bespoke, beautiful and well-considered social media wall for an event please contact: hello@firstimage.co.uk

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