Project Description

This mine cart tunnel animation is the result of dedicating a considerable amount of time to teaching myself Cinema 4D. This would not have been possible without the amazing tutorial series over at Greyscalegorilla. If you’re interested in learning how to create this from nothing and learn about modeling, lighting, texturing, and dynamics along the way, their Introduction to Cinema 4D course is a must. It consists of over 30 well thought out videos structured in a manner that will touch on nearly all of the basics within Cinema 4D. The video itself may seem silly, but the manner in which they constructed the course is great because the techniques used throughout the series can be applied to an infinite amount of projects. Even if you’re an experience C4D user, this is worth a look – theirs always multiple ways to come to an end result. Best of all, it’s free! [I have no affiliation with GSG – I just want to give credit where it’s due.]

Everything in this video was modeled from scratch, generally starting with your standard “cube”. Every little detail from the wheels on the mine shaft, to the fireflies around the lights was a new step in the process. In all, probably well over 60 hours went into this project over the course of about a year off an on (I would get busy with work, and general life responsibilities and unable to return to it for awhile..). That being said, it’s not perfect. It definitely has it’s faults and spots that can be improved upon (believe me I know from staring at it so long!) but I think the general concept and purpose was achieved. Theirs a lot more to uncover in this powerful program and i’ve barely scratched the surface, but it’s that self-driven motivation to learn that fuels my goals.

I’d like to encourage anyone who’s thinking about learning a new skill to make time to do it.

Thanks for reading.



Cinema 4D
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects