Tuesday, 5 July 2016
In the hands of true professionals like Art Director Michael Fragstein, X-Particles really is a powerful tool.
About Michael Fragstein
Fragstein studied architecture and design at the Art Academy Stuttgart, starting as a 3D specialist working in the field of exhibition design, construction and architecture visualisation. His first animations were made for architects, but he soon realised the narrative potential of motion design and fortunately wanted to explore the possibilities. His Studio “Büro Achter April” enables him to share his passion for design and animation with other like minded individuals. Taking inspiration from life itself, exhibitions, music, books, film festivals, watching animated video’s, reading his favorite blogs, travelling and talking with friends.
Created by Michael Fragstein – for the track “Dagner” by Dan Freeman and The Serious, a Berlin alt-indie group. Dagner is a Vimeo staff pick with over 79,000 plays and was nominated for the Berlin Music Video awards 2016. With no brief to speak of, Michael had absolute freedom with the content of the video. Taking inspiration from the song itself and paintings of contemporary artists such as Michael Borremans, Teo Treloar and old masters like Caravaggio. Numerous skype session with Dan Freeman, the whole process took nearly a year to complete.
When we asked why X-Particles was used on this particular project, Michael replied “I had previously used X-Particles for a project in an abstract manner (Second Glance http://vimeo.com/127295942). It was a really joyful experience, and consequently, I wanted to expand my skills and dive deeper. Although I´m interested in technical aspects of animation, I´m not that proficient in TP and Xpresso. I think it would be really hard to create such striking results in such a short time without X-Particles.
“Getting started with X-Particles is really easy, it invites you to explore it in a very playful way. It´s really well integrated into Cinema 4D and the possibilities seem to be endless. The results are surprising and indicate hidden creative directions.”
We asked, ” Is there a particular scene, where X-Particles made it easier to create the visuals you required?” Fragstein answered ” I did not try to force things into a form that I’ve thought of before. I let myself rather be guided by the possibilities that X-Particles gave me and followed the forms that arose from the experiments”.
Finally being a kind and generous soul Michael Fragstein has provided a FREE Scene File for download.
Music: Dan Freeman And The Serious
Director: Michael Fragstein
Production Company: Büro Achter April
Set Design: Turan Tehrani
DoP: Rainer Sprenger
Performer: Igor Weiss
Grading: Walking On The Moon
Buy this track on bandcamp.com: danfreemanandtheserious1.bandcamp.com
I highly recommend anyone using X-Particles to use it in tandem with Cycles 4D. The bridge between the two allows for some amazing effects and control over the appearance of your particle systems. Being a regular Cinema 4D user also meant that Cycles 4D was fairly easy to pick up and integrate into our workflow. - Matthew Enicna Blind.com
X-Particles 4 is amazing, everything feels like an upgrade, not only the plethora of new features but the existing ones have seen some major boosts! - Jon Bosley
Cycles 4d is the render engine I’ve always wanted to have as a C4D artist. It’s a feature rich engine that doesn’t ask you to change the way you work to get the render you want. You can render entirely procedurally, or with image textures. It doesn’t feel like a plug-in at all, it feels like an update. - Casey Hupke
I find this is the absolute go-to anytime that I want to do anything with particles… There are so many possibilities and great looks you can achieve with even just some really simple setups - Mike “Beeple” Winkelman
Playing with TP and Xpresso is a thing of the past for me now. - Ash Thorp
Territory use X-Particles a lot when it comes to detailed simulations for feature film UI. The ease of use means we can turn work around quickly without sacrificing a demanding quality bar - David Sheldon-Hicks / Founder and creative director / Territory Studio
Designer-friendly and technically advanced, simply powerful and art direction-able, X-Particles is an integral tool of my workflow, always impressed how Insydium are constantly developing and refining the most important toolset for Cinema 4D. - Motion Designer; Director; Brett Morris
X-Particles is an essential tool in my creative workflow - whether it be for creating daily images or commercial client projects. It allows me to quickly and intuitively throw together visual concepts or drill down into more complex, technical setups. The integrated interactive and video manual are outstanding, and if you can’t get the answers there, the support team are personal and very quick to help out. - Joey Camacho, Raw & Rendered