Making Giants: How to Create a Motion Graphic Short Film

A tutorial is one thing, but what does it take to create an entire short film from scratch? In this 10 part series we show you how to create an animated short film from ideation to sound design. Along the way you’ll learn many essential concepts and techniques for working on Motion Design projects. This project primarily uses Cinema 4D. If you do not have Cinema 4D you can download a free trial over on Maxon’s website.

And of course if you don’t have After Effects or Photoshop please subscribe to the Creative Cloud and download them. You will need them to become a Motion Graphic Designer. After you complete this series you will feel empowered to create a short film on your own. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Get comfy. This is gonna take a while.

We are going to create an entire short film / MoGraph piece from scratch, and document every darn step in the process. This entire making-of series spans about 10 hours, and will show you the whole shebang from start to finish. In this first video, we go over the process of coming up with a half-formed vague idea, and then fleshing out through style research, sketching, music searches, and Googling stuff. By the end we have something that kinda looks like a story, and a script even!

Here’s the process of creating an animatic.

Welcome to the second part of our short film making journey. This time we’re going to be doing a very important step in the process, cutting an animatic. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when you’ve got an idea that you love, but how do you know if that idea is even going to work, or what it’s going to look like? That’s why the animatic is so important. In this video we will block out the shots in Cinema 4D, rendering out some previz-style playblasts that we can then import into Premiere for editing. We’ll create an animatic that will serve as the framework to start animating and creating final shots.