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Introducing the Centrica Carnivale

A 3-part video tutorial looking at advanced 3D animation in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 19, 2009


3D or AE? How about 3D using AE!

At the beginning of 2006 I created a conference opener for Centrica that looked like it had been made with a 3D animation package, however practically everything was created using only After Effects. This is part one of a three-part series that looks back at the Centrica Carnivale animation and demonstrates the techniques that were used to create the distinctive 3D look. While not intended to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, the series looks at all aspects of the project- from the initial client brief through to final delivery and gives insight into the "real life" stages of an After Effects project.


(click the 'full-screen' icon for best results)

The Centrica Carnivale - Part 1
The Centrica Carnivale - Part 2
The Centrica Carnivale - Part 3


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Mark Spencer: | August, 20, 2009

Outstanding. Bravo.

Jim Hines: | August, 21, 2009

Okay, this is awesome! Thank you. I will be watching parts 2 and 3.

scottieb: | August, 25, 2009

Agreed! Awesome stuff thanks so much! Off to watch pts 2 and 3!

Todd_Kopriva: | September, 15, 2009

This is great, Chris. I’ve just added a link pointing to this page from the After Effects Help section on 3D layers:

Anders Hattne: | April, 02, 2010

Wow!! Good work!!
10 days where spent animating. How much time did you spend on the pre-production though?

Madhav: | July, 16, 2010

I like the way you explained your limitations and the appreciate your brilliance in creating this.

Excellent! Salute to your idea!

Chanmax: | October, 13, 2010

the video doesn’t work anymore, where can I see this amazing tutorial?
thank you.

Chris Meyer: | October, 14, 2010

Video worked for me just now. Are you clicking on the “Click to play audio / video »” link at the bottom of the article, and waiting for the video to load?

Yes, it is an amazing tutorial…

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