3D Modeling and Animation Techniques with Cinema 4D

A course by Federico Piccirillo , 3D Motion Designer

3D Motion Designer. Turin, Italy.
Joined August 2021

Learn innovative techniques for modeling and animating 3D sculptures to make a Memphis-style GIF

  • Italian with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (60)
  • 1905 students

Learn innovative techniques for modeling and animating 3D sculptures to make a Memphis-style GIF

Designing in 3D means taking advantage of the depth in digital space to create believable compositions that simultaneously stretch the limits of reality. It allows you to unleash your imagination and bring otherwise impossible ideas to life in just a few clicks. For Federico Piccirillo, 3D motion designer who has worked with clients like Nike, Nissan, Apple, OPPO, and more, this is the beauty of working in more than two dimensions: nothing is off limits.

In this course, he teaches you the 3D animation and modeling techniques he's learned throughout his career, as well as some tricks he's picked up along the way. Learn how to model a sculpture out of colorful, geometric shapes and animate it using Cinema 4D. By the end, you'll know how to create an animated GIF from start to finish, transforming a simple idea into a final render to share on social media.

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What will you learn in this online course?

25 lessons & 20 downloads

Interface and Animation Curves
16 minutes, 36 seconds
How to Save Simulations
9 minutes, 35 seconds
Organizing a Realistic Light Set
17 minutes, 32 seconds
Sketch and Storyboard
14 minutes, 59 seconds
Italian with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (60)
  • 1905 students
  • 25 lessons (4h 38m)
  • 20 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an animated GIF of a colorful, geometric sculpture in Cinema 4D.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to hone their animation skills in Cinema 4D.

Requirements and materials

A working knowledge of both Cinema 4D and Redshift is required for this course. You also need a computer with the software installed, as well as programs like Redshift, Adobe Premiere, and After Effects, although these can be substituted by other equivalent programs.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


1905 Students
60 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Federico Piccirillo

A course by Federico Piccirillo

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3D Motion Designer

Federico Piccirillo is a 3D motion designer with a long-standing passion for design, film, and photography. He studied graphic design and visual communication at the University of Florence, and later specialized in digital and 3D illustration.

After graduating, he spent three years working as a motion designer at a studio in Turin before making the leap to freelancer. Throughout his career, he's collaborated with clients like Nike, Apple, Google, AT&T, OPPO, and more.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Reference models
  • U2

    The Tools to Create Animation

    • Interface and Animation Curves
    • Dynamics, Vertex Weight and Alembics
    • How to Save Simulations
    • Simulating a Soft Body with Deformers
    • Organizing a Realistic Light Set
  • U3

    Modeling the Sculpture

    • Sketch and Storyboard
    • Object Manager, Shot and Light Set
    • Apply Colors and Materials
    • Continuing to Model
    • Rendering a Still Frame
  • U4

    Animation in Cinema 4D

    • Organizing the Work
    • Animation of the Cones
    • Soft Body
    • Alembics, Camera Framing and Animation
    • Rendering of the Playblast
    • Animating the Second Shot
    • Camera and Framing
  • U5

    Retouching and Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

    • Work on Secondary Animations
    • Basic Rules for Smooth Transitions
    • Review Lights and Materials
    • Render Settings and Final Rendering
    • Working in After Effects
    • Color Correction and Conversion
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D Modeling and Animation Techniques with Cinema 4D

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3D Modeling and Animation Techniques with Cinema 4D . 3D, and Animation course by Federico Piccirillo

3D Modeling and Animation Techniques with Cinema 4D

A course by Federico Piccirillo
3D Motion Designer. Turin, Italy.
Joined August 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (60)
  • 1905 students