About Me

My Photo
Welcome to STFX Studios, my name is Sam Taylor. I am a visual effects artist and motion graphics designer based in the UK. The main software packages I use are Cinema 4D, Maya, Eyeon Fusion and After Effects. The purpose of this website is to help you guys out as much as I can with tutorials, to showcase some of my own work and to post up day-to-day 'cool stuff'. If you have any queries, requests or general comments, please feel free to email me at samtaylorsfx@gmail.com or just leave a comment on my posts.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

New Tutorial: Creating A HDRi For Use In A 3D Package - Photoshop & HDRShop

Its finally here! I apologize for the delay on the tutorial I have been incredibly busy recently, but here it is.

The tutorial takes your through the process of capturing and creating a HDRi (High Dynamic Range Image) for use with a 3D modelling package such as Maya, Cinema 4D, 3Ds Max...etc. These images are used to add realistic indirect light to your scene and can also be used for reflections on your geometry. Being able to capture/create these images will help massively with scene matching your models as you are essentially capturing the light of the actual place then wrapping it around your scene.

If you have any questions please leave a comment or feel free to send me an email. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel and the site. Thanks for watching.





Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Project: Travis

Hi all, I have just began work on a new project and have been drawing up some concepts for it. My original idea was to create a stylised character. With this in mind I started to think up possible personalities for my character and ended up choosing a young skater/rocker. Below are the sketches I came out with. (Click the images to view it at a larger size.)


Here is the initial concept of the full body. Let me know what you think.






This is my initial rough ideas for my characters head shape, possible hair styles, and then the final sketch of his head.



Sunday, 6 February 2011

Chipper Animation

Here is the animation I created of Chipper along with the new STFX Studios Projects intro video. The shots in the animation were chosen purposefully to show different aspects of the model/rig/animation. Apologies for the compression of the video, its just something that comes with uploading to YouTube, I may switch to Vimeo at some point.

I would also like to add that I got most of my textures for Chipper from http://www.cgtextures.com/ which is a  great resource for obtaining all sorts of textures to use on your 3D models. Give it a look.

I hope you like it, let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Don't forget to subscribe to the site and the YouTube channel.



Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Say Hello To Chipper!

Here is Chipper! This is a project I have been working on for some time now. My initial inspiration was Disney Pixar's Wall·E. The story behind him is that he is a gardening/environmental robot, so has been left outside and gotten rusty and dented. I used the fact that he looked a bit like Wall·E to create a similar style image which I have posted below. I created the model in Maya, unwrapped it in 3D-Coat and textured it in Photoshop. I wrote a complete MEL script to drive the tank tracks in relation to movement of the robot. The model is fully rigged and has several controls for various features such as his eyes and hands.

I will upload the animation I created very soon and I could upload another video taking you through what went into Chipper if people are interested.

Hope you like it. Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.




Thursday, 30 December 2010

Busy Busy Busy!

Apologies for not posting for so long I have been incredibly busy working on lots of projects over the last few months. However this means I'll have some new stuff to post up to show you what I've been getting up to. Also I have a HDRI tutorial on the way, this has been requested quite often and has been delayed massively by the awful weather we have had continuously over the last couple of months. If its not raining its foggy or snowing! Just my luck.


Hope you all had a great Christmas, and have a brilliant New Year from STFX Studios!

Friday, 10 September 2010

Quick Tip: How To Render In Sony Vegas and After Effects

Here is a quick tutorial going over how to render your projects created in After Effects or Sony Vegas, ready for burning to a DVD or uploading to the web. I also show how to burn a project directly from Sony Vegas to a DVD.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New Tutorial "Matrix Bullet Trail Effect"

Here is STFX Studios latest tutorial, which takes you through creating a bullet and matrix style trail in Cinema 4D and will then go on to show how this can be composited in After Effects.

If you have any questions, requests or general comments please feel free to email me or just leave a comment. Don't forget to subscribe to the site and the youtube channel.




Matrix Bullet Trail Effect

 Cinema 4D & After Effects Tutorial


Part 1





Part 2














Part 3





Sunday, 5 September 2010

New Tutorial Coming Soon!

Here is a little preview of what we will be creating in the new tutorial that will be up very soon. The tutorial will take you through creating the bullet and matrix style trail in Cinema 4D and will then go on to show how this can be composited in After Effects.


Saturday, 28 August 2010

The First Tutorial!

Here is STFX Studios first ever tutorial which takes you through Basic Projection/Camera Mapping and integrating CGI into a live action photograph. For best results make sure you watch the videos in HD.

If you have any questions please leave a comment or feel free to send me an email. Don't forget to follow the site/subscribe. 


Cinema 4D Basic Projection/Camera Mapping & 3D Integration Tutorial







Part 1






















Part 2
























Final Result























Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Coming Soon!


STFX Tutorials coming very soon!