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Eugene Gonzales is the art director for WTKR, a television station in Norfolk, Virginia. As art director he handles news graphics, promotions and commercial production. With all of these time sensitive jobs Eugene counts on Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator to get the job done.
"I was first introduced to Zaxwerks software nearly ten years ago. One day my boss comes up to me and says 'I need you to do 3D titles so here's a product I just bought'. He handed me 3D Invigorator and told me to get started. I was amazed at how fast I got up and going because I was already familiar with After Effects and I got to stay inside my comfortable environment the entire time."
Eugene is the type of guy that doesn't like jumping from program to program. 3D Invigorator gave him the chance to stay right in After Effects, use his key frames and get amazing looking 3D animations. It also gave him the chance to use other tools that he was familiar with.
"3D Invigorator came naturally to me because I came from an art background and knew how to do my designs inside of Illustrator. I could then take those designs and import them directly into 3D Invigorator which turned them into fully beveled and extruded objects without wasting time modeling."
Some of Eugene's friends didn't see 3D Invigorator as a real 3D program. They didn't understand that 3D Invigorator is a specialized tool that can get the job done the fastest.
"I can't even count how many times I've been talking to my friends and they go 'Wow man that looks amazing. What 3D program did you use? Maya? Cinema 4D?' And I say No way! I did this directly inside of After Effects using Invigorator, and I spent about a tenth of the time that you would have."
Eugene doesn't see himself as a "program snob." Instead he sees himself as a guy who wants to get the job done the fastest while still making great art. He says "It's not about the price, it's the tool. Once you've done a few jobs you realize that expensive products aren't always best. It's all about the output."
Eugene loves Zaxwerks products because they can do things that other programs just can't do. He integrates 3D Serpentine and 3D Flag into his broadcast animations to give them that extra something. He finds he can do animations that make people's jaws drop. For instance, "I use Illustrator and 3D Invigorator to do layer cycling animations all the time. I tried doing that in Element 3D and 3 days later I gave up and switched back to Invigorator. Once I switched I got it done in an hour."
Eugene recommends 3D Invigorator frequently because he strongly believes that without 3D Invigorator his life would be a lot harder. "I am good at using other 3D programs, but they take so much time. If there is ever a deadline I use 3D Invigorator."