I really wanted to try out the new physical rendering in Cinema 4d. With its new depth of field features, this neon sign made the perfect candidate.

I really wanted to try and get that photorealistic look with this image, so i worked really hard on making the textures seem believeable.

I also tried animating this to make the sign turn on. I cheated a bit with this… To achieve the effect in the video below I actually only rendered 2 frames out of Cinema 4d. One with the neon sign off, and one with the sign lit up. I've then used after effects to animate between the frames, to create the classic neon stuttering effect.

If i was to revisit this project, I'd probably try to fully animate the neon realistically turning on with the neon flowing through the glass tubes to fill it up.