TUTORIAL: Demon Face Warp

In this frightening tutorial you will learn a powerful technique called “Reverse Motion Tracking” to perform demonic facial reconstruction.

This was going to be on a tutorial DVD but I’m a nice guy ; )

Here is another example of this same technique:

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July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:25 am
    April 3rd, 2011 @ 1:59 am
    Yeah, those were the times, trying to get the first post :)
    Please see this video http://vimeo.com/20035797 I've learned everything in AE from Video Copilot!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:25 am
    November 29th, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
    Love the copilot, if it were not for Andrew I would be lost.He material always looks amazing as stated, whooo http://blip.tv/TheMayFiles everything I do has alittle of Andrew in it Thanks Andrew.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:26 am
SWEET looks so cool
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:27 am
haha, sweet... this is better than day to night
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:28 am
Wait. So which pic is the "Special FX" shot?
Jacob Behunin
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:28 am
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:31 am
thanks to clarify as were the demonic one because the two scare xDD is joke, sorry with your friend xDD. Thanks for the tutorial are amazing.

Sorry by my English
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:31 am

July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:31 am
Hay, first post on this website. Think what your doing is great. And another great tutorial. Purchased Riot, DSFX, AME, SEC, really helpfull Andrew.. Thanks
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:34 am
Wow super!

July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:37 am
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:38 am
So cool!!! like Angel or Buffy!!!! Thx Man!!!
S. Gilbert
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:41 am
Very Cool!!!
Jon Sands
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:46 am
why didn't you just track the points on his face, then change the target of the motion tracker to the effects position, or even a null object, which you could then parent all the effects position to? thats how I do it, and it seems a lot simpler.

anyhoo, thank you so much for all the great tutorials, i check this page like 10 times a day to see if there is a new one. I can never go back to monotone boring tutorials again!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:47 am
Errr where is it O_o

it's not in the tutorial section
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:51 am
Just finished, and Andrew, I didn't understand anything haha.

Would it be possible to take your project and just plug in my own footage, retrack it, and it would look good?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:51 am
Oh wait, but let me add, IT WAS AMAZING!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:52 am
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:52 am
jesus man this is scary stuff, sam as a demon when i saw it i was like hollysh**t you have no idea andrew what i have in mind after seeing this .like you said this is the kind stuff we are looking for . I salut you .
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54 am
LOL, Just keep watching it until you get it. Or go film your own scene and just start following along using your own footage. You will learn from simply running into problems.

Think about it simply like this, once you track, follow the reverse track recipe and then everything you do to the face from that point on will stick. (just remember to parent)
Migha GC
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:55 am
This tutorial is AMAZING folks! I actually got scared when I saw it.. I just startet looking right when he transformed! Scared the s***t out of me!
Really amazing!!
Some Guy
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:55 am
Thank you
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:57 am
wheres the tutorial !!!!???

:( looks like it's not in the tutorial section andrew halp !
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:59 am
ermm... wheres the tutorial? looks great AK
buh where is it? =(

July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:59 am
nevermind now there is
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:59 am
O.O Amazing
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:00 am
Jon, the reverse tracking is essential to making the liquify "stick" to the shot. The other effects can be links to a null but not the liquify. The liquify filter does have a distortion offset but would require some expressions to get it to link to the null data properly. Also I really wanted to explain the reverse tracking function as a great roto technique.

By reverse tracking you can add static masks and make slight adjustment when using faster moving footage without having to change mask keyframes erratically.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:00 am
Amazing as always! I´ve been away for 10 days and havn´t had access to the internet, and of course the first thing I did when coming home was to visit your site and see what´s new here, and I´m amazed of all new things, new tutorials, new blog entrys!!

You´re the best Andrew, keep it up!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:01 am
hey andrew.. why dont u just parent the tracking info to a camera?

Thats much easier!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:02 am
Oh, and the liquify doesn't have a rotation function so it wouldn't follow the footage correctly if it rotates...
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:02 am
Are fruit roll-ups and cheezits the preferred foods of the undead? (Besides of course for human flesh)
Jon Sands
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:03 am
ah, makes sense, I figured there was something I was missing, I knew you're too good and innovative to miss something as simple as that

keep up the great tutorials
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:03 am
Thanks for keeping me honest Jon ; )
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:05 am
Morten, I hope your kidding... Cameras require 3D tracking data for proper function. I'm sure I'll get into 3D tracking one day. But little by little I suppose.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:06 am
hey again... Now i got u here andrew!

Isent this technique with the reverse tracking thingy, the same as just adding a camera to the comp, and then parent the cam to the tracking info?

Motski out!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:08 am
Mark Christiansen from FXphd shows a cool way to do this! I think its possible!

Check it out!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:10 am
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:10 am
Woah thats amazing, defo going to try it out this weekend, http://youtube.com/watch?v=wpBPi4CjDMQ reminded me of this video, least i know how Chris did it :D

Thanks Andrew!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:11 am
I've never done it that way and I don't think it would work... A cameras view depending on zoom, angle of view, etc. 2D tracking info would not match up when applied to a camera. A 3d camera has 3 coordinates and tracking only creates 2. I know Dan Ebberts has a script that calculates all the parameters to create a cool 3D corner pin, but for practical uses this isn't necessary for this 2D effect. I'd be curious about this technique though perhaps I'll look into it.

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:13 am

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:13 am
Well now im starting to get alittle nervous, but i really think its possible in this case!

i will look into it, i might post a tutorial here on the blog!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:14 am
Morten! I think I know what you are talking about now, but for this effect precomposing is essential to the liquify filter working correctly and sticking to the face.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:19 am
wowie! AK you done it again! i coulda used this when i made my video..

oh well! thanks alot AK!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:20 am
It would be nice to know what all this jibber jabber is about since I cant find the tute. But hey, at least I coined a new phrase: Jibber Jabber.
Jon Sands
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:20 am
long live cunningham!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:21 am
Okay just a quick tutorial here then

- Track the footage
- Create a Null
- Edit to target (Null) (or just paste the tracking data to the null)
- Create a 55mm CAM
- Make the two layers 3D layers (the footage and the null)
- Parent the cam to the Null

Now you should be able to add elements that sticks to the place u add it..

But i think ur right Mr. Andrew. I just though it was slightly the same, but after writing this i think ur right!

Anyways, this is also a nice technique! :)

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:21 am
Refresh the Tutorial page it should be there....
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:21 am
that was beyond cool
Valentinos Demetriou
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:25 am
COOL Tutorial Andrew as always!!!! Everyday i check the blog and the comments and i have an advice for you!!!! Why dont you create a forum for this website instead!!! It would be really useful!!!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:25 am
Cool find Morten, I'll have to remember that for an upcoming tutorial. This would be perfect... I still need to get my head around it. It's too simple ; )
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:25 am
I'm halfway thru it and it's amazing, just one thing... Do you sleep Andrew?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:26 am
Andrew say's: Also I really wanted to explain the reverse tracking function as a great roto technique

That was a realy nice technique! But is there some motiontracking technique where you can track or use the trackdata on mask shape points or with some expressions to make rotoscoping al less time consuming job?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:26 am
hehe np mate!

Just remember to make a shoutout to me then ;)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:30 am
"future tut"

And now to this exclusive tutorial, where im going to show u how to track footage and add a picture to a wall! And this was a technique i got from Morten Christensen from Denmark. Thank you Morten :)

Im still dreaming! :D
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:30 am
Roto sucks! there are tools and things but at the end of the day it still sucks. Just remember this do it once and do it right.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:30 am
Andrew: you rock, this is by far the best tutorial!!
thanks for all the free knlowegde!!!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:32 am
wow, i never expected this,
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:32 am
ok thanks.
Jon Sands
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:35 am
yea I agree with whoever said earlier, you should really get a forum andrew. myself and I'm sure a whole lot of other people would be active, and it would be a commonwealth of excellent knowledge and good people.

think about it man, it'd be great
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:37 am
Omg, that is one crazy cool tutorial! Really awsome!

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:37 am
Get an intern from the local university to do your roto for you. They love doing a lot of boring work for no pay. I agree Andrew it sucks big time.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:39 am
thanks for another awsome tutorial Andrew!!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:39 am
This is without a doubt the COOLEST tutorial ever. I think I'd want to use this to create something for a horror movie. It actually looks SO awesome! Thanks!

P.S - The only part im not sure about is what if we dont have any fruit roll-ups for the zombies. Is there something we can substitute that with?

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:43 am
Beauty!!!! thats our Andrew Kramer.

Thankyou! was waiting 4 a new one.

Superb TUT. Keep up da gud wrk.

Thnx & Regards
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:45 am
wow, this is I must say one of my favorite effects of all times, can't wait to try it myself on myself offcourse.

You are the best A.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:49 am
"Just remember this do it once and do it right."

Thats what she said.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:50 am
Don't tell me this means there will be no Serious FX 2
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:53 am
You said 'you don't want to die alone, trust me'. This comment begs the question : do you have experience of dying alone? The followup question will then be : Are you one of the undead yourself?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:55 am
I honestly can't see the tutorial, i refreshed, rebooted, emptied cache etc

i keep getting this page.

anyways i guess its a good one again ;)
Moca MX
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:55 am
VFX allways
How about ading fire to his eyes that would be cool
Kyle Shields
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:02 am
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:03 am
Realy cool tutorial Andrew, thanks! :)
I think ill will us this on in my next movie.
Johnny B Goode
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:09 am
This is awesome it reminds me of the Evanesence Music Video called Going Under... Thanks Alot Andrew!!!!!!!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:14 am
This is going to be sweet for my "Run" short film Im going to eventually get to about a zombie cornering a victim in a room. I cant wait to get to work on it now that I know I can do this sort of thing to give the zombie a look without even using make up!!!!

July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:16 am
awsom tutorial and really powerfull and great funn.
good work.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:17 am

When you talk about bringing in an adjustment layer to the "Precomp Face" layer and it NOT tracking with the shot - couldn't you just PARENT the "adjustment layer" to the "PRECOMP Face" for it to work and track properly?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:19 am
just watch the video and started laugh how easy you made this look :), right were my cam I'm off to make a face hee hee great work Andy

Matt, UK
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:22 am
Play it backwards you end up with Sam..... Aaaaaagggghhhhhh ;)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:23 am
My god! This tutorial is really useful ! Now I know how to make a cellular regeneration like Heroes :p
Thank You very much Andrew !!!
Question: How to show expression controls, clicking on the watch ? When I click, nothing appears. Do I need to press a key ?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:33 am
This was as good as you promised! These techniques are incredibly useful and I can see many different applications for this. The reverse track is the key point of the whole tutorial and I really appreciate it. Ive done things like this before but it didn't go well and was way more work. This is a brilliant technique. Thanks!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:35 am
jepp, ALT
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:49 am
Great stuff but..... i can't track it right it goes all over the place, how come your track stays perfect,whats the diff, better quality picture?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:54 am
In regard to my earlier post - adding more info :

To be exact : at 9:20 in the tutorial, in the PreComp Face comp, you said NOT to put an adjustment layer because it would not track - but can't you just link the Adjustment layer to the PreComp Face comp (from 9:20->10:00) won't this work to track with the comp?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:58 am
Andrew... i can"t say anything >>>
this is amazing one >>>
can you give us a brief of how can i think in something like this to achive it.
you try everything or you know from the beging what you going to do and how ?

thanx for everything you did for us
i"m stuck @ 19.30 .... is there anything wrong or just traffic.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:59 am
Looks good AK! =)
Greg Hooker
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:09 pm
How about a tutorial that kills the demon and they die like the Vamps in Blade or Buffy the TV show. This TUT is my favorite so far. It also was @ a perfect time, I am about to do a couple of test shots and was wondering how to do it without make-up. Mr. Kramer you are amazing.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:14 pm
Awesome tut! I really like cool stuff like in this one :) thx
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
loved the tutorial :D
Jacob Aaron
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
Wow this one was awsome!! Thanks!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
Try beating Sam up with that face... yeah, didn't think so.

This is freakin' amazing! Thanks Andrew
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:22 pm
I am also stuck few minutes before end. Great tutorial though.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
wou wou wou jajaja k miedo muy buen efecto adrew
Chef Tony
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
Well... you got lucky... this really is the best tutorial ever!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
YES!!! Thanks for the horror tutorial! Halloween is coming......I WANT MORE!!
Charles P
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
Hey do you know if it's able to be done on After Effects 6.5? Andrew? Anyone?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
lol this looks great, as soon as I get this video uploaded i'm going to watch it

editing can wait ;-)
Craig Woolhouse
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
WOW! This is by far the coolest AE tutorial online right now!

SAM; you are a great sport! But, I do think the 'boss' owes you a big fat bonus in this weeks pay cheque for this comment and I quote "or you could just use the regular face, that's pretty scary alone!" haha. ok I know I'm taking it out of context but it did make me chuckle :)

Hay AK, did I read a comment from your good self above this one stating that you don't like roto-scoping? Because I was hoping you would one day teach us how to create this effect: http://youtube.com/watch?v=VTSbcdhBHuA

I know it all depeds on the footage and how it has been shot, but I'm thinking a mixture of your previous lesson on creating a matte from the colorarma effect and a maybe some motion tracking it could be made easier than just painting and keyframing it all by hand, frame by frame?

Any suggestions Andrew?

Thanks again for the eye-opening insight into After Effects often overseen yet powerful tools!

July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:53 pm
This has to be one of the best AfterFX tutorials I have ever seen! I was totally amazed by this one. How the heck do you figure out where too start??? Excellent stuff, would love to see more like this

Wayne from the UK
July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:57 pm
Love this tutorial Andrew, keep up the great work. You've got a great site!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:06 pm
if Andrew was a math teacher...
"Hi Andrew Kramer here and today I'm going to show you how to divide by zero..."

if Andrew was a mechanic...

"Hi Andrew Kramer here and today I have a fun one for you... we're going to take this '71 Gremlin and soup it up so that it outruns this '03 Dodge Viper SRT-10..."

Awesome job as always Andrew!
Daniel Gomez
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
for some reason i cant get a good track for the life of me
Patryk Duk
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
wow! this is my favourite tutorial! i luv this
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:25 pm
Now for Part 2 to this tutorial....Dusting FX.
Greg Hooker
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
Chip Says:

July 23rd, 2007 at 1:25 pm
Now for Part 2 to this tutorial….Dusting FX.

I agree big time
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:34 pm
AWESOME NEW is right!
Jacob Behunin
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
Awesome tutorial.
More stuff like this!
It's going to be a sad day if VCP ever goes down....
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:49 pm
Absolutely amazing, this will definately put to use in our Zombie/Monster feature! Thx so much...

And yes, a forum would be so cool!
Daniel Gomez
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:54 pm
quick question, for the first track can you track the inside of the eyes other than the outside?
i cant seem to track the outside
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:57 pm
woooooooooooow , awsome!! that's tutorial man ,
i love u andrew , i mean love love not love love :D
u r great .
thanks , i think tutorials r going to the next level .
and thanks again for making cool tutorials andrew .
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:01 pm
Lol, wow very creative AK can't wait to try it out...now where did I put those sun glasses beacuse I think we all know the sun never sets on a zombie from hell ;-)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
Sweet tutorial, I even blowed my head off
Love this Andrew keep going.., and going with new tutorial.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
Hahahaha you have done it again Andrew, you are brilliant and i love sam, he is the best:)
Riko FX
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
I am happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ara Hollisian
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:31 pm
Can't seem to get passed 4:10. It freezes. Tried refresh and nothing. All other tutorials work fine.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:35 pm
really good ideas about how to realize this kind of effects. tonight i came back home from work late and switched on tv and my pc but your totorials are a lot more entertaining (+a lot more interesting) than any tv-show oder dvd.
great stuff !!!
Mikael Toxen Worm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
The tutorials "crashes" on both my laptop, and my normal PC... after a couple of minutes it just stops!

I've never had such a problem with any of the other tutorials.
Oh why is this such a cruel world :(
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:50 pm
Although this is awesome, I don't think it's really one of your best.
I guess it's a taste thing.

I'll go watch now :)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 2:52 pm
I would mess around with your tracking points. Try the eyebrow maybe, or mess around with the bounds of the tracking point. Also his footage was HD, so he was tracking high quality footage, which makes for a better track.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
VERY VERY NICE. This is by FAR the best tut you have ever done. Still waiting on that Zat tut tho :P For all of us stargate fans, bug AK for a zat tut. But any who, very well done, love the face you made Sam.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:01 pm
This is my first reply here, so first things first:
Andrew, you're the man! Your tutorials are a big step in learning After Effects. It's like you've read my mind, only 2 days ago i thought of a crazy plan to show my "evil side" in a small movie, using the Liquify effect. This tutorial is a great help to me, thanks for putting this and all the other tutorials online for free!
Docteur Maboul
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:05 pm
What an amazing tutorials ! Fantastic !
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:05 pm
Andrew you are a genius :) thx a lott!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
your tutorials very helpfull to me thanq andrew
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:16 pm
I found after trying the tutorial twice that the liquify still moves around slightly - so it doesn't stay on the nose.
It is parented and the data is tracked, but maybe it is the way I shot the original footage because it does move slightly and does not stay centered on the nose completely. Any ideas?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:19 pm
This effect opens up so many doors! Thanks for teaching!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:29 pm
Wow ! Impressive ! i didn't even know it was possible to do this in AE !

Just add a bloody body desintegration and Buffy won't have anymore secret for us ! :)
You rock Guy !
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
I just downloaded the project, then After FX said, it couldn´t find the Liquid Filter.
I have the German After Effects Version and in German, the Liquid Filter is called "Verflüssigen". Now...how do i add the effect again, without adding all of the keyframes etc.??
And, does anyone know where to get the deamon-sound??:P
Well, i´ll have to go to bed...here in Germany it´s already 00:33 am
Good night@all^^
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:34 pm
Ahh...and Andrew....Great Tutorial!!!
You were right...better than Day to Night.
Darth Italy
July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:43 pm
so if i understand correctly this wont work if the face rotates?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
Andrew, one word awesome!
Again so insightfull!

If you were a girl i would marry you!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:05 pm
Hey Andrew,

Im still a bit confused with all this tracking info and all. I was just wondering, would there be an easier way if i kept the camera still?

Kind Regardss

P.S. You are my idol. Haha.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:05 pm
loved it, i so know my friends are gonna ask "how the hell did you do that" if i make a vid like that. I guess thats how they did that scene in lord of the rings 1 with bilbo baggins, when he gets tempted by frodos ring at the beginning and his face goes demonic for a second.

However I always admire how you know how to type in all the expressions and stuff, I do hope to learn how they work and how to understand them, but you said they are easy, yet they do look confusing to know when to use them and with what effects.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
nice effect Andrew thanx for the tutorials and mm i going to get some dvd's but a lil later iam saving money for this

what type of camara did you use to get high quality videos?

or how did you get it into your pc ?

i got the Sony handycam DCR-TRV280 but i only records them into the pc by using movee autoproducer 4.5 and it kinda little resolution ;(

any body got another method ill appreciated thanx in advance

and thanx again Adrew
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:31 pm
Hello Mr. Kramer,

It was about time I dropped you a line and thank you for all of these amazing tutorials. Im a frequent visitor to your site and I just cant thank you enough for all this free knowledge that you are sharing with us.

You are one of a kind and I wish you the best in life!

Keep up the great, no, superb work and PLEASE keep them coming! =)

July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:32 pm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:33 pm
It will work if the face rotates, you just gotta do some precomposing in a few places.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
Also, You could add some fractal to get that boiling skin effect instead of a grunge graphic!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:37 pm
This is awesome, but I have to wait till I get home untill I can give it a shot.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:43 pm
hah, Very cool. I'll definitely use tracking/reverse tracking now for other projects.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
wow, just brilliant, watching now
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:53 pm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:57 pm
great tut, but i was wondering...can this tut be combined with the tutorial #07. Advanced Blemish Removal?

think that would help to color corect only the face, dont know, have to try, it is late... =P

grat video once more, cant wait day to night tough =P
July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:57 pm
Morten Enoksen
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
Hey Andrew! I got one question for you.

If your footage is steady(with a tripod) what part can i skip of this?
I want the effect. But i dont need to steady it. So please explain!


BTW. Sam, ur looking cool as a fashion demon with black sunglasses xD
    March 28th, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
    Can anyone answer this question Morten has? I have a tripod shot and want to have this effect, but obviously there are steps that are different. I don't need to stabilize.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:02 pm
Hey Andrew,
I have a question, more of a problem actually.
I can't get to apply the tracking on the movie layer.
How did you apply it?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:02 pm
Hey andrew,
if our goal is to track the face, won't it be a good idea to set some tracking points like white dots on the face so it will be easy to track it?
John Paite
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
holy shit...love the vfx tuts..keep them coming andrew!!! great job ...
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
Try tracking from the middel out like I mention at one point in the tutorial for a possible better track. You can use other parts of the eye to track but the further the points the better.

If you parent a null, the effect won't work properly, because the adjustment layer will still use the comp size as the reference and the liquify will just stay where it was put and not follow the face.

Tracking can be tricky, try increasing the size, and the search area...

Nice Videos guys!
Morten Enoksen
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
Conor. Nice man. BTW. Im stokmarkes, commenting your video:)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:25 pm
What the ----
Omg.. Awesome..
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:25 pm
# Morten Enoksen Says:
July 23rd, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Hey Andrew! I got one question for you.

If your footage is steady(with a tripod) what part can i skip of this?
I want the effect. But i dont need to steady it. So please explain!


BTW. Sam, ur looking cool as a fashion demon with black sunglasses xD


Yeah. what if we got a shot of the actor making a face on a tripod? What can i NOT do to ombtain this?
Badweather Baka
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
thanks a lot for the great free tutorial best one yet no doubt dog
Alex Joyce
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
Andrew im making an angel and demon movie... youve just taken it to a whole other level man thank you so much for this tut dude this is SO PERFECT!!!! thanks man keep up the goodwork
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:28 pm
Trust me you need to track, even the slightest movement will ruin the effect. In theory it is possible but, unlikely difficult.
Orc Master
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
Oh, come on, you should have released it EARLIER - Now I'm all covered in graveyard dirt, candle wax AND cheese! Also, the demon ate all my snacks. And I couldn't film it!

Well, anyways, great tutorial, man. Keep them coming! Oh, and you REALLY read our comments! You made a joke on the tinfoil hat comment from the "New Tutorial" entry! Next time, make a joke with one of mine, pleaseeee :P

Thanks for the AWESOME tutorial!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:47 pm
Your are right, I stole that one...
July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:54 pm
I had some unstable track points which created a flickering effect which actually added more intensity to the expression.. almost like a Camera Shake Effect.. but just for the face..

This is great stuff.. I love the relationship between Anchor Point and Position.. it sort of plays of that cool rotoscope tutorial on duplicating Vans on Creative Cow

Keep up the awesome work.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
I just wanted to ask, who's the guy in the second picture?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:05 pm
Awesome tutorial man! :D

The "This is raw footage"-part, that one was for me right? ; )

Love this tutorial. Can use the morph effect such a huge amount of things!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:27 pm
who is that guy in the bottom picture .and i want to say that i got my wish in this tut cause in the vfxwhen it started few weeks ago when andrew asked guys you want vfx or gfx my comment was do somthing like from Xmen 3 where that girl changed her face to dark the one huge jackman likes .so i think i got my wish.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:28 pm
this took me 13 minutes from start to finish.......wow....i would have never thought it was that easy!

(of course i could have taken more time and cleaned things up....but....well.....i have no excuse, i'm lazy)

check out the fangs!
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July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:34 pm
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:34 pm
Still can't watch the tutorial. Can anyone explain?
John Paite
July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:35 pm
Hey Andrew,
I have a rather cool concept for videocopilot, Im working on it I will send you once its done..I have an exam tomorrow, suxed so I cant work on it tonight..but Im sure to send you by within this week!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:04 pm
best tutorial ever!!!

P.S. I don't understand everyone's fascination with being the first to post a comment on the blog. Now being the last to post, that's the real accomplishment. So nobody post any more so I can bask in the glory of being last. :)
Daniel Reynoldsd
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:12 pm
Jeez...Thats crazy. How did you figure that out?
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:27 pm
Elswarro great stuff man. I think u need to work on that texture though. looks like it moves slightly. still, awesome job. love the fangs
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:30 pm
here u go guys and girls my first try at it


comment me and tell me what you think :)! thanks
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:40 pm
LAWL dat scared me
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:42 pm
coolest tut ever!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:51 pm
This tutorial has endless limits! it kinda reminds me of the scean in the rundown, but anyways you can do
a pirates of the carrabieon or dr hyde mr jeckle or what ever! very awsome tutorial (and yes im a bad speller)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:52 pm
Haha, that is really cleaver Andrew. Great tutorial. I must try this.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:12 pm
Great stuff as always, Andrew!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:23 pm
Okay, time for me to sound stupid. I'm trying to get a grip on how the reverse thing works. I understand the *-1 for the roation. I think I understand that the pickwhip of position to anchor reverses the effect of the picture moving around. Is it the pickwhip of anchor to position that makes the liquify stick? I'm so close to getting it I can taste it. It tastes like cheez-its.

July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:32 pm
What? How....? Andrew, do you have a little elf in your pocket that helps you figure this stuff out and if so, can I borrow him? I promise I'll feed him.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:35 pm
Wow!!! That was intense! really bad ASS!!! I am about to shoot an adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe story, and I seriously cannot wait to use that technique! you are the man!!!!

July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:45 pm
Everyone was posting their attempts, so I thought i'd post mine.


Some of the face changes using the liquify tool apparently too dark to see in the video. Sorry about that.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:13 pm
very nice tutorial. I dont really have any use for a zombie type face, but the info on how to set up the track there will prove very helpful in the future!
Miguel Carrera
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:14 pm
Here's my try at this, Haha! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkQyEGUUIyc" rel="nofollow">
July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:56 pm
I cant lock the footage back .what if my footage not shacky do i still have to do the rotation.and do i track at any point .thnx.andrew did you get my email.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:02 pm
alex thats one ugly dorky zombie ,but you did good.
Alexey Pekarin
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:02 pm
I am going to join guys who asking for the forum on the site.
I've seen that many times the questions that you get in forum can be answered by other people (including myself) which will make their, yours and everyone's life easier. Plus we can then have youpublish tuts based on our findings. I don't mind if you make money on my knowledge (otherwise I wouldnt share it ;) ) Plus you get to see people with abilities so we can get together under your leadership to make a feature to explode the VFX world. Isn't that your attention?

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
This tutorial is amazing!

I studied four long years Computer Graphics and 3D and I Never get a lecture like that.

In Real world thats all you need trick from experience artists like you guys.

Thanks again for such amazing knodwlege that you are given to the Web Community.

July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:08 pm
check this out!!


the use ANDREW KRAMERS tutorial for the EARTH ZOOM
and the zoom in and out all over the world


it's crazy!!!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:14 pm
Cooooooooolllllll!!!! So keep!!!
Johnny B Goode
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:16 pm
So if i wanna have masks to move with the eyes i have to motion track on the corners of the eyes or what?
Joey Winchester
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:21 pm
They actually just used Google Earth.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:40 pm
wow this is why I watch your tutorials. They are fun and educational. Keep up the good work Andrew! Andew you need to do a tour of your studio, or have a camera pointing at you while you're doing a tutorial, that would be cool.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:59 pm
Haha, i love you man

that was a pretty good scary face from sam, even without the fx. j/k :)
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:00 pm
Andrew any suggestions on what to use for Demon sounds from DSFX?
Jacob Dyer
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:19 pm
Oh my oh my. What a wonderful tutorial Andrew. I really want to use this for eye colour changing mid shot and things like that, just those subtle scary things!

Cant wait to try this!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:32 pm
Excellent work Andrew... By far the best tutorial ever! I feel sorry for Sam
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

I've been trying this all night...

it doesn't work for me...

it's so hard..
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:34 pm
WOW that LOOKs amazing..it was alil bit confusing for me into expression parts but i know ill get over it..n yeah i m gona do this with my self... :D
keep up the great Work..
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:46 pm
You're simply awesome Andrew... All that I've learnt in the VFX world is thanks to your tutorials
(excuse me for my poor English, I'm Italian :) )

Here is my first attempt with the demon trick... When I'll reach a cool level of quality maybe I send you other works from my portfolio.


Thanks again, keep it on!
July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:56 pm
Heya guys :)
i just spent 2,5 hours last night trying this out :D
and heres my first try hehe http://youtube.com/watch?v=Uti2iuQrBi8

i used the worst camera u could ever imagine to use for this kinda thing, and yeah actually for any kind of AE animaton hehe , the little crappy Macbook WEBCAM lol.

im pretty new to this program, i only just had my 17 birthday, so havent had the change to use all these english programs before now hehe

but what do u think of my first try ?
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:05 am
Really good, I love seeing all the demons;) Everyone has a differn't unique eye for evil.

Marco, I really like yours the demon face is very well developed, just expand the colorize mask so that the entire face is green, we can see his human flesh.
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:22 am
A very VERY cool tutorial Andrew!

I agree with you on Marco's. Well done, just the expansion.

Man, I really have to post some of my videos soon Andrew :(
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:23 am
Marco, are you a KISS fan? Your demon looked like Gene Simmons.

BTW, I don't have a video camera handy so maybe someone else can try this... I'd morph into a Homer Simpson-like character and have wave-warp lips and a burp sound effect. Key in a can of Duff.

Somebody has to do one with a tin foil hat.
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:36 am
LOL C Light!
However... I thought I could get a more realistic effect by fusing the green mask and the scratchy texture with a bit of human flesh.
I add one more texture before the grungy one, overlaying three psd with organic themes, and put it to cover the entire face. Then I put the grungy one scaling it a bit less than the organic one, and at last played a bit with the colorize mask.
The result is ruined flesh and texturized demon face...
But you know, I'm not famous for my artistic eye...
(If the grammar is all correct can I have a prize??)
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:44 am
this is off topic. but i need help. when i go to load after effects. it reads all the plug ins.. and when it gets to OpenGL 3D it terminates

my video card is a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500

anyone know what could be the deal?
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:48 am
OMG! Serious, I mean OMFG!!!!

Andrew, thats really the BEST Tutorial I ever saw! You just rised you personal best tutorial level :-)

Thanks a million. Now I will recreate Resident Evil!
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:25 am
what can I say??? just that it's awesome! I should make a zombie movie now, even if I don't like the genre. this one together with "day to night" would be a pefect match!
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:26 am
this one and "day to nigth" would be a perfect match before making a zombie movie :)
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:42 am
Now "Night and Day" ? Would perfectly fit to the demon face :D
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:42 am
BTW where to find good zombie sound effects? Does anybody know such a library?
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

Thats my version, thanks andrew, sorry for the bad quality but thats because of my webcam.

o by the way andrew,about your tutorial of making an tunnel in 3d space, i was watching tv yesterday and suddenly i saw it on a populair tv show in the Netherlands (Sbs 6) so they used you're tutorial, i will send you an link later if you like.

Rich Wakefield
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:49 am
SOOO WEIRD, i was just thinking of this effect, and then logged on to see your tutorial on it!

great work as usual, seems complicated, but Andrew you're the perfect man for helping us climb the steep learning curve!

i'd LOVE to use this during one of my wedding shoots (esp. during the vows), but i'm not sure it'd go down very well :)
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:28 am
hmm Andrew Kramer I have a little question if you don't mind. It has nothing to do with this most fantastic tutorials though. When I try to start the trial of AE cs3 it just won't go past "Initializing Media Core"does anybody have a idea?? would be great. ( oh and my pc should have no problems with running the programme.) love al your tuts and offcourse Sam AND Tino.

gr tesssam
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:29 am
a love this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:38 am
I´m amazed as always! Keep up the good work and I can´t even begin to express my gratitude towards you for caring about us, the common people who can´t afford to pay for expensive educations but still want to learn as much as possible in a proffessional way! So thanks once again, and keep it up!
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:41 am
Ace demon work. A few months of following your tutorials with my own footage has increased my knowledge in AE tenfold. Thanks millions, and keep up the great work.
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:43 am
Once again you've outdone yourself ... I've figured out a few things from this. Thanks Andrew you're a champ.

July 24th, 2007 @ 3:10 am
Great Tutorial!

BTW: I'm looking for some "pixelate" effect for my Footage, but I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone have an idea where there is an effect like this in AfterFX?
July 24th, 2007 @ 3:28 am
Holy Crap these tutorials are freaking Awesome I am so glad I found this site!! I will be buying some of your DVDs for sure. As soon as I get some cash that is :(
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:33 am
Great tut.. trying to figure out how this clone stamp tool on the liquify effect works, but cán't figure it out... would be awesome for blemish removal
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:39 am
The clone stamp, I think just clones the distortion if you Alt click an area. But with the footage reverse tracking you can paint using the AE tools just the same.
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:39 am

"Clone: Copies the distortions from around a source location to the current mouse"

so its only about the distortion.. I hoped it was just like Photoshop
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:41 am
one second too late :)

I tried with the normal paint tools, but I never really figured that out either.. I have everything tracked and liquify working fine, but when applying paint, it doesnt stay on the face...

Maybe i should try some kind of adjustent layer
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:43 am
here is my try, i also aded red eyes.


what do you think?
Chris L
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:47 am
This site rocks my face off.

Bought all the DVD's and they are worth every cent! Ever think they'll be a DVD of all tutorials from this site?
July 24th, 2007 @ 4:59 am
Needless to say... Great tut as usual.

This tutorial though, for me, highlights the dangers of asking what effects we want to see in future tutorials.

I for one would never have conceived of this type of effect being as easy as this and without the need for prosphetics and make-up so it would never have occurred to me to ask.

For version 1.5 of this tut though, I'd like to see the flesh peel away.

Must play with this type of effect though. I hope it's possible to keyframe the bulge position. I can then do the "bug crawling under the skin" effect I've always wanted to try. I also like the idea of eye colour change mentioned above. Thanks to whoever suggested it.

This tutorial gives me hope for things I've wanted to do for ages. :) Cheers.

Oh and before I go. Another big ask for a forum page please.
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:09 am
One of your best tutorials. Simply amazing!
Miguel Carrera
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:14 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkQyEGUUIyc Sorry it didnt show up last time, give it a look, leave a comment please ;-)
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:21 am
Hey andrew. Nice tutorial. You should definetly make some forums. I can if you want. Although I use ColdFusion which is probably not what your host allows. Contact me if you want me to make the forum.
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:30 am
Chris, I think Andrew said something about putting all the tutorials on a DVD recently. $20 is what heard and he's waiting till there's 50 of them or something.
July 24th, 2007 @ 6:17 am
I got it to wrk in 6.5!!1 Woot Andrew! YOU ROCK1!!!
July 24th, 2007 @ 7:24 am
Hello Andrew I send a little "coucou" of france .Your work 'll change the face of the world.....thanks again but where could I found the effect liquify?
Alex Hardiment
July 24th, 2007 @ 7:58 am
Totally Awesome Best AE Tutorial Ever Keep Up The Good Work I Loved It One Little Question On The Tutorial At The Start When You Play The Vid The Head Gets Bigger When He Mutates Could You Possibly Show How You Did That I Have Tried But Im Useless
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:11 am
woow... pretty cool effect, wish i could morph like that instead of putting on a halloween costume...lol! talking 'bout morphs, can this be considered to be a morph if not can you post a simple morph tutorial... cheers...thanx!
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:18 am
heres my try www.youtube.com/watch?v=desV2-5w5uY
ps: i used your footage
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:22 am
Andrew please answer this :
I can't get to apply the tracking on the movie layer, please, I really want to try this one.
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:29 am
The tracking reminds me video clips when people singing are walking and it's like they have a camera stick on the chest and just following their head with just the background moving , i'm certainly wrong ... whatever i'm not a pro :D

Still have all my respect young man !


btw , if you don't think about an Andrew Kramer ArtWork forum , i'll be one of the first to open a new one as a Blog Fan ;)
Johnny B Goode
July 24th, 2007 @ 9:31 am
Heres mine youtube took off alot of resolution on my vid
Johnny B Goode
July 24th, 2007 @ 9:32 am
July 24th, 2007 @ 10:37 am
July 24th, 2007 @ 11:14 am
I've been waiting for this for a while, ever since I saw it in the NYC user group that one time... I could not quite remember your tracking method, it seems counterintuitive.
July 24th, 2007 @ 11:40 am
that so nice
thx Andrew ur the best :)
July 24th, 2007 @ 11:41 am
that was so nice
thx for tut , ur the best :)
July 24th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm
Your right Andrew, Deamons DO look best wearing sunglasses.....il go get some...
July 24th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm



the only thing was that I forgot to add a SCREAMING
sound effect but the piano keys worked...
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
im liking the tutorials, Andrew, kepp up the good work
July 24th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
Andrew! This time you did it. You made Photoshop out of AfterEffects but with moving pictures! I will try to say reverse tracking 100 times before I go to bed.

I know some film students, talented in their ideas but completly unaware of what after effects can do, last time I heard them saying, "Wohoo! Look! I changed the background!!" and they´re making a zombie film for their degree. I´m a good person, so I will show them your site I guess.

Thanks for your enabling tips!
Greetings from Berlin!
July 24th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm
Awsome tut!
But i got one idea:
if we could,before filming,put two white dots on the head?
we can then capture motion much easier?wright?
But how to remove those dots from the movie?in aftereffect after we captured motion?

what you think? thats how they do it in holliwod :)

sorry for my english
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
Man this is why you are the master! I love this and I just recieved your sound effects DVD. I spent over $500 U.S on a sound effects DVD a couple years back and it has rubbish compared to the sounds on Yours. People get some products from here you will not be dissapointed. Thanks so much for helping us wannabe's as always love your skill and love your style. Big Ups!! =)
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm
Hey andrew and people Mine is done and here it is

July 24th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm
Sorry for my post above HTML dosent work here.Anyway heres the finished product
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm
I freakin' love you! You have anwsered my prayers. I've been wanting to make a zombie movie but didn't want to bother with make-up so as soon as you said zombie things clicked like Crazy in my mind. THANK YOU*yourBody.(1>"imagination")
July 24th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm
This is by far the more useful, coolest, sickiest, most amazing and well explained tutorial I've seen in my whole life !

I thank you thousands of times for the reverse tracking technic, I just can't stop thinking on how I can use it !!!
jim M
July 24th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm
Here is my quick version. http://youtube.com/watch?v=UEmZYZU9Zyk" rel="nofollow">Demon Test
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm
July 24th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm
Wow, this tut is amazing!, also you are a great teacher because I could make step by step, Thanks.

One question, ¿where o how I can search the Cinema Styles, (filters)?, because I could not fix the color like you, in the last step.


July 24th, 2007 @ 8:30 pm
I have After Effects pro 7 and can not find "Motion Tracking" I look for everywere in the software but not find it.



July 24th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm
here is my go at it using the footage from the tutorial. It is to bad that youtube destroys the video quality.

July 24th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm
i gotta say, [Joey] did a really good job from what i have seen so far...

Another one of your greatest tutorials A.Kramer.. Thanks a million
July 24th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm
Alejandra, you can find the cinema styles on this website just go to the product section and select Fil Magic Pro. ;)
July 24th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm
@ Alejandra; Por cierto, de donde eres??

BTW, where are you from?
July 24th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm
Hey guys! Heres my 1 hour attempt, many more trials ahead! Thanks Andrew!


Anyone know anywhere to get the sounds used in Andrews video?
July 24th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm
Simply awfully awsome what more to say truly a gr8one
July 24th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm
very very great tutorial... now we just need to know how to make the demon turn to dust after being stabbed in the heart!

Once again thank you Adrew for all that you do.
July 25th, 2007 @ 2:41 am
I take a shot of my mom and sister. I said them to make a strange face like Sam's one, but i didn't tell the purpose. Then i applied the tut with a scaring audio and show them. They were scared and surprised :)
July 25th, 2007 @ 2:45 am
That was amazing
July 25th, 2007 @ 4:36 am
so gross! :)
thiss awesome.
but i like sam so make him better next time :)
July 25th, 2007 @ 5:39 am
this is so not better then day to night tutorial
July 25th, 2007 @ 7:10 am
andrew... u r one hell of a CG guy.. i mean u hav proved that AFter fx is much much better than we think.
July 25th, 2007 @ 7:37 am
Henry_B Says:

Hola soy de México, del D.F., gracias por el tip, pero dónde???
en que parte de la web, perdón pero no habló bien Inglés, solo hago el intento.

Hy, I from Mexico, City., thanks for your tip, but where?, sorry but I dont speak english, I try it.
July 25th, 2007 @ 7:38 am
Henry_B Says:

perdón de dónde eres tu?
July 25th, 2007 @ 8:23 am
Finished mine yesterday.

I watched the real tutorial a few times and got it...


no sound tho....v2 coming soon.
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:09 am
wow this tutorial was very useful!!

very short videoclip I made:

yeeha, red eyes =D
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:13 am
Is it just me or are most ppl here are very young? How can you afford AE? ^^
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:17 am
This is my and my friend niklas attempt to do this

Very nice tutorial!
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:24 am
Check out the version i made!!
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:29 am
hola Ale, yo soy del estado de mexico pero vivo ahora en Queretaro. mi mail es enboza@hotmail.com para que me agreges a tu messenger. es bueno saber de mas gente con los mismos intereses.

July 25th, 2007 @ 9:56 am
Killer tutorial Andrew!! Click on my username or the link below to check out my versions.

July 25th, 2007 @ 10:08 am
Andre, I know what you mean. It took me forever to save up for it, I've been saving for 3 years, my friend's dad got me a copy of 7 standard a while ago, but i had still been saving up, so i just picked up cs3. :D I got it at the academic price...349 baby!! and it's full version, not student, just academic price.. WHOO HOO!!
July 25th, 2007 @ 10:10 am
BTW, I'm 16. :D and i got a job.. :-P :)
July 25th, 2007 @ 10:13 am
que padre, pues ya te agregue a mi msg, soy alesa

seguimos en contacto
July 25th, 2007 @ 11:51 am
@Andre, They can't afford AE...
July 25th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm
Maybe they can't, but can, and did...
July 25th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm
Nice tutorial, but I'm still interesting in day into night tutorial, because it will be very usefull for the film that I want to make with my friends ^^;
July 25th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
Here is a much higher quality version of the video I posted above. Be sure to click on the 'full-screen' link to get full resolution!

July 25th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm
Probably got it from someone who got it from someone.
July 25th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm
Where is everybody getting that Demon sound from????
July 25th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm
Heeeyyy Man I from Argentina and this is amaizing.!!!!!!


July 25th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
This is what i made of it!!

July 25th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm
That's exactly what I was asking for, Thanks!!! Which one is the real Sam though?
jim M
July 25th, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
i made mine. i recorded myself doing multiple sounds and then layered them and added some effects.

July 25th, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
you rock
July 25th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm
Great Andrew.....Great...
And in the end this doesn´t take much time to render...
I just can say great
July 25th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
is the motion tracker only available in the pro version?
July 25th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm
i love all of your videos but in my opinion this one is the best ever.
July 25th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm
whos demon face test is this because i need to ask you something ?
and it wont let me send u a mail over youtube ?
p.s its so good

July 25th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
July 25th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm
well i dont see the problem in age, when using AE? arent the young ones the future? - atleast i just think its cool, that atleast some kids arent just running arounf playing gangsta all day long, am i right?

And ofc young ppl can afford AE , i mean seriously? come on i have a job and i work 120 hours a month, ofc i can afford AE and all AK's products.. just work for it.. and the best part of this is... im 17 I DONT PAY TAX ! pwned :D

aah okay, just kidding .. me and "Le Homies" robbed a Computer store to get AE 7.0.... ahh well.. jk again ;)

July 25th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
Hi andrew, im follow you since 18 months im from Argentina, buenos aires your web is great, you help me to much about to use A.E 7 , thanks , thanks , and again thanks you, keeps like this , you and sam are great people....
July 25th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm
Andrew, U da man! GREAT tutorial
July 25th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm
Great lesson, but i'm a little confused, I know you tracked the rotation and position to stabalize the footage. What i'd like to know is did you track the rotation and position to set reverse tracking. what is reverse tracking and how would you of done this shot if you the footage was already stable?
July 25th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm
Andrew, you've done it again! Nice tuts. After a long wait, i finally got an approval for the DVDs. Can't wait to place an order for them. Keep it coming!
Morten Enoksen
July 25th, 2007 @ 5:49 pm
Here's mine. PS. Thats my sister there:D

July 25th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm
its ameing but i wanna know how to remove rig wire from video
July 25th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm
Hay dudes and....girls if there are any video co pilot girls Here’s my 2nd try i like this one better, hope u guys do to.
Comment and tell me what u think thanks from Ell

July 25th, 2007 @ 9:09 pm
Regards from Santiago of Chile!! very very very nice tutorial!
July 25th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm
Hey Andrew Great tutorial, following along is very easy however i would like to know. In your tutorial you track the position and rotation and stabalize the movement but how would you do this shot if you didn't want to stabalize the footage? How would you track this shot and what properties would you pic wip together. Please help!!!!
Pete Gell
July 25th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm
Never mind the Liquify stuff. As soon as you finished the reverse tracking part I was like, "Holy Shit!". DV cameras are too damn light and too damn portable. Set up the tripod? Nah, too much trouble. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. Great tutorial. Now, back to those pesky hand held shots...
Horacio Valdivia
July 26th, 2007 @ 12:14 am
Sam Moya ..... You rock man!! What an awesome characater.

Andrew thanks for maintaining the inspiration open for all of us. You are making us all do our jobs better. Thanks heaps for that.

All the best man.
July 26th, 2007 @ 1:57 am
i havent got motion track plugin what can i do to get it?
July 26th, 2007 @ 2:52 am
PLS help me, i have AE 7.0 (not the pro version)
but i cant use the motion tracker, how can i fix the problem??
July 26th, 2007 @ 3:32 am
I think this would have to be your most successful tutorial to date AK.
July 26th, 2007 @ 4:08 am
iI´ve been looking for some help. Now i found.....Thanks...You´re the best....thanks.
July 26th, 2007 @ 5:21 am
i love yout tutorials andrew you are the best ! =]
July 26th, 2007 @ 5:47 am
actually, I have nothing useful to say, except...
AK...you're a true hero...the downside...now I'm totally determined to turn all my friends into zombies and vampires :)

Thanks for all great tutorials!
July 26th, 2007 @ 6:36 am
Here is another facewarp I did with my son!! Thanks again Andrew for such a cool tutorial.

July 26th, 2007 @ 7:10 am
Wow again a cool tutorial!!!
Since when you work with Adobe After Effects?

This is my deamon_friend Andre^^.
July 26th, 2007 @ 8:01 am
July 26th, 2007 @ 8:03 am
Yeah next time I won't forget my girlfriends birthday present....

my attempt...


no vfx

Joe Avino
July 26th, 2007 @ 9:22 am
Here is a link to my demon warp.
Morten Enoksen
July 26th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

THats my first try! Got another one to. Ull find it on my youtube account
July 26th, 2007 @ 11:27 am
Here is my first attempt...I kinda messed it up filming, I shook my head a little tensing up not realizing it would make tracking it a little hard. This trick really comes down to getting the proper shot...and using your facial to make the demon...for example, I have pointy ears so I used that when I change.

July 26th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
WHAO! THIS IS AWESOME!!! Here someone taka look at mine ^^, not amazing but good for a second attepmt
July 26th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm
Ooh by the way, Mike (The actor) Probably looks better as a demon ^^
July 26th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm
wondering, if we use the techniques in your tutorials on jobs we're paid for, and you find out, would you sue us or?
Daniel gomez
July 26th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm
i notice when you play the first video in the tutorial you do a nifty zoom effect.
how would i go about doing that?
July 26th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
Just saying thanks for the cool stuff from one Murrietan.... Murrietite?... to another.

Diogo Coelho
July 26th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm
I was looking for the option pre compose, and i dont have it here!
it is strange, i have de AE 7 professional version
do anyone know why ?
Diogo Coelho
July 26th, 2007 @ 5:59 pm
sorry guys, i wrote a wrong thing, i am from brazil, just forget the "de" on my question up there
July 26th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm
I love this tutrorial and stuff. i can finally do it really fast:)
Jay P
July 27th, 2007 @ 4:36 am
hmm... did this at a friends house w/ your tut that has the cs3 30 trial on his pc and worked great, however i have 6.5 pro and i cant seem to get a good track.. tracks well untill sams face starts to 'scrunch up' around what would be the first frame of the morph and then both tracking poitns go all over the place... i have them placed prettymuch exactly where you do on your tut, and have tried both analyze forward frrom middle of footage to analyze backward and just analyze forward, and just analyze backward... all of which seem to send the tracking points all over the place... any ideas?

thanks AK! you da man!
July 27th, 2007 @ 10:14 am
thats a whole lot of AWESOME
July 27th, 2007 @ 11:29 am
Hey man, this is the best tutorial so far ( anyway the one i have the most fun playing with). I just have a question: I wondered if the Reverse Motion Tracking technique could be applied if i do a scale tracking... I guess there should be a way but, despite all my math skills, i just can't seem to find an expression reverse the scale... Help me, I have this shot where the demon warp effects would be awesome, but it's a zoom in!!! Is there anyway it could work?
July 27th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm
yep u r nice guy man
July 27th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm
I gave it a shot. Its a little out of sync, but I got tired of messing with it. I think the scary face I got out of it looks really good anyway, even if the effect is not perfect.

July 27th, 2007 @ 6:10 pm
i like,, all that stuff u've been doing
thank for all
you helped me a lot ...
well i'm trying to get some plugins (cinema style)
how can i get them or where?
do you have any store ?
Larry in LV
July 27th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

first, kudos to you. This is the best one yet. I can go on and on but you already know you are a god. Or at least a demi-god.

Anyways, I noticed that the Sam footage is in 720 (1280X720). What editing program did you use to make it? or is it straight from your camera?

The reason I am asking is because we are using PPro2.0 and we can't seem to get anything out of it besides 480 (720X480), Even though we can capture at 1080 or 720.

If you are using PPro2.0, I sure would like to know your secret?
What are we doing wrong?
July 27th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

awesome awesome awesome

thank you thank you thank you

here's mine:

Joris Strickx
July 28th, 2007 @ 6:06 am
like this one. Saw ghostrider and those demon effects of the face look exactly like this. Only cheaper and home made. Nice tutorial again.
July 28th, 2007 @ 10:24 am
Dude its just getting better keep brining us the stuff.

ian T hammer
July 28th, 2007 @ 10:35 am
hey andrew,

once again thx for the blog help. here my first atempt.

July 28th, 2007 @ 11:27 am
Andrew, You R GREAT, just MASTER OF VFX :)

Best Regards
July 28th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm
July 28th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm
SUPER COOL and very very useful
i really enjoy it
July 28th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm
This doesnt work anymore:( i tryed your instructions againa nd again but it wasnt working it wasnt beging locked onto the face. even though i tracked it? any suggestions?
July 28th, 2007 @ 9:11 pm
OMG ive been like trying for like four hours still no suggestions and i cant do this! it doesnt work for me:(
July 29th, 2007 @ 4:30 am
I tryed something else... I really love this reverse tracking technique :D
July 29th, 2007 @ 5:35 am
nice effect... i thnk this is how bilbo changed into a demonic face in LOTR.

thanks andrew!
5 stars for yah!
July 29th, 2007 @ 6:10 am
Loving these tutorials. Thanks Andrew

Here's my attempt. Compression kills.

July 29th, 2007 @ 6:38 am
Wusup Andrew?

I really enjoy your tutorials. Here is my attempt at the demon one... I know it's kinda sloppy but I tried... LOL!!!

July 29th, 2007 @ 8:22 am
Impresionante.Excelente efecto..
Gracias por enseñar.
July 29th, 2007 @ 8:33 am
Amigo, muito legal você ter colocado esses tutoriais free, pena que seja em inglês , porém eu não domino muito bem seu idioma. Estou començando a entrar no mundo do adobe after effects e achei sensacional seus trabalhos.
July 29th, 2007 @ 10:45 am
Hey Andrew! This demon face is amazing. I am trying to create a similar effect but i just can not do it:) I would like to color someones eyes as in this video: http://www.indavideo.hu/video/Fantastic_4_figura_reklam when the newsagents guy's eyes turn green and shines. Please could you show us how to do it?
July 29th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm
Heyyyy Andrew... I just wanna say your opening new doors for me lol.. I cant tell you how much I (and all of us) appreciate you doing these tutorials.. we will continue to buy your great products! God Bless You
July 29th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
You can use the stabelize track motion also for objects, so why didn't anybody trie that? well i dit, and this is the final picture:


enjoy me as wolverine =D (and yes i have sideburns but you cant see them on this movie)

Larry in LV
July 29th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
Well since everyone is sharing their demonfaces... Here's mine.
With a little bit more added

July 29th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
This is hella cool. Hella hella hella.

here is mine.

July 29th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm
HAHA i like the snacks INTRO
Thanks for all the tutorials, you're my AE hero LOL!
July 29th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
love the tutorial! utter genious! o the opportunities!
July 29th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm
dude that was wackin cool..but in ma first try i couldnt make the whole thing..i was stuck at the place where we are trackin..ive done everything till it turns normal u know black edges go off..but in ma project it didnt is it bout comp. setting u know maybe i just need to resize it better and btw the video i used is 16:9 widescreen and it already had black borders on in bottom one on top lol..??
July 29th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm
best tutorial!!! thankyou
Dan S
July 30th, 2007 @ 12:51 am
This effect is bad ass.. Keep it up Drewwww.. Luv ur tutorials.. Very helpfull for the student looking gto learn some cool stuff.
July 30th, 2007 @ 1:38 am
Just a question: it work with the clone stamp tool?
July 30th, 2007 @ 1:45 am
hey andrew, was still wondering, if we use this or any of your other tutorials (as in, the technique, without using any of your materials or etc.) in our own paid projects for individuals etc. would you sue us if you found out about it and we were getting paid?
July 30th, 2007 @ 2:26 am
As there is no open forum.. I'm hoping someone would be kind enough to spend a few moments to point me in the right direction of Cameras.

I've seen what a Panasonic p2 is capable of, and with some simple colour correction, im watching quality similar of a Nelly Furtardo Music Video, some what of a Film look.. its amazing.

Peers often bring up the Sony Z1P, but i havent seen any footage that it shoots. Can some one please tell me their professional opinion as to what camera is best for Music video / Film style shooting?

July 31st, 2007 @ 5:54 am
Awesome, Andrew you'll never close this site, because it's too much important for us. Let's continue
July 31st, 2007 @ 1:55 pm
Dude! This is what I have been waiting for!!!!
You are, in no doubt; an AE GOD!!!!!

THanx Sooooooo Much!!!!
July 31st, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
Yet another quality tute - simply awsome Andrew. Thanks for sharing the techniques.
July 31st, 2007 @ 7:49 pm
Here's my shot with the footage of Sam, tried adding some teeth, but youtube's compression makes them hard to see.

August 1st, 2007 @ 1:54 am
Here's my video...I made myself vampire, not a deamon...Please comment :)
August 1st, 2007 @ 8:24 am
I'm having a bit of a problem pre-composing. When the pre-compose menu shows up I select "Move all atributes into the new composition", but the "Leave all atributes into new composition" option keeps selected, an I can´t turn it of. Never happened before. I just switched cs3. Anyone can help?
chris callow
August 1st, 2007 @ 10:51 am
Hey Andrew,

I want to make a transformation sequence in one of my films of a dude changing into some kind of monster. I'm gonna shoot and edit it with close ups of the eyes and brow and also the base of the nose and mouth to show the transformation bit by bit before revealing the whole face with a shot like in the tutorial. Will this throw up any probs do you think? Can i still use the eyes in the cu to motion track and maybe the edges of the mouth or nostrils in the other shot to make the data stick?

Hope this makes sense.

Much love from the UK!!
August 2nd, 2007 @ 2:09 am
heres the one i did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyZ4bxTixCE i made michael myers smile lol
August 2nd, 2007 @ 7:22 am
Hi Andrew,

that reverse tracking tip really is a great time- (and nerve) saver. Possibilitys seem to be endless...
Thanks and greetings from Munich

Mike Hayes
August 2nd, 2007 @ 9:45 am
All of your tutorials are SICK!!!!! In my opinion the best on the web I just ordered Riot Gear and I love it. I tried the face warp and about half way thru when I make his face warp it trips out like the effect is not sticking it does this for about 1 or 2 frames then its fine,any suggestions? Im thinking maybe a bad track but I don't know.


Mike Hayes
August 2nd, 2007 @ 1:23 pm
Wow Boy,
there are tons of unusefull tutorials on the net, but THIS IS AMAZING !!!!!!!!!! Realy stuff this world was waiting for! Thanks a lot
A.M from Germany
August 2nd, 2007 @ 1:32 pm
really really nice andrew, u are a good guy ;)
I like your tutorials so much and i learn it so fast, i look only ure tutorials, ok....

aaahhhh where found it, the liquify plugin`?

Sorry for my english...i come from germany :D
August 2nd, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
Here is mine : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTJd1HxcD4

I know it took a while before I got into it, but hey, there's never enough time in a single day. Took me about 1h30 to set this as I wanted, and to make sure the reverse tracking method was deep in my brain.

I'd love to hear some comments of course.
August 2nd, 2007 @ 9:29 pm
Man, do i love this tutorial!

Here is my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emfl_ul5BkY

P.S. Andrew, i am a 15 year old inspiring filmmaker and you are my idol. I hope one day i can be a VFX artist as good as you!
August 3rd, 2007 @ 10:58 am
very nice tutorial, so funny to see all those demon faces on youtube
August 4th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm
i posted my work after a while on youtube; this was my 2nd attempt ; my older brother in the video...

August 5th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm
Hi Andrew,
You are really great.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
August 6th, 2007 @ 12:43 am
I decided to have a go at this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDw1TqQsZR8 .. Love this tutorial!
Josh in CZ REP
August 6th, 2007 @ 4:04 am
Well done andrew, bravo!!!
August 7th, 2007 @ 12:30 am
Is it possible to have the texture file to complete the tutorial?
Brian Williams
August 7th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm
Andrew man you are just amazing, I've been watching your tutorials for about 3-4 months now but this is my first time leaving feed back because I'm currently in training to go over to Iraq and every chance I get I come here and try to check out your tutorials and since I only get a brief time on the net I let the tutorials load fully but I don't watch I just place my laptop on standby so that when I get back to my room and I'm off duty I can just turn it back on and still watch the tutorial but should I close it or restart r something I'm screwed until the next time I get net lol but all your tutorials are awesome man and I really love this one. Went through hell just to watch it tho lol, you should really think about putting your tutorials up for download and if they already are sorry for the dumb question just point me to the right direction but again man your tutorials are great and they are helping me alot with my project that I'm working on. Again if you don't have these up for download you should consider it, it would help me out alot thanks and please keep these rollin for as long as you can or are willing.
August 8th, 2007 @ 12:52 am
i got the some problems as frank: kant revers the scale-tracking. is there any way you can help me?

i had another idea, less to do with the demonface, but with the tracking (including scale-tracking ^-^°).

you've two tuts on the lightsaber, where you rotoscope every frame. ain't it possible to track a the motion of the lightsaber? use some stick and paint it with some good (self)illuminating color and use a very high shutter... than it shouldn't be so hard to track that one, does it?
August 8th, 2007 @ 1:16 am
Great job, but can I download the .FLV File plz :)
August 8th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm
i saw that today and decided to try something with it ... really good tutorial actually

my video isn't that good but what i wanted to do was just testing possibilities ...


i'm waiting now for other tutorials !!!
August 9th, 2007 @ 1:39 am
hey andrew, i wondering if it is possible to use Track Motion on footage which has no movement at all (recorded by using a stative) but the face is moving around. Should i work with keyframes then right? Or will the trackmotion help me as well?

great tutorial, thanks
August 9th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm
Hey Andrew,

You are the very best! You make complicated stuff look SO easy. You are a GENIUS! I watch lynda's and total training's.. but your's is better than anything found on the net.. I love your style of explaining stuff.. Here's what I have done by watching your tutorial.


Ash from WVP
August 9th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
This tut is awesome can't believe how powerful it is please check out my result Andy


Cheers for the tutorials.
August 9th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm
i cannot track i any more. i place the trackinf points to the exact spots as u Andrew and its all over the place. why would this be????? can u next time place tracking dots on your subject?????

besides that 10/10 love your work

August 10th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
Killer tutorial, Andrew. You've shown me more "magic" in After Effects then any other tutorial source I've seen. You can pretty much rest assured I'll be a regular customer for your training DVD's. I got your Action Movie Essentials and have had fun with it. Can't wait to use it in a real world VFX situation; which I know will happen. This "demon face" tutorial is one I can have fun with for my own movies in the meantime.

Thanks again.

August 13th, 2007 @ 3:20 am
My Daemon:

I noticed that the credits are as long as the entire film ;-) Sorry.
August 14th, 2007 @ 2:36 am
Dear Andrew.. i love ur work and ur artdirection and keeping stuff simple.. this tutorial is just perfect and i learned alot form it really. the question would be if i worked on a project same like this but i was thinking when the transfromation starts, i wanna to distort the background also and add some shaking effects to the demon also then every thing back again to normal.. would that work or i have to work with cameras?
August 14th, 2007 @ 3:38 am
hey andrew can you make a tutorial, where knock down a person


August 14th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
Hey, man. Just wanted to say thanks for all your great tutorials!
August 14th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm
Very nice Andrew!

Keep making tutorials man there real good.
August 15th, 2007 @ 6:15 pm
OK, I just watched the "expressions" version of the demon tutorial and it actually seems easier then the "easy" one. Haha. I have only a MiniDV camera, so I hope I can get as good a track as yours.