New Tutorial: Skin Displacement

In this tutorial we’ll learn a procedural way to make skin displace as if bugs are crawling under the surface. This technique can be used for numerous things, including Halloween videos.

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PS, Thanks for your patience ; )

Here are some different possible looks:

October 31st, 2007 @ 11:04 am
yeah.. nice halloween special! :D

thanks andrew!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:04 am
Wow! Fantastic!

I am definitely going to use this!

October 31st, 2007 @ 11:05 am
woohooo =))))))
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:06 am
yooooooooo !!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:06 am
even better than the simpsons
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:08 am
WHOAAA...this is going to be the best halloween EVER!!!!...Thank you Mr. Kramer for making this an unforgettable halloween!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:12 am
Sam is just the king!!!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:13 am
YESS!!! Thanks dude :)
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:14 am
it`s okay.......

great work, worth the wait.
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:20 am
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:20 am
Thanks. Finaly I was checking web site for this update like every day during this week...
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:20 am
Awesome work Andrew!!! I LOVE IT!!!

Now if we can only get our hands on Evolution....
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:24 am
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:28 am
Great!! Andrew, I Love U man!!!!!!!!!!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:29 am
Marc Biorklund
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:30 am
Look's amazing :) Sounds like I know what I am going to play with for the next hours :p

Thanks for the sharing
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:31 am
Awesome I knew you would be releasing it today :)

Thanks Andrew :)
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:40 am
HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Thanks Andrew for this great tutorial. You're doing a brilliant job. I will be using this tutorial in my new project.
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:42 am
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:46 am
happy halloween :)
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:57 am
I think I'll use this technique to make money flow into my wallet.
Thanks AK!
October 31st, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Haha ew! That's gross- but so awesome! Thanks Andrew.
October 31st, 2007 @ 12:52 pm
More complicated than it looks :)
Some Guy
October 31st, 2007 @ 12:54 pm
Well, it's ok. Nothing special.
No, just kidding. :-D It's great. It's awesome. It's even better than I thought it would be. Thank you very much.
Happy Halloween everybody! Especially to you, Indiana...

PS: Andrew, do you have a dog and if yes, what's his name? ;-)
Kyle Troxell
October 31st, 2007 @ 12:54 pm
this is mind bottling.

Great tutorial. You are very witty Andrew Kramer.
October 31st, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
Happy Halloween Mr. Jones...

Indiana Jones that is! :)
October 31st, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
Andrew -

You are going to give Sam a complex with the receiting hairline joke... who am I to have any room to talk - check out my picture on my homepage:
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

Awesom tutorial.

Happy Halloween!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
Wow... now all I need to do is to find a victim... WOW...

Maybe a politician would deserve a "treatment"....
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:31 pm
Great, Junior!
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
Congrats on tutorial number 50!
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
Great now that we have our Fix (Tutorial Addiction) when can we expect Evolutions Release?

Yep I am pushing for an answer, what are you going to do about it?
Make bugs crawl under my skin or something?

ROFL HAHA, well I guess that can be done so I better shut up now :)

Thanks again AK, You make VFX simple for the masses.
y designer
October 31st, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
it is a super idea
you did a very great work
thank you Andrew for all
October 31st, 2007 @ 3:06 pm
I knew that you were gonna put this tutorial on Halloween

it's here the golden 50th tutorial
October 31st, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
Simply beautiful as always. It's amazing how you can make these things so easy for us. You're big, Kramer.
October 31st, 2007 @ 3:14 pm
This is amazing! Soooow great!!! Thanks alot!
October 31st, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
The sounds at the beginning of the tutorials sound good
I think they are from a TV show called the "x" something
October 31st, 2007 @ 4:17 pm
your the man !
October 31st, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
thanx man your awsome ^^

AK FTW !!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 4:51 pm
awesome great!!!!

u should have this tutorial part 2- with the bug dig out of his face and fly, then land on the camera lens :D

that would be so cool!!! definitely cool!!!
October 31st, 2007 @ 5:11 pm
Hi Andrew :)

as usuall, you are amazing.
this is fantastic, when i thinking about all your effort i wondered how kind this person is ?

thanks for all your amazing work
October 31st, 2007 @ 5:15 pm
Yay! Happy Halloween!
October 31st, 2007 @ 6:22 pm
Dude, that's gross...but awesome.
October 31st, 2007 @ 7:03 pm
Muy buen trabajo! fede de Argentina...
October 31st, 2007 @ 8:08 pm
this tutorial is awesome.... i love u andrew.... (im strait, but this to to damn good)
October 31st, 2007 @ 11:33 pm
nice tut.

was Sam really on 24? If so, which season/episode did he appear in?
November 1st, 2007 @ 2:04 am
Gr8 Tutorial,

But you didn't show us the HAND.MOV which was there on your project window

Try to incorporate that you by creating a new part of this tutrial.

November 1st, 2007 @ 2:20 am
Lovin it!

Man you are the best, i really hope that you will not stop this, guz you have given me new point in my life, man really i totali respect you you are funny helpful and really nice to listen your tuts, oh, there is no way to but all the words on this post but, u konow tahat you are one of a kind!
November 1st, 2007 @ 2:31 am
im amazed at how simple you make things that seem so complicated . you are the best teacher ive ever learned from seriously so effective and to the point and simple . genius
November 1st, 2007 @ 3:40 am
November 1st, 2007 @ 4:02 am
Sweet sweet sweeet, I think they just keep getting better!
November 1st, 2007 @ 4:35 am
I love it Cool :d :d
November 1st, 2007 @ 6:48 am
Whatever happened to the good old days when we used real bugs? We would put a slit in the skin unter the shirt area. insert the roaches, then tape the wound up. The actor had to hold the roaches in place till the scene was set up. Usually only once chance of getting it right though.
November 1st, 2007 @ 8:38 am
AMAZING!!!! I love horror movies so this is the kind of tutorials I love. Thanks so much!!!!
Moca MX
November 1st, 2007 @ 9:03 am
On first pic is that Green Easy?
November 1st, 2007 @ 10:27 am
Vikram, the technique is exactly the same for the hand and arm as shown in the tutorial. Track the hand and arm and follow the steps. Don't think of it as a face...

If you can't use what you've learned then I have wasted my life... and what the hell are we trying to save.
November 1st, 2007 @ 10:30 am
I agree with Tuan you should make a part two of this of a bug entering or exiting. that would be soo cool. It would add to the effect soooo much.
November 1st, 2007 @ 10:58 am

In response to your second state above:

True... True... True...

Wait a second, that was a rhetorical question... right? :)

Any crazy Halloween stories from last night you wish to blog today? Surely Indiana has some adventures to share!
November 1st, 2007 @ 11:05 am
"If you can’t use what you’ve learned then I have wasted my life… and what the hell are we trying to save."

November 1st, 2007 @ 12:08 pm
Here is my try at it. Its only a test so I didn't spend too much time on it.
November 1st, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
I was going to do the same thing eith real bugs but now 'm thinking this might be a little safer
November 1st, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
I was going to do the same thing eith real bugs but now 'm thinking this might be a little safer. Awsome stuff.
November 1st, 2007 @ 12:25 pm
I tried to use real bugs but I couldnt get the tube to fit to get em in. Then theres the issue of trying to get them out.
November 1st, 2007 @ 12:37 pm
Jason- I just checked out your first run at this effect and it came out great! Unfortunately I would not be able to pull it off in the same manner as you since no one want to look at creepy crawlers scrolling over my fat beer belly. :)

I will have to come up with another creative approach.
Excellent work on your part though!
November 1st, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
Thanks Art G. I appreciate it.
November 1st, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
So, Andrew, did you get a lot of candy last night?! :O
November 1st, 2007 @ 1:57 pm
This tutorial basically answers the questions i had about "the mummy" and "the mummy returns" because its those films where i saw this effect for the first time and i thought it was soo clever how they did it. However as a video editor just like a lot of people, nothing really shocks me anymore, because I have learned so much in special effects in video that anything i see on screen now i just say to myself " so how would andrew show us how to do this"
November 1st, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
Hey nice, How much slack did you get for being in that costume?
November 1st, 2007 @ 9:54 pm
@ Video-Fx-Universe

haha instead, why don't you say to yourself, "hmmm, i wonder how 'I' could do that."
November 1st, 2007 @ 11:52 pm
Cool tutorial. That was a really fun one to do. I hope Sam has a good health insurance plan with everything that you do to him.
November 2nd, 2007 @ 3:32 am

Well i'm posting my first trial video for the bug on my face

But there is one glitch. I have removed the shadow matte as it is not giving a good result and was looking slightly fake. Well here's my pre pre version

and one for the demonness

My work is not as good as Andrew's but i had given it a shot.

Keep the volume up white watching the demonness

November 2nd, 2007 @ 6:08 am
Great work as usual! Thanks for taking this one several stages deeper with the displacement and shadows. I don't know where you find the time to do everything, but THANKS A LOT!!!
November 2nd, 2007 @ 6:56 am
This effect looks awesome. I cant wait to put it into use!

check out the one man short I made with the help of Action Movie Essentials.
November 2nd, 2007 @ 9:49 am
Bones -

Not that I carry any skills to where I could be considered any type of professional movie critic or anything, but Damn... that was good!
Outside of just the visual effects, the scene sequence, camera shots, voice over, and music was all perfect. Can't wait to see more!
November 2nd, 2007 @ 10:55 am

Any updates on Evolution? Your first post on Oct. 12th said less than a month. The clock is ticking and Nov. 12th is fast approaching. I am getting anxious. Still planning on getting it out by the 12th or is it going to be a little longer?

By the way check out my bug try at the bugs under the skin.
November 2nd, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
@ AK: Now that, i call a comeback ;) I thought the fires got you...

@Bones: Nice shots in your flick, especially the last one ;) What cam did you use?
November 2nd, 2007 @ 4:27 pm
Please keep posts on topic. There are several places to post relevant information.
November 2nd, 2007 @ 4:36 pm
ähhm, ok im sorry for that...
November 2nd, 2007 @ 5:17 pm
great job mr kramer. Incredible
November 2nd, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

I have completed my own trial utilizing the footage you supplied us in the project file and was very pleased with the outcome. I was wondering if you can provide some insight on the best method to achieve the effect of a vascular build up or veins branching up or down the arm utilizing this method? How would one animate the silhouette matte to strech by remaining static at one end and yet animating at the other?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you sir!
Orc Master
November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:25 am
Great stuff there! Making fun of Sam's approaching baldness, of Sam's face of terror, even of Sam's job as an actor for 24 and that commercial thing... (what sticks that friendship together anyways? :P)

You even remembered that I said that we in Venezuela didn't celebrate Halloween! Or you didn't? :s

Well, anyways, great stuff. Now I only have one doubt... What about the worms? Imagine I wanted to make worms crawling under skin, would I have to animate the mask? Could I use the puppet tool or something else to animate it more easily?

As I said, GREAT FREAKIN' STUFF! I however also miss the good ol' times when actors actually had to have cockroaches climb their butts and then wait until the bugs where in place for filming; don't worry, the roaches were clean :P
November 4th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
@Art G:

Just animate the mask. It's the same parameter, just drag the point or edges.
You could also create a path and use the stroke effect.
November 4th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm
@Alejandro -

Thank you sir! I will definitely give it a shot. I appreciate the response and by the way, your portfolio on your website is very impressive!

Thanks again for your help!
-Art G.
November 5th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

No problem! Hope it helps, the final animation should be interesting. Please let me know when you complete it so I can give it a look. And thanks for your comments!


November 5th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm
Hey whats up Andrew, wow what a great tutorial you made for Halloween, um I'm asking if u can make a tutorial on the sand effect from the movie Spider Man 3 using the particle presets, well cuz im new to After effects so..
November 5th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm
Jeffrey Maniebo,

I just watched a show on how they made the Sand Man, and it was made in Maya

November 5th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm
Andrew, any clues how to make one of the bugs rip out of the skin and still look believable?
November 7th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm
Hey Andrew I just purchased the Designer Sound FX DVD and it is worth it big time! I cant wait for the release of EVOLUTION ! thanks!!
November 8th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm
Great tutorial.. stunning !!!

How do i download a tutorial from andrew kramer instead of veiwing it online all the time ? my bandwidth is pretty crap and it takes ages to load and drops out all the time is there a wasy to save the tutorial so i can watch it from my computer ???
November 21st, 2007 @ 5:11 am
I couldn't understand some parts of this article nnial 2007 - salvatore iaconesi - poetry, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
January 18th, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
Borg nano probes!!!!!
March 21st, 2008 @ 10:33 am
One of your tutorials used in another movie... lol Shutter...
(look at around 1:38)
June 30th, 2008 @ 11:32 am
Hi All.

Nice forum.happy to be here and hope to be more involved.

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August 25th, 2009 @ 11:42 pm
Hey you guys are great you had did graet job thanks very much ..........
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:25 am
Reminds me of the scarabs in The Mummy.
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