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:

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7 years ago
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95 Comments

Reminds me of the scarabs in The Mummy.
Shiv
5 years ago
Hey you guys are great you had did graet job thanks very much ..........
6 years ago
Hi All.

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7 years ago
One of your tutorials used in another movie... lol Shutter...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J98Nh6fECNc
(look at around 1:38)
Dietrich
7 years ago
Borg nano probes!!!!!
7 years ago
I couldn't understand some parts of this article nnial 2007 - salvatore iaconesi - del.icio.us poetry, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
7 years ago
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 ???
Darren
7 years ago
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!!
7 years ago
Andrew, any clues how to make one of the bugs rip out of the skin and still look believable?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JtX9lx4_8
VFX-Anomaly
7 years ago
Jeffrey Maniebo,

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


Cheers
7 years ago
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..
7 years ago
Art:

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!

Regards

Alejandro
7 years ago
@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.
7 years ago
@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.
Orc Master
7 years ago
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
7 years ago
Andrew-

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!
randy
7 years ago
great job mr kramer. Incredible
illegalD
7 years ago
ähhm, ok im sorry for that...
7 years ago
Please keep posts on topic. There are several places to post relevant information.
illegalD
7 years ago
@ 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?
7 years ago
Andrew,

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JtX9lx4_8
7 years ago
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!
7 years ago
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.

http://vimeo.com/367034
Chris
7 years ago
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!!!
Vikram
7 years ago
Andrew,

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rHX6qyf9mc

and one for the demonness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rHX6qyf9mc

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

Keep the volume up white watching the demonness

TAKE CARE
7 years ago
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.
kAMA
7 years ago
@ Video-Fx-Universe

haha instead, why don't you say to yourself, "hmmm, i wonder how 'I' could do that."
VFX-Anomaly
7 years ago
Hey nice, How much slack did you get for being in that costume?
7 years ago
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"
bwoogie
7 years ago
So, Andrew, did you get a lot of candy last night?! :O
7 years ago
Thanks Art G. I appreciate it.
7 years ago
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!
7 years ago
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JtX9lx4_8
7 years ago
I was going to do the same thing eith real bugs but now 'm thinking this might be a little safer. Awsome stuff.
7 years ago
I was going to do the same thing eith real bugs but now 'm thinking this might be a little safer
7 years ago
Here is my try at it. Its only a test so I didn't spend too much time on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JtX9lx4_8
7 years ago
"If you can’t use what you’ve learned then I have wasted my life… and what the hell are we trying to save."

lol
7 years ago
Andrew,

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!
7 years ago
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.
7 years ago
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.
Moca MX
7 years ago
On first pic is that Green Easy?
7 years ago
AMAZING!!!! I love horror movies so this is the kind of tutorials I love. Thanks so much!!!!
Kdawg
7 years ago
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.
Gaëtan
7 years ago
I love it Cool :d :d
7 years ago
Sweet sweet sweeet, I think they just keep getting better!
7 years ago
cool
lifetype
7 years ago
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
Tim
7 years ago
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!
Vikram
7 years ago
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.

Thanks
Fonzie
7 years ago
nice tut.

was Sam really on 24? If so, which season/episode did he appear in?
JustAmit
7 years ago
this tutorial is awesome.... i love u andrew.... (im strait, but this to to damn good)
Fedegomez
7 years ago
Muy buen trabajo! fede de Argentina...
Derek
7 years ago
Dude, that's gross...but awesome.
7 years ago
Yay! Happy Halloween!
m.abulazm
7 years ago
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
Tuan
7 years ago
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!!!
Ryoo
7 years ago
thanx man your awsome ^^

AK FTW !!!
hgoodsir
7 years ago
your the man !
Juan
7 years ago
The sounds at the beginning of the tutorials sound good
I think they are from a TV show called the "x" something
7 years ago
This is amazing! Soooow great!!! Thanks alot!
7 years ago
Simply beautiful as always. It's amazing how you can make these things so easy for us. You're big, Kramer.
Juan
7 years ago
Yessssssssss!
I knew that you were gonna put this tutorial on Halloween

it's here the golden 50th tutorial
=D
y designer
7 years ago
it is a super idea
you did a very great work
thank you Andrew for all
NeedNewEmail
7 years ago
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.
Revolution
7 years ago
Congrats on tutorial number 50!
7 years ago
Great, Junior!
7 years ago
Wow... now all I need to do is to find a victim... WOW...

Maybe a politician would deserve a "treatment"....
3pm
7 years ago
FANTASTIC! NOW I CAN MAKE BUGS CRAWL UNDER MY SKIN AS WELL AS ON TOP OF MY SKIN! IT'S EVERY BOYS DREAM! :)

Awesom tutorial.

Happy Halloween!!
7 years ago
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:

http://www.youtube.com/AG3MiniFilmsStudio
7 years ago
Happy Halloween Mr. Jones...

Indiana Jones that is! :)
Kyle Troxell
7 years ago
this is mind bottling.

Great tutorial. You are very witty Andrew Kramer.
Some Guy
7 years ago
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? ;-)
dcloud
7 years ago
More complicated than it looks :)
7 years ago
Haha ew! That's gross- but so awesome! Thanks Andrew.
7 years ago
I think I'll use this technique to make money flow into my wallet.
Thanks AK!
c
7 years ago
happy halloween :)
7 years ago
WOOOOOOOOOOOAH
7 years ago
HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Thanks Andrew for this great tutorial. You're doing a brilliant job. I will be using this tutorial in my new project.
NeedNewEmail
7 years ago
Awesome I knew you would be releasing it today :)

Thanks Andrew :)
Marc Biorklund
7 years ago
Look's amazing :) Sounds like I know what I am going to play with for the next hours :p

Thanks for the sharing
هـــاشم
7 years ago
CoOl
Maor
7 years ago
YEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
Great!! Andrew, I Love U man!!!!!!!!!!!
7 years ago
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
jorberg
7 years ago
Awesome work Andrew!!! I LOVE IT!!!

Now if we can only get our hands on Evolution....
Bels
7 years ago
Thanks. Finaly I was checking web site for this update like every day during this week...
CooOOl
7 years ago
WWOOOOOOOOOOT NICE:D:D:D
Codemonkey
7 years ago
it`s okay.......





great work, worth the wait.
7 years ago
YESS!!! Thanks dude :)
7 years ago
Sam is just the king!!!!
Raj
7 years ago
WHOAAA...this is going to be the best halloween EVER!!!!...Thank you Mr. Kramer for making this an unforgettable halloween!!
klaus
7 years ago
even better than the simpsons
7 years ago
yooooooooo !!!
7 years ago
woohooo =))))))
Connor
7 years ago
Wow! Fantastic!

I am definitely going to use this!

Thanks.
sawdust
7 years ago
yeah.. nice halloween special! :D

thanks andrew!!
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