Bridge is Ready

So I’ve modeled the bridge and have the particle dynamics ready as well. Figuring out the dust was tricky though… Here is how it works: particles need to be activated along with the animation. In other words when the bridge falls the dirt and dust needs to dissipate into the air.

Particles can be placed on any 3d surface but to get them to turn into dust as the bridge falls, I’ve set up an operator that checks the speed of the particle. So when the particles are on the bridge they are still, but when the bridge falls the particles fall and begin to pick up speed! Then any particle that is moving will then turn into dust. More testing underway. This is a procedural way to animate effects, instead of keyframing all of these operations they are dynamic instead.
I’ve also got a few holiday tutorials coming, so stay tuned.

December 12th, 2007 @ 12:06 am
good stuff
James Price
December 12th, 2007 @ 12:08 am
Wow...Ha Ha...bridge destruction eh?
Any plans to put some cars getting trashed in the process?
I am so looking forward to this one!
December 12th, 2007 @ 12:20 am
I'm looking forward to do this tutorial!
December 12th, 2007 @ 12:36 am
I'm dying to see this tutorial! Looking forward to my holidays already! : D
December 12th, 2007 @ 12:40 am
sick i can't wait , and i know this isn't where i post tutorial suggestions but i was just wondering are you gonna show how to realistically composite this bridge collapse into live footage, with Sam the star of course?
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:07 am
Looking forward to see this tutorial! Well, im looking forward to every turorial! You're the best Kramer!
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:23 am
I guess this will be awesome, take time to make it as sharp it's needed ^^
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:23 am
Yeah, I'd like to see something with that as well...
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:25 am
This is gonna be F*@#%*& WICKED!

You're like a mini-me going out and learning all the cool stuff I wish I had the time to learn.

And I thought Christmas was gonna suck this year... thanks Andrew!
Pete Gell
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:34 am
Lighting looks good (to this untrained eye anyway). If you could throw in a mention of how you lit the scene, that would be nice. Another unmissable tutorial coming up.
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:37 am
cool, awsome fn wiked
December 12th, 2007 @ 2:19 am
Am an architecture student.....Am working on a project on max. Its an office complex.... And i have the complete model done in 3D... So even i have a building waitin to be collapsed in after effects.... Am waiting for the holiday tutorial....
i Hav this building designed on 3d to the fullest.. i will try to upload the file on rapidshare and post a link for ppl who wanna jus hav a look or try out some effects with it...
December 12th, 2007 @ 2:56 am
December 12th, 2007 @ 3:26 am
perfect, soon you can remaster the movie "earthquake" with the free way collapse scéne!
Maybe you can show us the animation soon? :)

Looking forward for the holiday tutorials, keep up the good work!
December 12th, 2007 @ 3:29 am
He Andrew,

I'm looking forward to see the movie of this one, to see how it looks like.
It sounds to be pretty exciting though =D.

Hope you'll post it soon ;)

Greatzz, SojaBird.
December 12th, 2007 @ 3:37 am
Cool Stuff.
December 12th, 2007 @ 3:51 am
@suvir: hey sharing that model of yours would be great! Please post the link in this blog, that would be very nice!
December 12th, 2007 @ 3:51 am
Hi i want to wish you good luck with your work and hope that you will show us final render of this scene :)
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:11 am
nide !hell yea!
Patrik TG
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:24 am
Nice stuff.
You should post some WIP, like some test renders ;)
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:27 am
its vray?
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:32 am
Fantastic=Andrew Kramer
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:51 am
cool stuff...
Happy camper
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:24 am

nice stuff, can wait.... this looks tricky but im always up for a challenged.
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:27 am
Most impressive... looking forward to this.

Reminds me of some sequences from the latest 'die hard' flick.
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:47 am
Hey Nice job Andrew,
by the way, i was looking the tv this morning and i saw one of our tutorials and i think Riot Gear stuff on the new Mivie Clip of Simple Plan, whene i'm gone .... wtv

Thanks for all
December 12th, 2007 @ 6:34 am
Wow that's nice. I've actually once tried to make dust with pflow, but it wouldn't work for me. Could you explain how you achieved it? (pflow setup, materials and stuff)

Thanks, and looking forward to the tutorials :).
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:07 am
How real are you expecting this to look? Will it be good enough to use along with live action?
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:28 am
Can you do those holiday tuts very soon..............i have a christmas movie that needs completing in under a week......and i have no idea :S Please Help!
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:50 am
That will be a very nice tutorial. I would be perfect if u use cars getting trashed in the process I am also looking forward to this one
December 12th, 2007 @ 8:37 am
looks awesome but i got the question im not working with 3ds max but with maya does this tutorials also comes in a maya version like the 3d text did....
Migha CG
December 12th, 2007 @ 8:52 am
this one I gotta test out! Must check my 3DsMax skills a bit:D
go Andrew!
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:03 am
Wow. I didn't even think you were doing this as a tutorial. I figured you were just telling us what you were working on. But everyone here seems determined that it's going to be a tutorial. So, I guess that's cool. Sounds like it will be more intense than the blood cell tutorial.

Looking forward to it if it's an actual tutorial.

Oh. And by "Holiday Tutorials" do you mean tutorials during the holidays or tutorials that have to do with holiday effects? Just curious....
Alex T
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:04 am
Nice bridge! ;) It seems like you actually mean it when you said you loved blowing stuff up XD

Are the tutorials gonna come on the same day or with some space between?

Great website Andrew! Thanks for having it :D
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:15 am
I am really interested in learning the reactor in 3DS max, would you be able to post a basic tutorial on how it works when it comes to objects colliding, object gravity and clashing with other objects?
Flim By Tim Productions.
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:41 am
this isnt really about this but OOOOOOOOOO I CANT WAIT gotta find my 3ds max 9 box somewhere no where is it but anyways you work in photoshop i believe and this has some very neat brushes for photoshop all FREE!!!!!!! 100
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:47 am
Andrew if it wasn't for you i would never of learned how to use aodbe after effects or 3d max. Your tutorials are the best iv seen anywere on the internet.
Kyle G
December 12th, 2007 @ 10:15 am
So will this be a tutorial for sure then? Also is this the same method I would want to use if say I wanted to fly a plane into a building or into a bridge like you have?

December 12th, 2007 @ 10:58 am
dude, if you tutorialize this thing you are gonna be bigger than jesus!
December 12th, 2007 @ 11:01 am
Looks cool! Can't wait to see the tutorial!
I also searched for 'reactor simulation' on youtube and there are some stunning movies
Marc Biorklund
December 12th, 2007 @ 11:24 am
Looks really great ! I am looking forward to see more 3DS tutorials related to VFX projects. Reading this news is very intresting and it's going to be very exciting to pratice and learn basic and advanced stuff in 3DS.

Sounds like I will need a new computer for christmas to be able to render all these upcoming tutorials.
Doogie Howser MD
December 12th, 2007 @ 11:40 am
Thought i'd just share this great textures resource with you all
December 12th, 2007 @ 12:47 pm
sounds awesome! and holiday tutorials! just what i needed thank you!
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

i'm very excited to see this tutorial, this tuto will be GREATTTTTTTT. tomorrow i have my new computer with intel 2 quad inside, it will be perfect for this kind of tuto.

andrew you're my master.
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
looking great! cant wait to see it in action
December 12th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm
amazing! is all I can say
December 12th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
Thanks for sharing this Andrew Kramer
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
Hey Andrew, big fan here and I just wanted to know if theres any possibilty for something like this in Cinema 4D?? Something for the Mac users??
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:30 pm
This is gonna be one hell of a long tutorial! But who cares, Kramer's awesomeness can pull it off, with jokes as well!

Just a suggestion, but you should have Sam standing under the bridge and get him squashed... That would be hilarious!
December 12th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
this looks incredible, can't wait for the tutorial
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
Dude, this is brilliant!!! i can't wait for this one! :D :D you legend!
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm
Nice! Can't wait to see what else you do with it.

Simple Plan's new video looks like they used your light streaks.
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
Nice! Can't wait to see what else you do with it.

Simple Plan's new video looks like they used your light streaks. Pretty Amazing, Video Copilot is amazing!
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm
Looks like fun. I'd like to see a finished product and a tutorial would be great if it's possible. Either way, i'm looking forward to the holiday stuff.
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm
looks cool, i`d suggest not to use that short depth of field or the bridge will look like a toy for little cars :-)
December 12th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm
How else can I hide my fast texture-job?
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm
This is looking sooo awesome.

I can't wait for the tut. It will also be great for use in other situations. Buildings falling, ect
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm
This will be unlike any other training found on the net or anywhere for that matter. Thanks again you MaCHIna you. :)
December 12th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm
Andrew i suggest you convert ur objects into a mesh and work out textures for better realistic effects.... But it will slow down your rendering time considerably... but thts the price to pay for better effects....
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm
Wait for it....
December 12th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm
I understand where you come from andrew being a 3d person myself. Its amazing what you learn when you set yourself a project instead of relying on tutorials. But it takes so long, but its worth it in the end becuase you learn not just one thing, but new ways of doing old things, etc, etc. I've been a Lightwave user for years now in using Maya and sometimes 3d max, its like starting all over again. So i'm looking forward to your demo, i'm currently building a new website and learning flash. Mannn!!

December 12th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm
Lord and master Andrew Kramer has come correct again. I have been doing 3d in Max for a bit now, I have switched to Cinema 4d, for the way it handles textures.
Your work is awesome and hands down the best on the net and even on the entire globe.

I would still like to see more integration of 3d and after effects tutorials.
But what you give us is awesome non-the-less. I am getting into reactor and all that comes with it.

You need to make that dvd integrating 3d and after effects.
You would make a killing with that.
December 12th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm
hye there, can't wait for new tutorials.. say hye to all ur stuff.
great job MR ANDREW KRaMER


December 13th, 2007 @ 12:09 am
Hey Man! This looks great!

You are a legend buddy.

t would be nice to see the final product. Or maybe it's possible to see a tutorial on this? It's always good to see a good robust tutorial on 3d and the workflow with AE. Like the one you did with he HOUSE effect.

All the best from Australia!

December 13th, 2007 @ 12:11 am
I modelled the Delaware Memorial Bridge linking Delaware and New Jersey using more than one host software...
Basic modelling done with 3dsmax 9.... I know the texturing is sad cause i didnt spend much time in texturing...
Used photoshop to take the materials from real pictures and mapped them onto the bridge... i used the perspective option in photoshop cs to convert any pics that were on 3d to 2d....
Most of the surfaces hav been made as a mesh for mapping purpose...
December 13th, 2007 @ 12:14 am
Plz dont comment on the texture cause i spent only a couple of hours on it...

Am planning to use V ray for the final render of the bridge....
Am learning particle system in max... I jus learnt splaing of water using max.... Doesnt look all that great though... But think i can make something better out of it in days to come...
December 13th, 2007 @ 12:21 am
i Also have a detailed model of the Former World Trade centre well detaitled model... I found it in the net while browsing... Its quite a large file.. If anyone is interested i can maybe compress the file size and Post a link ....
December 13th, 2007 @ 12:24 am
i used the WTC model in a small video i made as a part of a project - Assignment on terrorism... and as a tibute to the architectural marvel...
December 13th, 2007 @ 3:22 am
Seems to be next level stuff!

Cant wait for it!
December 13th, 2007 @ 5:01 am
About the depth of field in the image making it look like a "toy bridge"...

There is a technique to do just that.

Really cool way to make your real shots look amazingly like miniatures.
Keep in mind, these photos are REAL AERIAL PHOTOS taken from a helicopter.


Also...can't wait until your new tutorial Andrew.

Thanks for everything you do for us.
Josh Johnson
December 13th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
Yes I'm excited to see some 3d work again. This bridge test looks great. I have C4d but I will make due.
December 13th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

Where IS it???

Sorry, too much Starbucks this morning...haha
December 13th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm
Andy you’re the best 'me old son'! 3D tutorials rock, but does anyone know if this tutorial will translate into Cinema4D as I don’t have 3DS?

Sending my love from the UK
December 13th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm
look forward to it. :)
December 13th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
Can't wait, will be great. I love the look of the bridge.

Will the tutorial just be on how to collapse it or also on texturing/rendering?


December 13th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm
Do you think 3ds max would work well on a mac running xp and osx?
December 13th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm
Man, can you do a tutorial with also the bulletproof anti-gravity truck breaking down and the bad ass military plane with bruce willis surfing on the top?...can you do this for me?

come on, it's xmas!
December 13th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
uuhhhhhhh I love money... and love this tutorials...I just wish that we could have andrew day everyday of the year. I'm going through withdraws when there is not a new tutorial.
December 13th, 2007 @ 10:49 pm
Really nice Andrew. One suggestion, you should buy vray plug-in if you don't allready have it, it's a powerfull plug-in and I use it for all my work. Get vray materials from
For those that don't know what vray is I can try to explain alittle bit with my bad English. Insted of using the default render (scanline I think:P) you can now buy a really powerfull plug-in by chaosgroup that will give you a photograpich renders and it is amazing. Just think of transformers and those types of digital animation renders! So if you make a falling bridge like Andrew here, you can select vray as the render engine and add some vray materials to the bridge and so on, and then you will get realistic movies!
December 14th, 2007 @ 6:38 am
ehhh andrew,watch the next video, TUTORIALS OF ANDREW KRAMER , MTV
December 14th, 2007 @ 9:59 am
Andrew, don't you dare do a stupid Rudolph or snow tutorial, lol.
Julio César
December 14th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
Very good Andrew and crew!

I love 3D and i really need to learn more about it! I've already set up 3DS max 9 for the job!

December 14th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
hi everybody. andrew you are the best doing what you do best. try to come back to more cinematic tutorial. they are the best.

i have a question. maybe it's not the right place but can someone explain to me how to achieve this effect on this poster

it's seems black and white but it got a little color in it. i want to do it for my next film. is it black and white with some layer of color?
December 14th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm
I think we all got some pretty awesome presents coming our way ;) (Yes, tutorials)
December 14th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm
3DS wont run on a Mac AT ALL as far as I know. Not even if you have windows installed this is why Im so stumped. I have a Mac with C4D and so now Im trying to learn all I can about Dynamics so I can be some what up to par with this new tutorial, even though its a totally different program.
Justin Barkby
December 14th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm
Hey Andrew.

Cannot wait to see the next line of tutorials. I just want to thank you for showing us how to do some really cool things in After Effects. Good luck with the Particle Dynamics cause I use to play a little with them in Maya so know how complex they can be.
By the Way, Merry Christmas mate. I would not have been able to make this without using your tutorials.
December 14th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm
@ Pascal Payant...

All u hav to do i completely desaturate your video and to an adjustment layer add colorize and increase the saturation of ur required color... play with the curves option also to boost the contrast...
Its prty simple..
Austin Kramer
December 19th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm
Yes, this really is my name. Do you guys ever use trapcode?
January 1st, 2008 @ 3:18 pm
Bring it on!!
Yay for 3ds max, good program! and Happy new Year!
January 4th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
What happened to the holiday tutorials :'(
January 6th, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
Did you see the scene from die hard 4 when the F-16 take out the bridges and freeway the amount of work that went into it was unbelivable.

good luck with your bridge anima can't wait to see it ......
Jonathan Topliss
November 25th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
Hi Andrew this looks amazing please please please do a tutorial of this plus a finished one of it falling down
April 30th, 2010 @ 7:55 pm
Man, I have done just about every single tutorial you've got and this one looks exceptional(just like the rest) I must insist with Mr. Topliss and many of the others, please when you have the time, dazzle us with this tutorial!
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:31 am
Looking good so far!
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