Fun with 3D Shadows

I’m planning a new tutorial covering some of the cool functions of 3D shadows in AE. In this example the light follows the flame and make the text cast a shadow down the background.

Now if only they would make a movie called “Death Man” I’d be set.

I’ve also got some new tutorials in the works, so who knows what will actually be released next…

February 2nd, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
Cool! looks great :)
Mohammad dashti
February 2nd, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
i can't wait for your plug-in
February 2nd, 2008 @ 2:41 pm
hay my dear frined

that is very cooooooooool vedio can we do like this
so i Proposal you make like this vedio and we try to make like it
to opne door for Challenge " Make like thiS "

February 2nd, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
Andrew, your tutorials have transcended to the point I consider them entertainment. They are wonderful to watch.
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

Dude this looks sweet.

Now i know I'm not supposed to post ideas for tutorials here but i was just wondering, what ever happened to that Forrest Gump tutorial you were gonna do?
Le Bandit
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:08 pm
wow, great stuff Andrew, this is my first time writting, I´m seriously impressed with the contribution to vfx artists that you and your friends provide.
Great site, Great Stuff, Great people
Thanks from Argentina
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
that looks awesome, i look forward to it and i knew there was a good reason to check this blog every day
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:20 pm
yea! new tuts! i cant wait. how much tuts you got in work?
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
WOW, I'm really impressed with the way that looks!

I can't wait!
Josh J. Johnson
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:48 pm
That was awesome Andrew. Which forest gump tutorial???

February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
I told you i have a script for you but you are too buzy.
ricky elliott
February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
sweet. Now, are you going to use the riot gear things? BTW BEST PURCHASE EVER, well ok they all are good but I love riot gear. I also want to know about this forrest gump tutorial!!!
February 2nd, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
awesome :)
February 2nd, 2008 @ 4:33 pm
man this is crazy, you keep working very hard for us.
February 2nd, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
Wow that looks really nice! Can't wait! Like always!
morten enoksen
February 2nd, 2008 @ 4:48 pm
looks neet;) Looking forward to it.
February 2nd, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
2008 will be a great year with videocopilot !
February 2nd, 2008 @ 5:28 pm
that was wicked!

In a few months or so my school is having a media festival, Ill be editing the opening scenes of most, I think this will awe the audience!
February 2nd, 2008 @ 5:46 pm
Looks hot, somehow.
February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:09 pm
Freakin righteous! Can't wait Drew!
February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
Looks great!
ricky elliott
February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:23 pm
I know I already posted, and its probably because I'm a perfectionist, but I think the light should follow the ink as it goes up. AWESOME THOUGH
February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
Great stuff Andrew. Keep it up mate!
February 2nd, 2008 @ 7:06 pm
WOW! This looks absolutely stunning! Can't wait for the that looks wicked!
February 2nd, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
Looks Great -- Looking forward to a great tutorial. Also looking forward to Twitch! I'm really hoping for more motion graphic tutorials or even a new motion graphic product soon.....I've been using evolution like CRAZY.
some guy
February 2nd, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
im f---in jealous....i dont want anyone to know about this website...only me......everyone leave..after u buy his dvds of course
some guy
February 2nd, 2008 @ 7:52 pm
thank allah for those people on youtube that told me about videocopilot
February 2nd, 2008 @ 8:38 pm
February 2nd, 2008 @ 9:15 pm
Hi Andrew,
This is a great teaser. For me the teaser is already a great inspiration for a project I'm doing currently.

(DFX (Digital Effects) VFX (Visual Effects) Compositing Food)
February 2nd, 2008 @ 9:48 pm
February 2nd, 2008 @ 11:34 pm
Woah that's just awesome man! I can`t wait to see it! Greetings!
February 3rd, 2008 @ 12:30 am
looks great :-)
ömer tatlisoz
February 3rd, 2008 @ 2:27 am
very good Andrew :)
Alex T
February 3rd, 2008 @ 2:38 am
"Now if only they would make a move called “Death Man” I’d be set."
Don't you mean movie? ^^

It looks really good! But the sparkslight looked a little wierd when it suddenly become completly black. But I think you will make a great tutorial out of it anyways so!

Keep it up!

/Alex T
February 3rd, 2008 @ 2:56 am
Wow, I've always wanted to do this, and if you can please also teach us to create the flame and shadow effects in a real life video, so that it can comes out of a person's hand or body. I know there are tutorials like this out there but they are not as realistic, or maybe we should use real flame instead of particles?
And I love how you sounded so excited in your tutorials even though it's for free... makes us excited too...
Thank you Andrew. :)
February 3rd, 2008 @ 3:12 am
And if you don't mind, can you pleeease give us the audio with the project, cos the the audio surely make the scene looks realistic.
Thank God for you Andrew... :)
February 3rd, 2008 @ 3:13 am
Great! your tutorials get better everytime andrew :)
Joey Bane
February 3rd, 2008 @ 3:23 am

What fonts are you using? especially with this one and the banner of the site? thanx.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 3:23 am
that is brilliant, waiting forward for this...
amazing... just.. just... my eyes are so happy... awesome

keep up the good work
February 3rd, 2008 @ 5:59 am
Kramer, why don't you and your team make your own movie and launch it at the cinema? Would have gone to that film 20x!
February 3rd, 2008 @ 6:06 am
# Joey Bane Says:
February 3rd, 2008 at 3:23 am


What fonts are you using? especially with this one and the banner of the site? thanx.

Well i know he's using Ariel Black a lot...DEATH MAN is ariel black...But A CHRONICLE OF MAGIC is not ariel black think Franklin what ever think dont know the full name
Conor Maher
February 3rd, 2008 @ 7:09 am
February 3rd, 2008 @ 7:17 am
Wow thats superb. thnx andrew.

But how the fire particles at the end gives light to the text? Is there any tricky part for that?

Expecting to see the tut soon. thnx again.

Regards - Sandy
February 3rd, 2008 @ 7:31 am
hey looks great, thx to u i have really learned after effects through and through. i learn somtin new everyday. but i RELLY want to c that 3ds max particle destruction tut u planned. PLZ MAKE THAT ONE NEXT, if its ready.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 8:21 am
You are one of the kind! Your work inspierd me so much! I cant wait to see you update more of your work, its just simple amazing! And its fun to listen to you, you are a very good teacher. Great work man and where are the monkeys* :P
February 3rd, 2008 @ 9:48 am
The font is one of my favorites:
Franklin Gothic Demi Cond.

As for the ending, I'm sure it will be worked out be for it is published.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 11:00 am
February 3rd, 2008 @ 11:26 am
It would be ground breaking for video copilot to have a sister website for c4d and 3ds max. but i guess it harder to sell 3d materials. can't wait until the new tutorials start up.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
Slightly off topic, but...Just a quick question on motion blurring if anyone wants to answer it:

I'm putting together an animation and am having a go at pre-composing bits of it before putting them in the main composition (normally i just slap everything into one composition lol).

Ok, on the switches pannel, should i turn motion blurring on in my pre-comps, switch the motion blurring on in the main comp.....or in both?

Hope that makes sense, i'm not sure whether doing it in the pre-comp plus the main camp leads to a double blurring effect.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
nah man AK is really aftereffects...imo he gotta strick to AE.
im 100% no one can do it better then AK, specially the humor in the tuts lol, most tutorials are boring blablablabla but AK takes it to another lvl

good job
February 3rd, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
Also, Don't forget the voice :D
Marc Biorklund
February 3rd, 2008 @ 5:05 pm
I must say that I love the teaser of this upcomming tutorial.
I already see that Riot Gear will be very helpfull here :)
February 3rd, 2008 @ 5:33 pm
u rock, man
keep on!
Will Carroll
February 3rd, 2008 @ 8:12 pm
Awesome Andrew. Can't wait to see this one! btw, I think that it would be a cool edition to your site if you added a tutorial competition page, where the best composition of the tutorial of the week is posted on the home page.

just a thought...
February 3rd, 2008 @ 8:56 pm
Looks very cool as usual. Should make an awesome idea for a tut.
February 3rd, 2008 @ 9:17 pm
gr8 andrew, will wait for the tut & the awesome ending part of those fire particles.

It looks superb, u r my master. thnx, regards - Sandy
February 3rd, 2008 @ 10:37 pm
I love it! Thanks heaps! always can learn a lot here...your blog is a treasure for me.
February 4th, 2008 @ 6:25 am
Ovo je futa ziva
February 4th, 2008 @ 6:36 am
Looks cool. I especially like how the sparks light the background.
February 4th, 2008 @ 8:20 am
Looks great Andrew, I guess this 2008 will be very good.

Keep it up Andrew. ANDREW KRAMER you Rokk man
Joey Bane
February 4th, 2008 @ 8:28 am
wow! Andrew Kramer answered my question! I'm so psyched! :)
February 4th, 2008 @ 10:50 am
This will be very useful! Can't wait.
February 4th, 2008 @ 11:21 am
i think we should have a amuture tutorial contest
which kramer fan can make the best tut
February 4th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
Anticipating everything you come out with... Has Sam seen that movie, "I Am Sam"?
February 4th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
Ohhh very nice. I cant wait this new tutorial. It is going to be additional to my little movie.
February 4th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

*cough*I am Sam*cough*
February 4th, 2008 @ 4:21 pm
Video Copilot crow, you guys putting up one of the best tutorials on your site. If anywhere I can be to learn is here! Hi I cannot wait for the news tutorials.......keep your head up.....
February 4th, 2008 @ 8:58 pm
Ehh, Why not? You can get a group of AE Students of yours, make a new movie. Go to Disney, tell them this is the next Chronicals of Narnia... Andrew Kramer Edition. And your set. You know how Disney accept every single move:P Looks nice:)
February 5th, 2008 @ 1:43 am
looking forward to this tut :) looks awesome
February 5th, 2008 @ 3:29 am
nice movie Anrew!
I like the way you make the riot gear inkflow look like a flame.
i cant wait for the tutorial :)
February 5th, 2008 @ 7:48 am
Looks good Andrew. Looking forward to it.
February 5th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm
check out the fire tut i made ,its not perfect like andrews but iam still trying ,still learning and the credits goes to the boss him self.
February 5th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
ok i think i figured it out and im proud of myself hahaha. cant wait to see if im right. or at least on the right path.
February 5th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm
i love thees tutorials, im a newb at starting with AE, i cant even get CC particle world.. lol.. any one lend me a hand ? is it part of AE or is a new plugin..

realy wanna try that title tutorial with the particles, but get stuck there :)

keep it up..
February 5th, 2008 @ 5:27 pm
Awesome thanks Andrew.
Can I throw out a tutorial request. I notice in a lot of your promos e.g. evolution, you do a lot of camera moves between scenes to give it that continuous flow kind of vibe. There seems to be motion blur and dissolving and a bunch of stuff going on, maybe a tutorial on that would be cool (if there isn't one already). Keep up the great work
February 5th, 2008 @ 8:12 pm
I like the choco/ mochoa evolution color scheme by the way .....or colour scheme as I would say (being english...what what)
February 5th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm
Hey Andrew!

Thanks HEAPS for all of these tutorials - I feel like a pro now. I also second the above comment... smove continous flow's between scenes.
February 6th, 2008 @ 12:44 am
dude i`m from brazil and i would like just to thank you so much for making this site and this tutorials! thank you big time!
February 6th, 2008 @ 5:14 am
Hey Andrew,

How are you?
Nice work, can you make somthing for my company?

Mail me,

Thanks al lot, Paul

from Holland
February 6th, 2008 @ 7:14 am
Hi, thanks for a great site!

i was just wondering if ju cant do some more 3D/After effects work?
would be awesome tracking som shoots import to a 3d program then
compositing in Af !
February 6th, 2008 @ 9:21 am
Best all u best
happy new year,
bring on 2008
greetz,Wacker from China
February 6th, 2008 @ 9:33 am
WOW!looks great,Keep it up!
February 6th, 2008 @ 9:44 am
This one looks great, I am far from an expert and this is constructive criticism, the flame doesn't really look like a flame as it goes up it keeps its intensity which really isn't what a flame will do, it will dissipate and turn into black smoke. Looks like a great tutorial though!! Love the site.
February 6th, 2008 @ 11:13 am
this looks awesome!! the way the flame holds the effect while traveling away from the text and the little bit of flame ignites from the letter 'n' while appearing to be casting a light flicker effect is absolutely fantastic!! Can't wait for this one!!

Thanks in advance Andrew. Hope the family is doing well.
February 6th, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
Here is my attempt at this. I'm sure Andrew will make it easy like he always does.
February 7th, 2008 @ 8:25 am
Deathman !!! sweet! from the book ($0.49) ??
February 7th, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
In this clip based on DEATH MAN I did the opposite of what andrew did , he worked alot with blue so I based it on that.
check it out
February 8th, 2008 @ 3:41 am
heres my try at reproducing an effect similar to this... what do you all think?
February 8th, 2008 @ 5:27 am
has anyone figured out the second part of the tut. where the embers fall and light up the scene?
February 8th, 2008 @ 8:27 am
just saw this on you tube, Great 3d tracking
Babatunde Tunslike
February 8th, 2008 @ 10:04 am

an audition will hold on the file "DEATH MAN" at VideoCoPilot.Com....


this AndRew KramEr is really a bunch of talents, i could imagine what the Trailer would look like with the wonderful concepts...

its been a long time i posted, but when i open my browser today cuss videocopilt was my home page and i saw this, Waow!!!... i was like "O my God, who is this guy?"..... i cant wait for the tutorial

Guy!!! don't forget the AUDITION, I having meeting MEL, GIBSON, STeven Spliberg, and other wonderful guys on this project...

Andrew! your new EVOLUTION Header, which Font is it? and how do you blend background for reflection?
February 8th, 2008 @ 10:44 am
hey andrew,

there are a movie called Dead Man!
Directed by Jim Jarmush, whit Jonny Deep.

hey, sorry my enghlish.

by the way.... this tutorial looks very cool.
Some Guy
February 8th, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
Looks great! I can't wait.
I would love to see this done in 3ds Max with real 3D text.

PS: I saw another "some guy" here on the blog. I am the original one. The others are just imitations... :P

@ Sean Emer: Wow, nice job! But I would make two things different: a) the edges of the text are sometimes too sharp (it makes them look artificial), I would blur them just a little bit; and b) I would mask out the bottom of the "flame" - that hard edge floating in the air behind the word "MAN" looks funny/strange (look how Andrew did this; he also used a different inkdrop). The rest is great. The weird positioning of the title (the left side stays black, while the right side is bright and thereby dominant), the flickering, the blur and the camera movement makes your composition intense and creepy. I also like how you used the rule of thirds.
February 8th, 2008 @ 4:57 pm
all i need is the light and camera movment i got the camera but i cant get the freakin light. i guess i have to wait
February 8th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
Thanks some guy! I also noticed the fakeness of the words with the crisp edges, and I see your point on the flame's bottom. I didn't have much time to work on this because I'm gaffing a film at the moment and don't have much free time, so I rushed this render before it was ready I guess, haha. I'll make some improvements though!
Matthew Boer
February 9th, 2008 @ 5:53 am
Wait for it, thanks for the comming up release.
February 9th, 2008 @ 8:10 pm
ace one, always appreciate the efforts you put into getting us to be regulars, total insparation for my own stuff obviously, but i have been able to put myself out there like i couldnt before with the confidence you have helped me with, if you ever need any your if you ever need to be smuggled acroosed the can/am border...i know some mohawks

thanks again
February 10th, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

i just watched an advert for the sarah conner chronicles on Virgin 1 in the UK and they've used the same music that Andrew Kramer used on his old showrell on Final Image lol.
February 10th, 2008 @ 5:31 pm
I got it ,dont ask for free stuff i was like where did i go but again iam still trying to make the cold breath from the movie essin using the smoke and track it to make it look like breath.
Some Guy
February 10th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
@ matt: I found that advert and it' really the same music. They even have a man hit by a car. :-D
February 11th, 2008 @ 6:38 am
if you have heard of jerry springer than you have heard of steve wilco, well his whole title sequence is kramers ink bleed stuff and they sucks! you think that some one with a studio l.a. no less , they would take it to the next level....but it was only an ink bleed with an adjustment layer to add color
February 12th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
matthew stafford
February 15th, 2008 @ 8:26 am
have you guys ever thought of using a contest involving us normal people in order to promote your products. Personaly I would love not only to see what you guys do with your products (I love the tutorials...i learn a lot and use these at work) but I would love to also see what us "Joe Shmoes" are also able to create. Posting some of the good stuff would not only be interesting but would show possible customers what average people can do with your product. Just a suggestion, keep up the good work.
February 18th, 2008 @ 1:42 am
yo andrew, your tutorial are really helpfull, it's really great man!!
by the way can i have your basic tutorial dvd ? thank's man.
February 20th, 2008 @ 3:02 pm
Thanks Andrew, I can't wait for this one to come out!

I've been looking all over for anything about creating simulated shadows and reflections using greenscreen footage of a person. Something a bit more realistic than just flipping a layer upside down and blurring it. I saw a plugin a while back that does a great job of this and I totally can't remember it. Thoughts?
February 24th, 2008 @ 4:12 am
I made this effect too (skip to the end of the movie). I used evolution and Riot Gear too and I used the earth zoom :)
February 27th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
Can you do a tutorial on how to make the light shine through like that at the end to illuminate the words in the back. That is an awesome effect!
February 28th, 2008 @ 2:47 am
anyone got an idea how to make text like death man? its got some texture like thing on it. somewhere yellow somewhere redish. i m just tryin to figure it out, but no success (have already tried ramp, have 2 text layers with different color, then have a fractal noise masking out one of them, etc)
February 28th, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
From china!
Nice tutorial!!期待了!!
March 14th, 2008 @ 3:46 am
It this tut still coming? :D
March 21st, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
Hopefully it is. I came here wondering the same thing.
April 25th, 2008 @ 7:46 pm
Yeah, I'm still really looking forward to this one! I hope he hasn't forgotten about it! :)
December 8th, 2008 @ 6:17 am
what happened to the link for the movie re:
March 3rd, 2009 @ 4:32 am

why is the link down? There is no tutorials for this video, or? :-(
Navarro Parker
September 30th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
What's the status of this one getting completed?
March 28th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm
Hi Andrew..............
Now am a small expert in AE because of you.....
Why didn't put tutorials for maya......
I expect that from you.............
November 28th, 2010 @ 4:19 pm
I don't remember ever seeing this tutorial.
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