3D Helicopter

UPDATE 2: For no reason here is a snow version. The actual scene takes place on a busy freeway…

Watch Snow Version

UPDATE: I can’t publish anything from the actual project but here is a quick animated version. The turn is a little hard but the comp is at 30fps instead of 24.

Watch Video.

I’ve been pretty consumed lately with a fun project for a client and thought I would share a still frame. Basically it is an action sequence with this attack helicopter, millions of particles and debris.

I actually remember my first helicopter sequence that I made for a personal project at least 7 years ago… Basically there was a missile fired at a car and to avoid impact the driver (myself) rolled down the 2 back windows and the missile passed right through as destruction was averted. I should look for that video and see how it compares today It’s Probably way better.

Goes to show you that experiments and testing can be a great way to grow your understanding and skills. So, when that big project comes along you will have SOME actual experience. You never know what things you may learn along the way.

William Townsend
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:49 am
Hi, Looks great!

Wheres the tut? hahaha...
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:50 am
that is funny :)
    June 18th, 2011 @ 10:28 am
    hi andrew i was wondering if you could make a helicopter tutorial, teaching everyone how to make it look realistic and cool. or i was wondering if you could make a template for everyone to use. thanks
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:53 am
That was lucky for us that you had the quick thinking to open the window or you would have been blow away and no vcp for us .
it must have been from watching road runner or some other cartoons . lol
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:55 am
wow awesome work and perfect colors for me... do you need a pilot? cause you have lots of co-pilots!!!
Florian Zeitler
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:55 am
Looks very nice.

Would love to see it moving, but i don't think that it's possible ^^

Yunus Akaltan
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:58 am
That looks cool, so realistic.

Could we able to see it when it is all done?
Daryl Booth
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:58 am
Awesome stuff Kramer... Awesome
Lázaro Blanc
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:58 am
where is the tutorial...
Great work
looks real
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:00 am
No tutorial guys... there will be others. 3D tracking still on the way. Remember you don't need a tutorial to start experimenting.
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:06 am
Wow, nice. I like the blur, looks very realistic.
keep up the good work!
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:10 am
I'm gonna pay for this tut!
Josh Johnson
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:12 am
Looks beautiful nice job! I would like to see your old helicopter video too and would love to see that still image in motion.

So crazy I just got finished rendering a shadow of a helicopter flying in Cinema 4D :). Love the new site and looking forward to more tutorials!
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:24 am
Wow that looks pretty impressive, it would be great to see your old helicopter video.
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:28 am
where is the PILOT in the cockpit? xD
And the vCo-Pilot? xD or is controled by remote control?
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:29 am
Hmm, am I the only one that is interested in seeing your old helicopter footage? I would like to see it :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:31 am
Hey andrew. Not tutorial. But did you make the helicopter AND your doing all the other things? or are you compositing it onto the frame and adding debris.
Programs to make the heli?
Any way AK. Looking good man your getting bigger and bigger as the days go on. i remember when you only had about 4 tutorials up here... peace man
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:31 am
Did you do the modeling of the helicopter or are you "just" compositing the scene? Anyway looks good. Reminds me of transformers.
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:33 am
you don’t need a tutorial to start experimenting,, well said. But i needed your tutorials to experiment with AEx.
That Heli looks Cool, did you model it or was it the 3d dept.?
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:37 am
I purchased the model, there are some good free ones online as well. I textured and lit the scene in Max. I was going to add a Pilot but I'll probably just tint the windows. Problem Solved.
    claude quinson
    January 16th, 2014 @ 4:16 am
    a quant les hlicoptre en telechargement payant je vous et acheter jetstrike du bon boulot crdialement
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:42 am
you purchased the model,mmmmhh.
that's weak,mate
Josh Johnson
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:47 am
Hey Andrew is it a match move then comp on live footage?
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:55 am
Hey! I am frank,your little fan from China!I like your works very much!

when i first look at it ,i thought it was a photograph...amazing work Andrew!

BTW,welcome to China for the Olympics!
Hans Marius
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:00 am
It looks really cool :D great job! Are you going to make the same video as 7 years ago, only better?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:00 am
im really waiting for your new 3D tutorials Andrew. i have been experimenting myself with Boujou/3DSmax/AE and i cant wait to see your workflow.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:02 am
This one is going to be a little more serious and intense.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:09 am
@ sam
"you purchased the model,mmmmhh.
that’s weak,mate"

You dont have to grow oranges to make orange juice

August 11th, 2008 @ 2:12 am
Picture looks really great (and I'm jealous, lighting in 3D is still hard for me), but... the BG looks a little flat... Is that a texture on a plane ?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:15 am
The BG is a real photo actually :)
Ori Lahav
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:20 am
That looks insane... At least you have a copilot ;)
What did you use After Effects for (except for color correcting)? Or its just Maya?

Good job and good luck!
Ori Lahav
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:21 am
It`s too late,
u like stay up at night?
mohammed mistry
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:29 am
hey andrew nice work and thanks for every tutorial out there.
and do u make AE tutorials only or do u have other software tuts ?? :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:30 am
Nice, just don't tell us your client is Michael Bay.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:40 am
Pity theres no pilot inside Andrew ;)
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:52 am
Wow boujou is really cool, you have to teach us the UI rite? lots of commands in it...
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:03 am
"Nice, just don’t tell us your client is Michael Bay..."

To me it looks like Donald Trump's helicopter :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:22 am
Spectacular !

Your client must be very proud of you
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
BG looking so flat. If you use 3d Max try experimenting with displace modifier and , noise%smoke maps.
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:37 am
The bg is a photo of a real desert, I'm not sure I can get it to look more real :)

Jens from denmark
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:37 am

Do you have any sites where the 3D models can be downloaded ? :P :D:D:D
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:42 am
Love the look of that shot, especially the grain.
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:43 am
This point is great...!!!
I really want to test my skills in projects.
even free projects but i can't find
could you tell me where can i test my skills in AE ......?
or how ......?
thanks for sharing.....
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:50 am
It looks realistic in still frame but what about animation?
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:16 am
to jens from denmark and everyone who wants to do something similar :)

August 11th, 2008 @ 4:17 am
I think all the people who are saying the background looks flat are hilarious. They're the same people that wished their sunglasses came with built in color correction. Jens from denmark: a good place to download 3d models is www.turbosquid.com they have models for all the major 3d programs and there's a lot of free ones on there to play with. I actually just downloaded a free helicoptet model, it's not the best but it's perfect for experimenting with
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:30 am
Hey please post stuff like this in the Showcase Forum only! OH it's the blog! Sorry, the force of habit. :)

Great work Andrew,I think the background looks more fake than the helicopter. :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:56 am
i want the animation
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:07 am
Excellent stuff.
Would love to watch them, especially that old video. Sounds hilariously awesome!
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:39 am
Looks beautiful. I hope to learn 3D in the future.
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:40 am
Wow....that looks too sweet to be true.
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:48 am
that looks really great!
I wait for your selfmade action movie :D
This would be amazing :P
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:56 am
this is sooo amazing!
adrew, could you post the first helicopter clip you made 7 years ago? :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:04 am
Love the subtle sun reflection in the window.

And I love these regular non-tutorial blog posts to keep something new on the page in between projects.

Keep up the great work :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:12 am
great shot!
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:20 am
OMG, NICEEEEEEE Make a tutorial for this =d.
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:25 am
Looks good... but where is the pilot?
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:26 am
I killed him.
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:32 am
Cool, were you going to use Horizon for the background? Or is the helicopter doing the turning and not the camera?
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:39 am
Looks fantastic. Although the background looks a little flat, I'm sure it isn't noticed while in motion ;).
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:39 am
This is very nice. Will you ever be able to tell us what it is for so we can watch for it?
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:45 am
Andrew Kramer:
I killed him.

ahahahahaahhaahah! coolest comment i ever :D
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:48 am
The vid is awesome!!
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:56 am
Holy Malony what the hell?This looks fantastic i want to see the final project!!!!
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:58 am
Btw what is the name of the heat effect, when the chopper is flying towards the camera?
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:04 am
Looks real nice, Andrew. If I might suggest, if you wanted to get the helicopter looking just that touch better, you could give it the good ol' dust n' scratches in ZBrush. All things considered, it's one of the cheaper tools out there, and it'd work right in with your 3DS Max workflow.
Right now the heli looks a bit to polished to me, if it's supposed to be ominous and antagonistic. Just a thought. :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:06 am
Good stuff. I like how the heat is coming from the helicopter's engine.
Jared R
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:12 am
Wow, Andrew. Awesome work. Do I dare ask where you bought this model?

August 11th, 2008 @ 7:23 am
ya there are a few cool free ones at turbosquid

i liked this one

heidi klum
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:23 am
A tutorial on how to buy 3D models please..
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:26 am
BTW, AfterEffectsJUnkie, that heat effect is just a displacement map, probably using a simple fractal noise for reference. It's an effect you can likely piece together yourself from previous tutorials. :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:27 am
I love the audio!... well, I like the lot, but subtle things like audio get ignored sometimes.

As always, tops stuf Mr.K.
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:44 am
I think 3D Tracking training coming very soon. And this is very cool Andrew! Thank's! Waiting for pro tips!Experiments is very good, but you can loose time for nothing.
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:50 am
I mean myself.
Rafael Guerra
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:59 am
that inspired me
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:27 am
Looks really great.
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:33 am
Andrew...Wat if Sam Loya grabs and smashes the helicopter like the hulk ? lol...Great...i luv it.
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:35 am
Chris Pass
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:37 am
Actually, this can be done with a simple expression... : D
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:43 am
Damn you hay Mgoot Andrew Kramer
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:45 am
Hey Andrew that's pretty cool stuff, did you use Max scaline to render right?
I really like the general tone of the video
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:25 am
looks nice like always. But I think the background looks so flat because it is a real photo

I hope Im not shocking you but photos are 2D not 3D
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:35 am
is there going to be a tutorial on how we can do that for some war footage.
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:38 am
Great clip, now i gotta get back to juicing.-Brucie GTA 4
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:41 am
Wow is that cool! I posted a request about a year ago asking for a helicopter tutorial on how to make something like I saw in Transformers. I know you said no tut on this but I'd really like to get a general idea how something like this is pulled off.
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:13 am
Looks like a copter CG cut scene that could fit right into the Battlefield games
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:16 am
@Roger and everyone else asking for a tutorial or how this was done.

Did you bother reading the comments? Its a 3D model he downloaded/purchased and the desert is a still image. Animate the 3D model (in the appropriate 3D program) to make a turn towards the camera then export it. Put it in AE and add a displacement/heat effect when/where needed, animate the still image background to move from right to left. Done (or at least one basic way of doing it).

Anyone who has watched most of AKs tutorials should be able to break this down on his/her own. It amazes me how little some of you learn from these tutorials and actually rely on having absolutely everything spelled out for you. No wonder we see mostly exact copies of these tuts on youtube with little variation or innovation.

You've got one of the greatest FREE compositing and visual effects "schools" in front of you, pay attention in "class," for the love of Sam!
Jim Jimenson
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:20 am
Hey, I think several of you are acting very rude towards Andrew Kramer. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. If I was Andrew Kramer I would postpone the tutorial simply because of morons demanding it as if it was a guaranteed service(please don't though lol). As for all of you who only have the imaginative power to copy Kramer's tutorials, you're all pretty dull and should quit any ventures in this field because there are thousands of uncreative minds floating around and quite frankly we don't need anymore. They are there to extract information so you can use it in your own creative ways. In other words, don't complain about tutorials that Andrew works hard to complete for FREE.
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:21 am
Andrew, i love ure interaction on the forums and comments. besides the products and tutorials of course.
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Very cool Andrew!
Lorenz of the Philippines
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:44 am
will you do tutorials for that andrew?.. great job! astig!
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:45 am
Very cool Andrew.
I was thinking about getting Craft Animation plug-in
have you any advise or know about it?

Can you delete my post above, I miss spelled my name.
Monroe E. “tequilaman2006″
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:00 am
wow that is pretty cool... we forgive you for not having any tutorials out lately hahahaha

not only is that cool but inspiring to see what is possible with these programs... good work Andrew!

Forum SN: tequilaman2006
Josh Johnson
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:07 am
The animation looked great Andrew!
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:21 am
Would really love to see a Tutorial on sumthing similar to that!! Looks AwSoMe dude!!
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:36 am
wouldnt depth of field solve the problem of your flat desert bg?
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

"wow awesome work and perfect colors for me… do you need a pilot? cause you have lots of co-pilots!!!"

Actually I'm pretty sure we are the pilots and Andrew is our copilot.
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:59 am
Check this out! Indy Mogul congratulates VC for the lightsaber tuts
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
Good grief, you guys pine for a tutorial on everything. I bet if he posted a video of a poo he took in a toilet flushing, there'd be a load of people saying, "TUTORIAL!!11!1!" It's getting a bit old.

Also, please stop asking where the pilot is. Andrew already told you exactly what happened.
Jack Ebensteiner
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
This is looking awesome. I don't think you did, but did you do anything to make the mountains are move slower than the foreground elements to create some depth? I think I'm imagining things, but it looks as if there is some nice depth to the background.

And I agree with a few of the others here. People aren't reading previous posts so they're asking questions that have been asked already and many people here aren't acting very grateful for what we have.

@ the comments made about those who just copy the tutorials exactly: I agree but at the same time I don't. I do think that people need to be creative and come up with their own ideas, but I don't think that people can be completely creative when they aren't completely fluent in the use of their tools. So, it's smart for people to learn what they can first (that's what this place is for) so that that when they go to create something that is truly their own, they can really get into the zone and don't have to think about what they're doing - they can just do it. Obviously it's still really important to experiment so I'm not advocating people do nothing but VC tutorials, simply emphasizing the importance of learning first.
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Hey Andrew
Sweet job! I just finished a similar job for a client but used a developmental aircraft he designed and is marketing to the military. I modeled in Maya with post in AE. Keep up the great service your doing. I finished my degree about a year ago and I can appreciate the traing that you are providing FOR FREE...so everyone be patient and grateful!
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Hey i been working on something like that. With a BlackHawk helicopter like yours not as great and detail but i am getting there, Very nice work indeed.
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
if it bothers you, don't read them!
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:52 pm
Hey Andrew, did you model the helicopter as well?
Derrick van Niekerk
August 11th, 2008 @ 12:59 pm
That was uber cool! he he

- Derrick
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
Hi Andrew,

really cool. I can't wait to watch your new 3D Tracking tutorial.



August 11th, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
Andrew you are the man. The things I have learned from you have propelled my future into a direction I never thought it could go. Thank you so much for everything!
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
There's snow way you could have done that without serious effort. Looks good!

*I'll understand if you delete this lame attempt at a joke*
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
Nice detail. I like the snow version when the helicopter turns in, how the snow also changes direction along with the vibration.
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:39 pm
You are the man! As simple as that.
Josh Johnson
August 11th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
Snow version is awesome! Did you do all the snow effects to the bg photo in PS?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:12 pm
Helicopter is good...I would of put a 2D plane in front of the helicopter for a reflection in the cockpit window, that was the only thing that stood out to me...

and BTW some of those posts mentioned above are spot on...if you don't know the basics of compositing (EG. FG/BG) then what have you been learning on this site?

I bet the copy cats don't even create new project files...they shoot their own plates then take the project files provided by the VCP team and slot it in. Shame.

Also, as gifted as andrew is, there are a team of artists behind him. Where are their kudos? all I read is andrew this andrew that...

the biggest amateur mistake you could think is that VFX is a one man show. Shame
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
Love the snow version. The BG in the snow version looks 3D, Yes or No?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
thanx for sharing, its really eeeuh /me is finding words eeuh its hot... not the snow cause that's cold, im trying to say... awesome work.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:17 pm
The BGs are images and they are done in AE with an interesting technique I'll talk about soon.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
Andrew, please don't come out with a 3D tracking tutorial. We don't need it. Thanks though.
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
We? Is there a mouse in your shirt pocket?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
Good things come to those who wait
James Green
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:41 pm
hey Andrew. just watched the desert movie clip... i was watching it slow and right near the end the helicopter guns and etc look like they have heat haze around them. Was this intentional or is it coz' of the camera shake?? if i was intentional how did u add it? was it some kind of wave warp?
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
Andrew, Hassbundu must be using reverse psychology, because we (my mouse and I) most definitely want a 3D tracking tutorial.
Josh Johnson
August 11th, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
Very cool the bg image is done in AE sounds interesting.
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
Vue can make your real desert like more real.

Some Guy
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:18 pm
OMG! You're my hero Andrew! I gonna tattoo your name on my arm. Joking.

I love the snow version. And that interesting technique for BG is indeed very interesting...
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
The snow version looks SO good.
The atmospheric elements really all come together to sell it.
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
Hassbundu says: Andrew, please don’t come out with a 3D tracking tutorial. We don’t need it. Thanks though.


I'm checking vc all the time i cant wait for the 3d tracking tutorial!
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
I like the show version, way better than the other one
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm
the snow one looks like a coors light commercial, with the frozen train
Leonardo Gulli
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:31 pm
You could put some color on it
the rest i loved.
was that a AH 1Z or some other that looks like?
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm
I think your turbulate is a little strong. I'd tone it down a bit or add another and lower their frequencies. I usually get a nice effect using two low freq. that criss-cross; although, it kills at render time; and add just a bit more refl as soon as the real environment kicks in. Nice.

August 11th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
What textures did you use for the model? You used 3D STUDIO to texture it?
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
Ohhhhhh, VERY VERY nice!
August 11th, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
That one at Turbosquid that Jayen is referring to -


in my opinion is probably the BEST free Longbow you can get your hands on. :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:03 pm
Hassbundu is crazy, bring on the 3D tracking! :D
August 11th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
Nice project Andrew. I would expect a much more photorealistic render. I am disappointed :(

Did you try rendering with Mental Ray?
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
Hey Andrew, nice footage u got there. one thing left me curious though... How did you texturize the model? what program you used? if it was photoshop, could tell us how?
You could tell us by means of a tutorial, a post or a thread on the forum of our beloved (new) site that we know and love.

Best wishes, for all of VC team and especially your familly :)
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
ctrl+z.. I think you are not right about my reverse psychology.
Jacob Czepluch
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

All you "haters" please stop writing stuff like: "Please dont make 3D tracing tut" and "I would expect a much more photorealistic render. I am disappointed".

Seriously, AK is making all these tutorials for free, and this negative responding is all you got left for him? COME ON GUYS. Try apreciate what he's doing. Dont think that many of you would make FREE tutorials even if you had the same skills as AK.

- Jacob Czepluch
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm
jacob.. relax.. do you think if we didn't love andrew kramer we would be wasting our time on his site?!
I think that you are the smartest person in the world right now.. and my reverse psychology is not working.
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Love. Lets share a bit more of it.
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:44 pm
August 11th, 2008 @ 6:51 pm
very awesome inspiring I learned from just watching it,
glad your into 3d max too. if you dont mind me asking
how many ketframes for one 360 rotation of the rotor?

cheers from MN USA
Eduardo Torres
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:16 pm
This is like watching a scene from "Transformers". Beautiful job!
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:18 pm
Jacob Czepluch, I'm not being negative. But have you even looked at the animation AK posted? We all know how good AK is. I'm just saying I expect an even better render in the end. You can't always expect 100% positive constructive criticism. Otherwise noone would get anywhere in this world. I think many can agree with me.
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
can you show us the final product of your project after is done? im pretty sure everyone would like to see it :)
aNgelo G
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:25 pm
The first scene looks better then the snow scene.

The first scene: really great work. Everything looks realistic, nice camera shake, but as soon as the camera goes toward the gun of the helicopter and the flare hits the screen, we can see it's 3D. I would something out on that. Seems it's missing some reflection on the gun.

The snow shot: The snow is really nice. I like the details, especially when the camera moves and we see the snow going in the same direction. But, again the gun is missing some detail and the mountains in the back look fake

This is what I have to say... I could say plenty of good stuff and we all know you rock AK, but I prefer giving constructive criticism.
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Discussions can be continued in the forum please.
August 11th, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
I think we should all hold hands and eat cupcakes immediately! Oh my gosh.. okay which one of you stole my care bear mug?!.. I want an answer!
Peter Wong
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:19 pm
How long does it take to actually model the helicopter? I know you purchased the model, but if you were to actually model it yourself to that detail, how long would it take?
August 11th, 2008 @ 8:45 pm
i love this kind of work and i wish that one day you find the time to show us how we can do somthing like that. its very intresting cuase i cant find a good resourse on this kind of animation. very impressive. is the snow trapcode sir andrew?
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm
Holy monkey nuggets,

Make a dvd of this and I would buy it for $200 for the disc! Great job man, you inspire me daily (or weekly depending upon posts :) )
August 11th, 2008 @ 9:59 pm
I like the snow shot, how did u make it?
Trapcode Particular or 3DMax?

regards from Germany

I would pay 200$ for a tutorial DVD too ;)
August 11th, 2008 @ 10:51 pm
That looks great!! Specially the snow version!! I'm wondering how did you create the snow? Did you use Particular or something else?
Ori Lahav
August 11th, 2008 @ 11:43 pm
Hello Andrew, great job (I know you already know :P )
Where do you get the sound? This is one of the biggest problems of "indie film makers". For example, Almost no one would be able to record an helicopter sound...

Ori Lahav.
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:03 am
Very Nice compositing
Specially the snow Version. ;)
We're waiting for your new 3D tracking Tutorial . :))
Good Luck ;)
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:23 am
Great work Andrew,...
one suggestion though,...
Heli should have the wheels closed in when flying LOL...
but never the less, great job
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:53 am
i'm really impressed with the way the picture in the backgroung moves with a really nice simulated parallax effect. I always tried to make such effect to have less flat bg, i even tried to use similar technics like the you did in the 3D cam projection tut, but it never came out nice.
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:18 am
Good rendering... nice work... waiting for tut.. :)
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:55 am
Hey, nice job. Actually liked the desert one better, probably because of the bg. I'm missing a litte speed though, the chopper feels a bit slow and heavy, unlike a real fighter helicopter, youknwwhatimean?
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:10 am
very cool A K dont worry about what people say.
I also had a go at this but with a jet fighter check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX9wxNw6v5Q
Thanks dude......
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:35 am
Will I ever be as good as you?
Damn, im thrilled. Looks realy realistic :)
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:11 am
not impressed... just kidding :D looks great!
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:58 am
Nice vid, anim, integration, sound.

But I feel a tiny lack of realism. The copter is too clean, ready for the parade. And the paint too shiny.


In the snow version copter should be wet and should have water stain on the wind shield caused by the wipers (missing actually)

Dont take it wrong, it's supposed to be constuctive criticism. I love what you do and can't do better anyway.
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:59 pm
Hey Andrew, nice vids, however lets think about physics for a moment... the speed of the chopper is around 100mph right? or even faster...
now at that speed you shouldn't really see the snowflakes
moving so slowly, they should move very fast towards the chopper, all motion blurred, almost invisible. What do you think?
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:24 pm
That is so awesome =D I know there won't be a tutorial for it, so could you at least say which program you used? Cinema 4D? 3Ds Max? I must know!
August 13th, 2008 @ 10:43 am
great job Sir! keep up the good work, I hope the ... client (to say like that) will be very very happy of your work which i am sure he will

good luck on future projects :)
August 13th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
really sweet. But, shouldm't the rotor blades point upwards as they are carrying the choppers weight? (Like in the reference pic)
August 13th, 2008 @ 9:13 pm
Andrew, your crazy!! That's insane! May I ask what kind of car you drive?
August 14th, 2008 @ 1:56 pm
Yeahhhh!!!!...good job guys!!!
August 14th, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
This is inspiring... this is what makes me work harder. wish we could see the final result.

By the way it would be nice to see some tutorials regarding 3DS MAX integration with AE.
August 16th, 2008 @ 11:48 am
Nice work, Andrew!! I'm doing something similar, only I got stuck when animating the helicopter blades. Do you mind telling me how you did that?
August 17th, 2008 @ 3:14 am
This work can all be done in max with firing and explosions i made one , very attractive, good job Andrew!! u r the best
August 17th, 2008 @ 2:42 pm
Very nice model!

Heh, what you said about experience reminded me of a speech I did on how videogames better prepare you for real life experiences...
August 22nd, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
Andrew you always do great work. This one borders on something that I think takes the viewer out of the experience though -the camera move ought to be believable also. It's not likely that a real-world camera would be able to fly past the spinning blades and through the weapons mounts. Hollywood does this all the time, thinking that they've done some great filmmaking. Other than that, great work!
Mr. Goodspeed
August 23rd, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
Hi Andrew,

I just wondered : how much time does it take for a trained guy like you to achieve the desert shot (from A to Z) ? I mean : a hole day ? 2 hours ? more/less ?
Keep on sharing stuff the way you do, tha'ts perfect for me.

August 25th, 2008 @ 1:25 am
Hii Andrew
I have come to know ur work form a friend of mine, and ur works are ausome, can u show me a tutorial how to make a figure in 3Ds max and how to animate
Faisal Amin
August 25th, 2008 @ 3:55 am
Dear Sir Andrew, You Reall Have A Big Heart.That's Why You Are Shearing Awsome Things With Us.Thank You.Thanks A Lot.I Am Waiting For The "3D Tracking" Tutorial.I Work In 3D Studio Max And I Am Good At "Interior Design" & Max Lighting.I Wanna Be Like You.
August 26th, 2008 @ 9:45 am
hey andrew!

great work like everything you do ;-)

but, in the snow-edition theres something strange; the snow allways flighs in same direction - no reaction to the flying-chopper... great work anyway ;-)

thanx for all the tuts!
August 27th, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
Andrew, great work.

I think snow would move a "bit" faster near such machine... more like with tornado, and when camera moves under the wing, there would propably be less snow there.

You are Our Hero.:)
September 30th, 2008 @ 10:02 am
Heloo everyone
Is any chance that Mr Andrew can make a tutorial for the free Chopper that one can find in this site
If u add bullet fireing to it as will we know that u are the best

July 17th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
Imagine this you do with snow effect ... somewhere in Moscow ... Hard winter 1999 ...
I start the project right away , Andrew i hope you do this stuff for further , regards from Bulgaria.
January 30th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
How to fighter mistakenly bombed Video
Dave Coster
July 31st, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
Nice work. It would have been nice if you posted your first helicopter movie thing, or some other old things that you have done so we can se the different from now and then.
August 5th, 2010 @ 11:44 pm
Andrew, can you please explain how to texture this, how did you create the image?
August 25th, 2010 @ 2:29 am
Awesome!! I'm getting Maya as I post this comment so I can do my own Apache Helicopter in After Effects that I will use in a lame looking "Special Ops Satalite Feed" rip-off from Google Earth in After Effects to blow up my house =D

Or I'll just try to duplicate your snow scene...

btw, ive got the Helicopter.ma but when I import it into AE its just an invisible comp... :(
any suggestions? (im getting Maya for this reason...)
December 14th, 2010 @ 8:25 am
Man, that looks absolutely incredible!
November 2nd, 2011 @ 8:38 am
No difference between real footage and that!

I wonder, if someone knows a link of helicopter animation, because, when I try to animate my apache in 3ds max, i get some problems at rotor rotation
if you know, please answer this question :)
    November 10th, 2011 @ 7:43 am
    Problem Solved
November 10th, 2011 @ 7:38 am
Hey, I made that kind of video using AE, optical flares, 3ds max and check out!!

April 17th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
How did you make this Helicopter? Do you offer tutorials on how to create these kinds of CG things?
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm
were can you download this helicopter so i can use it for my one movie
August 10th, 2013 @ 6:28 am
Hey i like your tuts but the problem is i can't get helicopter animation realistic so can you make a tut on helicopter
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