Inside Look

Here is some revealing information on the recent Meteor Project. Including info on the camera and work flow.

For those of you pointing out “mistakes”, Pff, we only had an $80 Million budget… What do you expect? We blew half of it on those vintage eyeglasses.

http://www.videocopilot.net/meteor/insidelook/

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6 years ago
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122 Comments

Man, that's fantastic! Love the breakdown.
Cishabeambima
6 years ago
god resource Continue also
rookie artist
6 years ago
That was nice Andrew Kramer. I didnt know that you're keeping someting here in blog section :D I was wondering why there's no new tutorial in your tutorial section. I was worried.
But here it is, The Newly made tutorial, by Andrew Kramer.
6 years ago
Boss............ Really So great. Think if you are director on this film and high budget movie. Then Really This kind of movie ever ever not made by another. only made with my great god gift Boss. BosS Really Great......................... Boss Please Give Our that movie special tutorial to your blog . thanks
6 years ago
Hi Andrew

Just a note to say thank you. You have been a great source of inspiration and knowledge. I dont think I would be where I am today. You are immortal. If you ever are in London please hook up at least for a drink or two. Finally, dont be bothered about those player haters. These people dont have anything better to do with their sad existence . Its a shame they do not see the bigger picture. Many thanks Andrew best wishes H
Chad
6 years ago
that poor place the damage you guys did to it! haha looks awesome as always.
6 years ago
@ XedLos: Hey i get a 500 internal server Error when i try to see the website for the Meteor

Maybe they're adding the tutorials to the website! Ö
XedLos
6 years ago
Hey i get a 500 internal server Error when i try to see the website for the Meteor
Mikester191
6 years ago
Peter or any hater for that matter.

If any of you guys can do better then by all means feel free to include a link to your work so we can learn how it's really done. Back up what you say guys.
Alex
6 years ago
Andrew you are a legend. HAHA big foot
Billy
6 years ago
No I think it was always coming very soon. I was expecting them to be online the next day but whatever :)
Peter Lount
6 years ago
I think the job you do is amazing. The quality of your work is outstanding.

But I have to admit that your meteor film just has terrible special effects. the sort of stuff you would expect from someone using an amiga 20 years ago.

The meteor hitting the earth and the 'hole' in the ground didn't look real. it's not that they weren't 100% credible, it's that they weren't 1% credible. it looked COMPLETELY FAKE and SUPERIMPOSED.

maybe it because the rest of your work is typically above the norm that this time these effects stood out as being sup=par, but they were amateurish and poorly executed.
bob
6 years ago
did they change it? wasnt it first coming soon?
Billy
6 years ago
'Coming very soon'
bob
6 years ago
dont expect them soon. i dont think they are recorded
darren
6 years ago
To Andrew,
dont get me wrong Andrew you are good at what you do, well you are very very good at what u do, hence your recent job for Fringe.

my question is this

the Meteor creater and metor to me anyway appear medium grade SFX compared to big budget houses. Is it due to the fact that they render them out to huge render farms????

my point being in the Lord of the Rings the Two Towers "Treebeard" each frame took 48hrs to render (according to the extended disc doco)

and same with Tramsformers Optimus Prime took the same time. i know that each these chartacters had near to 500,000+ polygons or more.etc

so to get movie quality VFX do u render out to render farms for high quality results?????? or is it something else??

cheers
daz
Billy
6 years ago
looks AMAZING! when do you think your going to be releasing the tutorials? I can't wait :P I've been checking the site regularly
Manuel Rivas
6 years ago
Really good work, just one thing, you can see the dude with the camera on your glasses (reflection) probably you can take care of that next time.
Really cool effects well done.
Victor
6 years ago
Andrew, could you also include the shooting and editing/capturing process in the tutorial. Instead just the AE tutorial but also the production tutorial, that include using the premiere and the camera too.
I believe many people want to know about this. Details..
Thank You, I wish you could have more great project so you could share it with us.. :)
Tracy
6 years ago
Great! Awesome! I love it all. What gets me going is not just the visual effects, which might I add are top of the line, it's also the entire scene. Awesome camera work and story. Thanks Andrew. I've been a student of yours for a year now and have purchased all but one of your products which I will purchase shortly and because of your tutorials and products like EVOLUTION and RIOT GEAR I was able produce a Promo for a local TV station that begins airing in Oct. THANKS ANDREW and VIDEO COPILOT!
David
6 years ago
Got to see it, and I can't wait to know how to create a crater! Be great for some of my WWII digital films I'll do....

Good directing with good VFX with good camera shots, nice short!

Good one, Andrew!
6 years ago
damn and as I just right now read...I´m not the first one to stumble over that thing. damn. I will continue reading backwards and possibly find your answer somewhere above...sry. PP
6 years ago
Hello Andrew Kramer,

I just read your writings at (in?) the inside look on meteor, which is great stuff and really inspiring to indie film makers. Especially because you told everyone that you used the stock lense and not like everybody today seems to MUST DO some 35mm lense adapter. it just shows that Stu Maschwitz is totally right when he sais "plan the shoot and shoot the plan" and use your equipment as intensivly as possible.... because it really looks great!

however I´ve got one question:

you´re saying, that you >>copypasted<< your cuts from premiere to AE. Is that for a special reason (instead of just importing the premiere project or the cut sequence into ae)? because that is of course my standard workflow...cut in premiere and post in ae.

thank you for any intel,
and greetings from munich

Patrick
6 years ago
Wonderful man !
Joe McSweeney
6 years ago
Are thos tracking markers I see on the ground by the manhole?
Kevin Hosford
6 years ago
How could you manage with just a $80 million budget.
Better start selling lemonade for $100 bucks a glass for the funding of your next major project!
Davidtroub
6 years ago
Anyone agree with me that it should be called Meteorite???
6 years ago
I like very good move does not affect either camera discussed
Davidtroub
6 years ago
Why is it called meteor when it hits the ground? Shouldn't it be metorite?
Thorsten Miess
6 years ago
guys..its not about what really could happen! No single shot in this little awesome movie is realistic.
But who cares? The effects look great. For movies like that you need to turn off your brain for a moment and just enjoy the movie. And besides it is just a little fun movie.
I´d never playing cards on the street alone.
Robin van der Kuijl
6 years ago
Great work guys, i just love all the tutorials and i am looking foward to this one!

Greets from Holland!
eslamv2
6 years ago
very amazing work Andrew
i raly like the camera movement and the color correction
and the affect

and this guy with glasses he looks like link park . xD
Rainer
6 years ago
Hey Andrew,

you always write on your sites: Be Sure To Check Out Our Great Products!

Hm, i bought all your products and cant support your work anymore until you release a new DVD :-)

Is there something known about the next dvd?

Rainer
Mikester191
6 years ago
Andrew or anyone for that matter I have a question about the workflow. You mentioned that you captured in Premiere and then copy and pasted the elements into AE. Could you not have imported the project into AE? I do realize that importing does cause transitions to not work correctly in AE but I'm a little confused about copying and and pasting over importing. Stu Maschwitz in his book - The DV Rebels guide does mention the same thing about editing in your NLE and then importing into AE to do post. I assume from there you just render out the final product. I'm a little foggy on that kind of workflow so any advice would be appreciated.

Mike
darren
6 years ago
by VFX-Anomaly

see Isaac Newton's laws and u will understand
greg
6 years ago
I can't seem to leave a comment on the blog entry above this one for some reason, but I just wanted to ask you a serious question:

Andrew, can I be you? We can trade places like Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis in the Freaky Friday remake. It'll be cool, no worries. Thanks.
Raz
6 years ago
awesome Andrew! When can we get the tutorials?
bob
6 years ago
Gianluca Salerno: of course he can do better.

lets say for exampel that andrew would need 2 hours to comlete the meteor shot in 3dsm and in AE. you think he will make a 2 hour tutorial? the purpose of this videos is to make after that a training series for 3d matchmoving. so he decided to make a simple meteor shot and then the big money shot with 3d matching.
Gianluca Salerno
6 years ago
...sincerely, nothing special.
I know you can do much better!!!
Shooting and CC are really good, I like it so much, and the hole works fine. Is just my opinion, but when the meteor arrives is really bad...
I think the problem could be the duration of the first effect cut..is too short.
Thanks Andrew.
Nikolaus
6 years ago
thank you for this nice inside look! And sorry for my last comment. Are you angry about this? I mean the "Hand Mistake". ;-) Hey, dont be angry, its funny. ;-)
David
6 years ago
Wow!! I must watch these tutorials when they come! I've always wanted to create a crater in my videos :P
6 years ago
To Andrew and everyone else at VideoCopilot.net:

I was just referred to this site by a friend, and I have to say -- Thank you! This site is tremendously helpful to a newbie such as myself. I'm sure it must have taken some serious work to get it up and running.

I know this is off topic, but I just wanted to express my gratitude!
Sandy
6 years ago
awesome Andrew!
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
sorry Steve Dispensa. but I just finished an argument tonight and I guess I'm looking for another...
How can you state “But one little thing bugs me is that the Impact crater of this meteor would be huge in fact it would be the length of the road really.”

Have you had a meteor land on the road in front of you?
are you a Scientist, or Meteorologist?

Sorry but you have not, and I'm sure you are not either of them :)
6 years ago
Darren

"But one little thing bugs me is that the Impact crater of this meteor would be huge in fact it would be the length of the road really."

True, but how would you film it? How would you frame that shot? How in one shot would you properly show the overwhelming size of the impact crater, and be able to show Tino's reaction to it?

When doing these projects, it's more than about making it real, it's more than about making it hollywood quality, it's about making it work for the piece, and for the audience. And I happen to think Andrew and crew nail it every time.
darren
6 years ago
i have no complaints ever about your tutorials, so pay no attention to the anal retetive few :).

But one little thing bugs me is that the Impact crater of this meteor would be huge in fact it would be the length of the road really.

well done :)
csrohena
6 years ago
Hey... Super Nice!!! but Andrew, don't leave there... I would like to see Tino Fighting with the thing that came in the meteor...to save the world!!!
6 years ago
I say give credit to the actor! The film is nothing without an award winning actor! Tino Hertz for best actor this year!
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
@Noddy,
Take a hand full of mud, and slap actor repeatedly
until dirt look realistic.

Then act as if you care :)
Noddy
6 years ago
Andrew, can you please give us a little more information on Tino's technique of hand smearing dirt on one's face? He's got it down man! lol

cheers big ears!
Leigh
bANKS
6 years ago
Cool. Was the 300 preset used?
6 years ago
Shock and awe..some!
Peter Somers
6 years ago
Fantastic !!
Can't wait to see the tutorials!

Just one downer tho : although Boujou is clearly THE tracking app, mere mortals like myself can't cough up the $10k it costs just like that.
Isn't there another alternative, even if it's maybe not as perfect as Boujou?
Jeff
6 years ago
Awesome clip man, is that you in tino's glasses or bigfoot again?
6 years ago
awesome crack i love it, can`t wait to see the tutorial
i love the sound effects, , you the best andrew, great job.
Bader Ahmed
6 years ago
oh man> you the first creative man who shares his secret to every one in simple and exciting way.
My friends got astonished when they looked to this serious movie- we always dreamed with such fx and workflow.
Can we see draft of your storyborad?
Thanks for good work
6 years ago
AK really knows how to work his web-site , by providing pieces day by day . . . it's like a show of it's own . I was hoping to make the time to build a theme set (motion background, lowerthirds, swipes) on my site, but of course life happens to take grasp when I of course start working on something fun. I'll get there.
VCP_FAN
6 years ago
See guys I knew Andrew had something to do with big foot
maybe big foot is Sam's new pet
6 years ago
awesome short! don't forget to check out mine's when you get a chance. link:"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qD8ztXfcAA"
Bo
6 years ago
lol I just had to comment on 'Buddy'... I love his comment about "I personally have never seen one crash into a street a few yards from me."

That's just funny and true and an excellent point.

=)
6 years ago
a lot of people here crack me, i agree with steve. If you can do it or do it better then do it and teach the rest of us. i say great job andrew.. looking forward to the tuts, ill prob just watch them and not do them. only because Boujou cost $10,000... lol im not in the position to be spending money like that just to make something thats not going to make me any money.. (cough, cough, ---> @ ppl that just torrented Boujou...lol)

but anyway looking forward to see how you did it.

smash
6 years ago
Very nice effects short. I'm looking forward to your first tutorial on 3d tracking in Boujou. I'm excited.
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
I really need to check for typos
before I push the "Submit Comment" button :P
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
For People asking about Sam Loya,
Sam is now a TV Big Star
and Andrew can't afford pay
him SAG(Screen Actors Guild)wages
:)
Hey
6 years ago
THANKS SOOO MUCH AND POST THE TUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLEEE!!!!!!!!!
Infaas
6 years ago
Awesome short film and thanks for the insight...
kippyjoe
6 years ago
now i'm more interested in the workflow rather than the tracking and 3d aspects.

thank you for all you do for us .

and greetings from minnesota
6 years ago
Tell us if u use Film MagicPro, or what kind of Color Correction did u use?

please
LifeType
6 years ago
The car is way to shiney for being so close to impact .. grunge it up a bit it looks like it just got out of a car wash
Olivier
6 years ago
Forgot the most important : thank you :-D
Olivier
6 years ago
Hahaha sorry for the question man :-) Feel stupid when I see the simplicity of the answer ...

I'm just gonna go outside try a bit.
pev
6 years ago
IT S COOL
AND BIG THAAAAAAAAAAANKS!!!
6 years ago
Olivier, That is just live action hand held. High shutter speed.
6 years ago
Really nice work Andrew. Your compositing and color work is really impressive man. Forget about the yardbirds who think they know what a real meteor looks like. I personally have never seen one crash into a street a few yards from me. For all I know, your meteor is a perfect representation of what my eyes would see.

And, I think the story is great!
6 years ago
I love your tutorials, they are really helpful. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from these too. Can't wait to see them.
If you ever need some cool music for a project let me know I have a song in an upcoming Hollywood movie The Tournament and several others. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Olivier
6 years ago
Man I can't wait for the new tutorials comin' up :-D
I'm a hughe fan of Video Copilot,

I've been reading the "Inside Look" - which gives nice little tips, but there's a particular scene you didn't explain, and I wish you had. You know when Tino starts running and the camera shakes, it's like a Prison Break scene or somethin'. I'll be happy to know how do you proceed to give that effect.

Thank you
( P.S. sorry my english is bad - i'm french :-) )
Just Amit
6 years ago
Only 82 million... thats terrible. I though nasa charged more than that for a large rock drop. Haha. Looks sweet. One of my favorite parts is the rich orange glow when the camera is rotating.
6 years ago
ooozing awesomeness!!!
pat
6 years ago
dude i love this site sooooooo much it just gets better and better and i cant wait for the trainging series.....
Bo
6 years ago
Yeah I'm with Steve up there on this one. Sometimes goofs happen. That's filmmaking. I noticed the figure in the glasses but heck if I really cared, I was diggin' the awesome flick. I totally appreciate Andrew for not only making a film like that and sharing it with us, but also providing us with "making of" content. That stuff takes time. Plus he has a family to take care of so god bless you man for all the time and work you put into everything. My best to you, your family and the VCP team dude.
6 years ago
Hey thanks Andrew,
I was wondering how i was going to blow my $80 million budget for my less than 82 seconds movie.
Vintage eyeglasses , what a clever idea.
See Now, you dont learn these kind of things outside VCP. Now show some appreciation People.

I totally agree with Steve Dispensa. VCP is the only place where you learn to do full scale , pratical , and close to hollywood as possibly VFX that can get you anywhere and faster than usual (take that from a guy who has purchased a lot of tutorials ). This Andrew kramer guy has got to juggle his JOB, FAMILY, COMPANY , FRIENDS ETC and still have time to help us Out. I wonder how he gets the time. I'm trying to send this comment and my girlfriend is screaming that I'm not spending QUALITY TIME.

THANKS ANDREW , KEEP IT UP.
Andrew
6 years ago
that was sweet! soo.. when do you think the tutorials will be up?
Tedy888
6 years ago
cool!!
Amir
6 years ago
OK Andrew: so...

I HAVE everything ready

I have Boujou, I have 3dsMax, I have AE..

so hit me with the tuts.

I am waiting...
6 years ago
lol big foot and the abominable snowman star in hosting the next tutorial series on videocopilot.net.
6 years ago
Thanks for the before and after movies. Nice tease for the tutorials.
Bigfoot is actually a buddy of mine and likes the link.
c
bob
6 years ago
i like making of videos.

i was suprised to see so many maps on the street. i know it would take a lot of time to render all of those small particles. it was smart to use just a texture.
bravo.
6 years ago
i love the inside story! to bad i can't afford a JVC HD200! here in the Netherlands the cost about €4000,- or so.... but verry nice Meteor website and story Andrew!
Thumbs up!

Cheers!
Frank Black
6 years ago
Andrew, you are the Bob Costas of tutorials!
6 years ago
Very Cool.
Alexander
6 years ago
Why Sam is not in the movie?
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
"Whats with Big Foot. a new project?"
Yes Andrews cat is directing that also :)
Travis
6 years ago
Whats with Big Foot. a new project?
6 years ago
Awesome, we are getting closer to getting the tutorial
SAHIL
6 years ago
hehe...gud1 andrew.....
6 years ago
Keep it coming! w00t!
Fortune Lauture
6 years ago
The Meteor is fantastic. Good job!
videocolover
6 years ago
Great tutorial!....oopps... I mean..great Behind the scenes!
6 years ago
WOW Great job.
Can we expect you to show us how to apply the AME explosion? I have AME but I can never get it to look good.
Seth
6 years ago
Your movie is dope. Great special effects and acting too. I thought it was really funny which is hard to do.
6 years ago
First off, Andrew and everyone on the VC team, great job. Besides the great effects shots, that was a very fun little movie. I've watched it several times and every time Tino crushes the last card in his hand I die laughing.

I really just want to say to everyone out there complaining about the quality of the effects or whatever the issue is, really? I may not post often on this site, but I do every tutorial on here, I purchase the products, and I make use of them in a professional context. No other training series out there comes even CLOSE to offering the type of professional training that Andrew Kramer is giving us. And the majority of it is free! I've looked at the majority of the sample tests that users on here have done and posted in the forum, and the reality is that none of them come even CLOSE to Andrew's work. The reason being that while everyone here might know how to animate a mask or generate an explosion with particular, far fewer of you know anything about lighting, composition, camera moves, to say nothing of story telling. Most of the work that I've seen done by this community is usually effects tests shot in a backyard with a small handicam. And that's fine, that's great in fact, but I think everyone needs to admit to themselves that they're just learning right now.

What everyone who complained about the Meteor is missing, is the fact that not only did Andrew put together some awesome effects, but he made a nifty little film. And what goes into doing that goes FAR beyond after effects. Everything from the writing, the composition, the lighting, hell even the acting and directing should be taken into account. And the fact is, at the end of the day, The Meteor is FAR better than anything I've seen anyone else around here do.

But hey, if you're all so sure that you can do better, go for it. I'd love to see the results.

-Steve
Magix
6 years ago
whats up with big foot Andrew?
VFX-Anomaly
6 years ago
Awesome, we are getting closer to getting the tutorial :)

Thanks Andrew it looks great!
6 years ago
Can some1 tell me if that is Andrew himself running from the Meteor? i cant wait to finally learn how to do such too when the tutorial is finally out... Gud job
w00
6 years ago
Nice work :D I would really like to know how you created that crater! Hope you put that tutorial a tutorial like that up soon :)
Peter Valcanas
6 years ago
Tell your cat she did a great job of directing!

Pete
6 years ago
I just can't believe Robocop has seen this and didn't like it.

Totally unacceptable.
6 years ago
Once again you astound expectations !

I was wondering how long it would take you to do something like this in full...eg, discover how to make it look good and how to get the smoke looking that awesome ??

:D

Well done once again
Daniel
6 years ago
im really looking forward to tutorials i really strugle with 3D animation
ömer tatlisoz
6 years ago
thanks Andrew...
6 years ago
VERY cool...can't wait for the tutorials on this :-D
bamforth
6 years ago
The breakdown movs are great!
6 years ago
Nice work Andrew. It's hard to believe it's the same photo from looking at the 'before' and 'after' shots!.
Alex
6 years ago
haha you own!! you are like, my Idol:)

cant wait to find out how to make that crater thingy!:)


best wishes:)
abe
6 years ago
Hey, that is some very impressive talent you have there, doing his own make-up and with dirt no less. I thought you must of had some one professional do it. Big props to you and Tino on this short.
Ori Lahav
6 years ago
Thanks :)
Davidtroub
6 years ago
Nice. Lol, Bigfoot
Ravi
6 years ago
excellent work.
better direction... bit interesting :)
6 years ago
very nice - looks really great!
Justin
6 years ago
Interesting. Looking forward to the tutorials themselves!
Ethan
6 years ago
Awesome !!
6 years ago
Lol, love the comment about the person seen in the glasses.

I never knew he actually exsisted :P

Great movie, and keep up the good work!
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