Behind the Scenes: HUD

There have been a few questions about the lighting setup for the recent HUD Tutorial so I thought I would write a quick break down of our shoot. I didn’t have any actual set photos so I recreated it with a graph, complete with 1 eyeball.

Basic Setup:
The camera is setup at eye level inside a dark room to ensure the background stays black. A diffused, low-power light sits underneath the cam looking towards the subject’s face while another light points down from behind to illuminate small highlights. View Result

That’s about it. Oh and don’t forget to press record.

8 years ago
FX Console Utility Graphics
Our new workflow utility now has some graphics! Introducing FX Console our new plug-in for After Effects that has been slowly developed over time as my personal utility to improve my workflow. It offers a variety of small features that make a big difference for people who spend a lot of time working in After Effects! Right now […]
New Show and New workflow Plug-in!
Some cool news to announce! We have just finished recording a horrifying new blog show with a frightening theme! But more on that next week! Another exciting development is a a new workflow plug-in for After Effects! Coming this week! Now, this plug-in doesn’t make light sabers or energy fx, it might not even change your […]
Atmospheric Re-Entry!
Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks! This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast! Circuit City #Element3D […]
Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]

In this tutorial we will be creating a Futuristic Heads Up Display inspired by the film Iron Man. This 30 minute tutorial includes building self-animating components in 3D space and reactive lighting.

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8 years ago
Free Pizza (aep)

Now that I have your attention, there is no pizza. I’m sorry. What I do have is an artistic text treatment created in After Effects. Just download the project and change the text in the “Edit TITLE” pre-comp to your favorite slogan and the “OUTPUT” comp will update with a stylized fire look.

It’s not photo realistic but it’s a fun, procedural treatment for making even boring stuff seem fun!

Download Project for AE CS3

PS, sorry no earlier AE versions, the time machine is in the shop.

8 years ago
Launch Imminent

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8 years ago
Sequence Activated

I finally got around to reshooting Sam for the upcoming HUD Tutorial, now that all this Sure Target business is over. I’m polishing out a few details and I’ll be releasing the tutorial this week. Get your VCR’s ready, it’s going to be a good one. If you don’t have a VCR, don’t worry it’s not that good. No wait! It’s good.

8 years ago