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.

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8 years ago
Yeah Andrew,
here in Serbia you're very popular :). I work in this industry, if i can say, maybe 1-2 years. I'm 15 years old, and i love VIDEOCOPILOT so much, but not more that filmmaking :D. I've got some projects in marketing, music videos, but in films not yet...
Like Predrag said, you are the best :). I've got problems with expressions, but... i think i will learn that... :S
I hope i will learn lot of things on your website, and maybe one day i will work on movies like our (serbian :D)Predrag...

Best Regards !
8 years ago
Hai all most all tutorials i like

pls give me gudide to make green screen..
8 years ago
Hy Kramer
I work in vfx industry almost 5 years,and i almost 4 years spend like rotoscoping lead artist.
I am from Serbia,Belgrade
I work of cople of movies such as our movie "Charlson za Ognjenku" or "Tears for sale",and lot of cometials and mysic videos.
Becouse of you I jump in work nowe like a compositing artist,and I am so satisfide,becouse i do some problematic shots comlitly,and i use your tehnics and your philosofi to hendle it.
What is your talent,is next...
3_Sistematic way to lern person just as need

I watch lot of tutorials from lot of "teacherss",but noweon is not like you.
You are THE BEST!!!
Take care
Best Regards from Stijelja Predrag
Christopher Oliver
8 years ago
Cool man I love the lighting you did. You ever have the chance i finally got an hd cam with my lighting and your film magic pro presets. Look what i did.
hope you like
8 years ago
Thanks for the tip. This site has always been very helping filled with usefull information.
8 years ago
may I know which hd camera do you used here? looks great :)
8 years ago
Hey Mr. Kramer i thought it would be really cool for valentines day to have a special after effects thing where you show us how to like make it look like somebody's heart is pounding out of their chest or maybe how to make their eyes turn into hearts?
its just an idea :D
8 years ago
hey does anyone wanna tell me if these plug-in's/presets work in cs4? i seem to be having trouble getting them to show up.. under presets. and such
8 years ago
thnx Ill use that
8 years ago
A quick tip. Use a hard 'point' light for the back light, and a soft fill light for the front one. This will give a better result.
8 years ago
My God!! That was a scary photo!! I won't be able to sleep tonight!!!
8 years ago
Lol...that is a cool wallpaper... hehe...

thx..Andrew,Sam, EVERYBODY!!!!
8 years ago
i don't know if you ever got a message from Guyana South America. but just to let you know that your work is respected among the few of us who are involved in Video Production in Guyana keep up the good work.....i don't know if you read these hundreds of comment but i hope you do ...anyway you got my email so let me know
I always forget to press record..

8 years ago
Thanks Andrew. About how far was the light away from Sam's face?
8 years ago
Michael Colburn
8 years ago
Andrew, can you help me with XL2 settings?
Trying to keep this from looking grainy, with that light source...
Devin White
8 years ago
Matt in MO.
8 years ago
Andrew... you deciphered something so complex into something so simple.

I nominate you for an Academy Award for best breakdown!

I also believe this may be my current favorite tutorial.
8 years ago
I love how you take the time to show us little things like this. That's what really sets you apart from the others. Thanks AK!
    3 years ago
    Totally agree Eric, great job AK
8 years ago
I love to see lighting breakdowns. Great!
8 years ago
Hey I was wondering if you would be able to show or explain how to create and how to apply a matte painting i have some sort of idea but still having trouble, i'm using AE CS3 and Photoshop CS2
the boom
8 years ago
sexiness Sam
8 years ago
Thanks for the Tut and for this bonus feature. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

8 years ago
Great quickie tip on lighting
8 years ago
I was wondering where is a good place i could buy good lights for something like this
8 years ago
The hardest thing for me in shooting video is setting the light correct. Although I think there is no "the correct way" It just has to look good - just like the hud shoot.

Thanks VCP for explaining there secrets ;)
8 years ago
Thanks AK you rock
8 years ago
Since you're busting in these HUD's you should go and see what you can do when it comes to batman, when he uses his Sonar (The dark knight). Also Great Tut man!
8 years ago
Good tips.. Looking forward to see what results people come up with ;)
8 years ago
So what color was the background really?
8 years ago
Wow, man that's cool, thank you for the great tutorials!
Peter C
8 years ago
Omg.. sam as wallpaper! =)
8 years ago
Forgive for bad knowledge of English language.
8 years ago
Thanx Man!
Keep up!
Prodat TV
8 years ago
Well Well Well

You never sleep, or what??

I can't learn the last tuto yet, and now you give us an other one. Are you a RoboKramer or something like that.

Thank You, You Rules, and your crew too.

8 years ago
hi Andrew...
which video camera are you using ?
and which camera should i buy for a low budget film based on scenes from 3ds max ... and people on a green screen...

Diego G.
8 years ago
Damn it, I forgot to press record, haha, you rock, you are a genius AK!
8 years ago
very nice picture, one picture talks for million words.
8 years ago
What are the wattages and distances?
8 years ago
Thank You Andrew, thnx for everything!
8 years ago
Nice quick-tip, Andrew. It's so weird, I know somebody that looks eerily similar to Sam. I'll have to see if I can get a picture of him to you so we can reunite these long lost brothers. :P
8 years ago
Very nice.
8 years ago
Interesting setup, very simple too!
mohamed ez eldein
8 years ago
thanx androw
8 years ago
Thanks Andrew....and now I have a new Sam poster to hang on my

I like the lighting setup also because it creates those great-looking white spots in the center of Sam's eyes. That alone gives the shot some depth and spark. It also makes him more "sinister-looking". Great job.
tommie12P (Thorsten Miess)
8 years ago
"Dont forget to press record" - :D

nice work
8 years ago
Why so serious Sammy...
David W.
8 years ago
The finished picture of Sam would make a nice background to freak somebody out with. ;) Just kidding Sam, you're a great guy for allowing Andrew to make fun of you. (Wish my brother would let me film him for tutorials) :)
8 years ago
VERY helpful! Thanks AK! I would be interested to hear more about your lighting techniques...did you learn mostly by doing or are you a fan of any tutorials?
8 years ago
Thanks for the tip
Andre Prior
8 years ago
Thank you Andrew! My questions are gone :D
8 years ago
Thanks for the info.
Now I know what I was doing wrong.
Those damn record buttons!
8 years ago
Sweet.. thanks alot!
8 years ago
Funny, I was really going to ask this yesterday... =P Thanks a lot
8 years ago
Awesome! That was exactly what i thaught after watching the tutorial! "How did he light the scene?"
8 years ago
Thanks man keep the content coming!!
8 years ago
I like the visuals. I got on this am and thought nah, we just got a tute yesterday.....but nooooo....AK comes through with a little tidbit. Hope you and yours are well.
8 years ago
something that is bothering me is that the head should be locked off, and the suggesstion of the head moving should be done with the HUD or am I missing the point?
8 years ago
Oh snap! that be my new wallpaper right there!
Some Guy
8 years ago
Thanks for the answer. I thought it would be something like this setup. You've got a great result. Have you filmed it with the RED? The quality is amazing for a low-light shot.
8 years ago
thank you andrew you are the best!
8 years ago
guess wt?? i actualy 4gt to press the record button... thnx fr helpn me
8 years ago
thnxs mr kramer ...u rock