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.

January 29th, 2009 @ 1:27 am
thnxs mr kramer ...u rock
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:30 am
guess wt?? i actualy 4gt to press the record button... thnx fr helpn me
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:39 am
thank you andrew you are the best!
Some Guy
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:42 am
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.
January 29th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
Oh snap! that be my new wallpaper right there!
January 29th, 2009 @ 2:12 am
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?
January 29th, 2009 @ 2:40 am
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.
January 29th, 2009 @ 3:19 am
Thanks man keep the content coming!!
January 29th, 2009 @ 4:31 am
Awesome! That was exactly what i thaught after watching the tutorial! "How did he light the scene?"
January 29th, 2009 @ 5:12 am
Funny, I was really going to ask this yesterday... =P Thanks a lot
January 29th, 2009 @ 5:25 am
Sweet.. thanks alot!
January 29th, 2009 @ 5:48 am
Thanks for the info.
Now I know what I was doing wrong.
Those damn record buttons!
Andre Prior
January 29th, 2009 @ 6:02 am
Thank you Andrew! My questions are gone :D
January 29th, 2009 @ 6:11 am
Thanks for the tip
January 29th, 2009 @ 6:15 am
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?
David W.
January 29th, 2009 @ 6:19 am
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) :)
January 29th, 2009 @ 6:23 am
Why so serious Sammy...
tommie12P (Thorsten Miess)
January 29th, 2009 @ 7:31 am
"Dont forget to press record" - :D

nice work
January 29th, 2009 @ 7:32 am
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.
mohamed ez eldein
January 29th, 2009 @ 7:32 am
thanx androw
January 29th, 2009 @ 8:02 am
Interesting setup, very simple too!
January 29th, 2009 @ 8:16 am
Very nice.
January 29th, 2009 @ 8:23 am
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
January 29th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
Thank You Andrew, thnx for everything!
January 29th, 2009 @ 9:03 am
What are the wattages and distances?
January 29th, 2009 @ 9:26 am
very nice picture, one picture talks for million words.
Diego G.
January 29th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Damn it, I forgot to press record, haha, you rock, you are a genius AK!
January 29th, 2009 @ 9:41 am
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...

Prodat TV
January 29th, 2009 @ 10:06 am
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.

January 29th, 2009 @ 10:18 am
Thanx Man!
Keep up!
January 29th, 2009 @ 11:06 am
Forgive for bad knowledge of English language.
Peter C
January 29th, 2009 @ 11:17 am
Omg.. sam as wallpaper! =)
January 29th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
Wow, man that's cool, thank you for the great tutorials!
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:08 pm
So what color was the background really?
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
Good tips.. Looking forward to see what results people come up with ;)
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:27 pm
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!
January 29th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
Thanks AK you rock
January 29th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
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 ;)
January 29th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
I was wondering where is a good place i could buy good lights for something like this
January 29th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Great quickie tip on lighting
January 29th, 2009 @ 8:14 pm
Thanks for the Tut and for this bonus feature. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

the boom
January 29th, 2009 @ 11:28 pm
sexiness Sam
January 30th, 2009 @ 2:29 am
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
January 30th, 2009 @ 2:48 am
I love to see lighting breakdowns. Great!
January 30th, 2009 @ 7:26 am
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!
    October 29th, 2013 @ 10:22 am
    Totally agree Eric, great job AK
Matt in MO.
January 30th, 2009 @ 7:53 am
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.
Devin White
January 30th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
Michael Colburn
January 30th, 2009 @ 9:23 am
Andrew, can you help me with XL2 settings?
Trying to keep this from looking grainy, with that light source...
January 30th, 2009 @ 9:51 am
January 30th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
Thanks Andrew. About how far was the light away from Sam's face?
January 30th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
I always forget to press record..

January 30th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm
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
January 30th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
Lol...that is a cool wallpaper... hehe...

thx..Andrew,Sam, EVERYBODY!!!!
January 30th, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
My God!! That was a scary photo!! I won't be able to sleep tonight!!!
January 31st, 2009 @ 12:46 am
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.
January 31st, 2009 @ 6:06 am
thnx Ill use that
January 31st, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
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
February 1st, 2009 @ 9:05 am
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
February 1st, 2009 @ 10:29 am
may I know which hd camera do you used here? looks great :)
February 3rd, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Thanks for the tip. This site has always been very helping filled with usefull information.
Christopher Oliver
February 5th, 2009 @ 11:48 am
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
February 5th, 2009 @ 3:18 pm
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
February 11th, 2009 @ 2:31 am
Hai all most all tutorials i like

pls give me gudide to make green screen..
March 26th, 2009 @ 10:31 am
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 !
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