Building and filming

Today is another day of filming for Action Essentials 2: High Definition, and we have been working all weekend building contraptions to safely create the elements for the team and the camera. One of the things we built is an acrylic (plexiglass) cage to protect the camera from falling debris and water blasts etc. The crew has been awesome and everyone has been contributing ideas and solutions to make this the amazing new product. I even have an orange bucket to sit on that says “director”.


April 6th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Looking forward to it! :)
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Haha awesome, a director's bucket!
Sounds like it's coming along well!
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
Great! I'm looking forward to the new product!
Greets from Mark, The Netherlands!
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
Great ! can't w8 :D:D:
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:28 am
So is this going to be a full length movie, or a bunch of clips from which tutorials will be born? Cuz i'm kinda hoping to see this sucker in IMAX.
Mrs X
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:28 am
xD can't wait too!
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:28 am
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:30 am
talking about flying debris and splashing water...
How about flying human body parts...?
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:30 am
make that 7th...
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:32 am
i totally agree with Alex, you have to make this available in iMax. :)

if you show it in the Hearst Castle theatre, that's right by where i live...

April 6th, 2009 @ 11:37 am
Alex Action Essentials 2: High Definition, is a product just like Twitch and Action Movie Essentials which has effects and other stuff to add to your own movie, this is not a movie as such just the awesome tools to make one :)
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:39 am
Awsome:D take pictures and film behind the scenes!!
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:39 am
I want an orange bucket to sit on!!
: )

honestly, if you were selling cool orange buckets that say director, I would buy one.
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:39 am
Gonna love this! Orange bucket :D

Is there gonna be only smoke/blood/explosions etc. like in the Action Movie Essentials or is there gonna be some new categories?
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:42 am
+1 on that Suvir we need the blown up body parts ;p
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:43 am
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
Great :D
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
Hi Andrew,

when do you think you can show us the Example-Film you shot on RED earlier? I'm very excited in case I love stock footage, just buyed some today (from NCCinema, good stuff though).

April 6th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
I really can't wait for this product!!! even tought I don't work that much with video! the tutorials in that product should be just awesome! keep the great job!
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:06 pm
did your plexy camera protector work? ;)

thats sounds crazy for the new DVD I can't wait.
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:09 pm
I'm a bit concerned at the level of affection shown to Andrew in the comments on this site... I mean, I like his tutorials and products as much as anyone, but let's have some dignity people. Enough with the shameless gushing...

PS: Andrew... I have your picture on my nightstand *giddy laughter*
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
I buy you a good chair that say “director” HeHe
but orange bucket is pretty unique.

can wait for the new product, :)
Mohammed Ali
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
orange bucket..........LOLZZ
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Come on man, I need this like a Junkie needs his next fix...
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
Well, a bucket's a step up from nothing. The next step will be a box, then a crudely made stool...
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
you showing off :)
nice to here that you're having good time with "shooting" ;)
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
Hey, that's great news - I can't wait for the DVD! :)
Keep up the good work and the high quality of your products! It's really refreshing and inspiring to see what people can achieve if they love their job and work with passion.
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
what about some "making of" videos, is it possible?
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
OMG! I can't wait! Thanks for all your hard work!
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
Nothing like a orange bucket with director written on it!
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
Buckets are actually surprisingly comfortable.
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
haaaa orange bucket
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:10 pm
Can't wait
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:11 pm
awesome! is i this bucket yellow for make groovy music too Andrew Kramer ? when is out ? i want buy this bitch !
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:11 pm
kurwa sounds cool !
G Man
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
water blasts?!?!?! very nice!!!
kim daniel
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:20 pm
take a picture of the bucket!:D
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
That'll be great!!!!!
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
You know you've made it when....

Can't wait to see it!
Sullivan Williams
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
hey andrew, man. what ever happened to that thing you shot with red against a green screen that you said you would show us the final product of? you know what i mean? its on the blog on January 7th, 2009
Bryan Benitez
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
NICE!! If you need someone to run camera for BTS footage, let me know... I have always wanted to go to California... Looking forward to another great VCP product!
April 6th, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
I'm so gonna buy this!
April 6th, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
That's an amazing news brothers can't wait for it

Wish you allways the best for everything .
April 6th, 2009 @ 2:32 pm
yeah!! finally the best director of the world have a bucket!!!! =D...

waiting for this... from Mendoza, Argentina.. brih!!
April 6th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
Sounds sweet! There's a secret pyromaniac in everyone, and now you guys get to let it out.

Would you guys be willing to show us a few 'behind the scenes' of sorts? I think that would be pretty epic.
Juan Carlos
April 6th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
can´t wait
April 6th, 2009 @ 2:56 pm
Lol, "I even have an orange bucket to sit on!"

Great, I totally can't wait for it!
Wayne Cutajar
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm
When is this going to be published?
Joe Avino
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
Awesome, can't wait!
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:23 pm
I hope the elements are well lit, so they can blend easier with our projects, I am so down for purchasing this product in the future.

Speaking of products, I came across a Green Lantern animated film preview and noticed some interesting promotion slates that has video copilot written all over it.
David W.
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
Yes! a director's bucket! :)
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
Andrew, I have a sort of dumb question here. What all is going to be in the Action Essentials disk? It sounds like it might involve some good stock footage for compositing; if that's the case, rock on!
April 6th, 2009 @ 3:51 pm
are you going to do a "hands-on" tutorial on how to make these contraptions? that would be awesome.

and did you say WATER? that will be SWEET! I don't think anyone has ever done water blast stock footage yet :)
April 6th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
hello Andrew Kramer! i make great video and have Andrew Kramer photograph! your basket i buy when ?
April 6th, 2009 @ 4:09 pm
you are awesome Andrew Kramer!
April 6th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
a director sit! Lol!!! You deserve it man. can wait to see how it is going to be...
April 6th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Really looking forward to Action Essentials 2...I'd love to be there to see it all coming together and to get the first hand experience! Keep up the great work and thanks again for all your hard work Andrew :D
April 6th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm
I can't wait!!! There are going to be water blasts!
April 6th, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
Could you show us how to make a plexiglass cage? My cameras usually last one take when I try to film underwater and everyone except for the guy in the store is complaining about my expensive hobby. I was thinking about a plastic cage incubator style with some rubber gloves built in to operate the camera or am I thinking too much out of the plexiglass box right now ?
April 6th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
Espero que no falte mucho... en serio
Prodat TV
April 6th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
Hopefully is the first bucket of hundreds more.
you deserve that and more for your great work.
also a great recognition for the whole VC team.
Prodat TV
April 6th, 2009 @ 6:14 pm
Speaking of Plexiglass, you could share some ideas for making a cage for our cameras.
April 6th, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
Sounds amazing, Andrew!
April 6th, 2009 @ 7:41 pm
I am overly influenced by paint ball over the last few days.. We have just got permission to shoot a video at the arena... a good time to get the action essentials for the post production...
And of course flying body parts are in the agenda...
Anthony Miller
April 6th, 2009 @ 8:13 pm
Hey Andrew,

Is it a union bucket?

April 6th, 2009 @ 9:12 pm
Will we be seeing any photos from the shoot? I'd be keen to see how you do this stuff.
April 6th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm
What is the release date?
Eugene Opperman
April 6th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
Love the bucket, wonder if it's Sam's karma coming back for putting him under trash...
Point Blank
April 6th, 2009 @ 10:22 pm
A director's bucket, eh? Do you have a scene splitter make out of old cereal boxes?
April 6th, 2009 @ 10:30 pm
How much is ame2 gonna cost?
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:28 pm
director and autor....great team!!!
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
Can't wait !
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
hey andrew,

just curious...what camera do you use ?


RA. Elliott
April 7th, 2009 @ 1:10 am
Hey AK, great news hearing your working on that! Very excited to see it. I have a question that just occurred to me... Have you considered creating a DVD of matching sound fx to the footage? Possibly a bonus disc or something? That would be genius, GENIUS ANDREW. For your consideration...
April 7th, 2009 @ 2:06 am
Come on give us a Behind The Scenes!!!! Or at least have someone take pictures!! :D
April 7th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
An explosion that showed in "Behind the scenes of Saving private Ryan (" Wouln't be bad :)
April 7th, 2009 @ 2:31 am
Hi, Im really looking forward to this one. When is the release??
April 7th, 2009 @ 2:33 am

Thats a really cool video!
April 7th, 2009 @ 3:22 am
Hi Andrew,

Do you have any release date for us?
April 7th, 2009 @ 3:43 am
hey! Andrew Kramer! you is awesome! i buy the bucket and animate mask feather yes?
April 7th, 2009 @ 3:50 am
hello awesome Andrew Kramer! when buy this amazing DVD ? i put in after effect and make animation filter ?
April 7th, 2009 @ 4:56 am
water element are in it? does it have any fiery fire too??
April 7th, 2009 @ 5:33 am
Ha! Nice one. I am honestly craving for this. Hope theres a lot of blood. I am gonna need it!
April 7th, 2009 @ 5:40 am
well with a bucket like that, the product has to be good!
any E.T.A on the release date?
April 7th, 2009 @ 5:54 am
jebiemy suki ! waiting !
April 7th, 2009 @ 6:08 am
I m waiting,hellyeh
April 7th, 2009 @ 6:43 am
Andrew, you should include a bonus section on the DVD which talks about all this custom gear you rigged up, how you went about setting up the action shots, what was involved, and why. Plexi glass roll cages and such sound fascinating, what techniques do you use in situations where equipment (or people) could be damaged?

There are alot of aspiring film makers in your audience that would want to know how to professionally (and safely) shoot scenes such as these. Your knowledge would be an immennse help to the community!
April 7th, 2009 @ 7:16 am
Which way up is the orange bucket though?
April 7th, 2009 @ 7:19 am
Oh come on now! You need a directors chair! I think you've earned your stripes!
April 7th, 2009 @ 8:55 am
Get rid of the bucket Andrew, you deserve a throne!
April 7th, 2009 @ 9:22 am
Ooooh! Seriously can't wait... Water blasts?! They sound the bomb! (sorry)
April 7th, 2009 @ 9:40 am
We need a pic of you on your bucket :)!
April 7th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
i whish be aeny :(
one day i will be there.
April 7th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
I buy Andrew Kramer chair bucket orange and make movies AE AENY !
April 7th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
Andrew Kramer you are awe some ! when buy DVD? i make the movie in After Effekt, yes? is the DVD musical also?
Diego G.
April 7th, 2009 @ 3:43 pm
hey AK, Will the DVD has some Actions Sounds? :P That would be great!
Sorry for my english :(
April 7th, 2009 @ 4:57 pm
As far as sounds go... there will be a few bonus sound fx but the product is mainly about providing a massive library of VFX compositing elements. Of course there will be lots of training too.
Rafael Guerra
April 7th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm
a massive library of VFX compositing, that was inspiring. Cool slogan.
April 7th, 2009 @ 6:07 pm
man oh man i cant wait for this product!!! congrats on the orange bucket lol
Dale Ficken
April 7th, 2009 @ 8:10 pm
You should include a short blooper reel on the DVD from a 3rd person view to catch all the action :) Granted, not wanting to see anyone lose an arm, leg, finger, etc... just think it would be cool to see a short clip giving an overview of the making. All in all it sounds like a pretty intense product. Can't wait to see the final product.
April 7th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
Can´t wait for the new product!!!
Congrats Mr Kramer.. you deserve a bucket full of buckets
Mario Adriano
April 7th, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
When can we expect Action Movie Essentials 2 to be out?
April 7th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm
Will there be a 'real clouds' hd version coming out anytime? Its odd to stretch those cloud videos.
April 8th, 2009 @ 12:21 am
Just like most of the others, I really look forward to this product. The first "Action Movie Essentials" was really cool. (Y)
kogoncho duruki
April 8th, 2009 @ 2:03 am
Andrew Kramer! Hello! is buy new DVD make Battles Star Galactica? yes ?
April 8th, 2009 @ 5:30 am
and body parts????
April 8th, 2009 @ 9:26 am
have you considering having plexiglass cage stock to replace the scratched one by falling debris?

good luck to the team and i wish success on your next product.

Thank you again for all your amazing tutorials, m8.
April 8th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

Get some fake body parts and blow 'em off!!!!!!!!!

Sounds epic!!

mmmm.....Epic Movie Essentials?
April 8th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
i cant wait to buy another one of your legendary products.

oh and by the way in Greek mythology Gods used orange buckets as their thrones..... at least i think
April 8th, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
i am soooooo buying this
April 8th, 2009 @ 4:11 pm
haha, the flyin debris kinda reminded me of a video by The Onion :D
April 9th, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
Hey Andrew,
I like when you put some image :D
regards !
April 11th, 2009 @ 1:51 am
I'm a spanish guy. And i can only say that you are a best thing for learning the after effects tutorials.Sorry but my english is very poor. I'm so sad because you don't have a spanish tutorials. But keep in your work because you are the best.
Greetings from valencia, Spain.
Thanks for your work!
April 12th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
wanna see photos from the set!
April 15th, 2009 @ 11:36 am
I was wundering... I'm thinking about making a safetyBOX too, how much did this ended up costing for you? :D

Sorry for my english, I'm from little unknown

Hope you will reply
Biggest fan from little Denmark
April 15th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
Hi Andrew,

I'm looking forward to seeing the...the orange bucket! ha ha! Kidding! I hope for the best for the team.

Greetings from the Phil
April 22nd, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
keep em comin Andrew
U Rock
ROFLMAO directors bucket :P
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