More Lights!

One of the primary techniques in the recent Light Casting tutorial is the ability to add multiple lights in your scene. These additional lights will automatically interact with the surface based on intensity, distance and color so you can worry about more important things like building robots.

Watch the 2009 Light Race! HD 720p

7 years ago
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 […]
Cloud City
Continuing the Element 3D fun! This started as a desert scene and soon turned into a cloud city! Typical. Part of the fun of these render projects is just creating random stuff and designing without a specific goal. It’s actually been really challenging and exciting to try various techniques. In this scene, I used an aerial […]
My 10 Cloverfield Lane Contribution
Earlier this year I had the chance to work on 10 Cloverfield lane, on this horrifying matte painting and composite. Many image-searches for road kill have scarred my mind! As always it was a pleasure to work with Dan Trachtenberg.     My work on 10 Cloverfield Lane! #nightmares #mattepainting A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) […]
NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Light Casting

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In this jam-packed tutorial we will build an energy ball that emits natural light onto the road’s surface. Plus, we will be utilizing ‘reverse-tracking’ to lock the 3D effects in-place, while maintaining the original camera movement in the exciting final shot.

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The displacement effect at the end uses the Energy Wipe tutorial:

I also added some camera shake with the AFTER SHAKE preset:

Oh Yeah:
Today and tomorrow are the last two days to receive free shipping on the 2K version of our new stock footage collection, Action Essentials 2. Of course the 720p version is still available at the great low-price of $99.95 so be sure to show your support by using it to blow something up 🙂

PS: We have all new discs and every package goes out within 24 hours!

Check out the features and Trailer!

7 years ago
Surface Lighting

OK, I like making “cool” effects like this energy ball but the real challenge is finding a technique that goes beyond building a single effect.

In this example, the street is generating a specular gloss from the light source that is uneven based on the surface. This makes the effect seem more realistic and blends with the road naturally. I used a similar technique in the VFX breakdown example for Action Essentials 2 in order to create the glow on the ground caused by the explosion.

7 years ago
Start the Montage

As promised here are some shots from my trip to NYC. The weather was great all day on Saturday and so was dinner. I shot everything with the Sony EX-1 on a tripod as well as some hand-held stuff. I used Premiere CS4, even though it would hang during editing and crash occasionally. I’m sure they will work it out. Please?

Back on subject, the clip contains a variety of shots, as well as some tracking shots taken from the back of a bycylce carriage. Now I just need to intercut some cops and a district attorney then add some 80’s music and I could have a hit TV show. Then I could stop all of the crime.

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7 years ago
Filmin’ in NY

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I made a last minute trip to NYC on Friday and spent today filming all over the city with a Sony EX1 for fun. Pretty cool camera and the interval (time-lapse) mode is incredible too, very easy and the results are great. When I get back on Monday, I’ll post some of the footage.

If anyone at Sony is reading, feel free to send me some free stuff 🙂 Thanks in advance.

7 years ago