2012 Scene Building

Who doesn’t love a good disaster movie? Guilty pleasures Here is an interesting behind the scenes look at some of the special effects for the movie 2012.

Check it out

230 RESPONSES TO "2012 SCENE BUILDING"
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
wow this movie looks incredible!
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:18 pm
Best jobs in 2009-12 :)
Maya calendar.
damien Christ
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
Really nice destruction!
Greetings from the Philippines!
Chronos
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:23 pm
Gotta out-run the earthquake!

I wanted to see more of how they went about constructing the virtual landscape...
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
Great visual effect. Must have taken a lot of work to do that. Personally I don't like it when they pull a "George Lucas" and make an entire CG scene, but then again they couldn't really destroy LA. Thanks for the post!
ayal
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
how?
how how how how how????
Andrew..next tutorial....how to distroy an entire city?
Martin
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
Omg i cant wait there till this move will be released i will buy ticket in luxus as soonest posuble!!
Zvi Twersky
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
Great!! Can't wait either
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:28 pm
Nice! Have to see this movie!
victor
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:28 pm
great fx... but why are all great fx movies of late so weak when it comes to content, story, acting.... i'll see it anyway but only for the fx
iforssberg
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:29 pm
Amazing effects, but will it just be still another catastrophy movie? How ever, I'm waiting for the tutorial for making this one in AE! =)
Ryan Steel
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
I think this is next generation CGI. A new era of versatility has begun in this film and it really is awesome.

Hi from Scotland...
nivek
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
effects look amazing
must go and see this
Kevin C
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
I think they should have gone for realism and actually destroyed a major city. LOL

I think 2012 will be nothing more than a footnote in the history books, right beside Y2K, but I will see the movie when it comes out.
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
it's amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing
kimy
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
how they do this thing...i wish i could have a training or course with those guys....awesome...i will never get there :(
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
great VFX - wow
Steve
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
Amazing VFX, can't wait to see it. I am currently working on a project that is entirely cgi, except for the actors, so it would be nice to see exactly how they accomplished this scene. Nice find Andrew!
Oscar
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm
Hell that looks awesome.

World governments should build floating sky cities to escape to when the time comes :P
Sean B
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
Crazy stuff here! Can't wait to see the movie! If only I could do this sort of stuff haha

Thanks for the post about this
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
I actually already watched this, but thanks anyway.
David
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:02 pm
scary thing is this will really happen one day according to the book of revelation. Trust in Jesus Christ
Thanks Andrew, you do great work!
Yakito
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:03 pm
Does anyone has any idea what software does this studios use in order to make this type of movies?
Spencer
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
I can see my house from here!
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm
WOW! They used 3dsmax! :)
haitam
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
hey Mr kramer you do all of effects in this movie ? or this is juste trailer of your best movie ?
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
Sick... sick.
I didn't know that earthquakes made the ground go all wavy!
I will see that movie for one reason, and one reason only... for the special effects.
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:21 pm
2012 looks by far, one of the best VFX movies.
Speedbreaker
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
@Yakito
3Ds Max, Cebas Thinking Particles, Cebas VolumeBreaker, FumeFX, Cebas Final Render
Garrison
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:25 pm
I think you should do a tutorial on how to make that sequence. Show us how to create and destroy LA from scratch. Should only take you a few decades to record.... easy. :D

Can't wait for this movie, it's going to be great.
Joey
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:28 pm
Ahh...looks like a movie to see purely for the effects and absolutely nothing else :D :D :D
Jan
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
Amazing vfx. But Im afraid this movie will only be good beacause of it. And not because of the story. But a must-see
Jeremy
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
hey just wondering if you realized how everyone posts kramer sent me here on every video you link us to
Myles
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
Was that Photoshop they were using with the pen on the touchscreen?
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:40 pm
@Miles
Yes,it is, and after that they show 3ds Max screen.
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:40 pm
Awesome! Thanks for sharing Andrew! :)
jose lagos
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Andrew you should do your best tutorials before 2012, the Mayan calendar does not lie O.o XD
Fernando
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
Nice effects. Too bad the plot sucks...
Mauro Arsénio
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:58 pm
how?
how how how how how????
Andrew..next tutorial….how to distroy an entire city?
Chris
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm
Does this mean Vegas could be the new oceanfront landscape?
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:06 pm
Nice, keep posting stuff like this! :D
Brent
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
That is freaking insane! Definitely an amazing sequence to see on the big screen.
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
WOW... thanks AK!
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:27 pm
Heres 5 minutes of actual footage taken from the film to lure people in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZxBYItj2sM
Nick
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
hey andrew......u should really make a tut with some advanced 3d involved...like this......or come out with a dvd training of doing this kinda professional effects.......my requests
Johann Torres
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:46 pm
Can´t wait to see the movie!
thanks andrew! i love seeing behind the scenes and specially VFX breakdowns
keep sharing this kind of stuff :)
Olympia Logger
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:54 pm
Almost everything is CG and the next step is virtual actors.

Then the entire movie industry is ALL ours and Hollywood is dog-meat... and we're rid of most of the coutry's liberal wackos!

Su-weeet!
Liess
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
Roland Emmerich is an german guy... Like MEE!!!
Boris
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:48 pm
WOW! It's amazing dude, but i guess that the true challenge is when the effects are imperceptible...i speak to drama movies, where if don't tell you, never know that there are effects.
PD: Sorry for my english, i'm chilean.

Thanks for... All!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
hey andrew check out my website
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm
It’s amazing how far movie technology has evolved.
Plissken
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:16 pm
roland emmerich sent me here!!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:32 pm
this is amazing stuff here i wish i was that good!
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:38 pm
That looks awesome!

Funny thing that a Mayan Elder (ones still following the Mayan Ways) explained that it is rather a dawn of a new age, or epoch, not the end of the world.

Still gotta love fire, smoke, destruction and everything in between.
-David
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
Andrew is helping destroy the world.

Is there a plug-in for that?
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
I heard they only used windows movie maker to make that whole movie ;)
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
Very cool and so much work to complete something like this ... but in the end it's all worth it.

Jarmo
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:32 pm
And I bet Andrew is going to love 2012. May be he is going to put something together based on similar ... or better for rest of us to chew.

Jarmo
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:48 pm
The Most Amazing VFX I've Ever Seen!!!!!!

(Besides Andrews) lol ;)
Wassim
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
OH MY GOD !!!

That's incredibly TERRIFIC !!
Naqeeb
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
Man this Movie No Jokes Looks Amazing...Its next On my list...A must watch Movie
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
Thx AK another awesome link. This will be an awesome movie to see when it's released. If everyone looks to some of AK's tutorials with 3dsmax and compsiting in AE ie. "The Bullet" This can be done by creative people like us.

AK you should have a colaboration with folks on here maybe even a contest of some sort for a feature film. I'm sure many of us, like me, would be more than happy to help. You should sooooo do that.
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:31 pm
Trailers wreck movies, haha. Just an incredible example of movie magic...
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:31 pm
BTW who needs to be up their with the big six anyways, look at "Paranormal Activity" 25k budget smashed the box office this last week.
197845
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:38 pm
@JimB

worst.....movie....ever
ramesh
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
when they r travelling from car reminds me of cruise control tutorial of serious fx n compositing "product of vc"
Josh M
October 26th, 2009 @ 10:06 pm
wow those are indeed some amazing VFX. i just hope it doesnt turn out to be another "the day after tomorrow" kind of movie. well i didnt like it anyways i dont know about any one else. still i will go see this because of the CGI if nothing else.
sohail
October 26th, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
Nice, keep posting stuff like this!
Benjamin Bernard
October 26th, 2009 @ 10:28 pm
quick fly at ground level so we can out run the earthquake.....
Arry
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
Ugghh... can't imagine with the real EQ,,
Can we see with your version 2012?
Andrew
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:08 pm
wow, I will give Emmerich one thing: he certainly understands the meaning of spectacle.
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:19 pm
No doubt this is a must see for the effects alone. But I wonder, how much man power and render time is involved for that movie compared to say transformers?
morty
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:25 pm
Well, it saddens me to say, but I have a feeling this movie will be a piece of poo if it wasnt for the effects..
Right now, the movies with great fx + incredible story + good actors are counted on the fingers of my right hand |-(
myu from srilanka
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
i noticed that they have used TWITCH plugin in the trailer + movie
David Coster
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:33 pm
Can you make a Tutorials??? Hahaa

haha Awsome.
However
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:35 pm
andrew what the hell happened to your tutorial on the graphs????? pleaseee upload man its been like 4 weeks since u announced it coming in a week!!!!!!!!!!!
Mudi
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
OooOO MAN ! END MOVIE !! WAITING FOR IT
Vicky Shah
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:22 am
Thank you so much Sir...
elvijsb
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:38 am
so awesome that i just wanna cry. i got so many questions and one of them is: will i ever be that good to create something similar. yeah, thats my dream to be a pro.
Paul
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:53 am
Andrew - i thought you was going to reveal you made the opening intro sequence to 2012!!! LOL
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:59 am
This gonna sound negative, but....

HOW IN HUMAN BEINGS CAN YOU STIL WALK ON SHAKING STREETS DURING A 10.5 EARTHQYAKE????

However, these are my thaughts ;)

Seems to be a good movie further, little far fetched but looks amazing!!
whiteto
October 27th, 2009 @ 1:00 am
That a good movie. thx you sir
the HK
October 27th, 2009 @ 1:13 am
Didn't know that L.A was gone...
Whasa Dudes
October 27th, 2009 @ 1:21 am
Well, I think this is an excuse to use only CGI for this scene...They can try really to destroy L.A. to look more real...

I am kidding.

L.A. is fine.

The effects are great, but most of the Disaster movies...are real disaster...
Dextrmania
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:00 am
I've seen this trailer probably a year ago,they didnt even specify the release date of the movie.i was really amazed,specially when i saw the cg ocean flowing over the chineze man and so.i searched the internet for anything related to it...all i got was the reall scientific notificatin about the world being devastated by natural phenomenon in 2012. But after a very deep search...i found out that it was that shitty damn hard software maya behind almost 80% of the VFX. for the destruction, ray fire was the ultimate tool.as it's only compatible with 3ds max at this time...that means max was used to some extent.Rolan Emmerich is just another big figure in directors list.cant wait to see the movie.thanx for the link Andrew.u can go to Mir Vadim's official site to see how they used his tool rayfire to destroy the twin towers....its just amazing!!!!
Speedbreaker
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:12 am
@Dextrmania
they used the new cebas plug-in volume breaker to prebrake
the towers and thinking particles for the simulation:
http://www.finalrender.com/products/products.php?UD=10-7888-33-788&PID=60
Dextrmania
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:20 am
@speedbreaker
thanx for the link. but i want you to see this also:
http://www.mirvadim.com/index.php?id=videos
trap
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:25 am
looks great and hardwork.
Speedbreaker
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:31 am
@Dextrmania
right, I guess they used both because volume breaker was still in development as they started the fx work for the movie.
If you watch the video closely you can see the TP icon on all of the Max previews for the destruction.
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:33 am
Great effects, but... hope to follow a plot, even if it will reduced to a banal escape movie.
Anyway, great special effects.
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
@speedbreaker
Nice one chief! I had only known of Rayfire but that Cebas Thinking Particle suite is amazing, do you see how much stuff is there!
Are you still doing your destruction tests? I enjoyed them...
Speedbreaker
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:02 am
Yeah! :) I made some cool destruction blackboxes (presets) for TP.
Perhaps I'll upload them to the forum.
Eric
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:26 am
I think both rayfire and volumebreaker are excellent looking tools. but until volumebreaker is in actual production, it is difficult to weigh the pros and cons. For rayfire, they have been around for a while and we all know that it gets good results at least. for volumebreaker, it's hardly started but has made a fantastic entrance with this upcoming movie. Only time will tell I suppose.
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:58 am
October 27th, 2009 @ 4:17 am
amzing effects, John Cusack has still got some cool left over from 'High Fidelity', cannot wait for another cheese fest of stuff exploding, planes flying through fire, and probably some annoying child and a dog that refuses to die no matter how extreme it gets.
October 27th, 2009 @ 4:44 am
Woow!! This looks fantastic, great job man!
I'm gona try to make this one. This really looks nice.

I think that's why I love VideoCopilot.net :D
Rakesh
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:03 am
thanks for dis post andrew
Charlie
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:08 am
Hi Andrew! That is brutal. Can you make for us a little building, or landscape collaps tutorial?
spademax
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:18 am
"Andrew Kramer here for Video copilot .net for a new very exciting tutorial. well , today we'll destroy LA..." it sounds great! you can do it Andrew ;) go for it!
bhupesh
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:23 am
nice movie.............pls make tutorial of desatroying the whole city .pls even it become a tutorial of 3 hours i willl seee it...
nlsinh
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:24 am
Thank you for this video. Amazing!!!
Daniel
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:28 am
And this in digital 3D. I would like this.
Tiago
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:30 am
I am sooo watching this movie :D
Shin.D.Jun
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:42 am
It's Good Job!

Will be able to produce with tutorial?

Please~~ ^^ Good time
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:43 am
2012 hhh

c'est r1
Joachim
October 27th, 2009 @ 5:50 am
Holy crap!
That's one hell of a job.
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:27 am
Did you hear Andrew ?
We want to destroy something :}
This kind of 3ds max with after effects tutorial will be definetely perfect!
maybe our number 100 tutorial ? :}
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:30 am
Movie looks great!
Isda Afiq Wafiuddin
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:34 am
Really awesome effect! This site also have a great tutorials. Make some more tutorials!

Greetings from Malaysia.
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:35 am
great post Andrew thank!!!

wowww
nguyenhoangkhoi
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:47 am
1:13 they used 3ds max!!! incredible!!!!
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:50 am
finalRender engine is the best.See my work on my blog.
Andrew you´re the best!!
Freak
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:55 am
legen waitforit.. dary!
Mishig
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:00 am
Hi Andrew. Can you make a tutorial of that video when Sam walking suddenly land divides into parts. You posted this video on blog, do you remember?
Thanx
Chris
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:08 am
Eh! that Kramer guy can do better!!!
Chris
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
omg that looks really breathtaking!

andrew, please teach us to destroy OUR city :)
Benjamin Franklin
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:21 am
Sorry... It already happened.

If you adjust the Mayan calendar to sync with the Gregorian calendar the 2012 Mayan date occured around 2006 Gregorian.

http://www.ortelius.de/kalender/form_en2.php
Rogier Colijn
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:27 am
Might be something fun for the next tutorial, "HOW TU BUILD LA FROM SCRATCH AND THEN DESTROY IT" I think it would take around 40 minutes right :D

They did a really nice job on creating a photo realistic LA (remember like the very old computer renders, they looked like plastic)
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:32 am
waovvv, super and terrible!!
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:05 am
I want to see that movie! :)
moutas
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:28 am
who cares the lens flares are way much better :D
Ed
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:32 am
Nice. When is the tutorial coming out for this? :P
Steven Noni
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:37 am
thanks!!! love it
Jan
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:40 am
thats amazing! o_o
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:08 am
lol! Rogier!!! hey Andrew! that's a challenge for you right there :-)
Vic Holt
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:09 am
Wow! This will be one wicked film no dought!
Brett Perry
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
Yes we have the technology to destroy LA, but do we have the budget? If you're a major Hollywood studio you do. I'd like to see how many people worked on the actual effects and what was CGI verses real scale models. Inspirational no doubt, but not really possible without the support a studio / producer can offer.
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:37 am
You know Andrew...I'd like to get your opinion as to what 3D software these companies use to make these grand scale effects? What do you think?
Patrick Donnelly
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:49 am
I work at Hydraulx, one of the visual effects studios that worked on 2012 and we use Maya, I'm pretty sure most of the other houses do as well.
Axel
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:50 am
Andrew in you next tuts: how to distroy an entire city!!!

hehehe with reactor in 3D Max or Destruction and SilverBullet in Cinema 4D!!! heheheh ok peace out Andrew

Axel from El Salvador in central america!!!
dodo
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:09 am
how?
how how how how how????
Andrew..next tutorial….how to distroy an entire city?

omg that looks really breathtaking!

andrew, please teach us to destroy OUR city
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:37 am
Ronaldo! Brilha muito no Corinthians
Alexander Grennell
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:50 am
Alex from Jamaica...Love those effects. Hope to see a tutorial from your site or advice us as to the type of software used to create them....
Jhon
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:57 am
Thnx 4 sharin' this stuff with us, Andrew!

Greetings from Argentina
Marco
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:02 am
what they didnt tell you is AK did this whole scene by himself, while in the shower.
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:03 am
Cool shots and FX. I will see this movie, but only for the FX in it...looks like the acting is typical cheesy acting...but te FX are totally awesome.....Hey Andrew, did you work on this movie too? I can't see them doing this without you.
Feru
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
Nice destruction effects, I already want to learn them!!!

Congratulations From Venezuela!!
Harry
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
check out the film named Knowing
Mike
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
BAD DIRTY WORK of hudreds of people
plastic heath and sometimes You see EVERY effect they used on it
don`t waste your time for watching it
thanks Andrew ^)
gatinhot
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm
this is great :D... I bet Andrew secretly made this...
Jimmi para
October 27th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
I Wish to Make Effects Like that!
FloVC
October 27th, 2009 @ 2:49 pm
the movie titles look like "andrew kramer style". could it be that you are showing us some of your recent work?? ;)
Jon
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
Hehe, I watch every disaster film I can find, most are really bad but I watch them anyway...
Kai
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
man, that movie looks awesome!

I can't wait for it to come out.
mango
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
Thanks Andrew. Thank you for posting.
Funque
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
I think it looks great, but what i hardly can understand is, that all is made in the computer but in the end it looks like film.
Adriel Rosenfeldt
October 27th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
EPIC! I hope that doesnt happen in my area after i graduate =P

wowee from Edmonton Alberta Canada
Anand.ks
October 27th, 2009 @ 6:36 pm
Wow....Its wonderful...can u post most behind scene VFX
Alvin Yong
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
wow amazing 3D!! thanks for the sharing AK!
Ayb from the philippines
October 27th, 2009 @ 8:52 pm
what a film!!!!

owh my goodness. .

Sir Andrew are you one of them?

i mean the artists?

hahaha. .
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
andrew is cool fantastic , be alwause this my friend
Oguzhan Polat
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
vov.. Thanx Andrew
Maxstudios
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
The Most Incredible Movie and Special Effects I Ever SEEN!!!

And they used 3Ds Max.
William R. Cousert
October 28th, 2009 @ 12:01 am
Looks nice! But why did they release so much footage before the movie was released?
October 28th, 2009 @ 12:01 am
DUDE, this earthquake is the most destructive thing i've ever seen. i hope it wont get real!
it should take me years to create this effect in 3ds max.

thanks for sharing andrew!
Pavan
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:11 am
awsome movie i saw the trailer a long time back was amazed .......
Rutger
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:34 am
Awesome visual effects, only bad thing's the movie is actually based on a calculation-mistake. Because the Maya's used 4 calenders (Who even does that, 4 calenders???) they made the mistake while translatinng it from Maya to GWT, so it appears the world will not be destroyed in 2012, but in 2208...
So they might as well change the title :P
I haven't watched the behin-the-scene's yet, but it looks freakin'awesome!!!!!!!
Rutger
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:36 am
Additional note: You might start out with the 3D-city tutorial, then destroy it :D
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:53 am
Wow, seems very impressive..
Bet they use action essentials 2 aswell! xD
Andyloyal
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:07 am
Yeah! It's very nice.I hope it can show on right now.
Caine
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:48 am
The effects are obviously extremely complex [understatement] and pretty darn awesome, as long as you don't take the sequence of events for that one limo driven family too seriously.

Thanks for the tease AK
sly
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:50 am
this movie will be awesome indeed.

Can you give a Tutorial on this Topic? - like say any town and a wide spread destruction.
I could imagine to combine this with the "Earth Zoom" tutorial in order to fly into the scene of horrible devastation *hrhr*

Off the Record:
Andrew, WE WANT YOUR T-SHIRTS !!!!
Greetings from Germany
Marcky
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:24 am
Wow fantastic! Can't wait. Hope "King Andrew" can create a simple tutorial for us.
Neon
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:31 am
Hi Andrew! This is very cool. Can you creat your funs a building collaps tutorial? PLEASEEEEEE
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:39 am
Hey Andrew,

Greetings from South Africa!

Thanks for this! Looking forward to the movie once it's released. I personally think that you have more than enough tutorials on here that teaches one to destroy everything (including the entire planet) ... what would be nice is for you to run through some of the effects in these YouTube clips and giving a basic run down on how it could be done on a no-budget production.

Andew: "See that crack that forms on the road when John looks out of the window of his car? Well, that's a crack that can be found on the Action Essentials DVD and is set to Overlay and masked with keyframes to animate the crack one bit at a time."

Something like that. Just basic theory of how you would have done it...

Other than that, keep up the GREAT work :)

L
ibrahim mohammed
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:46 am
To
MAX STUDIOS

R u sure they have used 3DS MAX for the destruction of the city. I thought they used After effects. PLZ let me know

Thanks
Ibrahim
ilyon
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:31 am
This is crazy...)
ilyon
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:32 am
This is crazy...
Stathis
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:18 am
Holy shit. That was awesome!
Dextrmania
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:55 am
eventhough its too intense...interms of visual effects,no movie will stand infront of the autobots...2009 VFX award goes to THE FALLEN!!!who wants 2 bet!!!????
xvc
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:03 am
Andrew, now we'd like to ask for 5part tutorial regarding that feature. ;)
ArilD.
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:17 am
This looks really great! Going to watch this film!!

And i want to know how to destroy things like houses in 3D max! So Andrew, please do a tutorial about this!

ArilD.
B3T0N
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:31 am
oh my god!! thats amazing Andrew ... good to know it :D
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
You know Andrew…I’d like to get your opinion as to what 3D software these companies use to make these grand scale effects? What do you think?
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:29 am
do you realy beleve in the prediction ?
Michael
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:32 am
this is beautiful...love to work with you oneday....frm Ghana
Matt in MO.
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:46 am
Am I the only one that doesn't want to see this movie?

I would rather go see a good story supplemented by special effects than a movie of special effects supplemented by a mediocre story.
FinalStep
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:55 am
It is an AWSOME thing !
Can you do such a thing ?! =)
dantel
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:08 am
a world !!! perfect moive!!
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:11 am
Amazing ... It must took ages to render everything out . ; O
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:23 am
realy nice FX but why go and se tha movie just for the FX whe know allredy that it has super nice FXs!!
more imortantly is how they have done it . think om going to sit down by my computer for about a yhear and figure it out :P
Davis
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
A Tuorial would be nice. I know it takes about a week to do such a shot if you know about what you're messing with but a simple tutorial would be also nice.

Andrew keep it up!

Davis
robenghuse
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:35 am
The funny thing is that the year 2012 was just a miscalculation, so the title of this movie doesn't make sense anymore when they are talking about the maya-calendar.
http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/10/26/1517242/2012-a-Miscalculation-Actual-Calendar-Ends-2220

By the way, great CGI ;)
Benji88
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:40 am
This movies must be great, can't wait to go and see it.
Btw witch is the biggest movie u have worked on Andrew?
Grim
October 28th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
meh. Not the same without Sam Loya in peril.
October 28th, 2009 @ 11:59 am
@slize

No kidding!
Mauro Arsénio
October 28th, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
Andrew..next tutorial….how to distroy an entire city?
mike l
October 28th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
these effects looks so rediculously good! prob the best than any movie out there to date!! the whole entire 3d enviroments are nuts..
the only thing is its stupid there releasing it on nov 13 they should have atleast had it come out dec 12!
Scott F
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:10 pm
That's awesome. Nov 13th release date? Ahhh, I'll have lost interest by then.
Antônio
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
Andrew,
You should explore the Maya's world! What about?
Maya looks to be a great tool

Greeting from Brasil.
Max Porto
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:58 pm
Amazing trailler! Question: Andrew, did they have used After Effects in this movie? Which software is used in this kind of production? After Effects is able to do that?
Greetings from Brazil.
P.S. They have distroyed the Cristo Redentor, in Rio de Janeiro. Bastards. hehehe. :)
deece
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
Aahh... Germans. Always making everything kaputt! ;-)
FSF
October 28th, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
Thanks Andrew! Like these links to behind the scenes. Keep posting. Thanks.
nacet tag
October 28th, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
i`m a 3d artist and this is an amazing FX.
for the destruction scenes they used a lot of 3d script and a plugging called rayfire it`s an amazing destruction plugging for 3dsmax.
thank`s Andrew for sharing this with us
Farhan
October 28th, 2009 @ 11:32 pm
Hi
oh Man thats great thanx andrew for sharing thses kind of things

Thanx from ur little student

farhan
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:42 am
woow . this is werry good . cerfull
Avinash
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:22 am
This is Awesome, They have used a good deal of 3Ds MAX and Photoshop... Chk out Time (1:11 and 1:13 (min:sec))
Lanre
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:35 am
Well this is a mother of all disaster scene, I hope andrew will keep posting stuff like this, its a source of inspiration.Thanks.
bloud
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:23 am
WOW !!! i want the tuto ! it's possible ?
Marco
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:32 am
Isn't used AE CSx? Why?
jay89
October 29th, 2009 @ 9:43 am
one more vote for a city destruction tutorial!
Louis ewe
October 29th, 2009 @ 11:46 am
it's a WOW - from pg malaysian
arrinkiiii
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Any one knows, what software they use for making this CG fx?!?!
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
woooow
wee need the tutorial :P
heheh
maybe i'm ambitious
Jacky Liang
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
That is very incredible. I wonder if they used Hovak physics in there... Oh and still 3ds max ftw!

I also wonder how long the physics calculation is going to take on my computer...
Genious
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:18 pm
It's incredible movie, and incredible special effects
jun3dmax
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
stunning VFX,,,:-)
I wonder they also using realflow plugin on this movie...
Lots of highend VFX softwares they using nowadays, making our jobs doing easy..whew

Hey andrew,,thnx Man
I'd learn a lot from you,,,keep up the good works,,
Morpheo
October 29th, 2009 @ 9:38 pm
I´m not a really huge fan of Emmerich movies (Except Stargate, that was awesome,,,). Indeed, they result the same for me, if you take a look to Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and this 2012, is the same formula, all plenty of effects and not depth into story or actors performance (that is totally ridiculous, Cusack seems the new Nicholas Cage, I hope that it won´t be a "Stay away from the fucking bike...ring, ring" on the script), well, you cannot wait so much from Emmerich and Harald Kloser, this one writer of Aliens Vs Predator...you know.

Furthermore, although the effects looks really well they are the same in all of his movies, you can see the same camera plane where people goes away running to camera and behind is something of destruction that comes to the same camera until fill all, and I´m a bit tired of it.

I love CGI, but is sad to see so good effects mixing with really bad blue/green screen inside cars, or plane crossing shoots, and overall really bad actors performance. But in the other way is cool to see what is capable 3DSMax with powerful computers. So in the other way, i still preferd other directors as Cameron or Scott that make CGI/Special Effects have sense in their movies.

Finally, Emmerich does not waste time in to convert Videogames into movies, so for this we are saved, but, ufff, Uwe Bolt in there........
October 29th, 2009 @ 9:54 pm
i like the fx but i don't like it when the movie is just all about fx with no story so finger crossed
October 29th, 2009 @ 11:11 pm
Thanks for you about giving me a very good link about making of 2012. i am very glatful to you.
Richard
October 29th, 2009 @ 11:52 pm
VideoCopilot gotta find out about the FX, and see if they could turn it into products! That would be great!
metallik
October 30th, 2009 @ 2:05 am
you are a genius pleas poste a tutorial 2 show us how you managed to create this scene.....
Joraph
October 30th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
A tutorial on that is not a bad ideal
Fixxou
October 30th, 2009 @ 4:37 am
well i saw few things about this movie, my bro was working on sequences with Dneg ( London VFX Post production Company ) a lot of work was done on shake and Nuke .. :)
The next one he is working on now is Ironman 2 ^^ i will tell you more about when ill have informations ( he 's lead sequence .. )
caiko
October 30th, 2009 @ 6:35 am
ohh my rio de janeiro huauhahuauha ohh god not yet!

rio 2016 man! fist uahuhuUHAUhaa ok ok nice movies, so what program to use for this movie houdini( errk! )
vhirg
October 30th, 2009 @ 7:20 am
that was sick!! AWESOME!
leonard
October 30th, 2009 @ 8:16 am
wow.. very soon we wont even need actors!
jason
October 30th, 2009 @ 10:50 am
heyyy master adrew could you make some efffects for this its because its pretty cool......to look and i love it
vic
October 30th, 2009 @ 11:36 am
i soooo hope they do this movie right. an old friend of mine (who was deep into ancient mayan history) and i actually wanted to do a movie on 2012, 11:11, and the whole nine- and we even did a short 3+yrs ago, before he jetted to lala land. lol. my god. please hollywood--don't f*@k up the church's money on this one!! please! the effects look decent and there's no keanu reeves on the trailer--so we see!!
videocopilot crew---keep up the good work!!

peace!
--vic
Sam
October 31st, 2009 @ 7:17 am
I recognise the 3DS max interface they used for the 3D.
Just wondering if they used the RayfireTool plugin or they use their own plugin
Kris
October 31st, 2009 @ 2:13 pm
Yes, those are some very well composited believable graphics ... but ..Did I really just witness John Cusack out-running an earthquake in a Lincoln town-car.. in LA traffic??? and also piloting a Cessna like plane between falling sky-scrapers? wow! Might aswell add in like 10 Chupacabras fighting big-foot dressed in drag in the back of a cab driven by Bruce Willis, to make that even MORE believable.
Is this the prequel to Kevin Costner`s "Postman" ??
Ha ha you would have to be a retarded knuckle dragging mouth-breather to even write a script involving this.
Should have never taken down that Berlin wall ...seemed to have kept the world safe from those German film makers.
November 1st, 2009 @ 12:06 am
I am a friend from China, your work is very good
Lugen
November 10th, 2009 @ 6:01 am
Oh-Oh! Someone will be in trouble in LA...
Wait a minute...
O.O

Anyway: Are they stealing tutorials from here? :D :D
November 16th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
Hey Andrew.. You think you're up to destroying a city ALA 2012??.. It would make a great tutorial.. or three ;)
November 25th, 2009 @ 8:46 am
U are Amazing...!!!

Like Ur Said This website is the best I've ever seen

I am From Aceh NAD, Indonesia

May you in the shelter of god.

Thank u soo much.
Mohammad Al-Mene’a
November 29th, 2009 @ 9:45 am
Wow Amazing effects
pena
November 29th, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
lol, so when is the tutorial ready?
lachlan
January 13th, 2010 @ 12:07 am
plzzz make a tuorial on destroying a city or building!!!!
emaillachlan@yahoo.com.au
zafar
January 22nd, 2010 @ 4:01 am
Andrew,
wow great movie please make tutorial .Good work andrew
you can do some thing different
kadeer
May 1st, 2010 @ 1:16 am
I WANT to learn that! Adnrew do you know of any websites which give tutorials for 3D Studio Max as good as u do with AE tutorials? most of us are desperate here!

i want to destroy my city!!
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