NEW TUTORIAL: Lightning Explosion Part-02

In part 02 of this electrifying series we will create a human explosion using clever compositing techniques and blood elements from Action Essentials 2.

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November 2nd, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
wow,very cool,I really love it
sasha strelnikoff
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
super i love`d it
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Thanks,I can't wait to see it.
Olympia Logger
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Superb... as usual.

I have a PRACTICAL working question.

How do you budget you time and organize your day?
You can do all this and run your business at the same time.
I usually work 6 days a week, can hardly find 5 seconds to myself in the day to fart and IF I'm lucky can get around to getting into your tutorials every other weekend or so.

Do you do this all in one setting or rotate it into other daily tasking ???

Or what...?
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:04 pm
Very cool Andrew. Just a suggestion: if you REALLY want to get detailed with it, throw in some 3d light casting (tut no. 93) on the ground from the bolt. Or add a floor plane and have the rain bounce around or something. Endless possibilities, really...
Ljubomir Sinozic
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:06 pm
Thank you for part 2 tutorial love it looks amazing as alweys
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:19 pm
Good Idea RA Elliott, I was hoping people would catch that!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:37 pm
hey andrew i just had a suggestion on a couple things you could do to help people navigate your tutorials better. 1: post what programs are required, 2: the level of difficulty, and 3: the third party plugins/stock elements required.

just a suggestion. =)
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Hay i saw the quick matte plugin in the end. Whens that comeing out?
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
@Sullivan, the 3rd party tools are listed on the tutorial landing page. There is also an icon to indicate what software is used such as AE. We don't have a difficulty because that is an arbitrary reference that is debatable. We do recommend people watch our basic training to help understand the features of After Effects.
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:53 pm
@ Sullivan

Andrew does say what 3rd party tools are required in each of his tutorials if any. And this is an After Effects site so pretty much everything requires After effects.
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:56 pm
Thanks Andrew for the part two of the halloween tutorial waiting for other VFX tutorials
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
Luvin it..... Killing sam is always fun....:) :-)
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

Next blog show --> small update about the new ae CS5 if possible....

November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
@RA Elliot/Sir Andrew Kramer
I just wanted to add. .

maybe we could put a crater effect. .
so that it would be much more realistic. .

i don't really know. .
hahaha. .
coz i never seen a lightning hit the road
in front of me. . haha. .
November 3rd, 2009 @ 12:23 am
Wow, quick up for the second part. Thanks, Andrew. Another great one, as always... as RA Elliott said, lots of possibilities here. In addition to reactive light, I'd probably also add a little movement to the clouds. The devil is in the details!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Hey Andrew great tutorial!

The 3D light casting tutorial would be great on the ground to :D
November 3rd, 2009 @ 12:51 am
Nice tutorial Andrew but as i told u before,this is more like a color correcting tutorial for me!!

The problem is that ur stock footage is view dependent,it doesnt really work with motion tracking. what i prefer to do is simply make my exlosion passes in 3ds max with fumefx and THEN follow you up with your tutorials.
Great job man
by the way have u ever used Magic Bullet from Red giant?
November 3rd, 2009 @ 12:55 am
Yeah, great. So i will start my day with listening your voice and learn from the master :-)
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:03 am
I really enjoy with your tutorials, thanks Andrew,
thanks for my CG GOD
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:08 am
Hi dear Andrew ,I can't see your tutorials recently?!! I try Mozilla Firefox ,IE 7 and opera but none of them play your video :( do you know why ?plzzzzz help me
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:12 am
just awesome! just awesome!
Love it..
i just bought AE2.. it's really rocking
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:32 am
Wow Cool tutorial, Action Essential 2 it's a great
Product, Check my Action Essential vid
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:43 am
I watched the first part of the lightning tutorial yesterday and the second part today. For me, you tutorials are the best way to learn After Effects. Earlier I tried to read a couple of AE books but that didn't work for me. After finding your site I learned more by watching just one of your tutorials than I learned from those two books combined. I just wish I had found your site earlier. Excellent work!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 2:00 am
Very nice tutorial!
I like this kind of tuts, tuts with "real" footage.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 2:34 am
An awesome tutorial as always!:)
I noticed in the original composite some lightning flashes in the sky. How can you achieve that effect?
Casey Millwood
November 3rd, 2009 @ 2:57 am
Just when I thought I was happy with previous work I have done, you go and show this tutorial. Awesome as always. thanks heaps.

Casey, Sydney - Australia
November 3rd, 2009 @ 3:09 am
michael bay lens flare

hahahahahahahahahahahhahah . its so true its so true.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 3:35 am
"In part 02 of this electrifying series we will create a human explosion using clever COMPOSTING techniques"

Didn't see them explained in the tutorial, am I right? xD
November 3rd, 2009 @ 3:40 am
Thanks for this great tutorial..
On a constructive comment,i think the clouds could be animated using a technique Aharon Rabinowitz posted a while ago...

...or you could just use great footage like VC real clouds ;-)

I used many techniques from this tutorial for a project i'm wworking with my students (i'm a teacher) in which a car crash is simulatesd from inside the car, on a rainy day...

Thanks again!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 4:03 am
thanks for you tutorials,
interesting and useful...
but your tutorials not opening in my country " iran "
whats the problem?!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 4:17 am
Great tutorial Andrew! I am waiting for the next tutorial !
November 3rd, 2009 @ 4:25 am
thank you andy ^_^
regards from baghdad
Mr. Holland
November 3rd, 2009 @ 5:15 am
Very nice tutorial, I love the skyline of new york that you put in the back, nice idea!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 5:21 am
Great Tutorial!

the blood on the floor looks great! you did forget to talk about the blood on the lens though, did you use AE2 for that or did you just blur out some "fake" blood?
Siddharth Sinha
November 3rd, 2009 @ 5:45 am
Its cool...very intrestin....
November 3rd, 2009 @ 5:52 am
Poor Sam Loya!
Young was a good...!
God's blessings to...!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 8:28 am
yep you gat me on this one staff is tight
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Andrew, nice work!

that's tutorials for add in the amateurs movie's are really nice!

i hope you make more!

like i jumper effects, energy effects, everyone love it!

but, you are the best anyway!

congratulations for you are!
keep walking!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:22 am
Mr. you use Facebook or Twitter? Philly wants to be apart of the visual effects movement.
Some Guy
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:24 am
Wow! The sky animation tip is amazing.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:35 am
Very nice Andrew!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:47 am
Hay Andrew any idea when the quick matte plugin is coming out? Also im working on the h'ween candy thing to.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:59 am
So... Was that a typo in the description or is it a hint of things to come for poor Sam? Using 'composting' techniques sounds rather nasty. :) Love the tutorial and it came out the day that my AE2 arrived.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:59 am
I love the tutorials. Sadly most people don't take them and apply them to their own projects, rather just repeat exactly what you showed them how to do. I can bearly stand to go on youtube after you release a tutorial, because people upload the exact same thing (at least 10 per tut).

My point here is that the comments on making it better, are most likely coming from the ones that don't even try to use this information to create their own perfected projects.

no need to make a tutorial showing a new concept to become a work of art. At least a few of us know why you did what you did.
thank you Andrew
November 3rd, 2009 @ 10:15 am
No one every makes a negative comment. I'll be a trend breaker - ha.

I honestly wasn't tutorial excited this time (sorry). I have no idea if I'll ever need to explode a human body. I mean it's really cool but it seems like mostly something teenagers would enjoy to show off.

I could use 3D graphs all day (wink wink) though. I do not like the Red Giant plugin and there is a void of 3D graph knowledge out there. I'd actually pay cash money to see that tutorial when it's done.

Still it's amazing how much I use minor elements of the tutorials all the time - like the boomerang fix from the fly-by titles. The tutorials here do have a lot more than just overall face value.
mike l
November 3rd, 2009 @ 10:20 am
i loved the tutorial! everyone loves blood splattering!
i was a little suprised to see the edges never ended up getting refined in the key..
there was still a white halo around everything.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 10:23 am
Anyone else notice we're drawing near to the 100th tutorial?
November 3rd, 2009 @ 10:42 am
RA Elliott, yes. Only the bar graph tutorial to go
November 3rd, 2009 @ 11:07 am
once again amazing... ofcourse i could do better (well i did the eye thing but you couldn't see it) :):)
November 3rd, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
How did you make the blood on the camera lens?
November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:32 pm
Not a comment on the tutorial, but those anamorphic lens flare presets in optical flares look amazing! Please tell me you are going to include those presets in the package.

Another suggestion, Andrew, would be to set up a Optical Flare Library on your site, and let users submit custom created flares to that library. That way, we could all share presets, and have a wealth of flares to use. Just an idea.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
I loved the tutorial and thought it was very fun. You have pretty much already covered the main ideas in this tutorial that you did in other tutorials such as the "Assisted Suicide" tutorial and the 2 sky replacment tutorials but it was still a very fun and entertaining tutorial. I mean who does not like to blow stuff (Sam) up. After part one of the tutorial I finished it up on my own doing the exact things you did. I want to incorporate this into a short film just because it is so entartaining. Keep up the good work and keep those fun tutorials coming. Thanks so much.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
you make it look so easy. respect.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
Great tutorial, Mr. Kramer! This is exactly what I need for a shot I'm planning in a sequel to a short film I worked on last year.

I'll be sure to post the sequel to the Videocopilot forum once it's complete this December. It will definitely involve the techniques from this tutorial, and other elements from Action Essentials 2. Thanks for being awesome.

-Simon Box

The original movie can be found here:
Charlie Brown
November 3rd, 2009 @ 6:30 pm
I just scrolled down some comments and i am getting pissed!!!...about RA Elliot!!!....Andrew?.....ANDREW!!! was hoping?.. I KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU HOPE?...1st place winner is AMERICANS!!!(about visiting Your page) take the hope and throw it away...YOU don't need it!!!....believe in IT!!!...cause it's happening and YOU have no clue!!!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
@RA Elliot

Can't wait for the Bar Graph Tutorial. .

hahaha. .
November 3rd, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
Hey Andrew I just saw the quick matte plugin, when are you going to release that?
November 3rd, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
Although i really like Sam, He has been disintegrated, he needed to be struck by lightning. Sorry Sam. Love the tut, and was wondering if morphing can be acheived in ae cs4? keep it up Andrew.
Olympia Logger
November 3rd, 2009 @ 8:35 pm
Wow Simon Box,

What a swell clip.
It's like TWO things in ONE!

It's a short movie AND a profoundly acute symptom.
Anjil Rana
November 3rd, 2009 @ 8:59 pm
Wow, U r Terrific man.............

Thanx for the tutorial

Best Regards
A. Rana
charlie brown the 3rd
November 3rd, 2009 @ 11:16 pm
you make me sick kramer, you have to much talent for one man, how about you share some of that talent with the rest of us huh ...... oh hang about you are. Well i guess ill be off to strike my loving but very annoyed girlfreind with lightning and blow her to pieces.

p.s my girlfriend asks if you could please do some more pleasant tutorials as she is sick of being killed off in our otherwise pleasant home videos.
November 4th, 2009 @ 12:32 am
When I grow up, I wanna be like Andrew Kramer
Josh Scott
November 4th, 2009 @ 12:34 am
It's the videos like this that re-motivate me to get out there and get filming again.
Awesome stuff.
Action Essentials 2 is amazing!
November 4th, 2009 @ 3:28 am
Something similar to Dr.Manhattan, in the film Watchmen ^_^
November 4th, 2009 @ 8:32 am
Andrew pleace make a tutorial using this idea, tank you!!!!!

sorry for mstake I can"t write in english
November 4th, 2009 @ 8:37 am
November 5th, 2009 @ 2:52 am
Kumar, U r a blessings to this generation, Thanks you for everything! The Lightning Explosion is jst Awesome! ur the best man!
November 5th, 2009 @ 5:05 am
thanks man this complite tut video
thanks agine withe out sound tody see it withe sound effects
Anthony Villanueva
November 5th, 2009 @ 6:25 am
November 5th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
These are great tutorials, but I feel you leave out a lot of information from the tutorial compared to the original video.

For example: You did not go over how to make the individual splashes of water on the ground, the lens blur effect of water droplets streaming down the camera or the blood shooting at the camera.

Just a suggestion so you can try to fit in everything next time.
November 5th, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
the leg are look like zomBie!!

that good for Halloween
November 9th, 2009 @ 12:22 am
my mouth still stands open....

Andrew everytime i think you can't go higher.... you do.
This is another perfect example how awesome your tutorials are, keep it up, you rule !
November 9th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
Hey man when will the next dvd of these free tutorials be released..
November 10th, 2009 @ 2:39 am
Hi Andrew and hi y'all! :D

I'm from Hong Kong. Yeayeayea... I'm a Chinese... so what? I know English and I learnt sooo many things from Andrew =D Which means Andrew isn't only teaching the American, also the other nationalities, all over the world! =DD

great tutorial and thanks for it <3

This is my version of the Lightning Strike+Explosion, please enjoy =]
November 10th, 2009 @ 4:36 am
Wow, this tutorial was really awesome, I hope next tutorials are as good as this one.
November 11th, 2009 @ 8:36 pm
It’s the videos like this that re-motivate me to get out there and get filming again.
November 16th, 2009 @ 1:52 am
Cool :)
November 20th, 2009 @ 3:23 am
it reminds me a lot at the splashes from the movie District 9. You've done it well.
November 22nd, 2009 @ 4:14 am
Here my sample!
December 4th, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
I just wanted to leave a general comment, just to say thanks. You're really great. And you're really really good. I'm learning a lot from you and really enjoying the ride. Thanks!!
December 6th, 2009 @ 9:16 am
Poor old Sam! First hit by lightning, then exploded his guts out...I wonder what's next? Abducted by aliens and torture him in a white chamber or maybe a head decapitation as a result of a heroic orc battle? The tuts are great (as always)!
luis carlos
January 26th, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
hello andrew me llamo luis soy solo quiero acerte una pregunta soy fiel fantico tuyo desd que vi todo lo que haces quisiera saber si tu estudias para esto o solamente lo haces porque te gusta porque no creo que en una escuela te haigan enseñado todo esto jeje saludos desd panama..
February 9th, 2010 @ 10:39 am
Completely unreal action, a lighting would never do such thing in a human body....if it was a bomb i would agree that the scene was awasome !!
But in some movies and actons think more in real-world physics !!!
July 2nd, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
Thank you for the brilliant toot!

I was out for a walk today and something very similar happened to me dooood!

Happy 4th of July you AE Genius!!!
May 7th, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
I loved this tutorial. You rock Andrew! I made my own version and put it on youtube and a co-worker thought it was real
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