Animating a Still

After looking at some amazing pictures of the recent Volcano I was inspired to bring one of them to life. I wanted to animate a still image to make it look it was video shot from a moving helicopter. I added some Optical Flares and subtle camera shake to give it a little more life. I also used the liquify filter to animate the smoke over time as it plumed out. There are also some small falling ash particles created with particular.

The flying parallax effect is a little tricky but I’ll see about making a quick tip or including it in the upcoming blog show.

Watch Sample Video

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4 years ago
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236 Comments

kiddi
4 years ago
awesome, I'm from Iceland :)
squantrill
4 years ago
Optical flares nice, liquify?? and a bit of Twitch for good measure, nice!
Costorella
4 years ago
Mine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0oGECS3L6I
leave comments please. THX
4 years ago
this is amazing!really love the depth of it, while the camera pans <3
:)
jibin p mathew
4 years ago
hey why cant you bring it as a tutorial
4 years ago
Awesome! It's so realistic!!



[321 people likes this] haha
Dayill
4 years ago
Pretty Cool. I will be there next month and hopefully have a chance to fly over it and take some video. If so, I will post and compare footage :)
Marçal Solé
4 years ago
This is just nuuuuts! One of the most impressive effects I've seen from you, Andrew. And from a still image... I agree with Michael Davis' comment: this is waaay better that a lot of crap effects done in tv shows nowadays.
jp
4 years ago
WHOA!!! i was THERE man! i could smell and taste 'The Ash'... (actually i just sneezed into a ashtry but...but...WHOA!!! i WAS there man)!
Tyler Biby
4 years ago
Ahmed Ashraf
4 years ago
sry i forgot to put the link :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj73lY56gNE
Ahmed Ashraf
4 years ago
amazing as always..man ur the one who got me into this program :D

i did it and hope u guys like it and plz i want ur comments..
Tyler Biby
4 years ago
** To anybody trying to duplicate this effect I found it much easier to create a mask around the smoke choose subtract mode then duplicate it and invert the mask. Then liquify the smoke layer.
tcvx
4 years ago
hey andrew, are you able to show how you got the smoke to look so ............ perfect? i'm having trouble getting it to move noticeably without looking too blown out at the end . it also looks like you've added a darker layer of smoke to make it look 3d .. would love any tips / a tutorial on this . you are a god
Scott McKay
4 years ago
my first test ^ accidently hit enter before I wrote the caption :P http://vimeo.com/12162412
Scott McKay
4 years ago
Brennan
4 years ago
You are my hero! I mean everything you do just amazes me. I think if I am ever close to dying, I think i might ask to meet you.
XposedBones
4 years ago
Couldn't resist giving it a try,

My version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gvBr236M4

thanks andrew kramer for the idea :)
4 years ago
THAT IS WHY YOU ROCK!!
alsabaso
4 years ago
wOw!!! Perfect, very nice... Hope to see the tutorials very soon. :)

Thanks Andrew, your the best!
Rat Manticle
4 years ago
awesome man! can't figure it out though! show us how you did it! Thanks!
rhomio
4 years ago
4 years ago
very.............very,nice
4 years ago
I forgot the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiLEiYERXsc
Made With:
-Adobe Flash Cs4 (Animation)
-Adobe After Effects (Adding animation into a Footage)
4 years ago
Quickly! watch this video I recently made, With adobe flash Cs4 and Adobe After effects cs4.
Arun Gopidas
4 years ago
Love it. Seriously Andrew is there any limit to your fusion of creativity and technical talent?
Peanut
4 years ago
That is just spectular, great job Andrew Kramer!

United Kingdom
Mike
4 years ago
Yeah this is awesome, subtle but brilliant.

A full tutorial would be great or to even share the project file like you sometimes do!
khan
4 years ago
u have a very sahrp mind
Corni
4 years ago
Oh my god thats so amazing!
your great andrew,keep it up man :D
Faton
4 years ago
perfect i have nothing to say perfect job Andrew
tomer
4 years ago
A big big wow!!! well done!
Pradeep
4 years ago
Its awesome dude.........
coool work.....
Amey
4 years ago
AWESOME..i m too working on same type of video..
plz do post a quicktip..or a tut.!
Thanks!
Mim
4 years ago
i managed to create something alike this. i masked out parts of the smoke, and then i added the Mesh Warp effect and animated the smoke to go up.
but of course, it doesn't look as good as this, but i like the way i managed to make it work :)
great work Andrew
Spitfire
4 years ago
WOW!!!!! Love it! can't wait for the tutorial!

See my attempt at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGjEVDE9dKQ all friendly comments and suggestion are welcome!!
Joshy
4 years ago
post a tut please would extremely help
Inder
4 years ago
This is really interesting. I'm working on a project that's going to be comprised of about 80% animated stills. There's a few details in this piece that really help to sell the illusion that I had never considered. Thanks for sharing this Andrew.
4 years ago
WOW
This is so awesome, please do a TUTORIAL ON THIS
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, one quenstion.
Where do you get this Texture of the Lens of the Camera?


Thanks


MFG Thore
Vizion
4 years ago
Very nicely done :) Love it
pavarotti
4 years ago
"The smoke should’ve been darker?"

I hate when the real world is not really real.
pavarotti
4 years ago
great job, tutorial please ._.
Flo
4 years ago
A great and inspiring piece.
I tried to copy that.
Take a look, everyone:
http://vimeo.com/12129034
Naveed Asghar
4 years ago
You’re awesome, man!
Amr Assem
4 years ago
Amazing job Andrew ... Gr8 as usual.. U r the man .
guzzie
4 years ago
thats f*n killer!
Greg
4 years ago
The smoke should've been darker? You'll have to tell that to the volcano. He used an actual photo for this.
4 years ago
The smoke should've been darker. Just a suggestion.
DJAyzed
4 years ago
Flawless. I hate you for being so amazing at this :P
Anthony
4 years ago
Wow andrew!!
Would actually rather a whole tutorial dedicated to this, it's amazing!
4 years ago
Wow that's a very nice shot! Nice and dramatic
firas
4 years ago
please

how can i download this video
plz
Lyndon
4 years ago
Okay dude that should be a tutorial, i'd pay money!
4 years ago
You probably don't need to hear it again, but...
You're awesome, man!
thx
LOLiver ( Oliver Norberg )
4 years ago
Plz check out one of my logos made with some of andrew kramers tools. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVWkFoVhSY&feature=related

and yes very nice job andrew, this isnt rly something new to me tho, u can do alot with images, if u will work with this further on u should add an explosion or smth and then some screaming in the background from the people in the helicopter and all u see is smoke and fire and camera goes off :D
Pavanrzx
4 years ago
@Stefan-4 secs or 1 sec each and every detail has to be done.
Thats the way of a real vfx artist.
you cant see the bottom part of the smoke raising and the trail staying still in real life don't you?
so a vfx artist is supposed to watch all those stuff.
so good luck friend.

ain't i correct Andrew?
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, great work! Have you ever thought about animating still images of people. Here's a sample of one I was asked to do http://www.westernmakesadifference.ca/donors/AG_Thankyou2010/
but I'm looking for some ideas of how to up the "wow" factor. I think this is a common problem for many people in the industry who are forced to use static shots but hate making a slideshow.

Perhaps a tutorial on Kramerizing still images of people into something fun to watch would be of interest.
Firas
4 years ago
how can i download this video
plz
celebrity
4 years ago
You are good,like the word itself
chip
4 years ago
That kicks ass.
ben says…
4 years ago
is it just me or did Matt Kramer's pic change to include the stash... hahaha
4 years ago
Please tell me this will be the next tutorial!?
bayda
4 years ago
woooooowww gooooooood
William
4 years ago
Wow, why can't most network stations just hire you to do their effects. I mean I see some shows where they try to show some sort of volcano explosion or disaster, and it looks just horrid. Great stuff Andrew, as always!
Oskar
4 years ago
That was indeed brilliant and very well put, as I try to improve my After Effect skills at all times I tried this one for myself! I'll link to my own attempt and of course I appreciate all friendly comments!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_j3SseIiuA&hd=1

Once again; brilliant work Andrew!
Mike
4 years ago
Cool - would make a great tutorial (hint) ;o)
elias
4 years ago
Hi andrew
i have a question about that plugin or a way for produce that in (rihanna)the umbrellas' music video which makes a 3d water splashing
if u can help me pleas send an email or post a new tutorial about that
thank you
Wes Cordell
4 years ago
Very impressive, as always. You're attention to the minor details is what makes your videos truly outstanding. Nice work!
4 years ago
bitchin! That was really tight and looked very real. Of course I'll throw my hat in the ring with everyone else, hope to see a tutorial on this. Thanks for sharing!
Ivan
4 years ago
This is awesome. You should do this as a full tutorial.
Kevin Leynes
4 years ago
I love the idea of transforming picture to video adding some FX to make it realistic love this tip man keep it up :)
uNiOn
4 years ago
Hey! it's amazing!!!

mine is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJpADcWJMQ
4 years ago
Awesum...
Thanks
4 years ago
Why don't you do this to the underwater oil spill in the gulf...
shrek2
4 years ago
Really amazing!
Pavel Peterka
4 years ago
I'm a little bit tired about that flare... I think it ruins shot's realistic feeling. Maybe another one with the little more transparent shimmer. Otherwise, looks great!
arlenxu
4 years ago
great!~ waiting your tips! super great
rhomio
4 years ago
amazing, nice work Andrew, we are all waiting for the tutorial:)
4 years ago
Thanks Andrew !
This is my video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJVM_qE2PRY
I hope i'll get some advice
4 years ago
massive!!!
thanks!
Coda AP
4 years ago
Andrew Kramer is amazing.
Mihai
4 years ago
Hey, Andrew.
First I would like to thank you for everything you do for us. I'm a regular on the site and needless to say (but I'll say it :)) you're such an inspiration to us and an eample to follow.
Maybe you already know about this: this morning on gizmodo.com I found this great fan made movie trailer for Iron Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyoA4LXQco4&feature=player_embedded check it out.
All the best for you and your loved ones, from Romania.
Josh Scott
4 years ago
You are a god, Mr. Kramer.
4 years ago
Love the lense flare movement in the glass. I'm sure it won't be long and I'll have purchased what it takes to do that. I would really like to have a full tutorial on this. Please think about it.
Michael Chappell
4 years ago
I would like to add my vote for a full tutorial on this one!
4 years ago
Damn, that was super hot~!

You have to do a tutorial on that, lol!
mike
4 years ago
Simple but so cool.
4 years ago
Oh my god! I expected something very cool but THAT was way beyond my expectations =O
4 years ago
That was amazing. If I saw that on the news, I would think it was real. I never would've guessed that you used liquify. I'm guessing you used particles for the ash?
John
4 years ago
AMAZING, must be made into a tutorial!!!
Dan
4 years ago
It is no longer Andrew...

From hence forth you shall be know as...

MANDREW!!!
4 years ago
Damn andrew kramer, getting all good at this 'n' stuff
Grant
4 years ago
Unreal ! Kramer is king!
Kjartan
4 years ago
Wow! This looks like the real thing. I´m Icelandic and if you decide to make a tutorial, could you try to say the name of the volcano,just for fun.
hmk
4 years ago
oh man hope you come to zambabwey : we use a lot your work for our movies
Sunny
4 years ago
The blur fits in so perfectly, you are a prodigy to the fx world
4 years ago
hey andrew you cna create a effect like the movie of jumper ??

like this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue_jQY8eTwk

[think different]
4 years ago
Ohhhhhhh myyyyyyy Gooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!! How could it be possible!!! it's really awesome, I hope you can come to Venezuela to a conference or something, the people here use so much your work as reference, so I do it too
frankyframe
4 years ago
the liquid effect for doing the smoke-clowds is a great idea!
leonardo
4 years ago
Very nice, hard realist
4 years ago
it's really awesome , we have to pay for a tuto .. no problem
Kristjan Ingvarsson
4 years ago
As an Icelander I've seen lot of images and video from Eyjafjallajokull.

But as always Andrew ! - this is stunning
NZCloud
4 years ago
Oh how your mind must work!!
4 years ago
yeah it is better than mine too but mine was built with Real Clouds DVD and Action Essentials 2... http://gorillaproductions.squarespace.com/mini-projects2/2010/1/15/add-motion-to-stock-image-with-after-effects.html

My Jedi Powers are not as strong as yours Lord Kramer.
Can't wait for Tut.
4 years ago
wow intresting work
very clear and smooth liquify
vicplc
4 years ago
great man, i'll make an asumption here..

are u using grid effect for 3d feel for the volcano at the bottom and the sky bckground and also make a matte on the smoke (also make it 3d)??

just curious..

hello from Indonesia b^^d
4 years ago
It's been a while since I've commented but I've kept up with the site and made it a part of my daily routine to check for updates.

This is seriously awesome and would love a quick tip about more things like this,
Kim Jensen
4 years ago
Please show us how this i made.. tutorial please..
Eduardo Torres
4 years ago
As always, Videocopilot fascinating the VFX World with those great tips and sample videos. Keep it up.
illd
4 years ago
The cameraman should never ever get a job again!!!
Grim
4 years ago
Good stuff.
Andrew, check this guys time-lapse work of the alskjfaoiwejfoiwa volcano:

http://vimeo.com/11673745
Isi123
4 years ago
Wow, that really looks amazing. I look forward to it!
bob
4 years ago
wowwww i love it its amazing, well done
Northlorien
4 years ago
When I saw this I wanted to recreat the effect, so I used an another image, but your sound. Thank you very much for sharing this.

So here is my version: http://www.youtube.com watch?v=JbpbssArvts

I never wrote anything here before, and i would like to thank you the lessons.
4 years ago
I did that very trick when animating the rocket smoke in my Star Trek Fan Trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HN1H_ShuIo
4 years ago
Very nice! If I were trying to do this I probably wouldn't have thought to use After Effects, but once again you show just how good it can be! I think Adobe should be paying you commission.
4 years ago
that's amazing! I would love to watch you explore and execute an experiment like this in real time. that would be a cool live VCP event to have.

the main down fall would be the loss of mystery. people would say, "oh yeah, i know how he does that." hmmm... wait a sec, they already do say that;)

thanks for all the awesome tutorials and products.
4 years ago
That is amazing!!!!!!!!
Alex
4 years ago
amazing, truly astonishing. Can't wait for the tutorial :)
4 years ago
Wow! beautiful shot, I love the dust and dirt on the glass, and everything of course.
zaras
4 years ago
Reall awesome.Im looking forward for some tips on a blog show or not
peterm
4 years ago
That's super cool, Kramer. Nice. Thanks.
4 years ago
Epic man!

you are awesome!!
Jim Hawkins
4 years ago
thats amazing!
please please please release a how to on this! :D
thanks so much for helping all of us novices out man!
Jason
4 years ago
The video link isn't working for me.
4 years ago
That was a still image ??!!! omfg you amaze me everytime bro!
4 years ago
actually really cool!
4 years ago
Hammam.
he did that while he was in the kitchen boiling 2 eggs for breakfast:) using a pan and hot water.
brantag
4 years ago
Nice. The sound is that of a helicopter passing the camera when in fact it should be constant from the shooting helicopter. Assuming the mike is net to cam. Otherwise very nice.
R.A. Elliott
4 years ago
... Your kidding me right? That was slick. You seriously have a nice vfx style that can't be beat.
kingsley
4 years ago
a masterpiece!

justy brilliant

I guess I should go buy optical flares huh?
Val
4 years ago
That looks absolutely amazing!!! I'm really looking forward to learning how to do the parallax effect!
Charlie Scene!
4 years ago
Nice, i'm blown away!
Hammam
4 years ago
DID YOU DO THAT BY AFTER EFFECT ?!
kantaki
4 years ago
Hey,
on the first view it looked insane but i realized that something is wrong but i didnt recognize it.

but now i have seen the real picture and you added some extensions in the background and than , bam , i knew what is wrong.

The picture is spinning but the background doesn't.

But still great work.
4 years ago
That's awesome. I am guessing that you used the morphing effect (like in the face morph tut) to get the clouds to billow out. It looks so real. Awesome.
4 years ago
Very nice! Would love the parallax quick tip, that was really nicely executed.
chuckarama
4 years ago
Was that Sam, God of the underworld river of fire, I saw hiking along the rim? No? ...that would have been cool.
Rob
4 years ago
Awesome! Please turn it in to a tutorial.
Very inspiring.
ALLAN JOHN
4 years ago
muito bom very very good heheh tao simples quanto complexo.... algum brasileiro por ai ??
Fawaz
4 years ago
Very impressive, I find myself challenging myself with different things because of the example you set for us. The tutorials are here for us to learn techniques. one thing i have done that you have encouraged is experiment and wow it is amazing!
4 years ago
Nice! That's so cool and what an eye for detail. :D
Rachel
4 years ago
I just have to say Andrew that you blow me away! I wish I knew half of the stuff you do. I owe you alot. If it wasn't for your brilliant tutorials I may not have a job today. You inspire me and make me strive to do better. I stand in awe of you. Thank you for sharing your wealth of talent and know-how with the rest of us poor slobs.
Josh Thorpe
4 years ago
This is AMAZING
I had a go at my own this morning
Yours is way better but mine is more vintage and simple still i quite like it tho!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ34HTyy2mY&feature=channel
see what you think =)
4 years ago
Andrew thats fuc*ing awesome.
4 years ago
AMAZING !
Amazing!
vashi
4 years ago
I bought it. Had no problem with the parallax. Love the focus search to help the illusion.
Tim
4 years ago
Looks great. Please make it a quick tip!
4 years ago
Looks great! Love the lens effects.
Jake Goodnight
4 years ago
this is me shaking my head in disbelief... I think Andrew Kramer might be a wizard. I'm like 70% sure.
4 years ago
I knew it would be amazing before I clicked play and it still exceeded my expectations. Nice work, I'd love to see how you pulled it off.
Ralph
4 years ago
Very creative
looking forward to the tutorial

Greeting from New York City, USA
Geyck
4 years ago
I would have never known it wasn't real.
Morty
4 years ago
Nice, although I think you can do a better smoke ;)
4 years ago
simply fantastic
4 years ago
wow.... That comment was too short
Rafa
4 years ago
WOOOOOOOW! Extremely IMPRESSIVE! YOU ARE THE BEST! looking forward for a tutorial :)
Doru
4 years ago
the dirt on the bottom right side is an excellent touch!
Kynval
4 years ago
wow... amazing...
4 years ago
Very cool effect..Like reflection of window. You have use SMUDGE texture, the same used on "orb sphere". Right? Very interesting effect for a still image. ;)
4 years ago
once again, you sir have left me.... speechless.
WuzzysBrand
4 years ago
Looks cool!
How much time did you spend on this?
Darren
4 years ago
I love the "dirt" on the lens! Smart thinking!!!
mfex88
4 years ago
We need a tutorial ! Awesome!
leo
4 years ago
tutorial coming soon?
Amit Sharma
4 years ago
That a gorgeous shot. enough said'
hassaan
4 years ago
Awesome and pretty realistic
4 years ago
Inspiring work as always. The focus effect is a little much for me to be honest, although the dust on lens effect is cool.

I've applied a similar technique to a recent project, where I had to create a large scale stadium shot. I made a matte painting with the feel of a very large audience, and then animated them using turbulent displace. It's very convincing for about 5 seconds, which luckily is more then the length of the shot.
Ari Lieb
4 years ago
This looks REALLY cool! Very realistic effect you made!
Fabsen
4 years ago
Can you explain something about the colorgrading, pls?
4 years ago
Yah andrew nice work, i hope a tutorial coming soon
Nick
4 years ago
Love it. Just love it. A quick tut on that would be great, man.
4 years ago
It's a stroke of a genius! Right now I'm also trying to animate several static pictures (for the History-Part of a Corporate Movie) with the methode of slipperyrock:
http://www.slipperyrocknyc.com/SlipperyRockNYC/Animation_Tutorials/Entries/2010/1/11_2D_To_3D_Photo_Conversion_Using_a_Displacement_Map.html
that was awesome!!..it looked like real footage!!
and one more thing..THANK U ANDREW cause i got a new job as a 3d animator thanks to u, thank u for all the inspiration and your teachings ..i will be forever grateful...

greetings from Santiago CHILE!!
jay
4 years ago
That is stunning. A good way of creating more epic scenes on a budget.
nobru
4 years ago
Excellent...!!!

A tutorial on it will be very very cool..... Thx
4 years ago
only one word.......... Amazing!!!
Akis Polizos
4 years ago
Come on!!! This is imposible, the level of detail, the camera shake, the optical flares. How did you do the flying parallax effect ??? Go on Andrew you are the Best !! Best wishes from Greece.
Stefan
4 years ago
@Pavanrzx It wouldn't be noticably moving within the 4 second you are able to view of it... Common sense...
volcano
4 years ago
Stefan
4 years ago
I would love to see an entire tutorial on this, It's fantastic!
4 years ago
man ... you always keep me amazed ... stunning :)
rahul
4 years ago
good work Andrew ..u always have crazy unique ideas...i have a request ...plz i you find time have a look to it........can u plz upload a tutorial "how to make an HP hands commercial " ..... just Google it if don't know.thanks
for osoumn tuts....man u rock \m/
knalle
4 years ago
very nice effects.
SENSEF
4 years ago
wow , amazing ! its just incredible
mohamed omar
4 years ago
bravo m.r andrew .and iwant ask u if u work in movies .and if u had worked in movies before can u show us some of ur works.and if u dont work in movies .why u dont work in movies ? sorry about my English grammer.
Pavanrzx
4 years ago
nice but shouldn't you animate the lower smoke also?
cos it looks still and some part of the lower smoke i mean near the white large smoke is animated but the trail does not animate.if you know what i mean.
4 years ago
hey andrew! is it a mesh warp technique for animating the smoke clouds?? im finding out the technique.. thanks!
Ben Wotton
4 years ago
Wow that looks very sleek Andrew. :)

I did a similar thing to make a nuclear mushroom cloud a while back.
saad
4 years ago
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! andrew u da man
4 years ago
heeey sir andrew thnx for this video ....... tell me wt do u think about my volcano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhq8J8Rmvsw

egyption fan here :)
Tim
4 years ago
Cooool! Can't wait for it! Looks awesome.
4 years ago
That's awesome, looks really good! Well camouflaged with the wiggle and the rough focus, making it look evening more realistic. Look foward to some info on it !
Gooo
4 years ago
looks lime something happend to the the heli at last :P
animaster
4 years ago
huh!! i just watchd that.....you are crazy ANDREW!!! I mean, you make me craZYYYY!!
Catsolo
4 years ago
Very impressive effect. Looking forward to the tutorial tip. Do you see any other obvious applications where you could use this?
Roberto
4 years ago
nice animated andrew, awesome
Brett
4 years ago
Absolutely awesome Andrew. Very Inspiring.
Mani
4 years ago
Oh.. Man how real thats Look...! Good Work Man
4 years ago
OMG! one word: How??

That was so awesome! Can't you do a full tutorial on this one??

Your the man andrew!!

Greetings from Holland,
Sidney
coyote37
4 years ago
animate inanimate is each time very cool:
http://vimeo.com/11658062
Yza
4 years ago
Hey, thats freaking cool! Good job Andrew!
Marley
4 years ago
once again Andrew Kramer shows his godlike talents.

Probably threw it together in an hour or two
4 years ago
Nice stuff! wonderful resuklts!
sunil thapa (nepal)
4 years ago
if u have done in low budget ..... then what happen to hollywood studios......... everyone can do if u teach ....... lol..... too good too awesome
Stefan
4 years ago
Amazing... the final result is fantastic. A quick tip about this effect will be useful.
Lynton
4 years ago
You better do something on the Oil leak now. Lol
Lynton
4 years ago
Your making it look worse than it already is. LOL
Looks good though.
Ehsan
4 years ago
hey, It was like it is too real!
Cool
Dima
4 years ago
Oh, my God, Andrew! OH, MY GOD!!!
4 years ago
LOVE IT , how do you do the lens glass effect and a tutorial on this would be very helpfull and realy would help alot cuz i wanted to make the smoke effect you posted one day and i never got it to work and get the result you came up with.looking forward to this one .
lynchy8888
4 years ago
the explosion looks like collyflower :p
4 years ago
You are a magician.
eye4fx
4 years ago
Once again, you worked your ASH off and delivered a cool shot. Thanks Andrew!
4 years ago
That's amazing!!! all that from a still image...looking forward to the blog show Andrew;)
Nio
4 years ago
Vulcano? It have a name!

Eyjafjallajokull!
Powertase
4 years ago
if you watch other videos shot from a chopper, you'll see small movements, more like vibrations. i think we need those here. Othervice, great!

Adrenaline production
4 years ago
cool!!! is there an up coming tutorial for this? looking forward for this technique!!!!
Andrew
4 years ago
wow O_o, it's very very nice...
Mike Yull
4 years ago
amazing as always. and so very inspiring
okfir
4 years ago
Amazing!!!
It is almost impossible to believe that it was made from a single still image...
4 years ago
Did you see the pictures with lightning in the ash? awesome
mahesh
4 years ago
Mind Blowing! The interest you have in the teeny tiny details really shows up.
4 years ago
Awesome! It's just a little too short though
4 years ago
AMAZING! I look forward to the next blog show. :)
visualAspirant
4 years ago
Freakin' insane. Want to watch it for longer...
Maxwell
4 years ago
That looks really good Andrew. I´d like to get to know how you exactly animated the smoke. Yeah you used the liquify filter but how exactly?
Zen
4 years ago
This is very nice Andrew, I can make this like you, just a problem is the smoke.
Very impressive!
Navigas
4 years ago
Awesome! Kinda has that District 9 feeling to it.
4 years ago
Jesus, man. Every time I see some crap effect done on a major network television show (the "climactic"--and the quotes around that word imply a huge eye-roll--explosion on the season finale of Chuck most recently comes to mind) I think "Why didn't they just hire Andrew to do that?" These little snippets of his AE experimental goof-off sessions look better than what goes on broadcast TV.
ronib
4 years ago
amazing as usual
daro
4 years ago
Very interesting.i like the fact that it was shot through the helicopters window.the reflection on the glass,the particles and flares was very realistic.attention to detail on point.great job
4 years ago
A good example for when you don't have the footage but yet come through and make it happen with a simple image.
Great job Andrew Kramer!!!
Saligo
4 years ago
Wow that's an amazing effect. It looks so real, the smoke was moving everywhere, even in the background you still animated the smoke. Very impressive. Only thing I could say is to make it longer, but what you did must have been hard as it was.
JCMonaghan
4 years ago
That's fantastic man. I look forward to the quick tip!
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