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

May 26th, 2010 @ 11:20 pm
That's fantastic man. I look forward to the quick tip!
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
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.
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:27 pm
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!!!
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
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
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
amazing as usual
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:29 pm
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.
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:30 pm
Awesome! Kinda has that District 9 feeling to it.
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:32 pm
This is very nice Andrew, I can make this like you, just a problem is the smoke.
Very impressive!
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:33 pm
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?
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:38 pm
Freakin' insane. Want to watch it for longer...
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
AMAZING! I look forward to the next blog show. :)
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:43 pm
Awesome! It's just a little too short though
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:44 pm
Mind Blowing! The interest you have in the teeny tiny details really shows up.
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
Did you see the pictures with lightning in the ash? awesome
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
It is almost impossible to believe that it was made from a single still image...
Mike Yull
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:48 pm
amazing as always. and so very inspiring
May 26th, 2010 @ 11:58 pm
wow O_o, it's very very nice...
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:05 am
cool!!! is there an up coming tutorial for this? looking forward for this technique!!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:05 am
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
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:21 am
Vulcano? It have a name!

May 27th, 2010 @ 12:23 am
That's amazing!!! all that from a still image...looking forward to the blog show Andrew;)
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:24 am
Once again, you worked your ASH off and delivered a cool shot. Thanks Andrew!
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:30 am
You are a magician.
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:33 am
the explosion looks like collyflower :p
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:34 am
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 .
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:37 am
Oh, my God, Andrew! OH, MY GOD!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:37 am
hey, It was like it is too real!
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
Your making it look worse than it already is. LOL
Looks good though.
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
You better do something on the Oil leak now. Lol
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:58 am
Amazing... the final result is fantastic. A quick tip about this effect will be useful.
sunil thapa (nepal)
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:11 am
if u have done in low budget ..... then what happen to hollywood studios......... everyone can do if u teach ....... lol..... too good too awesome
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:26 am
Nice stuff! wonderful resuklts!
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:33 am
once again Andrew Kramer shows his godlike talents.

Probably threw it together in an hour or two
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:33 am
Hey, thats freaking cool! Good job Andrew!
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:37 am
animate inanimate is each time very cool:
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
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,
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:46 am
Oh.. Man how real thats Look...! Good Work Man
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:50 am
Absolutely awesome Andrew. Very Inspiring.
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:59 am
nice animated andrew, awesome
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:08 am
Very impressive effect. Looking forward to the tutorial tip. Do you see any other obvious applications where you could use this?
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:27 am
huh!! i just watchd are crazy ANDREW!!! I mean, you make me craZYYYY!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:31 am
looks lime something happend to the the heli at last :P
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:32 am
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 !
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:44 am
Cooool! Can't wait for it! Looks awesome.
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:44 am
heeey sir andrew thnx for this video ....... tell me wt do u think about my volcano

egyption fan here :)
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:58 am
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! andrew u da man
Ben Wotton
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:29 am
Wow that looks very sleek Andrew. :)

I did a similar thing to make a nuclear mushroom cloud a while back.
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:34 am
hey andrew! is it a mesh warp technique for animating the smoke clouds?? im finding out the technique.. thanks!
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:36 am
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.
mohamed omar
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:47 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:56 am
wow , amazing ! its just incredible
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:58 am
very nice effects.
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:59 am
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 u rock \m/
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:02 am
man ... you always keep me amazed ... stunning :)
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:02 am
I would love to see an entire tutorial on this, It's fantastic!
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:03 am
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:08 am
@Pavanrzx It wouldn't be noticably moving within the 4 second you are able to view of it... Common sense...
Akis Polizos
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:11 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:17 am
only one word.......... Amazing!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:33 am

A tutorial on it will be very very cool..... Thx
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:37 am
That is stunning. A good way of creating more epic scenes on a budget.
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:40 am
that was awesome!! 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!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:50 am
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:
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:01 am
Love it. Just love it. A quick tut on that would be great, man.
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:12 am
Yah andrew nice work, i hope a tutorial coming soon
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:18 am
Can you explain something about the colorgrading, pls?
Ari Lieb
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:24 am
This looks REALLY cool! Very realistic effect you made!
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:27 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:33 am
Awesome and pretty realistic
Amit Sharma
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:39 am
That a gorgeous shot. enough said'
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:41 am
tutorial coming soon?
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:07 am
We need a tutorial ! Awesome!
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:08 am
I love the "dirt" on the lens! Smart thinking!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:17 am
Looks cool!
How much time did you spend on this?
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:26 am
once again, you sir have left me.... speechless.
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:33 am
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. ;)
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:36 am
wow... amazing...
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:48 am
the dirt on the bottom right side is an excellent touch!
May 27th, 2010 @ 6:52 am
WOOOOOOOW! Extremely IMPRESSIVE! YOU ARE THE BEST! looking forward for a tutorial :)
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:00 am
wow.... That comment was too short
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:00 am
simply fantastic
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:20 am
Nice, although I think you can do a better smoke ;)
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
I would have never known it wasn't real.
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:33 am
Very creative
looking forward to the tutorial

Greeting from New York City, USA
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:37 am
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.
Jake Goodnight
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:38 am
this is me shaking my head in disbelief... I think Andrew Kramer might be a wizard. I'm like 70% sure.
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
Looks great! Love the lens effects.
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:55 am
Looks great. Please make it a quick tip!
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:02 am
I bought it. Had no problem with the parallax. Love the focus search to help the illusion.
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:04 am
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:10 am
Andrew thats fuc*ing awesome.
Josh Thorpe
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:17 am
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!
see what you think =)
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:20 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:23 am
Nice! That's so cool and what an eye for detail. :D
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:48 am
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!
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:03 am
muito bom very very good heheh tao simples quanto complexo.... algum brasileiro por ai ??
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:12 am
Awesome! Please turn it in to a tutorial.
Very inspiring.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:14 am
Was that Sam, God of the underworld river of fire, I saw hiking along the rim? No? ...that would have been cool.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:16 am
Very nice! Would love the parallax quick tip, that was really nicely executed.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:19 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:21 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:28 am
Charlie Scene!
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
Nice, i'm blown away!
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:45 am
That looks absolutely amazing!!! I'm really looking forward to learning how to do the parallax effect!
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:47 am
a masterpiece!

justy brilliant

I guess I should go buy optical flares huh?
R.A. Elliott
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:48 am
... Your kidding me right? That was slick. You seriously have a nice vfx style that can't be beat.
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:53 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:06 am
he did that while he was in the kitchen boiling 2 eggs for breakfast:) using a pan and hot water.
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:18 am
actually really cool!
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:19 am
That was a still image ??!!! omfg you amaze me everytime bro!
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:26 am
The video link isn't working for me.
Jim Hawkins
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
thats amazing!
please please please release a how to on this! :D
thanks so much for helping all of us novices out man!
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:37 am
Epic man!

you are awesome!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:44 am
That's super cool, Kramer. Nice. Thanks.
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:48 am
Reall awesome.Im looking forward for some tips on a blog show or not
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:01 am
Wow! beautiful shot, I love the dust and dirt on the glass, and everything of course.
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
amazing, truly astonishing. Can't wait for the tutorial :)
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
That is amazing!!!!!!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:11 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
I did that very trick when animating the rocket smoke in my Star Trek Fan Trailer.
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
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: watch?v=JbpbssArvts

I never wrote anything here before, and i would like to thank you the lessons.
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
wowwww i love it its amazing, well done
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
Wow, that really looks amazing. I look forward to it!
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
Good stuff.
Andrew, check this guys time-lapse work of the alskjfaoiwejfoiwa volcano:
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
The cameraman should never ever get a job again!!!
Eduardo Torres
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
As always, Videocopilot fascinating the VFX World with those great tips and sample videos. Keep it up.
Kim Jensen
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
Please show us how this i made.. tutorial please..
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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,
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
wow intresting work
very clear and smooth liquify
May 27th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
yeah it is better than mine too but mine was built with Real Clouds DVD and Action Essentials 2...

My Jedi Powers are not as strong as yours Lord Kramer.
Can't wait for Tut.
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
Oh how your mind must work!!
Kristjan Ingvarsson
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
As an Icelander I've seen lot of images and video from Eyjafjallajokull.

But as always Andrew ! - this is stunning
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
it's really awesome , we have to pay for a tuto .. no problem
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
Very nice, hard realist
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:51 pm
the liquid effect for doing the smoke-clowds is a great idea!
May 27th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
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
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
hey andrew you cna create a effect like the movie of jumper ??

like this video

[think different]
May 27th, 2010 @ 3:40 pm
The blur fits in so perfectly, you are a prodigy to the fx world
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
oh man hope you come to zambabwey : we use a lot your work for our movies
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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.
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm
Unreal ! Kramer is king!
May 27th, 2010 @ 4:57 pm
Damn andrew kramer, getting all good at this 'n' stuff
May 27th, 2010 @ 5:18 pm
It is no longer Andrew...

From hence forth you shall be know as...

May 27th, 2010 @ 6:37 pm
AMAZING, must be made into a tutorial!!!
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:33 pm
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?
May 27th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm
Oh my god! I expected something very cool but THAT was way beyond my expectations =O
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:31 pm
Simple but so cool.
May 27th, 2010 @ 8:49 pm
Damn, that was super hot~!

You have to do a tutorial on that, lol!
Michael Chappell
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:38 pm
I would like to add my vote for a full tutorial on this one!
May 27th, 2010 @ 9:29 pm
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.
Josh Scott
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
You are a god, Mr. Kramer.
May 27th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm
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 I found this great fan made movie trailer for Iron Man: check it out.
All the best for you and your loved ones, from Romania.
Coda AP
May 28th, 2010 @ 12:40 am
Andrew Kramer is amazing.
May 28th, 2010 @ 1:21 am
May 28th, 2010 @ 3:37 am
Thanks Andrew !
This is my video :
I hope i'll get some advice
May 28th, 2010 @ 3:40 am
amazing, nice work Andrew, we are all waiting for the tutorial:)
May 28th, 2010 @ 4:28 am
great!~ waiting your tips! super great
Pavel Peterka
May 28th, 2010 @ 4:37 am
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!
May 28th, 2010 @ 4:49 am
Really amazing!
May 28th, 2010 @ 5:30 am
Why don't you do this to the underwater oil spill in the gulf...
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:00 am
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:06 am
Hey! it's amazing!!!

mine is here:
Kevin Leynes
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:07 am
I love the idea of transforming picture to video adding some FX to make it realistic love this tip man keep it up :)
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:48 am
This is awesome. You should do this as a full tutorial.
May 28th, 2010 @ 7:58 am
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!
Wes Cordell
May 28th, 2010 @ 8:12 am
Very impressive, as always. You're attention to the minor details is what makes your videos truly outstanding. Nice work!
May 28th, 2010 @ 8:19 am
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
May 28th, 2010 @ 8:32 am
Cool - would make a great tutorial (hint) ;o)
May 28th, 2010 @ 9:21 am
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!

Once again; brilliant work Andrew!
May 28th, 2010 @ 10:18 am
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!
May 28th, 2010 @ 10:54 am
woooooowww gooooooood
May 28th, 2010 @ 11:05 am
Please tell me this will be the next tutorial!?
ben says…
May 28th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
is it just me or did Matt Kramer's pic change to include the stash... hahaha
May 28th, 2010 @ 11:13 am
That kicks ass.
May 28th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
You are good,like the word itself
May 28th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
how can i download this video
May 28th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
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
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.
May 28th, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
@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?
LOLiver ( Oliver Norberg )
May 28th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
Plz check out one of my logos made with some of andrew kramers tools.

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
May 28th, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
You probably don't need to hear it again, but...
You're awesome, man!
May 28th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
Okay dude that should be a tutorial, i'd pay money!
May 28th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

how can i download this video
May 28th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
Wow that's a very nice shot! Nice and dramatic
May 28th, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
Wow andrew!!
Would actually rather a whole tutorial dedicated to this, it's amazing!
May 28th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
Flawless. I hate you for being so amazing at this :P
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
The smoke should've been darker. Just a suggestion.
May 28th, 2010 @ 6:40 pm
The smoke should've been darker? You'll have to tell that to the volcano. He used an actual photo for this.
May 28th, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
thats f*n killer!
Amr Assem
May 28th, 2010 @ 8:51 pm
Amazing job Andrew ... Gr8 as usual.. U r the man .
Naveed Asghar
May 29th, 2010 @ 12:13 am
You’re awesome, man!
May 29th, 2010 @ 7:06 am
A great and inspiring piece.
I tried to copy that.
Take a look, everyone:
May 29th, 2010 @ 7:46 am
great job, tutorial please ._.
May 29th, 2010 @ 7:47 am
"The smoke should’ve been darker?"

I hate when the real world is not really real.
May 29th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
Very nicely done :) Love it
May 29th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
Hey Andrew, one quenstion.
Where do you get this Texture of the Lens of the Camera?


MFG Thore
May 29th, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
This is so awesome, please do a TUTORIAL ON THIS
May 29th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
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.
May 29th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
post a tut please would extremely help
May 29th, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
WOW!!!!! Love it! can't wait for the tutorial!

See my attempt at all friendly comments and suggestion are welcome!!
May 29th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
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
May 29th, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
AWESOME..i m too working on same type of video..
plz do post a quicktip..or a tut.!
May 29th, 2010 @ 10:36 pm
Its awesome dude.........
coool work.....
May 30th, 2010 @ 1:59 am
A big big wow!!! well done!
May 30th, 2010 @ 4:27 am
perfect i have nothing to say perfect job Andrew
May 30th, 2010 @ 6:00 am
Oh my god thats so amazing!
your great andrew,keep it up man :D
May 30th, 2010 @ 8:02 am
u have a very sahrp mind
May 30th, 2010 @ 8:40 am
Yeah this is awesome, subtle but brilliant.

A full tutorial would be great or to even share the project file like you sometimes do!
May 30th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
That is just spectular, great job Andrew Kramer!

United Kingdom
Arun Gopidas
May 30th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
Love it. Seriously Andrew is there any limit to your fusion of creativity and technical talent?
May 30th, 2010 @ 11:57 am
Quickly! watch this video I recently made, With adobe flash Cs4 and Adobe After effects cs4.
May 30th, 2010 @ 11:59 am
I forgot the video:
Made With:
-Adobe Flash Cs4 (Animation)
-Adobe After Effects (Adding animation into a Footage)
May 30th, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
May 30th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
Rat Manticle
May 30th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
awesome man! can't figure it out though! show us how you did it! Thanks!
May 30th, 2010 @ 6:44 pm
wOw!!! Perfect, very nice... Hope to see the tutorials very soon. :)

Thanks Andrew, your the best!
May 30th, 2010 @ 8:33 pm
May 30th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm
Couldn't resist giving it a try,

My version:

thanks andrew kramer for the idea :)
May 30th, 2010 @ 9:53 pm
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.
Scott McKay
May 30th, 2010 @ 10:03 pm
Scott McKay
May 30th, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
my first test ^ accidently hit enter before I wrote the caption :P
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:03 am
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
Tyler Biby
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:49 am
** 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.
Ahmed Ashraf
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
amazing as 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..
Ahmed Ashraf
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
sry i forgot to put the link :D
Tyler Biby
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:39 pm
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
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)!
Marçal Solé
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
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.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
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 :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:10 am
Awesome! It's so realistic!!

[321 people likes this] haha
jibin p mathew
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:13 am
hey why cant you bring it as a tutorial
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:29 am
this is amazing!really love the depth of it, while the camera pans <3
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:36 am
leave comments please. THX
June 2nd, 2010 @ 5:32 am
Optical flares nice, liquify?? and a bit of Twitch for good measure, nice!
August 29th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
awesome, I'm from Iceland :)
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