BLOG SHOW: Making of Payment Plan

Check out the new Blog Show featuring the most in-depth behind the scenes footage for our recent short ‘Payment Plan’.

This blog show includes:

  • Original Rough-Cut with Alternate dialogue
  • Additional VFX additions
  • Art of Hitting Sam in the face
  • Workflow Tips
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
Look forward to this! Thanks.
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
This is awesome! I cant wait for the tutorial
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
I love this site. Go Andrew. Great show!
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
looking foward to the tutorial, great work Andrew, could you post the setings for the colorisation you used in the last Sam video
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
Gr8 this would really help in my project! thanx Andrew!! :D
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:56 pm
Great :)
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
Long time no show :) I always look forward these & wish they were more often.

Love the site, Love the tuts... fantastic work guys.

Bring on the tut for this. Also, please have a section for creating HRDI's thnx
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
Looks great as usual.
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
Hi Andrew !!! Greetings from Lithuania :)
Thank you for share theese cool tips and tricks it's very useful ! Your VFX is AWESOME !!!
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm
thank for sharing the behind the scenes, Andrew. Look forward to the tutorial as always.

P.S. how much of the budget went into that sweet car?
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm
It's need to see the 7D footage used with the red. interested to see more.
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
Wow, a lot of work went into this. Great job VCP Team!
Darrell S
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
Andrew you are just so cool! In the purest of ways-- you are just cool :) stay awesome bro & thanks.
Mike Yull
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
Really awesome. love the blog show. Wouldn't mind seeing a bit about making HDRs. did you use a chrome ball?
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
where is the tutorial fot the shatter glass freeze time
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
i've never had more fun learning! be nice to see the difference between the dslr and the red shots. thnaks as always andrew!
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
Hey, what's up...
Cool!!! But poor sam,he's always get hurt.... More power Andrew and God bless VC! :D
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
Man, VC is the best website ever created. I can hardly wait for the next tutorial! :)
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
Gr8 Work as usual! I'm really looking forward for this tut!
I'll having an eos 5D Mark II with a Pocket Dolly and a Pocket Jib for a weekend. Just to shoot some stuff only for creating your VFX Stuff in it!
Thanks for all the help these last years! ;-)

Greets from Germany

Seba (NBC Universal - Germany)
SyFy & 13th street On Air Producer
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
Andrew that was great!!! Expect the Unexpected hehe
I was almost sure about how you did the matrix stuff :oD but if you didnt had told that you only used one camera, I´ll never guess!
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
I was just thinking.. You should add a Facebook 'Like' button and a twitter 'Retweet' button on all of your upcoming video and tutorials! Many more people will come see your stuff and you'll get better feedback!
Thanks for reading!
Sam Welker
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Fantastic show! The Humour is always a great addition.
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Thanks again for sharing!
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
Cool! That looks soo awesome
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
hi andrew
it seems you had a good day when recording this Blog Show. you got me and i was lol. by the way we here in germany have a comedian (olvier pocher) on wich you remind me from the way you are (was this sentence proper english, i dont think so). The short is funny and done realy well for a 80m budget. there is just one thing that bothers me since the first time i saw the short and thats the carglas. carglas dosent burst its saftyglas wich only cracks, further i think its a touch to thick but thats just me. keep it up and thx for all (been here since tut no.2)

Marc M.
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
hey thats great :D i can't wait for the tutorial too :D
one question: with which elements do you've made the score ? i hope with sfx from dsfx or pro scores :D maybe you can bring that right into your tutorial ;)
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
AMAZING! thanks for sharing
we'll wait for the tutorial
Greeting from UKRAINE !
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing, when I first watched it I didn't realize all the work that was put into...
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:08 pm
:) awesome as every your work

btw what is name of a track which was used in payment plan
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
Its not loading for me. The eternal ring of "loading".

Can't wait to actually see it.
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
Man I just love to see Sam get hit in the face. No hard feelings from Sam it's just funny. I would appreciate a more detailed tutorial of the glass shatter technique. Thanks again.
June 14th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
I really love it. Your website, your tutorials, your blog show, your sense of humor.
BUT, there really should be a way to watch the blog show on the iphone. right now, there is only this weird code and no link to an iphone version of the video:
"[vcblogshowstreaming blogshowep6.flv blogshow_ep6b.jpg]"
As I said, I really like and I think, you're doing it the right way
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:23 pm
If it isn't loading for you either then download it from here:
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:23 pm
Very nice Andrew kramer and all the videocopilot crew! Now we want to see the action!
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
don't see the point of doing a tutorial...
now I just know how to do that...
it's very simply...
take a shot with stay still and no breathing ppls and add CG glass with HDRi...
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
Hi andrew I know you gonna make tutorial on 3D stereoscopic
Would be cool to see some tips, please take a look at my 3D stereoscopic here is the link give me some feedback and let me know when you have time thanks
it's just a cool way to show it.
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:47 pm
Thank you so much for all your tipps and tricks. You can make a carrer as a comedian, too xD. I'm so grateful. Best wishes from Germany Benjamin
June 14th, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
You're seriously the most easily likable guy ever.
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
love it, thanks Andrew

was hoping for some bloopers :)
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
Dear Andrew
was the care already opened :D.. come on guys where is the lexus remote,,,no seriously I think the remote control open beep will do the job,,btw I guessed already that it was real round video camera;) veryyyy impressive for real...cant wait...good luck
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
Elegant solution for a time-freeze.

This technique can be taken even further:

This commercial was produced by a friend of mine. The entire scene was rigged with things suspended with monofilament. The coffee pouring was plastic.
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Nice! You rock man!
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
Awesome! Great Blog Show
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
Hey Andrew!
May I know what type of Mic did u used in the payment plan. Im not asking for the model because I feel it's an expensive one xD. But I saw on the show the guy pointing the mic on the window.
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
Really nice... The best blog show.

Although I was surprised you didnt commented about John`s shoulders appearing right before Sam turns the car engine on.
Alexander Eriksson
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
Have you lost weight? :D
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
I notice the Optical Flares on Payment Plan such as I noticed it on this Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be Rocking That Body video.
Check it out
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
When I saw the short film I tried this effect myself...not as high tech and all but I'll upload it to the form when I finish it
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
Great, you are Awesome man and thank for the blog show
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm
Awesome, I love this website. VC the best! :D
June 14th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
te3jebni . hey whats up my name is james bond and welcom to this very exiting tutorial loooool
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:02 pm
nice job! i wish i could shoot by RED too, i hope you make another tutorial for this camera projection(glasses) as well.
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:14 pm
Hey Andrew u r very cool, i thank u so much because u want to share ur knowledge to us.... u r not stingy :) n u r so humorist

Salam will5 Indonesia
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
Cool stuff. Hilarious as usual.
CV Flow
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

Love this kind of breakdown. Real nuts and bolts of film making. I like to encourage you to do more like this. I'll be keeping a closer eye on the site for more.
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
Hey Andrew!
we Looking forward to this! your rocked, Thanks to VC TEAM.
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:51 pm
You're very talented- I think we would all enjoy more of such
June 14th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
Great...(scream & shout & applausses)
Can you show the tutorial with Cinema?
Also in 3D max and blender or only cinema and 3d MAx
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
i always wondered:

how did you crack up the floor from the intro sequence? cause it looks very interesting. not just some chunks but really detailed chips
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
hey Andrew, this is really getting awesome, i thank you for your time, skill and humor :D you know i've been a videocopilot fan since the very early days and its always been top notch, wish i can meet you someday, untill then, you keep up
Tincho de la Fuente
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm
Awesome! Andrew you are the best! I can´t wait for this tutorial. I want to shot on red to, and make this amazing things.
Greetings from Argentina.
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
i want to buy movies but only if your name is on it
because the work you do es unique, take care and
i'll wait for yout movies
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
Woaw you r the men andrew congratulations incredible work grettings from mexico
Isaac Sanchez
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
Dang dude your a genius, can't wait for the tutorial
Anderson Gabriel
June 14th, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
Ohh Very Good your job, I am subscribe your's tutorials, is fantastic, and your it's last work Very Fine!!

June 14th, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
Amazing, can't wait for the tutorial!!
June 14th, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
I always love behind the scenes. But Andrew, I think you're trying too hard with the comedy this time. And it just doesn't work when that happens.
Like me saying anything will make it better....
June 14th, 2010 @ 7:16 pm
Nice to know someone else used that technique for a freeze frame. I made a commercial using a practical dolly like that and people thought it was fake. Kinda rough for the first time we did this, but we got a campaign off it and plan for better things in the next ones.

Nice job Andrew! Always love seeing behind the scenes of your stuff!
June 14th, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
hey andrew is that a yamaha motif behind you?
June 14th, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
i like this tutorials thank you Andrew very much
Zach Osborne
June 14th, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
Great work Andrew! Awesome job. Can't wait for the full thing and your next tutorial. By the way thanks so much for your hard work ethic and for putting so much time into this. Your helping out so many people including myself who are into this kind of stuff. So thanks, and I must say you have definitely got the best free tutorials out there dealing with this subject. Probably the best period ( paid or free).
June 14th, 2010 @ 8:31 pm
please do more blog shows!!!
June 14th, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
that was GREAT i truely belive you have the best training out there and its free!? and even the VIDEOCOPILOT PRODUCTS* are great stuff
so i WOULD say keep up the good work but instead..
keep up the GREAT work krazykramer.
June 14th, 2010 @ 8:46 pm
I highly enjoyed all the blogs on the short. I must say, your tutorials and blog shows are so compelling to me. Infact Im spoiled, I recently got C4D and am slow to learn because I havent found any equivalent tuts on Cinema like here at VCP. I realized I was spoiled. Your an amazing teacher Andrew.
Thought I would throw this out there, I know I would be intrigued to see a blog show on your new facilities and the gear that you use, such as cameras, computers, dolleys, jibs etc. just a thought.........
June 14th, 2010 @ 8:52 pm
"hey andrew is that a yamaha motif behind you?"

fake, he's in front of a green screen for sure
June 14th, 2010 @ 8:56 pm
Hey you have that VFX thing down pat. Now, if only you could work on that humor a little... Great stuff! It must be hard sometimes to decide on whether to do things in Post or in actual. In the end, the raw footage is priceless and I'm sure much is learned at each shooting. Thanks again for sharing.
June 14th, 2010 @ 9:57 pm
Andrew hi!! thanks for everything what you guys do! awsome.. You have a nice music background, when we will get a new PRO SCORES!!?)))
June 14th, 2010 @ 10:24 pm
i want to buy a microphone, i was wondering if you can tell me about the one you are using while you speak,

advance thanks

i love videocopilot everything is great!
The_real smithy
June 14th, 2010 @ 11:35 pm
hey guys, thanks for the video blog really useful tips and lots of fun.
June 14th, 2010 @ 11:49 pm
Very cool blog show :). Thank for sharing.
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:04 am
Bahaha...its funny because I just started seeing a bunch of commercials for a TV show with this same effect and I thought in my head...."I hope Andrew Kramer does something on this effect" and sure enough he did. You never let me down Andrew keep up the great work :)
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:09 am
Loved this show, but I don't seem to understand the HDR or how you made it. Could you please make another blog show explaining this process. Again Thank you for an informative and entertaining show.
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:18 am
wow i actually thought this was done with camera mapping :o really didn't expected it to be so easy! The hitting in sams face were very real too, i was like ouch that must have hurt!

really looking forward to this tutorial!
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:38 am
I really enjoy your blog show... you always do some... poor but really fun jokes ;D (like the shifting eyes)
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:39 am
I wouldn’t dream of investing so much time, money & energy that you are putting in delivering FREE, AWESOME blog & tutorials in between your work time. What the heck you don’t even have any advertisements! I have no adjectives to describe your attitude towards those who follow your tutorials.
Thank you very much
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:49 am
From Serbia,
12 points go tooo......Mr.Kramer.
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:49 am
Nice andrew.
I remeber in 2005 when i see this video
it is about the matrix how capture 360 .
Edris Mohammadi
June 15th, 2010 @ 1:13 am
Hi What's Up? I am Edris Mohammadi from Iran here!
In this commend I want to say: I love you Andrew
June 15th, 2010 @ 1:18 am
Hi Andrew

We've recently wanted to do a short set around a car and have been looking for interior lights. Which lights did you use for this short?

Vicky Shah
June 15th, 2010 @ 1:39 am
Nice, we are waiting 4 tutorial...
Tolga Demirbilek
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:03 am
You read my mind Andrew.I have been waiting for this tutorial.And Here it is...Thank you very much.....
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:14 am
Awesome as always, im just wondering on the first shot when sam was walking, is it camera projection created on ae or something else? since andrew didn't mention it. Thanks!
Pavel Peterka
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:22 am
Yeye, I must agree with the rest of junkies. This is truly the best vfx site which ever was, is and will be... I gotta admit I was scared off if you're not getting at the end of the rope here. Because you've shown so much of stuff that it must be difficult to come up with something relatively new and half-way cool, the second bit of "coolness" is your interpretation;) Good luck with that and keep it up bro!
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:31 am
Thanks,! for the video blog a big help!, but 1 thing i thought was funny is when sam says"OK OK ill have it" his head is facing towards the window and his voice is echoing through the parking garage because the window is rolled down but in the movie it gives the illusion it isn't cuz his head gets jammed through it.either i guessed right or im watching the movie in a garage my self.
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:44 am
Wow! Awesome! Cant wait to see it :)
I'm still on at work so I have to wait boohoo hahah :P
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:52 am
Can you make a tuturial for the intro with the ground shatering and rising.
Flash Venom
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:03 am
Hey about time too,

I think the video co-pilot community should get a petition together to get AK a prime time TV show I love it.

Cant wait to see the next entry.
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:09 am
Excellent! I especially love the fact that it wasn't fake, and people were so sure it was... Just goes to show how little we REALLY know!

Keep up the good work!
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:11 am
Too bad, I really expected the exploding car at the end of the show...
Eduard Caliman
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:45 am
I love it Andrew...way to go.
Amine BetaProd
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:47 am
Keep going andreww ....
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:01 am
hahaha ,cool :D
and shocking at the point where we see that , it is not camera projection but they really are there trying to stay still :)
great techniques..
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:42 am
Where are the free goodies at? lol

Nice explenation AK....funny to see you have the last laugh on the comments that your projection looked fake...while it is a real scene hehe.
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:42 am
Very good!

Is the tutorial going to include Blender or another 3D program?
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:57 am
I think the actor on the back seat did very well. I dont want to say better....than Sam.... but very well.
June 15th, 2010 @ 5:14 am
ohh thats great:D
June 15th, 2010 @ 6:12 am
Hey Andrew,

Any chance we could get a quick breakdown of your HDR image process?
Ken Zautcke
June 15th, 2010 @ 6:28 am
Love the comment about coming back and shooting something over another day. It's hard getting something you thought you want on a shoot after looking at it a couple of times on yoour computer. Then trying to match. I hope more are in the making as well as new plugins.
June 15th, 2010 @ 6:33 am
hii andrew

i wait for this effect

i allready set my plan to strike terriost center:D and jump through window to escape b4 i blow the all place

using action ess2


Regards from baghdad
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:02 am
I've got a question regarding the tracking of your shot:
Do we need a 3d Modeling and/or Tracking Software like Boujou or 3dsMax, or is it completely done with After Effects and the tracker?
George Stoll
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:09 am
7D vs 5D.

Hey Andrew,

I notice that a lot of filmmakers choose the 7D over the 5D and wondered what the advantages were?
cyclone muet
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:11 am
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:13 am
Man, I want a RED Camera so bad! Bad it's too damn expensive! The camera alone with no accessories is 20K!
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:15 am
if you do a tutorial, and if we need a 3d software for doing it, could it be 3ds max please !!!!
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:35 am
Hey Andrew, just watched it and man, awesomeness surrounds me! :P
Thank you so much for these blogshows!
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:35 am
Very interesting!! Learnt so much! Loved the anecdote about hitting his head! Did you add any additional 'head-hitting' sounds?

Greetings from a country below sea-level
Fer Corp
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:39 am
Hi! Im new in here and i think, you (Andrew) are the best...
June 15th, 2010 @ 9:34 am
Hey Andrew......U simply Rock.....Today I am really respected as a VFX artist in Bhutan.....all because of u...My After effects Day ! started from Video copilot.....Great works dude..How I'd wish u post tutorial every!!
June 15th, 2010 @ 9:57 am
nice :D where did u get the glass from?
Omega Pro
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:03 am
I cannot believe it! really? i thought that you freeze framed the shot and just moved the layers in 3d space to match real 360 degree camera movement. That must've been hard not to move because it actually looks like a frozen shot with no movement at all, other than the dolly.
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:35 am
Cool breakdown of the video. A lot more went into it than I thought. Awesome background info. I was actually going to ask if the silencer was rubber, because you made it look like Sam was getting whacked in the head for real. thanks for the info on the headrest. Thanks!
Lucas Kuhn
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:40 am
"Sometimes the real seems to be fake..."
It's true!
Today we cannot see a photo or a video of a strange or supernatural thing and say: It's a fake! It's true!

Very interesting technique, as the rest of the site.
It's wonderfull, thanks Andrew.
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:46 am
it's really great...
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:50 am
Great stuff!!

I'm interested to know how you shot the HDR image.
Would make a nice side-tutorial, and very valuable to people wanting to integrate 3D in their footage.
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
No camera protection ??? Sure?

I could vow that there was a CP.

This was a good "not-fake" :) good work!

I'm loving this blog shows!

Enjoy your Day :)
June 15th, 2010 @ 12:36 pm
hello Andrew and every body,
good good good good !!! We want to know more now !
(your volcano was great too !! it make us wait some time^^)
June 15th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
Nice one Andrew! Can't wait for the tutorial! I love seeing these blog shows for small things that are really worth learning but not wasting a whole tutorial on :)
June 15th, 2010 @ 2:53 pm
Cool. I never would have guessed that hits in Sam's face were fake :D
Nice job fooling me :D
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
Funny and informative shit. Thanks VCP
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
That was funny. every time that guy hit Sam I couldn't stop laughing at his face. lol
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
I would just like to say you guys have completely re-energized my usage of After Effects. Keep up the good work and you do have a paying customer as soon as I can convince the bean counters to spring for your stuff next month.
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
i like you brother, keep going, hugs from Cambodia
Dory Yasmine
June 15th, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
you are just awesome, i keep watching this blog show and i dunno whyy
June 15th, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
that was cool, God bless u 4 sharing
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:12 pm
sigh... I really wanted to get a glimpse into the rotating still effect mainly noted in Matrix 1 and if you noticed is being used in about every new TV show's commercial/intro.
But the movie making tips were helpful none the less.
Keep up the amazing videos!
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:26 pm
June 15th, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
Great behind the scenes! I can't wait for the tutorial. I like what you said about filmmakers using visual effects to enhance their films. I feel as though far to many filmmakers these days are only making movies to show off their effects. Which in your case is great because that's what you do and it helps editors like myself do a bit of compositing too :) But for major motion pictures to be wasting my $15 just for some effects is kinda sad. Oh well. Great stuff here and i hope you guys do more of it. I really like the integration of short film and effect. Keep it up! :)
Neto Vello
June 15th, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
Hi Andrew ! I love this site and want to thank all the tips you give and keep giving to all who love this art of creating movies.
I wanted to leave a link to our channel on Youtube. I hope you enjoy!
June 15th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm
Great work Andrew!

I spend hours watching your tutorials, they really are very good and very useful! Thanks!

I'm from Argentina, sorry for my bad English.
June 15th, 2010 @ 9:20 pm
Andrew Kramer is a beast. nuff said.
June 15th, 2010 @ 9:22 pm
Love the blog! just one thing on the second take you showed us what does the caution sign say just before Sam pressed the start engine button. Its kinda small. Continue doing what you do best, Andrew.
June 15th, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Where did you get your microphone pop-filter from I am looking for a new one and the one in your blog video looks nice. Thanks for your time.
June 15th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
hi anderw This is awesome!................
June 16th, 2010 @ 1:54 am
Thanks for the video. I, like others above, am interested in more details on the hdri- how you created it and how you used it to light your scene. I'm learning C4d now, and I know you are a 3ds Max guy, but the techniques are similar in both I would hope/guess.

Also I'm curious about the stabilization you did- was this before or after incorporating the glass? What software?
Pavel Peterka
June 16th, 2010 @ 2:08 am
Still the best funny part of this BTS is the quick shot going through hits to Sam and then "is that okay, with you?" "YES" :-D I was scrolling around a bunch of times and even so, found out my-self laughing like hell.. Plus Andrew's laughing face right after it:-D Even though it is not about it, Fits nice :-D
June 16th, 2010 @ 3:43 am
can u pleas add low quality Button in the "BLOG SHOW" only to see it fast
a lot of ppl have low connection speed., like me
thanks,Amr ELshamy.
June 16th, 2010 @ 8:52 am
hey andrew,plz post the tutorial on how to do the intro u hav given for this blog show...explain in 3dsMax plz... post it as soon as possible...
June 16th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Man you guys are the truth this iz awesome, but one thing i noticed iz at about 1:20 in when sam gets in the car you can see my man's jacket in the back seat.. As a video editor i guess i see things that the avg viewer won't see. I know you have the skillz in the final cut to take that out..GREAT JOB KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PEACE!!!
June 16th, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
Great job! Very cool effect!

About the projection artifact that you mentioned at the end:
Because you are centering the image to another point, the projection gets skewed.
It looks like the camera is rotating around the target but if it was actually rotating, one would see more of the side of the actors faces (and other objects too for that matter).
This makes the image look a bit flatter than it actually is.
Think about the differences between the two scenarios from a "top view", it might make it easier to visualize.
June 16th, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
At first, I thought Sam was getting in to the passenger side ('cause I'm from England) so that was kind of odd. But - as ever, a great production worthy of at least 10 Oscars.
Thanks Andrew
PS Will you be selling that jaquzi-helicopter on eBay?
June 16th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
Thanks for your comment Andrew about how filmakers use the SFX to enhance their stories. You've helped me alot lately with these SFX's. I've done 120 films in 12 years and my current project now rocks, because of you! If you get a chance, it's on Youtube or my site: and it's called, "Resident Evil 2: Enter Wesker". It's the big trailer for the short. Thank you again for all you do Andrew! You rock!
Stephen Groo
Wolf Productions
June 16th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
Hi Andrew,

I'm a german from Berlin and I saw your tuts the first time 2 months ago, I was honestly exited about that sugar shit.Your goodness made me likewise sick and curious too to learn more about that heavy stuff. My passions belongs to create Music with my Band and beside that I work as a Freelancer in Web, Print and Graphic Design. After recording of our album, we will make some Musik Videos .... hope I come off soon to learn AE and make a awesome Music Clip.

six of six Stars belongs to you Andrew, your free shareing of your works is a noble deed, thanks to you !!!
June 16th, 2010 @ 7:08 pm
Your awesome andrew... just..totally..awesome
June 17th, 2010 @ 8:09 am
Love the jokes Andrew! Keep em comin! Don't ever stop!
June 17th, 2010 @ 8:16 am
more making of videos please !!!
June 17th, 2010 @ 8:53 am
This post is just another reason why this site is rocketing to the top of my favorite on the web. Fabulous.
June 17th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
Awesome, i've been trying to do that kind of stuff for years and never figured out how to without a hollywood studio. Can't wait to see the tutorial!
Sang Hee
June 18th, 2010 @ 3:15 am
That was a great video but I still don't understand how it works when you wanna render a 3D glass for this kinda footage.
S Naghway
June 18th, 2010 @ 4:34 am
Great effort… I admire the job you are doing….Not many people make the effort to share knowledge, especially this kind and this advanced.
So thanks, waiting to see what more Andrew can present.
Luther Hadley
June 18th, 2010 @ 5:16 am
this is crazy cool .. I just want to say 1 thing ..come back to New York ... lol How Many camera's do you have Andrew ?
June 18th, 2010 @ 6:30 am
hehe andrew, i love your kind of humor.

regards and respect
June 18th, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
I like these blog shows.. "Behind the scenes" is a good project. So what about "behind the scene of a tutorial" ? How does the idea of a tut appear? What is going on in front of the monitor? what are you doing after you read the comments? etc etc...
Sergiu Baiculescu
June 18th, 2010 @ 3:04 pm
hahhaah andrew u're tooo damn funny and smart
anyway sam is the best,his voice is so damn funny and it's a great actor!!good JOB a pleasure spending time WEBSITE,VC 4 life.
June 18th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
Wheres your lighting?
June 18th, 2010 @ 10:43 pm
So cool!!and i can not wait to see it!
nas shakaur
June 19th, 2010 @ 9:27 am
Could you please do a Tutorial for this in the near future
June 19th, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
Very nice work! But i have to leave a comment.. Considering physics, do you think the force of Sam´s head would send the glass shards so far? Maybe you could have limited it and made smaller pieces. But ut is just a matter of taste.

Howdy from Norway!
June 19th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
Man really great!... And... it good to see you on the screen.... you seem nice!!!...

You r awsome!!!!!

very nice work!!!

thanks from BRAZIL!
June 20th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
Very good effect, but there is one major oversight : car glass does not shatter the way presented in the movie - car glass is covered with foil to protect passengers from debris in case of the collision. Glass from the movie acts as ordinary window glass ;)

Nevertheless, you are the Master of SFX :D
Greetz from Poland ;)
June 21st, 2010 @ 3:19 am
The phenomenon of "real things" looking unreal or fake is called the "Uncanny Valley". Check it out on Wikipedia. Quite interesting for visual designers. That's why Disney movies don't have animations that look too realistic - people don't accept it.
June 21st, 2010 @ 4:09 am
Iam sure this is a 3dsmax AE combined tutorial. The glass exploding is made with particle flow. Hmmm will be interesting to learn from the master. I love all 3dsmax - AE combined tutorials
June 21st, 2010 @ 10:17 am
Great short, good behind the scenes. Just awaiting the tutorial!

Also how about a tutorial on how you do the ground, gravity defying, explosion in your blog intro?

You offer and teach much to those of us who are not as talented as you!

June 21st, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
Nice, short and straight forward. you just answered the many questions on or minds. thanks man, love you.
Adam Fulawka
June 22nd, 2010 @ 8:50 am
Andrew Kramer should not allowed to be that handsome. Talent and looks should be evenly distributed among the population, and he has both, and it's not fair.

But does anyone know what type of camera they were using for that close-up at 3:50? It was propped up on the hood of the car? I know it's hard to tell just by looking, what with all the cool hardware strapped to it and all....
Nolan Beguhl
June 22nd, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
That's my hero right there!
June 22nd, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
Hey Andrew,
Love your vids, help me a lot and now in the industry.
Just a thought for your next blog entry (im pretty sure everyone would love this too)
Can you give us a Demo of your keyboard playing skills?
Everyone wants to here you play the keyboard in the background!
June 23rd, 2010 @ 8:55 am
From the beginning, I thought it looked like a scene from Recon Man 3 that was done in the DVD tutorial! You should do something with that. Get the crew together and make the movie, filled to the top with After Effects, but not so much that it looks horribly fake!
June 24th, 2010 @ 2:56 am
Heya Andrew,
AWESOME! Nothing more to say than that :-) Will you ever do a tutorial on HDR 360 degrees Panoramas? That would be cool. ANd for the lighting reference: do you use a chroma ball and 20% gray ball or do you match 3d lights by eye.
Greetings from Berlin, Germany, where the Sun is shining!
June 24th, 2010 @ 7:11 am
This short is amazing! Keep the good word Andrew! ;)
June 27th, 2010 @ 1:20 am
LOL, I've seen the short before; but, I never really noticed who the actor was in the back seat (John?). Right now, up here in Canada, Moosehead Beer has a series of commercials that feature him.
June 27th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
By the way did you use the jacuzzicopter for an aerial underwater shot that you ended up not using in the film?
'Cos that's what I use my jacuzzicopter for... well, that and jacuzzi parties.
Jay Producer
June 28th, 2010 @ 11:51 am

I love this site. Are you going to do a tutorial on what appears to be broken glass and motion tracking? I think the world is waiting. The Best Affect ever. LOL

June 30th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
Oh crap ... i need that camcorder you're Using man ... i really need it ..

anyway thanks for the helpful blog show buddy ^_^
July 2nd, 2010 @ 9:26 am
Hi Andrew & the whole creative team,

Well sorry for lil wait, umm i mean too much late.
But you know what i love 3D, even honestly i cant do much thing in it but i definitely love it & i would like to say that definitely spectacular. Outstanding..
July 5th, 2010 @ 12:49 am
cool!!!love ur site ~love ur joke and sharing~~
Mohamad Saleh
July 6th, 2010 @ 9:53 am
hahaha, yeah man helicopter jacuzzis arent that expensive
July 6th, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
Pro as usual, can you also do that "freeze time" effect just by having the actor, do the same you did, stand still then move the camera horizontally then track rotation?
I know you can but, can you make a tutorial on how to do it like http// the chrono action movie. Its either i havnt seen the tut (if you posted it already) or U dont know. Anyways love the web and peace.

~AngeloP. ♦♣♠☺☻♥
July 18th, 2010 @ 4:21 am

VCP team & espeacially andrew doing a great job..

keep it up..AK...
Blanaru Cristian
July 19th, 2010 @ 1:58 am
i learn so much from you Andrew your all videos are awesome and the Videocopilot logo of this video was so cool,that means you can make special effects like 2012 movie,when you do a tutorial of that logo? because i search for a tutorial like this so much.
Thanks for all your tutorials Andrew Kramer
July 19th, 2010 @ 11:53 pm
I also thought their faces didn't look that real on that short :p

How did you take the HDR picture of the garage??
July 20th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
Ur blog show is just amazing, entertaining & very helpfull... and I love ur random talking way... ^^

U're just amazing and all video copilot stuff.
Thank u so much, even u dont know much of this ppl that coment here, we support you.

Keep rockin' ;)

Grettings from Mexico BD
July 22nd, 2010 @ 8:23 am
Hi Andrew,

i would really enjoy a short tour through your studio/warehouse.


p.s great tutorials and effects :)
July 22nd, 2010 @ 11:46 am
Jesus! I started long ago to scroll down the list of comentators Jzzz!!!!

Cool, very Cool. I one of those V.Co_Pilot tutorial suckers. I have become a real V.Co_Pilot vampire. I don't care I am still puting together more mo. to buy more of Andrew's videos.
July 22nd, 2010 @ 5:51 pm
Bien hecho , felicidades
July 27th, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
very nice and very good idea .tanks for it.
July 31st, 2010 @ 11:24 pm
Yes we need more rambling babble, The show seems slow lately
and this makes us sad, please keep the ramblings flowing, it is the best blog show around and you know it :)

All the best AK, keep us entertained.
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
Would love to learn the ins and outs of hdr shots
August 6th, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
Hi Andrew, thanks for all the great tutorials. Could you please work on a tutorial with some walking/moving a light speed across a room, from on position to another. Like The Mask did in that Jim Carey movie "The Mask" when he was in the bank steeling money and fooling around, zooming from one point to another.

Nino Powers
August 10th, 2010 @ 8:37 pm
Hey Andrew, I was wondering how you all get a budget for this work for cameras, and studio space, I do the same things but on a smaller beginner scale, I was wondering do you all have sponsors?

And I really admire your work, and look up to your work. Thanks
August 16th, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
Hee Mr. Kramer,

One Hell of a Site you guy's have here,
I am just starting and like any Noob wanting to give up easily, coz nothing going right! Then I come across your tutorials. AND THERE FREE!.. What? How's this possible?
Now I am full of insparation and learning diffrent techniques wich makes me understand so much better what I need to be doing.. I feel like Luke Skywalker and you're my Yoda!

I wachted the tutorial frame rate convertor a several times but I just can't seem to get if play fluently.
I shot 60i and wanted to go 25.
Just wanted to see if the footage from a camcorder could change into a MOVIELOOK scene.

But, won't give up, now..

May the Force be with (poor) Sam!

check you later dude..

PS: and yes, let Sam make a kill! (Freaky killing a fly, or so, when he's clipping off his toe nail.)

(excuse my bad english)
September 1st, 2010 @ 7:18 am
Where can i watch the movie?? Or buy it... :(
September 18th, 2010 @ 6:46 am
@Andrew, You know that three months have passed and i'm still watching this video because whenever i watch any blog or any tutorial of you then i'm try to completely concentrate on that thing and today i have found that missing thing in your video.
hen you before created the SAM and the JOHN video, so when JOHN thrown out the SAM head to the window, before the time freeze effect we can also see the broken mirror piece at the top right side of the video but when you did a shoot again then the mirror pieces are lost from there...
and reason.?
September 30th, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
Man I love this site haha
October 3rd, 2010 @ 12:38 am
these are inspiring me to learn, thank you!
October 5th, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
Yinglong Xu
October 7th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm
Hi! I really want you to make a bullet atmosphere trail effect.
for my air dogfight scene. where the bullet has that glow and tiny vortx smoke behind it.
October 12th, 2010 @ 11:38 pm
DId you shot the payment plan on the RED ?
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
What happened to the Blog Show?
October 18th, 2010 @ 10:12 am
I do enjoy the running gag throughout your tutorials of Scapegoat Sam. This one was especially funny as it was relentless. Smack, smack, smack. Sam can now add pistol whippee to his ever increasing resume.
November 20th, 2010 @ 2:54 am
How did you do the intro sequence? The one where the floor seems to rise up and stuff? pretty cool!
November 23rd, 2010 @ 8:35 pm
This is awesome, but I spotted a few errors, the guy in the back seat is not visible when you see through the windows, the driver should have saw him when he got to the car, and last of all you can see the guy behind sam when he turns on the car.

If you're really paying attention some things don't add up, but its mostly about the effect and is still very awesome!
December 9th, 2010 @ 10:38 am
Hi Andrew,

I’m a german from Berlin and I saw your tuts the first time 2 months ago, I was honestly exited about that sugar stuff.Your goodness made me likewise sick and curious too to learn more about that heavy stuff. My passions belongs to create Music with my Band and beside that I work as a Freelancer in Web, Print and Graphic Design. After recording of our album, we will make some Music Videos …. hope I come off soon to learn AE and make a awesome Music Clip.

six of six Stars belongs to you Andrew, your free shareing of your works is a noble deed, thanks to you !!!
December 9th, 2010 @ 10:41 am
Hi Andrew,

camera angles and how to shoot scenes

please help me
December 14th, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
Hey AC!

LOVE VC! Just a heads up there is something funky here:

in the upper left conner under the banner where the title is in IE

December 17th, 2010 @ 12:01 am
Guys, thanks for doing this! Very very helpful!
January 6th, 2011 @ 9:48 pm
AMAZING! thanks for sharing
we’ll wait for the tutorial
Greeting from UKRAINE !
June 25th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
I want a RED camera!!! :D
November 4th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
Great short - hilarious. And interesting info on advanced time freezing. Any new updates on your use of this technique?
Jose Villanueva
February 7th, 2012 @ 9:35 am
Hmmm there is a piano in the back? Do you play piano Andrew?
November 16th, 2012 @ 8:34 am
Congratulations really!!
You are sooooo KOOL man!!! i really enjoy every video u make and i hope you'll never stop doing wht u do cause is the most helpfull website about Video-Making in all Internet!!!!
a huge greeting from me from Italy and sry 4 my terrible english!! xD

ps. how can i build the glass fragments on iMac actually??
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