Underwater Explosions

Alright like most of you, I spent a lot of this weekend thinking about underwater explosions and more specifically… underwater IMPLOSIONS!

See, when an explosion or charge is set off underwater the force of the explosion diminishes and the pressure of the surround water collapses in. Take a minute to visualize this… feel free to include sound effects as needed. So naturally I started experimenting with ways to create the effect using clips in our Action Essentials 2 kit and I think the results are pretty convincing.

For the tutorial I wanted to incorporate it into a cool scene but my bathtub was full of my kids toys so I had to build my own underwater silent destroyer!

The first thing I did was buy a 3D model from an online marketplace, then I brought it into 3DS max for lighting and animation. In After Effects I added the atmosphere and built the exciting implosion!! Stay tuned.

See Screenshots

August 1st, 2010 @ 10:20 pm
Grant S
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:23 pm
Oddly enough I was thinking about underwater explosions today while I was swimming. This is so exciting to see! Thanks Andrew!
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:31 pm
Well this is something diferent, i wasnt thinking about underwater explosions instead i was thinking of like a superhero special tutorial where u put together like 5 tutorial clips, ten mins each and quickly explain how to do like a superhero power, like, flying, running fast, get super strong and green, turn urself into a mini tornado and change clothes...(The Mask) some crazy new but most importantly original stuff. buttt i guess this is pretty cool too lol thanks andrew.
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Can't wait for this tutorial!
Ben Wotton
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:35 pm
Oh that's cool. I look forward to what you come up with :)
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
I am gonna see if I can figure this out before the tutorial. That is an Interesting thought. Well my wife has been asking for a new bath tub hmmmm. I wonder! :p
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
Awesome... Andrew go for it.
Colombia is waiting.
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
I hope you could show it for Cinema 4D.
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Nice!!!! waiting for the tutorial ! haaha you are the best!
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
Ok Andrew, go for it, meanwhile: when can we have nice "underwater bullets?" I mean the kind of "tracing bubbles" underwate bullets".

thanks in advance.

PD Also from Colombia
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
Cool!! Can't wait for this tutorial!!
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:01 pm
well its nice to come after work through all night to see something new coming in vc.

there is a scene sample in max DVD about submarine explosion as it hit a mine ... interesting to watch.

i hope the engine fans keep on rotating as you animate them with some sort of marine life thrown around.
i like to see how you handle the bubles of air as they emerge to surface interacting to each other.

will you consider pf, thinking particles for derbies?

your creativity is only limited by your imagination and google search :)

have nice day. to you and your wife... also the kids
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:04 pm
Andrew wots ur new and upcomin product, wots next optical flares is gr8 i think its tha best 2 date
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Your the man Andrew! lol, Can't wait to see what else you come up with ;)
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:13 pm
This is a really interesting idea, looking forward to seeing the results!
Fredrik M
August 1st, 2010 @ 10:29 pm
With so much rain that we have gotten in Sweden the past days this is just perfect. Something to dive into in other words :)

Thx looking farward to it
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
@Ramel why dont you try it yourself? Trust me I think it is more fun to try and figure stuff out then have someone else tell you how its done.
Jonah G
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
Excellent work :D
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:45 pm
You`ve been inspared by 3d max sample file?
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:55 pm
if you are on that sub then you have to check this out.
August 1st, 2010 @ 11:56 pm
cant wait for this
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:15 am
found a realy good free ww2 submarine for those who want to play around till the tutorial comes out.
www.turbosquid.com its free one too.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:28 am
Looking forward to it Andrew...intrigued and bracing myself!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:39 am
Cool! Pls make a 3dsmax tutorial with this..
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:43 am
Good job Andrew! You are the best!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:43 am
Awesome !!!

I love you
I am Edris Mohammadi from Iran, Kurdistan, Sanandaj.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:52 am
Hi Andrew !

One: What about you new Product?(Series Two)
Two: How are your little girl, Katie Lynn Kramer? (Please put some of her photo on Blog)
Three: age, height and weight is how much?
Four: Can you make a new BlogShow about your Family, your workstation and your live.(I like know you better)
Five: I live in Iran and in the not too distant future I see you.
Six: I want to Send a Package to you.(What is your Mailing Address and postal Code?)

Please give me answers: edriscg@gmail.com

Best Wishes
I love you More then everyone.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:54 am
Looking forward to it, looking forward!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:56 am
Mr. unique as always... fingers crossed!
Dave Coster
August 2nd, 2010 @ 1:09 am
Niiiice man! I Can't wait!!!!!!!!!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 1:28 am
Wow!! Now that shows how a man loves his job. You spent your time 'over the weekend' thinking about how underwater implosions work..:)
Simply Wow!!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 1:53 am
this post led me on to the article and the article let me on to discovery.com's video site wich let me on to this very interesting video totally offtopic

August 2nd, 2010 @ 1:57 am
Tutorial please!

August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:05 am
cool!!! cant w8 4 that,,!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:17 am

*link fixed this shows all 10 clips the other started midway
August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:22 am
you are the best (Andrew Kramer)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:27 am
Ahhh... underwater explosions are cool, just like Nuclear underwater explosions. ;D
August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:38 am
This is so cool, Andrew. I can't wait for the tutorial. Video Copilot ROCKS! http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/sub_process.jpg
August 2nd, 2010 @ 2:55 am
is that barrels surrounding the submarine?? or it are bullets shells?
Timo Helgert
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:36 am

It looks too good for an underwater scene
mb editor
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:36 am
very very very nice ..... !
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:38 am
remember the distorted sun light hitting the sub
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:23 am
@Ramel , that's pretty basic stuff...
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:35 am
Hey Andrew,

What site did you visit to buy this model?
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:42 am
A hand grenade explosion you can survive on land, if you lay flat on the floor. Major injury or fatal injuries are not excluded but it is possible. It depends on the handgranatentyp.

August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:48 am
There is a project called future warrior. With the protection of this "future" soldier you have a 80 percent chance to survive! Welcome to the future. With armor-piercing hand grenades, there will be problems.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:55 am

there is alot of bubbles maybe

mmm heavy sounds

alot of mess :D
August 2nd, 2010 @ 5:15 am
Will Sam some how be part of this? We love Sam!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 5:19 am
Really nice one...Is there going to be a tutorial for that??
August 2nd, 2010 @ 5:58 am
Sink Sup Pro for the win!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:06 am
This looks cool.
Andrew, do you buy your models from TurboSquid?
If so, there is a FREE Terminator model that you can download and use anywhere you want. It's very detailed, renders very fast in Mental Ray (there's also a VRay version, but it takes forever to render...and there's almost no difference between Mental Ray and VRay). It's perfectly rigged (all the pumps, nozzles and hydraulics are animated) and ready to animate!
Here's my render:
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:26 am
I think you should add the "crimson tide" theme ^^
Some submarine drive-bys and letting it arise from the stormy sea - how epic :)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:47 am
Pls, also cinema 4d for the macusers ;)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:51 am
What's wrong with Blender? Blender is FREE and for some of us, the only way to go!

Phil L.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:51 am
Where'd you get the 3D model? Just curious.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:52 am
And, Phil, there's nothing wrong with Blender. It does awesome work. I use it myself... it's just super complicated.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:01 am
this looks awesome:D
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:05 am
SERIOUSLY?????? can't make any movies at all anymore without copying you!!! You shouldn't make tutorials for these cool effects, soon we will run out of them, and then every 10 year old on youtube will be doing the effects which were excellent and original just a few years back -.-
Sukhdeep Singh (Punjab,India)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:06 am
i want learn affter effect. i am Indian (Punjabi) i have basic knowledge of 3d max, photoshop cs3. i want be creative
sir pls tell me i really like ur tutorials u r my ideal in affter effect. i try to copy u but i have not basically full knowledge... thanx sir
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:09 am
Ahhh yaaa. Imploding sub. 3max & AE combo tut!!!!

And ya, find a way to get Sam in there.

Thanks Andrew, in case nobody has told you lately; you're the man.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:18 am
Ahh Crap. I thought you were gonna show us how to make that 3d model, but then I read that you had bought it!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:44 am
I think you should continue sharing your ideas and tutorials this help inspire others and also improve on their ideas that they might have....
I think this is one of the best site i have seeing..Great job Andrew....
Diego Perini
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:53 am
Very nice idea. I wonder how you're gonna manage to create refractions arround bubbles which are not just small spheres since an underwater explosion causes huge air vacuums.
Alex from Jamaica
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:54 am
and also to add since i started view this website i never realize that after effect could do these things i have used 3d max and sketchup but using after effects along with these software has help out....
August 2nd, 2010 @ 8:41 am
This is gonna be AWESOME!
August 2nd, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Andrew----This is going to be DOPE! Already know it...shaking in my boots.....
August 2nd, 2010 @ 9:10 am

If Andrew Kramer didn't make effects tutorials then there wouldn't be much of a Video Copilot.

If people aren't creative enough to make up their own ideas or be inspired by one of Andrew's tutorials without copying it, then that's their problem.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 9:58 am
can't wait...........
August 2nd, 2010 @ 10:00 am
Andrew!!!! I'd like to thank you because you share your knowledge to all your "fans"! We have a lot of fun working from your tutorials. Well, can you tell me something about videomapping projection on buildings, dimensions or something that i can do from After Effects?
Dimensions and pixels are something i worry about when i project them...
Allen Zayden
August 2nd, 2010 @ 10:06 am
This looks awesome!
Allen Zayden
August 2nd, 2010 @ 10:08 am
@Sukhdeep Singh watch the basic tutorials on this site, they will help you understand the basics of After Effects.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 11:14 am
I just find it astounding that there are some of you who actually whine like spoilt brats when a new tutorial is announced. They are free, they are wonderful, and a privilege, not a right.

So just say thank you. Please.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 11:34 am
guys for those of you looking for 3d models go to
http://www.turbosquid.com they have many stuff for free max and c4d.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 11:36 am
Wouououuuou Very Cool, God Bless A.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
best submarine movie at the end you see the implosion kinda scary.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:21 pm
is video copilot will make more tutorials including 3D integration from others softwares? it can be nice.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
I Found the relating article on "how a swimming pool works" most englightening.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

X-Slo-Motion shockwave, definitely worth a look.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
We all live in yellow submarine :)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Kramer, just an idea: you can add some particles to the water simulating the Plankton.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:39 pm
Hey adrew make a tutorial for harry potter duel like in harry potter and the deathly hallows trailer ending.
It would be cool.

Greeting from Latvia.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 4:57 pm
I don't speak English but I understand perfectly
thanks men ¡¡
August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:39 pm
Haha. Love the screen shot.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
Andrew you are the best.
August 2nd, 2010 @ 8:16 pm
cant wait for the tutorial
August 2nd, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
cool can't wait for the tutorial :)
August 2nd, 2010 @ 10:16 pm
assuming there is a project file, will the submarine model be included?, is the license approve giving it free to others for learning purpose so the the model will be included or we prepare our self for box modeling and texturing?

you are the man Andrew... and yes i finish night duty , went home and checked your blog
August 2nd, 2010 @ 11:31 pm
Hi Andrew.

This will be exciting! Can't wait to see what you get up to.

I have to say, sometimes I wonder if poor Andrew doesn't get frustrated by some people, he must be a very patient man.

Top work man, I hope that some of us inspire you to keep doing this!

Gerhard Thirion
Pretoria, South Africa
August 3rd, 2010 @ 1:58 am
I've actually spend my weekend thinking about explosions in outer space, but I guess underwater is pretty cool too.
August 3rd, 2010 @ 8:38 am
Ey kramer why you buy the models?¿?¿ . i can sell you some models for a symbolic price you know to help you as you help us dew ..
August 3rd, 2010 @ 1:43 pm
Andrew eres el mejor, es España, decimos que eres "EL PUTO AMO"

Andrew you are the best, in Spain say you are the fucking master.

Gracias por tus tutoriales.

Thank you for your tutorials.
Aykut Bozkurt
August 3rd, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
Andrew,i think you can use some tecniques from the ''animating a still'' tutorial of your own.Like the clouds moves in the air,you can divide some part of the image,by using and animating it for some quite impressive explosion(or implosion) into the deep of abyss.Of course the detail part belongs to you as usual,but maybe some bubbles can come from particular plugin,you know what i mean truly,i am pretty sure you got it right.Then combining some tecniques can come in handy if you haven't figured it out ''these'' yet about this tutorial.But if the aim is to use more creatative and ''not-yet used'' tecniques in this tutorial,i am not a visual effect supervisor like you,then i have to wait and see,hope you will be successful in this tutorial,it is nothing that you can't challenge by your own,but tnx for sharing and (maybe) asking for our ideas.
August 3rd, 2010 @ 5:09 pm
I posted the new tutorial of making 3D videos. in Aetutplus. :D
August 3rd, 2010 @ 8:46 pm
Are those bullet shells? Wow, you really *did* find use for action essentials lol
August 3rd, 2010 @ 10:46 pm
August 3rd, 2010 @ 11:44 pm
Awesome! really looking forward to this one!
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:16 am
Yeah, I was testing with two years ago, but but I made shit, for sure now you will find the right way !!!!

You are da man Andrew !!!

Thanks for all the stuff you publish.
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:43 am
Down Periscope :)
Peter Kreitner
August 4th, 2010 @ 4:38 am
GReat ! give it a move! XD
August 4th, 2010 @ 6:26 am
Awesome... Great Job once again. And hurry with the tutorial :D :P
August 4th, 2010 @ 7:36 am
nice... Andrew greatest teacher
August 4th, 2010 @ 8:13 am
alexander wiaplah
August 4th, 2010 @ 9:53 am
thanks man you are the best . thanks for the knowledge you giving us I want to get the action essential 2 but don't know how am in LIBERIA
August 4th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
I think i have it figured out- use time remapping to make a Charge in the Action Essentials 2 kit about 25% longer. Then, turn pixel motion on in frame blending and when it plays, it looks like a really cool bubbly, underwater explosion. :)
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
August 4th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
Can't wait for the tutorial AK ... you ROCK !!!
August 4th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
Hai andrew I have a question do u have a 3d scanner ?.. or do u model that sub by yourself ;).. ? its really great.. ow andrew can u explain how to build a tornado in fluid effects in max 3d or maya ?, or ghost effects because in the movie paranomal activity the effects where very cheap, but great can u maybe do something with sam like a ghost story or something ;)... or effects like the jumper ;) ?.. anyway u'r the best effects artist ever mr kramer ..
August 4th, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
ow mr andrew I have a other question I found a movie on matte painting on youtube and the question is how can u do a matte painting.. like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUVZJ4qqpY&feature=related.. can u watch this movie clip on matte painting and explain me how they do the first movie clip that the camera moving trow the
mountains.. because I don't know if it is cgi or is it just a picture.. hope u can help me explain this thanks alot andrew..
August 4th, 2010 @ 8:18 pm
Actually I was just thinking about this the other day myself, as I watched a scene from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In the WWII chapter, when the captain rams their boat into the submarine that is firing on them, there is an INCREDIBLE underwater explosion. It was so fascinating to me that every time I see that scene, I have to rewind and go through that vfx shot frame by frame. It's probably the best simulation of an underwater explosion/implosion I've seen on film.
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
Hi Andrew love your stuff keep them coming. How about a tutorial on bullets going through water kind of like what happened in the bridge scene in The Italian Job.
Need to work that one out for a scene I'm trying to pull off in my film.
Maybe dump Sam into a river with a wet suit get him to swim around a little and start shooting at him.
I pay bucks to see that.
Sam's cool He needs to get an agent.
August 6th, 2010 @ 3:19 am
looks great. . i can't to see this tutorial. . xD
August 6th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
also a good visual reference for underwater ex"im"plosions is the movie U-571... its got some great underwater shots!!!
August 6th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
Thanks for the new tutorial. I have looked your stuff up and it has helped me in my filming. You are the best. Thanks for allll of your help
August 7th, 2010 @ 3:07 am
I was just wondering, AK, whether the propellers of the sub is gonna spin in the final cut. And would it be AE or 3DS MAX you will be using to achieve the effect if you would make them spin.
August 7th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm
great Andrew,
always we expect only good things from you, you are my a Hero of effects
I have question, why you don't integrate Maya with you lessons ?
August 7th, 2010 @ 1:32 pm
Already made a mock up of my own, not as good but its a first for me..

check it out, comment rate sub

paul holt
August 7th, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
yeah well I though this was a bit of a waste of time...but considering how much I learn here we can forgive you
August 9th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
good tip, now i know what to do in those granade situations!
August 10th, 2010 @ 1:58 am
Yo Andrew when are you going to bring us this tutorial we are all waiting its been 10 days and i come here each day and see if the tut is up anyway just please don't take another ten days cant wait.
Keep Up The Good Work As You Always Do.
August 10th, 2010 @ 2:09 am
And the weird think was that only a day before you posted this we was talking with a friend about implosions how they look like they are breathing and getting larger than they go like BOOOOM! Just was thinking of taking some dry ice and throwing it on the pool a pretty big one EXPLOSIONS IMPLOSIONS ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL.
As long your not close to them:P
August 10th, 2010 @ 3:43 am
good job! Andrew it legeng! =) and very much jest :D
August 10th, 2010 @ 8:16 am
good job andrew. you always do great things. congratulations
August 10th, 2010 @ 11:27 am
Hi Andrew, You're my vfx rollmodel and your tut are pretty nice and never seen before here. I am a 3d artist and I can work well with texturing and lighting too. If you like then I can help you in this tut....

Have a nice day....
Boaz Asaasira
August 11th, 2010 @ 2:20 am
Me love it,cool! man
August 11th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
looks great. as always
August 11th, 2010 @ 7:49 am
excellent, i'm working on a project with a few underwater shots. i'm still an amateur AE user so seeing how you do those light streaks coming down will be very useful.

thanks dude, you rock!
August 11th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
looks nice thank's andrew
August 11th, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
I can't waiting for it......
Daniel Amedoda
August 12th, 2010 @ 1:08 am
Looking good as always, will you add caustics to the final animation?
August 13th, 2010 @ 3:23 am
Hi all!! THANKS ANDREW! You're always SO INSPIRING!
I have translated the article you linked into Spanish, in case anyone wants to have a look, you have it here:

Thanks for sharing your skill with us, Andrew!
August 13th, 2010 @ 5:13 am
hi sir i think you must try this website for more effective result for underwater :http://max.cgcookie.com/2009/10/02/underwater-scene-exploration/

and for blast i thing you most see
infinity-design.com(3dmax blast tutorials)

good day sir
August 15th, 2010 @ 3:16 am
g r e a t ! ! ! !
Shrif Azmy
August 16th, 2010 @ 7:46 pm
waiting waiting waiting
such waiting is toooooooooooooooooooooo much
August 17th, 2010 @ 4:15 am
woooow it's very nice work.....
John Mark
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:34 am
i want this tutorial!!:)
August 17th, 2010 @ 10:48 am

That's fantastic! Someone else who spends their weekends thinking about underwater explosions too!

August 17th, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Can't.....wait.....any.....longer.....must....have.....tutorial........-eye twitches-
August 17th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
can't wait for this one. this one's gonna be very nice xd
August 17th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
this gonna be interesting!
September 1st, 2010 @ 7:23 am
good good very good
September 10th, 2010 @ 9:10 am
Extraordinaire! I am quite impressed!!!
February 25th, 2012 @ 3:46 am
That's cool! I've found some great submarine 3D models here - http://www.cgtrader.com/index.php?printable=0&gameready=0&cl=cg_search&find=submarine.
May 23rd, 2012 @ 4:33 am
I agree with Christy. http://www.cgtrader.com/Buy-3D-models.html here is a brilliant 3d models.
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