So I posted an old out-take from some old footage and there were a few people that didn’t believe the shot was real (possibly because our Failed BlogShow Video).

Well to fair, I may have been tricky with the way I cropped the original shots… so here is the full un-cropped shot that clearly show the Air Canon in the background. Of course some people say “Don’t believe anything your read”, I say “Don’t believe anything you see”.

But in this case… believe what you want. The truth is out there.

Original Video

October 21st, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
There we go! consider it a compliment to your work that people considered a genuine explosion to be your effect work!
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
It should've been the HELL to mark that explosion out.
Jack Howard
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
You make Jean Claude van Damme look like Little Miss Muffet. Awesome stuffs!
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:42 pm
Thats why you need to continue the blogshow video!
João Felipe
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
YAY! Finally get the oportunity to be the 5th guy commenting... by the way, great stuff!
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
it's defiantly hard to see whether the cropped shot has real fire in it. of course we can now all see this is indeed real..

Great work Andrew and team!

~Huttersvuur|Pyro entertainment
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:07 pm
Pretty crazy to step through that frame by frame. It looks like it pumps out a burst of gas which distorts the air and then looks like the air just ignites itself rather than a burst of flame emanating from the cannon.
Aegis Kleais
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:12 pm
You can't fool us.

This isn't the un-cropped version. This is more TOMFOOLERY on your part, Mr. Kramer!

You digitally added more scene and the canon! For shaaaame... trickster that you are.
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
Why does the first explosion looks fake but not the second one?
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
This has become a UFO case :D
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
Ha ha. It goes to show that many of the know-alls who are so quick off the mark with their criticisms need to think a little before shooting off. ;-)
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:01 pm
How did you pull a matte off this? Did you use the SKY? There doesn't seem to be any sort of screen!
Leonardo Sonza
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
I always believed you :)
ok.... i may have some doubts sometimes... well, nevermind!
Leonardo Sonza
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
I always believed you :)
ok.... i may have some doubts sometimes... well, nevermind!
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
run crazy little man run!!!
Anthony Herrington
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
Fake... VFX trolls xD
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:24 pm
cool guys dont look at explosions
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

Looked real to me because it looked poorly composited, something never done by you ;)
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:40 pm
lol oh no the X-files is the truth, X3 love your tutorials keep doing what you do.
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
hey i don care it real or not but if u say its real i think its real cuz of in the end of clip when u have some crazy look sunglasses there i saw some wood stuff in air
i dont know u can do anything u want but i think its real cuz of u :D

hey what the .... is the fishpaw?
fishpaw ha ha ha
ramez ismail
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
i am sure its fake bro coz the fire have fade in bro
but u r great master and thank u for everything u do
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
ha ha ha... In your first shot, the fire has debris coming out with it. In the replay shot, there is no dirt debris.
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:31 pm
MAGRUBER!!!! :D nice job Andrew
paul holt
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:33 pm
"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:35 pm
Its two separate shots? I thought Sam just threw you a pair of shades really quick and it landed on your face while he exploded off screen.
ramez ismail
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:42 pm
lol its fake i think sam just want to learn and u give hem old clip to make some test
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:43 pm
Ooo yeahh! Halloween time, that's why you trying to fool us:))))))it is doesn't look real man!!:))we know you!
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:02 pm
Hahaha. If he says it's real... it's probably real. I personally think it's like the 3D glass pan shot... it looked a little "fake" but was total real... And an air cannon can actually make it look like that. It's not really burning anything, so that explains the limited smoke... The only thing I would ask andrew is how did you have the exposure set correctly? Even with such a bright scene, fire is usally way brighter and your white clip didn't do much compressing. This is a serious question. :) Thanks.
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
It's 2 separate shots... Notice the sunglasses... We filled some charges with debris.
Colin Milhaupt
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
Nice!! Didn't believe it one the first shot, but this is AMAZING!!!!
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:48 pm
This is easier than After FXs

New composition>
Create a New solid>
Insert some footage>


just kidding,

After FX rules !!!!
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:50 pm
Hey!! You like the X files too?
October 21st, 2010 @ 9:10 pm
What if the canon in the background was placed there just like the new Magic Tracking Tutorial and placed the explosion there to make it look like its the canon creating the fire ball. Lol just a thought. I Love this site.
Ben Klein
October 21st, 2010 @ 10:39 pm
Nice 3d rigging, it looks like that guy is actually real.
October 21st, 2010 @ 10:59 pm
@ lostpanda - now that you mention it, the background does look a little like area 51.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:14 am
Well he is not from earth. Haven't you guys noticed. He's from krypton or somethin'.hehe
cheers AK!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:35 am
"It's a trap!"
-Admiral Ackbar
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:21 am
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:50 am
wait, whats this? frame by frame may confirm Andrew Kramer is actually legendary badass Duke Nukem?!

it all makes sense now...
October 22nd, 2010 @ 2:05 am
It looked real.
But to tell the truth, the debris falling from the explotion weren't so believable so it ruined the first shot.
But that was an old footage...

From israel:)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 2:28 am
Haha :) It still looks FAKE as Paris Hilton :) But I believe it is not fake at all... You know that in 1969. they were shooting high budget movie in Yugoslavia with Yul Brynner, Orson Welles etc. Anyway, they had to destroy a big bridge in one scene. So they built actual expensive bridge only to destroy it. However it looked very fake. So they repeated shot on a small scaled model, and kept that shot instead because it was more convincing. So... :)
Alex Tollin
October 22nd, 2010 @ 2:50 am
Hey Andrew, just found a music video that uses Optical Flares! (Or atleast I think it is)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 2:57 am
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA XFILES THEME SONG!!! Andrew you crack me up!! :D :D :D Well I believe that your really did blow stuff up and almost lose your eyebrows :D
October 22nd, 2010 @ 3:04 am
...thinking more about this I came to conclusion that it is not important at all how it was made. Is it really fake or not... it is important only how does it looks.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 5:42 am
with or without cropping, you're still an amazing action film actor ;)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 6:31 am
guy, It looks fake , so it has to be real!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 6:32 am
*supposed to say "guys", sry for doublepost, but hey I really think its real cause it looks so... rough..
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:07 am
Still cropped! Your face is missing.
Art G.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:14 am
Can you provide a tutorial on how to make that "air canon" next? :)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:14 am
You've miss spelt 'you'

But it's good to see the footage anyways!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:19 am
Ah well, you are so good at After effects, you could easily have putted it in there.
Still fake! :-P
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:56 am
seriously why are you doubting it? :/ does Andrew really have any reason to claim it's real, if it isn't?
October 22nd, 2010 @ 8:01 am
Hahahaha Cool man!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 8:11 am
October 22nd, 2010 @ 8:29 am
lol.. awesome. I would love to know how you pulled the matte. I just took my rifle out to get some shots of bullet hits, debris and such but had to use a blue screen. Mostly because I have no idea how else to do it. Colorama maybe? Would love to know.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 8:32 am
"It´s a trap!"

Monsieur Ackbar (former Admiral)

Nate Ellis
October 22nd, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Oh Andrew, so corner pin mocha tracking. It's now everyone's job to take what you've taught us and re-create the Andrew Kramer Million Dollar Man explosion run.

P.S.: Big Fan,thanks for all you do.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 9:31 am
Tarrizz: You talking to me?
If that is the case: I was joking. It was an obvious joke. ;)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 9:58 am
I choose to believe that Andrew Does not exist. Therefore I can live a normal life and go about my own daily routine.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 10:03 am
Hey guys watch my litle litle short of some videocopilot stuff i make greets from holland
October 22nd, 2010 @ 10:05 am
(btw, its caps lock day) ;)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 10:49 am
middle east case
October 22nd, 2010 @ 11:49 am
LMFAOO!!! I love that line right there. The truth is out there. and the link is to X files theme song LMFAO!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
Well Andrew, after all this time, it seems you have a little Jackie Chan in you.
Liess Jemai
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
haha ! :-D
oh andrew, you bring me everytime to laugh :D

the truth is out "there" ... and the x files theme song :D
October 22nd, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
Even more faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake! Haha, jk =P
October 22nd, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
Wow Vladimir,
Loved your story about the bridge. Life is full of ironies.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

epic win. keep up the good work ;)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 6:54 pm
Hi Andrew if this shot is real, would lover to see more stuff like this shot in the desert with real rock backgrounds . Hell I'd be interested in the out takes un matted , Ones mans rubbish is anothers gold.
They give good clues to the interaction of transparency with backgrounds.
The sunglasses are pushing it here not Wayfarers it must be faked:)
October 22nd, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
Okay........I believe you ;D
October 23rd, 2010 @ 1:29 am
I saw Andrew Kramer run away from explosions with the X-Files Theme playing in the background, my life is now complete.
October 23rd, 2010 @ 1:55 am
you should have filled the canon with fish to match the tag in the bg LOL maybe a raining fish tutorial. only joking. any chance of a decent explanation of the graph editor for keyframes as they always seem a little odd. trial and error for me.
October 23rd, 2010 @ 3:35 am
haha this is so fake, check out the black part in botom of explosions he forget to delete. haha good one

bbtw, andrew, when next tutorial comeing?
Jack the Reaper
October 23rd, 2010 @ 3:46 am
What? No recoil on the cannon? Sorry but even the supposedly "real" version has some flaws that need fixing :)
October 23rd, 2010 @ 5:41 pm
Who's to say the air cannon wasn't composited in? The truth is indeed out there.
October 23rd, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
Come on Andrew! Show them the true.
I´ve noticed that you´ve deleted some frames from the original shot...but, i´ve recovered the full sequence using a complex frame blending process hidden at Windows Movie Maker...and here is the resulting frame:

PD: What Koopa did this time?
October 23rd, 2010 @ 10:49 pm
I BELIEVE.......
October 23rd, 2010 @ 11:03 pm
jaja you are fat jajaja nice explotion!
October 24th, 2010 @ 4:43 pm
Why u Smile :D and i fell it need something to make i real something dark
October 24th, 2010 @ 11:03 pm
Haha awesome! Where do you get those cannons?
October 25th, 2010 @ 7:58 am
i still belive it's fake ;-)
October 26th, 2010 @ 1:10 am
Baywatch with fire? You are a genius!
October 26th, 2010 @ 7:51 am
it's still not real. A nice rotobrush demo I would say.
hi iH
October 26th, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
it is real if you guys belileve me. HHAHAHA
October 26th, 2010 @ 8:16 pm
Andrew must be really upset for taking the time to show us that was real! I belive you man!
October 27th, 2010 @ 8:27 am
andrew!, you taught us vfx. you can never trick us now!! HA HA!! :D.

whatever you do,,, U ROCK!!
greetings from Sri Lanka ;)
October 28th, 2010 @ 9:15 am
Ha haaaaaa......... I will Agree with Githanjana........ :D

Whatever "You are the man"

Another Greeting From Sri lanka :)
December 1st, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
well i still dont believe its real, according to the fire colour, its like ur fire is on screen mood, and the dirt or whatever came out with the fire is way faster than the shooting speed ....... :)
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
hello dear andrew your tutorial is complex and more useful for us can u make a tutorial that how picture in this video move with frames and then hide at the same time with music
December 19th, 2010 @ 10:37 pm
Ironically enough, I think its funny that while you write "The original uncropped shot," you cropped off your face which was visible in the other one. ;P
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