Old Clip

I found this old clip from our Action Essentials 2 film shoot. We used powerful air canons to create huge fireballs and I thought it was a good opportunity to run away from one in slow motion. Thanks to John and Ben for this candid moment.

And YES it is a REAL explosion, that’s why it looks fake! [Sound Fx added]

sasha strelnikoff
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
Nice Looks like fun
    December 2nd, 2010 @ 8:35 pm
    i think it's real, becouse the heat is bending the enviroment...of course it can be an effect too...who knows? XD
Thomas Morrell
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:41 pm
A born actor i see haha
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
well... the fire look lil fake
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
I'm still confused wether this is real or not.
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
Wasn't that a scene from the 1996 Baywatch christmas special?
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
You look like a real action hero, running away from some real action explosion. :-D
Thomas McDonald
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
i hate it when that happens
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Ironic, how real explosions look so fake.
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:53 pm
hehe :D - yes it looks fake!
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
That´s Fake! i´m sure you are using some materials from videocopilot...

is this on? oh...are we recording? ups...

Awesome job Andrew & Team! I´m including some dirt & smoke from Action 2K for motion graphics and it changes everything...more organic than Fractal Noise ;)
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
lol that was cool andrew
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
Excellent! More Please!
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
Gotta agree with Mark - total BayWatch run.....nice. Now all you need is the bathing suit and some "floatation" devices
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
cool guys dont look at explosions
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
I didn't know that real explosions looked so fake!
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
Haha, it did look fake compared to your explosion tutorial. Truth is stranger than fiction, I guess (whatever that means).
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
Wow, that looks incredibly fake.
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
I'm guessing this explosion came from the air cannon that Andrew and the guys used to film Action Essentials 2, so yes, it is real.
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
I've tried, but a different category, you feel the shock wave, you feel as if someone slapped hands and lightly jabbed with something sharp, it's a weird feeling
T. Sisson
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:18 pm
Must have been scary for you Andrew, and yet you kept such a happy expression. A true action hero always dons his most dazzling smile for explosion shots.
Dean Doll
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
The funny thing is, we've been so accustomed to the way crime scenes and action look in hollywood, when we see it in real life it doesn't look 'real.'
Leonardo Sonza
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
The real looks fake and the fake looks real(that reminds me of your Advanced Time Freeze Tutorial)
Wouldn't you give us lessons on how to run in slow motion? :)
T. Sisson
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
I agree, Hollywood's fake explosions make real explosions look fake and fake explosions look real because of the realness of Hollywood's fake explosions. I blame television.
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
It's Kramtastic.
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
Yeah this is definitely the Baywatch christmas special where the Hoff is visited by the ghost of christmas future and sees his (now 15 years old) son Hobie narrowly escape being blown up.
xylon johnson
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:28 pm
Cool guys don't look at explosions!

October 20th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
Wow, 2 post in just 1 day??? your amazing Andrew... lol
Pengy Girl
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
Were they a pair of "Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses" as sported by the famous Zaphod Beeblebrox??
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
Lol, "FISHPAY" is written on the rocks where the explosion it

Fishpay @

October 20th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
If only the music Chariots of Fire were in the background... Thanks VC team...and Andrew.
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:44 pm
It's fake but it's making some funny time I like it
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm
If this is Baywatch...
and Andrew is Hobie...
Then Sam Loya is Pamela? Holy sh...

Sadly, our eyes are just 12p, that´s whay hollywood explosions always seems BIGGER and...cool
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
I think that the sound of blast doesnt match with explosion, but funny :D
Peter Kreitner
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
what the... ? XD pretty cool! that's the MAN! XD
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
We're so used to movie explosions that we don't even realize what real explosions look like.
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Fake or not -- I like watching it!
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:33 pm
dear andrew....

WHEN can we get some awesome action sounds fx i would pay anyday for them..come on that are essential..and actiony...2..............but i noticed the nice sound fx you had in there
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
that face andrew that face .. lol
Gabriel F.
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:39 pm
Gustavo Giorgetti
What you mean by ''our eyes are just 12p''?
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
I love those behind the scenes blogs. Especially the ones with croma keying
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
Really fake... dislike
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:55 pm
You gotta start putting up more of these!
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
@ Heber

Did you even read the blog entry?
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
@ Gustavo Giorgetti
I believe there actually 21p.
October 20th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
I guess it's time to make all of my explosions from here on out look fake!

hahaha but nice video
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:56 pm
hahahaha Auto-glasses, you're awsome
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
hahaha I actually felt the explosion looked odd at first, and then thought it was well thought compositing. No wonder it's real.
If you're shooting in broad daylight, in the desert, you'll probably have a very closed f/stop (among other things) so as to not overexpose and that's why that kind of orange perfectly exposed color would be natural in an explosion, as opposed to a blown out explosion with a glare that may look cool but unreal (that may be true on a nighttime shot...).
A VFX compositor needs to know photography to do a good job. Also studying real footage or practical effects on films is useful.
Just like what happened with the shattered glass effect, people tend to suspect on any effect and think "hey that's 3-D! And that's AE! And that's been photoshopped!", etc.
Well, I wrote too much and wanna leave the PC. Hopefully I've made some sense.

Love your humor, man.
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:38 pm
so faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake! =P
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
Geez people are ignorant. Did you even READ the blog post, or just see an explosion and go "FAKE!"?
Leonardo Sonza
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:04 pm
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:09 pm
If great actors like you are being born........sam has got something MORE to worry about...... :P
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
Lol, jk, fun tho
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:27 pm
Andrew Kramer Rocks on DVD!!
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
@Gabriel F.
Our viewing system (eyes + brain) notices "fluid movement" from 10 fps. Anything below that looks scratchy and even shaking (if you take an old CRT and down the refresh time you will notice). When you increase the framerate, you begin to see more "realistic" things, like motion blur and the space between "blacks" gets shorter.

That´s why the cinema standard is at 24 fps, double the minimum.

But, don´t get confused with the 50/60 from the PAL/NTSC systems. Those were setted up that way because of the AC supply standards.

21 fps is at interlaced mode! ;)
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:43 pm
Hahah. Loving the humour AK.

Independence day...


You know what would be excellent? Coming to the UK to chat to the post production students at the new Ravensbourne Institute campus next to the O2 arena in Greenwich London.

October 20th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Take me to your leader
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:06 pm
I want this plug in
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
particles (debris) is not likely fly. bad
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
"And yes that is a real explosion which is why it looks fake"

So true aha.
Joe Lombard
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:33 pm
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:29 pm
Whatever happened to the short you were supposed to film with AE2 when it came out?
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:36 pm
I'm so sorry to inform you Andrew that my parents are gonna sue you.......fro making teaching me AE in such a wonderful way that i am 24x7 on your site.................
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:37 pm
because around explosion the rock is not have a light from the fire and not a rock is not breaking ... this is I think ^^
Gene Ween
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
Quick it looks like an Unknown Baldwin Brother escaping the Baldwin compound!
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
I don't get it?
Am I that dumb?
October 20th, 2010 @ 10:50 pm
I ABSOLUTELY NEED A PAIR OF THOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! please include them in the already cool enough video copilot apparel
Ron Albert
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:06 pm
hahahahahahahhahahahahah looks real ha!!!!!!
Ron Albert
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:07 pm
it has an refraction ha!!!!!!!!!
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm
i dint like that... :( its not what is expected from you andrew... :(, bu due to your past work, i can believe that you did it deliberately
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:39 pm
I think some people are over-thinking this a bit:)

It's not a visual effect, we just filmed it next to an Air Canon used to create Fireballs.
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
Yeah Andrew, we're the McGyver-generation, we where playing with -real- fire! :)
October 21st, 2010 @ 12:11 am
wow, looks great.
October 21st, 2010 @ 12:15 am
Nice work on the motion tracking man :D
i mean there's no way that could be real...
your standing way to close for a start...

and what do to you mean by 'because it looks fake its real".. interesting theory my friend hah :P
Anyways nice clip
October 21st, 2010 @ 12:17 am
You should be in this Andrew ;)

October 21st, 2010 @ 12:46 am
Nice Act Thanks
October 21st, 2010 @ 12:55 am
First thing i thought: "Cool Guys don't look at explosions" :D
October 21st, 2010 @ 1:45 am
you could definitely double David Hasselhoff!
October 21st, 2010 @ 1:53 am
haha...it's very fun...cool
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:42 am
The fire is 100 % Real....but the "Glass" particles scattering around is definitely VFX...

You did at least have a medic around while using that Air Canon of yours right?

If you didn't just get Tino to dress into a medic outfit next time to make it seem like you are safety cautious..hehe :D
Darren Doyle
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:44 am
in the first secton of that clip, you looked exactly like Lee Majors as Steve Austin in the 64 million Dollar Man!..only your more a 54 Million Dollar man lol...
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:55 am
amazing! but you need a more 1980-1990 like music :)
October 21st, 2010 @ 3:04 am
last time Andrew said it was a real explosion(in that Blast wave tutorial) it wasn't so it cant possibly be real this time....?
barry barrera
October 21st, 2010 @ 3:25 am
wow the real good thing is you didn't mess up your hair! haha, nice one Andrew!
October 21st, 2010 @ 3:32 am
fake or not Andrew was on a green screen a guess!!...:)
vinay mittal
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:02 am
hey andrew u r evere green, can u tell me which compressor r u used for final output in ae
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:05 am
so fake, that means it's real right :D
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:34 am
Hey! I was trying to hide that explosive charge...

No wonder it was missing when I returned from my trip to Spain.

No one was supposed to touch it! That's why I wrote my name there!

I'll get you for this, Kramer!!!!!!!

(and your little dog too)
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:43 am
I have to agree.. it looks fake. hahahaha
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:31 am
You look oddly like Steven Seagal.
October 21st, 2010 @ 7:50 am
hahhaha! what an epic simle at the last scene XD
October 21st, 2010 @ 9:28 am
the best tutorial i have ever seen.

just kidding, anyways like these kinda complicated stuffs.
October 21st, 2010 @ 10:21 am
Yes, but that smile looks shopped.
October 21st, 2010 @ 11:56 am
The background scene reminds me :

October 21st, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
Its like a taco, within a taco, inside a Taco Bell, that's in a KFC, that's inside a mall, that's within YOUR DREAM
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
Yes it's real, you can see the heat distortion, something that AK never did on VFX, at least not on VC.
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
Fishpaw haha thats awesome... plus i have been inthatsame spot
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
very facke abd basic :(
lee penant
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
man who smiles running away from an explosion, lol.
October 21st, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
HAHAHAHA, this is beautiful, a footage with contradictory cause, generate unique comments. Love that...
October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:25 am
I need to see Ben, John, and You recreating "Cool guys don't look at explosions!"
October 22nd, 2010 @ 2:19 am
Yea that would be cool...
October 24th, 2010 @ 11:02 pm
How could anyone pass up an opportunity to run from in explosion in slow motion?
October 25th, 2010 @ 11:48 am
An Oscar nomination for Mr. Kramer for that performance!
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