Swat Scene with No VFX

Here is the recent swat scene without any visual effects or green color timing! Might help people understand how we setup certain shots and get some ideas on the workflow. These 2 guys actually seem a little more precise…

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October 14th, 2010 @ 5:23 pm
Thank you for your insight knowledge
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:23 pm
WOW. very nice. I can't believe you pulled this off!
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Oh man, as always, amazing
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Fabulous dudee...keep dem keepin
Michael J. Arbouet
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Can't wait to see how you pulled this off! Nice!!!
Hicham Bazzi
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
Great work Andrew
Richard Aparicio
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
Why are you always picking on Sam?
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
locked camera indeed. Good stuff, should be a nice straightforward tutorial!
Danny Loredo
October 14th, 2010 @ 5:54 pm
what camcorder do you use?
October 14th, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
Did you use the wiggler or is all that camera shake done by hand?
October 14th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm
@ Danny
Wouldn't be surprised if it was the 7d. Camcorders are kinda getting pushed aside nowadays for the high end dslrs.
October 14th, 2010 @ 6:21 pm
Incredible work! Can't wait to try out the roto brush when I get CS5. Even the title is cool! Maybe a tutorial for the title as well?
October 14th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Great work! Can´t wait for the tutorial.
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:01 pm
NICE! You should post this kind of videos more often! The behind the scenes, how you get rid of production problems, tips, etc. Really great idea! As always!
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:01 pm
All because Sam did not wash his hands! Good hygienes Sam...
matthew Park
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:07 pm
Simply amazing.
Han Solo
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:14 pm
ITS OFFICIAL - You have the COOLEST job in the world.
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
plese tell me how you make colour like that...its very cool
bob of bobs
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
Whenever you figure out a complex scene and it comes out awesomely, do you finish and yell out "I am a genius! I am the smartest man alive! All others bow before me!" to yourself? I do.
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:33 pm
The shot that pans to the left to reveal more SWAT guys is really well set-up. The pan is seamless.

Splicing the composited shots (with 2+ actors) with close-up shots where the camera moves really adds to the realism.
October 14th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
nicely done but theres no way thats real, taking out the muzzle flashes from the gun. . . by the way, hows sam doing? being shot in the chest sometimes hurts . . . :P
Some Guy
October 14th, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
Andrew, could you show us both versions side-by-side or at least let us download the final version, please. It's not urgent but would be cool. :)
October 14th, 2010 @ 8:36 pm
Andrew, you are amazing, fill us in on the Feature Film that you are working on.
October 14th, 2010 @ 9:24 pm
Very Cool. That actually helps quite a bit for how you did a couple of things. Yes, the camera pan at 21sec mark was flawless and very organic. Love it! Thanks for sharing this.
October 14th, 2010 @ 9:26 pm
Hi from New Zealand!
That is awesome! Great work keep it coming. You so need to make a tut for this I would love it! I'm in to making action short films so this should help with my understanding of what is possible. Anyway I love your work!
October 14th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
Man! you are awesome!!!
October 14th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
*LOL* very pathos video xD
October 14th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
Awesome Andrew, really was impressive.
October 14th, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
Nice job Andrew u inspire us
October 14th, 2010 @ 11:46 pm
please don t kill sam every time you use him... (>_<)

as usual, great video, ありがとう!
October 15th, 2010 @ 12:01 am
wow its best you are the best !!!!!!!
October 15th, 2010 @ 12:42 am
This is cool seeing it without out the effect. But I now notice that one with the effects, at the pan shot you can see like two boxes were the masks overlaps on the right side at about 21 seconds. Still cool looking though!
October 15th, 2010 @ 12:46 am
What audio-composition plays here??

Andrew, it's very-very cool stuff!!)))

Thsnks from Russia)
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:27 am
Poor Sam... :-)
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:35 am
Are we allowed to use any of the VC videos to try out our own color grading looks?
Morten Enoksen
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:50 am
Nice! I kinda get the idea : ) I did something similar here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGVbQuw44WU
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:51 am
So how many takes did you guys have before having a perfect shot?
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:17 am
I was waiting for this.. I was abt to ask for this non fx video.. Thanq
October 15th, 2010 @ 2:39 am
The music was great!! what's the name of that??
October 15th, 2010 @ 2:47 am
I like it more without VFX...
October 15th, 2010 @ 2:58 am
Shoot...they just shot Sam....no way...i want to see the full thing...i'm curious now about the end..:)) Looking great Adrew...thanks for sharing it with us.
mark somerville
October 15th, 2010 @ 3:16 am
Great video. I look forward to you showing us how to add the other characters in. Andrew can you make a video whereby Sam comes at on top. Be nice to see Sam win once.
October 15th, 2010 @ 3:44 am
Interesting, I just noticed, in the raw footage there are actually no bullets coming out of the rifles:D:D:D:D:D
October 15th, 2010 @ 3:48 am
This is a very useful effect and a good help, yet I think having some before and after shots would do the purpose of this video more justice.
October 15th, 2010 @ 4:50 am
So I guessed it, there were no hand-held shots in the entire video. The shake was kinda repetitive and generic :)
October 15th, 2010 @ 5:52 am
When will this Tutorial be posted?
October 15th, 2010 @ 5:53 am
A swat team will never walk like the shown sceen into a garage. We don`t talk, thats right... we talk with our hands (hand signals) and... we are much much faster... and we are using anytime every opportunity to get out of the line of fire or friendly fire!!! And... when we see our opponent, we have to talk to him loud and clear, Example: POLICE... FREEZ... DOWN ON THE KNEE... and... when there is no other possibility... we shoot... But... there was a possibility to take Sam without hurting him. The Moment was, when he opens the door... at this moment two Swat Officer would bring him down... hard and uncompromising... cause he has a gun and we know this... When he is fixed on the ground (cuffs) another officer will tell him his rights! Andrew... if you want a real fast and ultrahard Swat Team for making a film like yours with a lot of more hard action, call us!!! international call: 00497732959363, we are not expensiv... and when the luck is with you, we are on holiday in the US.
Greetings Team Apix Germany - Hoffmeister -
October 15th, 2010 @ 6:14 am
Love it! Besides the fact that long barrel assault rifles are rubbish, usability wise, for a SWAT team. But hey, its hard to say 'no' to big guns. ;-)
October 15th, 2010 @ 6:33 am
incredible. I want a tutorial very bad on this. This seems like it could be fairly simple, but I have no knowledge of the techniques.
October 15th, 2010 @ 6:42 am
Which camera did you use? 7D, JVC, or RED? Great DOF and camera shake. Truly, art in it's finest.
October 15th, 2010 @ 6:52 am
I just try to write word GooD but the videocopilot sends me a message : Error: Your comment is too short. Please try to say something useful. I don't know... :)
October 15th, 2010 @ 7:41 am
Great work!
I can´t wait for the tutorial and see how you do this.
I love you Andrew
October 15th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
I understand quite well the method used for everything related to shots filmed by a fixed camera. But I must say that plans filmed by an unstable camera intrigues me !
October 15th, 2010 @ 7:55 am
Great work, Andrew.
Just a question. What FX have you used to make Sam so thin?
October 15th, 2010 @ 8:26 am
GREAT ANDREW, nice sequence, color correction and compositing, great tracking.
October 15th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
Here is a music video I made using Rotobrush.
There are only two actors/musicians in the whole thing.
Can you tell where the Rotobrush was used?
October 15th, 2010 @ 9:38 am
Looking forward to the tutorial!
October 15th, 2010 @ 10:15 am

October 15th, 2010 @ 10:19 am
Thank You SIR!!!
October 15th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
It makes perfect sense Andrew!
October 15th, 2010 @ 11:35 am
what kind of camcoder you had used
Ken Zautcke
October 15th, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Sweet love this technique and can't wait for the tut. Also the audio has the right amount of tension to sell. Maybe you want to talk about that as well as maybe some new product to go with the suspense of XXX out Sam
October 15th, 2010 @ 12:53 pm
Is that a mirror in the bottom right corner @14 sec into the video? In the other version I noticed the legs of that one guy dissappearing, but I figured maybe it was just a tiny slip up with the masking. However this is the unedited version, which means no masking, and it still happens. How come?

Very cool video by the way! I'm looking forward to seeing some CS5 tutorials. I don't have cs5 myself, but the tools in there are amazing and I can't wait to see what you can come up with!
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
Everyone can complain about tactics used in videos. You put a movie in a room with five guys with either a law enforcement or military background and they'll pick it apart. I know because I've been a SWAT sniper for 3 years now.

For the most part all the above works. You can leave the imagination to consider that they don't have backup or anything else.

The only thing that I caught was the one scene with the taller actor having a handgun. 2 seconds before he has a rifle then the scene directly after, he has a rifle again.

Aside from that, the video is a great tool - Thanks! As opposed to the guy, if you need any reference for tactics or props, I'll help in anyway I can... no charge.
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
i would have never believed it :P
October 15th, 2010 @ 1:36 pm
Great color correction AWESOME
October 15th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
I am really grateful towards you , Andrew. I’m a rookie Movie maker.. and you help me making my dreams come closer ..

The Most thing I really regret is that I download your Products + Tutorials illegally … I am really sorry and I know this is not the right way of saying Thanks, but what to do .. I am a 16 years old Teenager .. and I haven’t got 100$ to spend on sound effects … I hope you read this message and understand it … Thank You ..
October 15th, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
Where do you get your actors and costumes/props at Andrew? If they're friends, they are pretty good.
October 15th, 2010 @ 3:43 pm
i guess andrew is kidding us all, he filmed it with 10 actors and cut the other 8 guys out in this video :O
October 15th, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
Hey Andrew, you still using a Canon 7D ?
October 15th, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
Hey guys do not criticize the technical parts of a swat operation. This is only an example to show FX. Not to see if they take either their arms or walk as it should be a swat team. What interests us is how to apply this technique in After Effects. Great work Andrew
October 15th, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
Hi Andrew, I was just wondering where and how did you get those guns!!? Im trying so hard to find!

October 16th, 2010 @ 1:00 am
October 16th, 2010 @ 1:00 am
October 16th, 2010 @ 1:01 am
October 16th, 2010 @ 4:32 am
Mr Kramer, Where can I watch your movies or the list of your movies.
October 16th, 2010 @ 5:12 am
I want a tutorial
October 16th, 2010 @ 6:32 am
Thanks for the raw video footage Andrew, it looks professional!
See you among Hollywood film makers ;) why not :p
October 16th, 2010 @ 7:30 am
Nice footage! What type of cam do you use?
October 16th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
Very Niiiccceee ...

What camera did you use for the shoot ...
and also .. what's your take on the Canon 5D MK II and/or the 7D for shooting ... I'm asking because I'm about to get one of them and I havent been able to make up my mind for 5 weeks now ...
this is so crazyyyyy
October 16th, 2010 @ 10:09 am
every time is better keep that level of tus my friend AK
October 16th, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
Hey Andrew.
I would like to ask smthing, where did get those suits and guns?

Look like they original swat suits and some real weapons.
Is it legal to buy replicas of those weapons without having any license?

Any idea?
October 16th, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
I (and i think other people as well) would be grateful if you would make a tutorial about color correction , how`s the best way to get a certain look from your shot, from within the AE or Premiere Pro/Final Cut color corection plugins, i know there`s RedGiant`s Magic Bullet looks out there but that`s kinda expensive and very CPU intense plugin, it would be lovely if you would make a a tutorial on how to get certain moods by color correcting.
Fly vince
October 16th, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
Hey Andrew i have just seen the movie "never surrender" theres a lot of your vfx for the intro and songs of sound designer! It s a great promo for your website and product!
You are the boss Man.
Marçal Solé
October 16th, 2010 @ 8:04 pm
Thanks Andrew... Seeing the final result of a scene is always scaring for inspiring filmmakers but seeing the raw material helps a lot.
October 16th, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
Nice Work, as always. Thanks Andrew.
October 16th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
Hi Andrew! can you please tell me what kind of camera u use to shoot this video?

October 17th, 2010 @ 3:24 am
Very nice work ...
I hope that there will be a demonstration of the process studied??
October 17th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
Hi everbody.
Hello people...

Watch these videos I created and Please if you love your religion rate and comment and I will appreciate it.





October 17th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
Looks like ground war to me !
October 17th, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
Hi guys. Nice video. But if you notice, on the final version, at 22 seconds when the camera pans, if you pause the video you will see how he did. I think i feathered the layer because you can see on the shelf that there are 2 boxes and above the boxes you can see it even better (compare with the raw footage). I hope andrew can fix this. But still is a great scene!
October 17th, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
great stuff,i wld like to request for a weather essential with stuff like rain,wild the desert,thunder etc..pliz andrew do is for us..from Tanzania
October 17th, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Awesome camera... footage looks great. Check out this 3D animation I found online.. uses VCP audio! (From Pro Scores I think)
October 17th, 2010 @ 11:24 pm
You are AMAZING Andrew, I really love your work and you MUST work at hollywood.

I don't know what to say, you are far more than anything I can say!

One Of The Best Websites Ever!
October 18th, 2010 @ 4:26 am

I think it turned out pretty well. :)
October 18th, 2010 @ 7:07 am
Hi Andrew . Tank You . Very nice work . I am Working Special Effect In Iran .
October 18th, 2010 @ 7:11 am
Hi Andrew . I Have Problem In Work Trapcode Particular Plugin . I Want Make One Ghost . Help Me
October 18th, 2010 @ 9:31 am
Great work Andrew, i hope you will add some cool after effects instalations and make it Super. BTW the sound was great but I did't like the toilet flash sound.. Keep teaching as Master of After Effects!!!
October 18th, 2010 @ 10:26 am
The Video was great, could be more realistic with the SWAT entry...
October 18th, 2010 @ 6:33 pm
Hi I have a lot of mystery to your site and training was great thanks I'm still learning the car being left Teach me goodbye
Read phonetically
October 18th, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
As this is a tutorial on special effects technique, I think that a few people are missing the point by attempting to divert the topic towards special forces technique.

Any talk about special forces operations, procedure and weaponry only serves to distract us fm the real topic at hand.

Well done, looking forward to the tutorial.
October 19th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
Can't Sam make it through ONE tutorial vid?! How much did you have to work with the SWAT actors to get the guns to shake right? Some actors just can't mimic gunfire...
Bradley Bell
October 20th, 2010 @ 3:42 am
Nice, muzzle flashes were out too much for my liking, they seemed to sharp.
Alberto Garcia
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
October 31st, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
What ever happened to this TUT?
November 16th, 2010 @ 7:03 pm
So the tutorial?
November 17th, 2010 @ 3:37 am
Yes man!!!....Now l know hwo killed Sam)))
Joshua Carey
November 26th, 2010 @ 3:29 am
There appears to be a part where he switches to a pistol and back to a rifle oO strange lol.
Joshua Carey
November 26th, 2010 @ 3:31 am
I see by looking at the final cut that it makes a little more sense, my apologies o.o
December 2nd, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
hehehehe =)
The terrorist is so bravee =) what a behaviour with a glock against of machine guns =)

cooool videooo ,)
December 28th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
can you give a downloadable version with ALL the files so you can do your edit your own version?
January 10th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
PLEASE reply..One of my favorite websites keep up the good work...Hey guys I have a problem in the action assentials 2 pack when i drag things into after effects it doesnt automatically get rid of the black..I know to switch it to screen but when i do that it tends to make things like the bullet shells transparent and look alot less realistic..whats goin on?
March 2nd, 2011 @ 6:22 am
Hey Andrew,

I wonder how you did to simulate a handheld shooting from a tripod rushes. I already saw your camera shake tutorial but i never could obtain the same results as you in search and destroy short. Can you please help me with this

Thanks in advance

Bill from Montreal
    March 2nd, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
    Hey what's up...
    Finally the Aftershake preset did the trick. Thanks a bunch.
jewel caspi
May 19th, 2011 @ 7:12 am
hi andrew kramer,
i'v been watchig lately in your swat video wich is incredible and i wanted to know if you can explain or show a video guide of how you blended the layers', i mean how exactly did you make two people to a whole swat team.
im making a similar thing in a project to my school and iwondered if you can help me
please try to answer me soon as you can
thank you so much
jewel caspi
July 27th, 2011 @ 3:35 pm
where i can get guns like those?? please
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