The Chase

If you haven’t watched our year-end blog show, I recommend you check that out first. We presented this Chase scene starring Tino as he attempts to outrun an elusive air craft. Watch it now with some behind the scenes coverage as well.

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One of the key shots involved a low-level aerial view from the craft. So we decided to try some helium balloons and a small HD camera. We used 2 separate kite strings to ‘control’ the position of the balloons and also as a safety mechanism, should one of the operators let go of the line. Worked pretty good, although it was more difficult to control than expected.

December 29th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
Hahahaha really good, I love it is as epic as you can get even when it's a toy, nice one Andrew!

By the way, what cameras did you use?
    December 30th, 2010 @ 8:42 pm
    very happy
    January 6th, 2011 @ 6:08 am
    Red one CAM
    January 6th, 2011 @ 1:24 pm
    Muito bem (very good) gosto muito do vc site the BEST
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
WooooHoooo !!!!
And Im senond :D:D:D
nice video andrew
    December 30th, 2010 @ 3:55 am
    Senod! yay...
    December 30th, 2010 @ 8:00 am
    actually its senond, that was great Sir i also would like to know the camera you used.
Karim Duncan
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
Thanks Andrew!
Cant wait to see the behind the scene
Matt Estrada
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
hahaa awesome! i was indeed very curious about this short! :D happy new year to everyone at VC!
Rodrigo Buczynski
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
Really Oweson, like all stuff VC does!!!:....
Best Regards and Happy New Year for Everyone!!!...
Daniel Holst
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
YAY!! third comment,,

nice, looks cool

happy new year everyone
    Makai Graham
    December 30th, 2010 @ 2:16 am
    your counting skills are quite impressive
December 29th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
I always wanted to do the balloon scene but never had the balls.
Kieran B
December 29th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
Wow amazing video Andrew! I love the motion graphics in the opening. Awesome touch...
Tim W
December 29th, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
Really Nice!
Without VideoCopilot After Effects would only be half as good as it is!
Happy new year to everybody who reads this :)
December 29th, 2010 @ 2:06 pm
You never fail to impress AK ;)
December 29th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Awesome vid.... Should the background not be a light grey or black as you watch the video.. Would make the contrast easier on the eyes.
December 29th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
Is this amazing, or is this amazing?
December 29th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm
Awesome... What about mounting a little cammera on the RC helicopter??? I have this pendend issue...
Peter Považan
December 29th, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
Great work! The balloons are the best xD
December 29th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm
Awesome video, can u release the title project file to the public AK. Ur the best xD
December 29th, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
Happy new year!
December 29th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
haha awesome happy new year btw from rob in england
December 29th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
nice work, and the title was sick!
Dennis G
December 29th, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
Love the behind the scenes footage. And the title sequence, hope you'll do a tutorial on it!

Thanks again mr Kramer!
December 29th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Look at you guys wearing your shorts and tshirts... it's so cold here in the Midwest! btw, love the title
paul holt
December 29th, 2010 @ 4:58 pm
LOL that looked like fun;interesting idea with the balloons

paul h OZ
December 29th, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
Loved it. Was amazing. Nice idea with the balloons. What camera was on the balloons. Was it a HD Go Pro. It's defiantly a good technique that would be better then spend a grand to by a helicopter. Have a happy new year, can't wait to see the newest work from Video Co pilot.
December 29th, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
wow really amaizing bro i like it
December 29th, 2010 @ 5:36 pm
I like the helium-filled balloons. Pretty cool. Great work!
December 29th, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
A real chase.Background music score match are simply great.i have one question y don't u choose apple mac computer for your tutorials production works?Is windows machine is better than mac?
December 29th, 2010 @ 6:28 pm
Mr Kramer that was too funny, awesome video.
December 29th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
really amaizing Mr Kramer looks cool
December 29th, 2010 @ 6:43 pm
lo miro ;)
primer en comentar de los que habla espñaol Coll
December 29th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
nice vid, why why through the whole vid was there a flashing square in the middle?
December 29th, 2010 @ 6:48 pm
lol...... :D
luv u guys......
this is for the whole vc team:
:* :* :* :* :*
December 29th, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
Happy new year!
December 29th, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
I am continually inspired by you!!! I love watching you on set because you look like the luckiest guy in the world doing a cool job that you love.

Great Stuff... More... More... More!!!
December 29th, 2010 @ 8:43 pm
Awesome and everything is perfect!
December 29th, 2010 @ 9:05 pm
Simply Awesome... way cool.
Disfruten el año nuevo (Enjoy the New Year)
De nuevo.. saludos desde Honduras (And again, greetings from Honduras)
December 29th, 2010 @ 9:10 pm
WOW ! Camcorder on the balloon. Very cool.
December 29th, 2010 @ 9:13 pm
Mr kramer, the best!
congratulatios from brazil ;)
December 29th, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

what's up andrew,,,,,
December 29th, 2010 @ 9:58 pm
So... Where's Martin Sheen?
December 29th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm
Very Nice work.
December 29th, 2010 @ 10:37 pm
Hey Andrew, was this shot a while ago, or did you get the idea to use a small HD camera from freddiew?
    December 31st, 2010 @ 6:57 am
    Freddiew didn't invented anything you know.
December 29th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
Haha I saw the Kite Strings on the Video :))
December 29th, 2010 @ 10:46 pm
Behind the scenes of this I've been waiting for it Thanks AK & Team
December 30th, 2010 @ 12:08 am
hey andrew,


I love you for your dedication on work. i have learnt a lot form your tutorials. thanks a lot

May this new year brings you a great success. God bless you.
December 30th, 2010 @ 1:08 am
U must post your video's op youtube!
December 30th, 2010 @ 1:30 am
really nice Andrew.what cameras did you use?
Chuck Tang
December 30th, 2010 @ 2:27 am
Haha, You are the man Andrew. I love it!
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:00 am
hahahahha!!! awesome!!

1 question..

what camera did you put on the balloon thing?
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:03 am
Haha.. balloons. Nice idea! We've got a RC helicopter with a moving camera head for these purposes.
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:39 am
Good one! :)
If would be great,if you would add some smoke to the falling helicopter.
Ayb from the Philippines
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:59 am
what the!! How did they make the chopper fly around!!!???
great job AK!!! Your the best!!! Happy New Year to the Community and to the rest of Video Copilot staff... :)
December 30th, 2010 @ 4:06 am
Now get a big script and make a full length movie....and from time to time in your movie you drop small after effects you are watching a real movie....and when some bigass effect come on get a pause and we get a small explenation on how to make that effect...and the movie goes further hehehe


rogier righART from Amsterdam (-:
Alexander G.
December 30th, 2010 @ 4:30 am
I have the exact same helicopter or rather gyrocopter. :)
December 30th, 2010 @ 4:39 am
haha nice video.."we are going down!"
December 30th, 2010 @ 5:28 am
Yeah the Fast Five (fast and furious 5) motion title :)
December 30th, 2010 @ 7:10 am
thanks for that brilliant idea :) i gonna use that 4 sure and btw nice lexus
December 30th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
Very nice movie :D i wouldnt have suspect it to be a toy :D :P

very very nice ;)
December 30th, 2010 @ 7:52 am
Good Title !
Nice sound effecting !
Best idea for camera !
Please make a tutorial (about sound effecting or ...) for christmas gift for Video Copilot guys. (December 31th)
December 30th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
very nice, guys! keep it up!
December 30th, 2010 @ 10:33 am
Reeeallly nice... I was like "OMG!! what's going after Tino!!" Then I saw the toy.. lol.. nice!!!
Peter Kreitner
December 30th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
the last??? :O come on! :D its greatttt!
December 30th, 2010 @ 10:50 am
Thanks for a great year Andrew. Keep blessing the world with your generousity, knowledge and talent. Wish you the best for the years to come!!!!! Blessings!!!!
December 30th, 2010 @ 11:42 am
Awesome! Please make a tutorial for that intro
December 30th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
Hi Andrew,
Just wanted to thank U for your great job!!! (U r very inspirational for many of us and thanks to U AfterFX is becoming a real fun to learn).

Happy New Year to U and everybody following this web-site!!!

Bless Andrew and everybody who share the Knowledge with passion as U do!!!
...Great staff!!!
December 30th, 2010 @ 12:51 pm
que camaras se utilizaron para el video Andrew ?
Ben Whiting
December 30th, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
What camera did you film with, your 7D? Because I noticed some skew, or does the RED skew also?
Numkam Kamga Brice
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:08 pm
fantastic that's all i can say! awesome like usual Maestro!
December 30th, 2010 @ 3:29 pm
This is what you need. They must to incorporate an HD camera

thanks Andrew
December 30th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm
I like your tutorials & some idea.
U are really going places.
Optical Flares is very easy to be used in my job.
And thanks for helping me about AE.
December 30th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
Your expression in the last shot pretty much says it all!
How many takes did it,,, um, take, to get the turning overhead shot. Looked great.
December 30th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
That's really cool. I definitely wasn't expecting the ending. haha You tutorials made me go from knowing nothing about After Effects to being quite good at it. In just a couple months. Thanks dude. Keep em comming!

Btw, that looks a lot like Lake Elsinore. =P
December 30th, 2010 @ 7:31 pm
Hey really it...
December 31st, 2010 @ 12:10 am
Nice work Andrew keep it up.
December 31st, 2010 @ 3:37 am
Andrew please check this link (And watch or download the short film):

This short film created by one man (Marek Denko).
The best short film forever !
Daniel Swan
December 31st, 2010 @ 5:09 am
this is really awsome,..
I had a great time listening and watching every tutorial,... love it so much,...

Hope you guys will have a Happy New Year...

December 31st, 2010 @ 6:07 am
thanks for every thing Andrew and good work may god bless u happy holidays may
December 31st, 2010 @ 7:49 am
Did you invent this idea ?

Really clever.
Paulo Adriano
December 31st, 2010 @ 8:12 am
December 31st, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
WOAH WOAH WOAH! I uploaded my first video titled "The Chase", so clearly you have stolen copyrighted material. Now I can either sue you guys or, you can send me one of your Optical Flares.... Your choice!
Ken Zautcke
December 31st, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
a killer way to end the year
December 31st, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
They are using RED ONE camera ;)
Javad Sedaghat
December 31st, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
thanks Andrew , you are number one ,That’s really cool
December 31st, 2010 @ 3:54 pm
I tried to post this on the holiday page, but was unable too. I just wanted say that I hope your christmas was great and that your new year is even better. Happy New year to the Kramer Family. God bless you all.
December 31st, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
Hey Andrew great vid very entertaining wondering if you could make a tutorial on how you did the intro for this because it looks amazing!
December 31st, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
Happy new year, I hope to see more great tutorials and products from you guys this year, as they are by far the best ones out there :)
I also hope that you had a wonderful christmas and a nice time celebrating the new year, that's all from me :D
December 31st, 2010 @ 8:52 pm
hey andrew im a big fan of your work i just want to make a request can you provide a tutorial how can i make a 3d text in blender and transfer it in after effects long live VC :)
January 1st, 2011 @ 1:49 am
It was interesting
We are waiting to surprise!!!
sunil thapa (nepal)
January 1st, 2011 @ 2:09 am
eager to watch some short movies of video copilot.....awesome.....
January 1st, 2011 @ 2:49 am
Wish you a very very happy new year.... Andrew
January 1st, 2011 @ 7:30 am
Happy New Year to everybody.
January 1st, 2011 @ 9:29 am
Why not put that cmera at bird..,it must greater than using balloon,
January 1st, 2011 @ 9:30 am
Why not put that cmera at bird..,it must greater than using balloon,
January 1st, 2011 @ 9:58 am
I’m guessing you used some sort of 3D software to do the title sequence? The letters look a bit too complicated to do in AE.
January 1st, 2011 @ 11:30 am
amazing work... love it.....
January 1st, 2011 @ 4:18 pm
Parrot Drone is weak. You could try something like this to lift a 7D with a stabilized gimbal:

Harder to learn than baloons though.
January 2nd, 2011 @ 1:13 am
How did you get the security camera look from the balloon cam?
January 2nd, 2011 @ 1:43 am
great video! keep em coming!

only one mistake that I noticed :P
the voice over says something like "he's now heading east!"
but then on his mirror the direction says north/northwest or something.

Anyways, keep up the great work and more tutorials!
January 2nd, 2011 @ 1:50 am
it's Nice work.
Happy new year to you, Andrew and your Family.
VideoCopilot Guys Happy New Year too. :D
January 2nd, 2011 @ 3:00 am
Cool Cheating...!!!!!
January 2nd, 2011 @ 3:36 am
this is super work
January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:50 am
Love the way intro text comes... really superb...
January 2nd, 2011 @ 8:42 am
Funny stuff :D Hey, great new year and i hope many new big tutorials. Whats about new products? Any in plan? Maybe a particle plug-in for AE made my Video Copilot?
January 2nd, 2011 @ 11:27 am
i love your tutorials....
i cant wait for another one
goodluck andrew
Kevin Strasser
January 2nd, 2011 @ 11:33 am
Hey, Andrew, I was wondering if you could help me. When I want to view your blogs and they open up on a new window, the page doesn't display anyhting. They're completely blank and a little icon at the bottom left says error. I don't know how to fix it. Is there some Flash Player I need to install to view the pages well?
January 2nd, 2011 @ 10:35 pm
Maybe good things in future:

New plug-ins (Dragon, Atom) - New product (Series Two) -
New tutorial (Tron Title) – New tutorial (Sound Effecting) -
New tutorial (Create Plug-in) – New tutorial (Axe) - …
January 3rd, 2011 @ 12:17 pm
WOW... intense, action packed, a nail biter, scary... I dropped my popcorn!
January 3rd, 2011 @ 2:10 pm
Master Andrew

Please let us know how you did a TRON video ;)

Greetings from Poland
January 3rd, 2011 @ 2:27 pm
"We're goin' down!!!" [little crunch] - LOL! LMAO!
That was AWESOME!

Brilliant idea with the balloons - we're thinking about getting one of the GoPro HD cams for work just like that with all types of odd riggings - I mean for $250 bucks even if we do break it at least it isn't one of our $3k cameras - lol.

Anyway - totally sweet :)
January 3rd, 2011 @ 3:49 pm
Hey whats up , Hammer Head here , bro i want to make a film i dont know how to edit ill give u money if u make a film for me with my choosen acters n story u can fix any amount for that n ill give before our film starts if ur agree than reply fast w8ng 4 ur answer buddy buh...bye!!!
January 3rd, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
Great !! but u need a handmade Steadicam :
January 3rd, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
looks cool its been a full on year. I just want to say if it wasnt for Andrew and all of VideoCopilot,i wouldnt of done what i have acheaved since i first discovered you guys.Just by you putting in 3d intergration with after effects it change my life and i started teaching myself more on 3ds max and ended up learning MAYA and doing my degree in 3d animation. So Thankyou..........
January 3rd, 2011 @ 10:01 pm
Awesome video and God Bless You.

fat chinese bre
January 4th, 2011 @ 5:18 am
lol ur barely drivin at 5 mph
January 5th, 2011 @ 6:03 am
January 5th, 2011 @ 9:51 am
Amazing andrew! I love the balloon idea! I think I will use it myself once!
January 5th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
Man!!!! Your good Bro where do i go to specialize myself on after effects I'm really looking forward to become part of that team
January 5th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Jolie bande son
Et bien sûr toujours drôle !
Continuez !!
January 5th, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
114.Tron Tutorial ;)
January 5th, 2011 @ 9:23 pm
hey Andrew nice work as always,
i wanted to share this with you

as you can see i used a lot of your resources, they are epic to work with, twitch is da bomb.
so i just thought id show what i came up with
my name is mohamad saleh i did the music and the animation.
happy new year man
January 5th, 2011 @ 11:48 pm
That intro text is lovely. Giggity. :-P
January 6th, 2011 @ 2:55 am
the filming process was very creative :P
January 6th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
In the First Shot you can see the cameraman in the mirror of the Car! Gooooooof !!! Got You!!! ;-)

Greetz from Germany!
January 6th, 2011 @ 6:37 pm
"Were going down" HAHAHA LOL :)
January 10th, 2011 @ 7:33 pm
i love your tutorials…
January 10th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
teach to us how to make the intro (ice exploding)
January 11th, 2011 @ 10:48 am
Hey !! Great work andrew !! but please can i one give a link to a tutorial for doing the same effect to the title !! thnx
January 11th, 2011 @ 6:09 pm
SWAT "multiplicity" was cool - even though you nicked it from Maschwitz's DV Rebel book.
April 24th, 2011 @ 11:42 am
Hey nice vid... funny!
I'm just curious as to how you managed to remove the balloon strings from the final. I'd love to see a tute on wire and rig removal!

April 26th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
Hey Andrew,

I was wondering. In your video, you have this effect on the camera that you put on the balloons. The camera effect that has all the thin lines in it. How did you make that effect? I've been looking all over for that effect, but I can't seem to find it.
May 26th, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
It's very good !!!! Hahaha
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