Menu Design

So I’ve been working on this exciting new project that I’ll be talking about more later but I wanted to share some work I did on this recently. The idea for the menu was to make the table come under a dark spell once a button is pushed. This included adding wind and blowing the pages of the book open.

There were some interesting challenges and I can’t wait to show you all our behind the scenes work. Until then, check out this sample video and see if you can spot any Easter eggs…

Sample Video

Hazem Khadash
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:39 pm
COOOL :D Kepp it up man!! ;)
love VCP!
    February 10th, 2011 @ 7:31 pm
    easter eggs? i think you have to manually blow the candles out...ak used a wind resistant candle...nice work..hope to see the tuts asap..
    February 11th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
    as always a awesome bit of editing andrew :d
    February 12th, 2011 @ 1:59 am
    Very cool - great work - tutorial :-)?
    February 13th, 2011 @ 10:53 pm
    have you used twitch??
    February 17th, 2011 @ 2:46 pm
    An Easter egg is something interesting that is hidden. One, for example, is the Polaroid of Sam from the Demon Face Warp tutorial.
    February 19th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm
    heyy Andrew ^^do u make a tutorial to make this dvd menu ^^?
    please ^^
Zachary O’Connor
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm
Very cool! Love you work Andrew!
    February 16th, 2011 @ 11:33 pm
    Yeah, Andrew's great! Take a look! I've been inspired since the first ten VCP-tutorials :)
    February 21st, 2011 @ 7:25 am
    great! really great done, I enjoyed those 2mins
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm
Cool! I love it!
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:42 pm
Sam's face on the photo. How much of this was done in After Effects, and how much in 3DS?
    February 9th, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
    I guess the colorgrading aswell as some photoshopping? check me out :) I've been pshopping and aeing for years!
    becky fryer
    February 10th, 2011 @ 4:27 am
    "Sams face on the photo. How much of this was done in After Effects, and how much in 3DS?"

    I suspect that Sam's face is real, but I might be wrong you'll have to ask the Sam himself. ;)

    becky fryer
    February 10th, 2011 @ 4:29 am
    Sams face on the photo. How much of this was done in After Effects, and how much in 3DS? -

    I suspect that Sam's face is real, although I might be wrong you'll have to ask Sam. ;) lol

    February 10th, 2011 @ 4:31 am
    I suspect that Sam has a real face, but I might be wrong about that you have to ask Sam himself.
    February 10th, 2011 @ 6:40 am
    That's a screen grab from another tutorial:
    February 10th, 2011 @ 8:58 am
    Like Eric said, it's from another tutorial here on VC. Come on guys you should know that as VC-fans;-)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
    Nice site Martin!
    and looks like a cool tutorial. in a way it looks like something I am making for a documentary :

    looking forward to it.
    Oliver Andersen
    February 13th, 2011 @ 12:21 am
    Its called 3Ds studio max, 3DS is the new nintendo coming out:)
    February 13th, 2011 @ 10:58 pm
    it is a real footage taken in studio then little use of twitch and action essential 2
    February 20th, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
    @Oliver, if you said 3DS studio max, that expands to 3 D studio studio max, its like saying ATM machine where the m stands for machine already...
    February 23rd, 2011 @ 3:43 am
    yeah its not 3Ds Studio Max it's 3D Studio Max or as most people call it 3Ds Max...
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:43 pm
This is awesome!! I love all the menu tutorials....keep up the good work.
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:45 pm
OMG! I need that book thing for a title I'm working on! I hope you make a tutorial! Your the man AK!
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:45 pm
Hey this looks great!
does this mean we can expect more 3D tutorials!
because that's cool with me!
    February 9th, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
    Second that!
    February 12th, 2011 @ 4:54 am
    That'd be awesome :D
    February 24th, 2011 @ 4:39 am
    seconding the seconding that... C4D perhaps?
    i see the Demon Sam, and is that the exploding submarine too?
sasha strelnikoff
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:46 pm
I really like the glass ball
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm
Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing =D
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm
Epic! I'd love to find out what went into creating that
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
Is this going to be a 3Ds MAX tutorial or just AE with nicely shot footage? Thanks Andrew :D
Sergio Jr
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
Is this really? hahaha Cool!
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
Awesome! :) What did you use for the flame? Some kind of 3ds max plugin or stock footage?
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:54 pm
Ha! Sam's demon face! Nice work. Looking forward to the behind the scenes.
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
I like it. Great job!
February 9th, 2011 @ 1:57 pm
I expected something lame what i would make with it, but this was hundred times more awesome :D
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
ita a magic work,,, COOL as always :D
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
Oh my... this is awesome!! Did you do this with 3ds max? wow... really unbelivable ^^
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
Sam's face is the easter egg?
Matt GErard
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:04 pm
When I think menu, I think DVD, so this is obviously not formatted for that, so what type of menu is this for? An upright 16x9 interactive? Odd sized interactive web content?

Interesting, though. Cool effect. Like the set.
    February 10th, 2011 @ 8:08 am
    Ever used Adobe Encore? Normal DVD's can have animated menus. The background animation just keeps looping until one of the buttons is pushed. The button push can set off another animation (wind blow) before routing you to the main movie clip.
    Matt Gerard
    February 10th, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
    I do DVD authoring and scripting every day, so I am very in tune with motion menus. I use DVDSP instead of Encore, though. I guess my question wasn't framed properly- The physical pixel size of the menu shown above isn't 4x3 or 16x9 for standard DVD frame size. So, my question is what is the distribution format of the final product? its not DVD, that's for sure. Unless this is just a partial frame movie, or an element used in the overall menu design.
    February 10th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm
    yea guys Andrew actually has a tutorial for that... i think we should start a saying for Andrew "There's a tutorial for that" kinda like the saying there's a app for that ...tutorial link
    February 12th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
    Not sure they understood the question Matt :P
    February 13th, 2011 @ 7:21 pm
    my guess would be that this was made the same size as the starting image for convenience...but you could use this idea in any sized menu
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm
I love that you put the Holy Grail in there too!
    February 13th, 2011 @ 1:29 am
    Well, I have a feeling if that is the Holy Grail then it would make sense for that to be the "Easter" egg.
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm
one of the coolest things I´ve seen on VCP. :)
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
WOOT! Sam's face of the Face Warp Tutorial!! EASTER EGG!
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm
Looks Great. Harry Potter design? :D
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm
very cool man =)
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm
Awesomely awesome... I love it

The cup is not touching the table... :) (bug or easter egg???)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 10:45 am
    Actually...nothing is touching the table except for the crystal ball. ...or is it plexiglass^^
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
haha! found the easter egg! one of the pictures on the desk is Demon Sam!
    February 10th, 2011 @ 7:34 pm
    easter eggs? i think you have to manually blow the candles out...ak used a wind resistant candle...nice work..hope to see the tuts asap..
Clayton Light
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
Hey AK,
Very nice! I'm thinking the Easter Egg has to be the pic of Sam.
Damian m0Nte
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
Your hard work increasingly gives fascinating final results :DD
If you ever have a free time do some tutorial to something like that ;) ...

AWESOME .. Greetings from PL ;)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 7:35 am
    hey, i'm from PL too, and another greetings!
    February 11th, 2011 @ 4:19 am
    What does PL mean?
    Damian m0Nte
    February 11th, 2011 @ 12:43 pm
    PL this mean ... we from Poland dude ;)
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm
The book is real, everything else is after effects.
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:38 pm
Very nice effect, great job on that one

As for the effect, it's probably Sam, or maby what's on the lone picture flying through when all the other pics are gone :P
    February 9th, 2011 @ 2:41 pm
    Hehe, just realized that I am way off regarding that last pic :)
February 9th, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
That's one tough flame. :D
    February 9th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
    I saw that too...
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:06 pm
NICE!! ..the candle just won't die tho' will it?! :) ..hey Andrew just curious are you eventually going to cover the process behind the intro to Fringe? ..that'd be interesting ;)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm
    yeah the airship... way to go on that fringe intro. way cool.
Bo Engelen
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:06 pm
Yeah looks cool, only very weird that the flame of the candle doesn't blow out... I mean I noticed it the first time I saw the video. But thumbs up for the animation !
Feroz Iqbal
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:10 pm
Andrew, thanks so much for your amazing tutorials.

I was able to create this in 11 days with your help:
    February 20th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
    Kramer you got to make a tut now!
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:11 pm
nice work. now for a vietnam flashback
Rob Fiedler
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:47 pm
Amazing. You always knock it out of the park. Congrats!
February 9th, 2011 @ 3:56 pm
Very the book effect...Easter eggs..there does seem to be images in the globe..face, figure etc.
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:09 pm
ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa This is sooo cooool ! Are you going to do a tutorial on this one ?

Love your work !! Keep rockin'
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm
Good one Mr. Kramer!

you are my inspiration!
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
That looks awesome!.. I like these kind of menu works.. waiting impatiently....
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
There's a photo of Sam Loya from the demon face tutorial on the table. Found one :)
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
pure awesomeness...
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
Looks awesome! Hope that it's easy to do, but I have a feeling that it's not :))
February 9th, 2011 @ 4:47 pm
Easter Egg? Ha! Found it.

When the clip is scrolled backwards, the blowing pages flash Morse Code for "John is dead."

And....that's not demon-faced Sam. It is Elvis. He told me so himself.
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
Cool Andrew.. Let us know the details, alright =)
ali shbl
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
amazing amazing amazing you are amazing andrew
in arabic :رائع
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm
Very nice! All the old elements blend well together, and I've been itching to learn about the 3DS Max + AE workflow.

Keep on keeping on!
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm
Well... I saw Sam on the desk.
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
This is the exact style/mood of my 2nd year university animation! Cannot wait for the tutorial or break down. I just wandered if the book was live action or very well animated CG? either way I'm trying to achieve something similar and any information would be greatly appreciated.

Can't wait to see more :)
February 9th, 2011 @ 5:46 pm
nice, i hope you cover the 3d part in c4d also would be great.
February 9th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
Whoa! I have a project that i am working on and that the look i am going for.
February 9th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
Definitely Cool!!! What is a secret this footage?
February 9th, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
:D:D:D:D:D can't wait toturial :S
February 9th, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
Shouldn't the candle go out if the wind is strong enough to blow those pictures around? Looks awesome btw.
February 9th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm
hey andrew good work i like everything u do i wish i could work 4 u i like after effects
February 9th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
The only thing I found was Sam's demon face and maybe some Twitch for the strobe. What's in that ball?!?!
February 9th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
I love how you have Sam's deomon face as one of the pictures on the table!
February 9th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm
that look great, i like when the color scene change....wattin' for that!!!
February 9th, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
that look great, i like this atmosphere
Manny Figueroa
February 9th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm
The real art is how to keep the flame on.
February 9th, 2011 @ 8:05 pm
Man... that blew me away! Pun intended, but seriously, it did!
February 9th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm
Yo there is a picture of Sam on the table. Check it. Great work AK
February 9th, 2011 @ 8:29 pm
Hi Andrew, great job!
I really like the book page turn dynamics! and the plasmaball orb contents are most excellent. Here's one I did for a job recently you might dig.
(Are those Optical Flares in there...hmmm)Which I love BTW and have to restrain myself from not using them on every single shot I do.

Can't wait to see and hear the breakdown and how you doing your galaxy ball. Hurry dammit! LOL
February 9th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm
You always, always, always make my day when you post. Very cool video. I love the look and feel of this one. Spotted Sam right away and recognized him from the demon face warp. Looks like Jonathan Edwards in the frame. And I'm probably just over-worked but the back picture on the table for some reason reminds me of the Hindenburg. Thanks for posting this. Let us know more about it as you're able. Hope your week is phenomenal. I used Action Essentials 2 and the Blue Easy setting from film magic pro yesterday to spice up a project and the result was nice. Thanks for teaching me and providing the tools as well - they're worth every penny. Oh, and thanks for the very seriously awesome picture of Sam you sent with my order. It was pinned between two DVD cases and I just found it yesterday. It's great! Thanks! (tell Sam he's got a fan on the east coast).
February 9th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm
sir plz this tuto upload.

nice work..

you great sir.
February 9th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm
Easter eggs: 1. Lion Kings face on one of the photos.
2. The cup on the table is half full.
3. The grain on the wood is going the wrong way.
4. Andrews Grandpa portrait on the wall.
5. The obvious Round Egg on the stand.
6. Five photo pictures on the table there should be six.
    February 10th, 2011 @ 12:55 am
    if you didn't notice: there is sam's pic also there...from the demon face warp tutorial... ;)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 10:47 am
    HA! Good one^^
    February 11th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm
    good job naming all the easter eggs except the correct one.
    February 13th, 2011 @ 1:59 pm
    Dudes I was just joking if you guys didn't get it. Of course I noticed Sams Face on the table just wanted to step out side of the box. But the real true easter egg is the cup not touching the table you can see it floating like Frans already said ;) .
February 9th, 2011 @ 11:01 pm
Thanks Mr Karmer
    February 14th, 2011 @ 2:58 am
    it's Kramer not Karmer
February 9th, 2011 @ 11:29 pm
nice work
plz this tuto upload
February 9th, 2011 @ 11:49 pm
How do you open the book?? What used? AE OR 3DMAX
February 9th, 2011 @ 11:54 pm
very very very very good
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Nice Work Mate.The Book Animation Is Awesome.And The Candle Flame Too.And the ester eggs of course.
    jan arc
    February 10th, 2011 @ 7:22 pm
    you can just lightly blow up the candle with your mouth but not as powerful as with that of the wind that blows up those books and pictures I've seen...easter eggs?
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:21 am
AMAAAAAAAAZING andrew I very Like it !!

a tutoriel for this One ??

GG work !!
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:35 am
That's great. Great job!
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:52 am
my first thought after watching this was: "why is the candle still lighted after such a strong wind?" dont you think it would be good and realistic if the flame of the candle goes off instead? just an opinion tho....but i still LOVE it :D
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:58 am
Hey Andrew,
Maraming Salamat Sa Magandang Tutorials Kong Pano Mag Edit Nag Video Sa AfterEffects... ^_^ <--- Philippines :)
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:13 am
Wow! That's great!

Greetings from Germany ;)
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:34 am
i see sam loya face. hahaha
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:02 am
DEMON FACE AND GLASS ORB!!! nice man! ;)
Ian Bailey
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:19 am
At the risk of up-setting a load of Max uses, it would be great if the 3D was done in Blender. As it's open source and multi-platform, it is potentially relevant to more people.

Ain't bad either:
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:21 am
It is fantastic as always. There is parrot (or some kind of bird) reflecting on the ball. I guess a live one. If I were a bird I would surely fly away or at least move a bit in this storm. This could be one of the Easter eggs. Anyway your work is magic. Thanx.
Nick from Greece
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:26 am
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:42 am
Nice work! Loved the animation. And the impact when the mood of the scene changes is awesome!
February 10th, 2011 @ 2:56 am
So the wind blew the heavy book cover open and blew away the postcards on the table, but the candle stayed lit? that must be one hell of a candle
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:15 am
I don`t know what should I say !!
That`s imazing idea !!
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:29 am
it's Sooooooo amazing
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:31 am
This is absolutelly cool... The open book are perfectly modeled!
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:31 am
WOW ... Great ! :D
apple boy
February 10th, 2011 @ 4:11 am
My son say's COOL! :) Great job Andrew!
February 10th, 2011 @ 4:34 am
This looks fantastic. I'm hoping a lot of it is AE effects driven like the pages of the book turning and the candle's flame flickering rather than a lot of 3D work. But as alway your stuff is amazing.
February 10th, 2011 @ 4:45 am
amazing andrew, please tut!
February 10th, 2011 @ 4:53 am
Hey great work Andrew.But i believe at that strong wind you could make the wax of the candle actually fall off, or do some weird stuff :)
February 10th, 2011 @ 5:25 am
Nice work, is there any real elements in there, cuz u could use a real book 4 when the pages get scared and flip and also 4 the candle! Cant wait 4 the BTS!
February 10th, 2011 @ 5:32 am
Haha, that's so awesome!

The Lionhead card is a picture that I took. That would be the easter egg for me.
So cool to see you use my photo! ^^
February 10th, 2011 @ 5:52 am
The transition from the sphere to the outside needs more work

it looks great like always, but will the sphere work looks great.. It suddenly everything is blowing away..that's where you should do more work "to make it look from the sphere to the outside " like the spell gets out and everything goes to hell.. lol

also the color change is to strong at once..more gradual maybe..
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:00 am
Nice reflection on the ball. Is that you?
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:01 am
You should make the magical wind blow the hair off the guy in the painting.
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:17 am
Hey mate if you can do a tutorial on the the book page animation 3ds max i suppose would be great.
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:28 am
Great job!!!
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:46 am
How the hell did you do this? Ok no point to ask..
I'm gonna press Command D (thats Control D on a PC) and duplicate layer of this guy:
"I hope you make a tutorial! Your the man AK!"
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:05 am
my new realistic smoke video =)
    February 10th, 2011 @ 2:50 pm
    that does not look realistic.
    February 11th, 2011 @ 9:21 am
    This video is from Red Giant Software. Episode 52 : Re-creating the Lost Smoke Monster Trapcode Particuar Tutorial. It's also someone elses work.
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:14 am
Awesome...looks like a pirate's hut... where's the treasure map?!!! ahhwwrr..
stephen thomas
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:15 am
Hmmmm, looking at the resolution I'm thinking someone is working on an iPhone/Android App ;)
    August 11th, 2011 @ 4:53 pm
    Today, I understand the size of this picture. You were right lol
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:43 am
AMAZING work andrew but i would like to see with some some great soundeffects:P
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:50 am
great jobe andrew
keep it up
very cool
February 10th, 2011 @ 8:02 am
r u still gonna end up doing a tutorial for the latest orb one?
February 10th, 2011 @ 8:28 am
Absolutely amazing!
February 10th, 2011 @ 9:05 am
Espectacular!.... muy bueno el ambiente y como siempre.... los mejores efectos!...

Hardy Pike
February 10th, 2011 @ 9:07 am
as they say on youtube... thumbsup if you clicked on START in the QT player window and then discreetly felt the top of your head to establish just how long they are.

real cool, looking forward to the "behind the scenes" ;)
February 10th, 2011 @ 9:28 am
I'd love more Menu projects and even templates. The stuff that's out there is just lacking. Even Adobe's Encore templates are too generic.
shawn anthony
February 10th, 2011 @ 10:02 am
Very cool Dr. Kramer, you are very good at your work in terms of designing and teaching. As usual love your tutorials.

February 10th, 2011 @ 10:08 am
It's very nice work!

February 10th, 2011 @ 10:52 am
Nicely done. I can see all of this being done in AE except for the book and flame. I would have green-screened the book and used a blow dryer on the pages for wind. I would have done a composite for the candle flame as well. Good use of color/image tone changes as well as particle fx to further enhance the "wind".
February 10th, 2011 @ 10:55 am
Not to looks like animating the pictures flying off the table the way you did, would have been a big pain. It's done very convincingly. ...could this be done in any way with pictures as particles?
February 10th, 2011 @ 11:02 am

look forward to tutorial :D
February 10th, 2011 @ 11:25 am
Wow............gr8 work.....I am eagerly waiting for its tutorial.......thank u andru.!
February 10th, 2011 @ 11:32 am
you are the good
February 10th, 2011 @ 11:42 am
JAYSUS!!!! You're good!
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:22 pm
feed my brainn .. ! i want to learn i hop some day i can

give it all back to you .
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm
An Encore tutorial would be awesome...hint, hint...:P
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm
Only thing I noticed was Sam's demon face.
February 10th, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
Hahahha a photo of Sam is on the table!! And actually a wind like that would turn off (i think this is not gramatically correct) the light of the candle!! Hahahha AWESOME work Andrew!!!
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
Andrew you tha KING!!!
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm
Looks fantastic, I'm looking for something like this for a new intro to my DVD slideshows.

Can't wait for the tutorial!
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm
HEHEHE I see andrews face on the glass :o)
Bottom left.
February 10th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:02 pm
So I am guessing the page turn thing has something to do with this tutorial?

Looks really cool. Are you going to cover encore in this tutorial as it is for a dvd menu?
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:09 pm
the sans serif font doesn't help to much to get the climax
February 10th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm
great! i can´t wait for the behind the scenes work you will show!
February 10th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm
I scrolled over the picture on the blog and the videos called men :) haha
February 10th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm
the candle would of gone out faster :P
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
I just came across your site from a guy on You Tube. Wow, thank you so much for all of this. I truly mean it. I'll be passing your URL to all my video buddies.
Your site and tutorials are amazing!
February 10th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
Very good job Andrew
February 10th, 2011 @ 7:38 pm
Awesome.....!!! Can't wait to watch it....!!!
February 10th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm
Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool Very Coooooooooooooooooool

I lOvE iT
February 10th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
it's Cool.thanks man
February 10th, 2011 @ 10:30 pm
Like menu of "The Lord Of The Ring" movie!!!
Thanks :)
February 10th, 2011 @ 11:36 pm
I keep waiting with great anticipation for new tutorials that can enhance my video projects in various ways and as much as I love the humor and good will attitude of you Andrew, I feel I need to say the following.

What happened to the diversity? It's been ages since you showed something that could be more than a short gimmick or a DVD menu.

How about some more movie oriented projects and less sci fi?

Don't get me wrong, yall are doing a fantastic job and I mean no disrespect.
رسول دهقانی
February 11th, 2011 @ 1:33 am
Demon is very good
February 11th, 2011 @ 2:05 am
why the wind so strong still cant blow off the candle fire ?? hehehe.. just kidding... very nice... i like it !! ^^
February 11th, 2011 @ 2:25 am
amazing men are u using sample clip for it or made it whit 3dmax? plz say easy way to creat it!!!
good luck
February 11th, 2011 @ 2:57 am
That's just evil..

As if I didn't already have enough to do.. And here you show of your newest idea just to keep us(me!!) even more busy than before.. You evil man!!

I think you've put a spell on us all..

But I don't mind it at all. This is really cool and gives us (me) more fuel to keep going on with the creativity.
I just love to pop by VideoCopilot to check out the latest.

You just saved my weekend, mr. Kramer.. :)
February 11th, 2011 @ 3:53 am
Wow very cool, I like it.
February 11th, 2011 @ 4:09 am
You and your toturial make fall in love with AE
February 11th, 2011 @ 4:50 am
your the man andrew! i love your dark arts! ^_^
February 11th, 2011 @ 8:01 am
very cool, very cool bravo
February 11th, 2011 @ 8:12 am
done a gr8 job actualy u r my teacher i started doing vfx watchin ur aaaaaaathnx
February 11th, 2011 @ 8:50 am
Excellent, I am filling a little twitch some particular along And stills from Demon Face Sam...the rest is magic and a wind machine. Done
February 11th, 2011 @ 9:02 am
damn my wife going to kick me out!
Andrew how do you manage al this?

tutorial plz :oD
February 11th, 2011 @ 9:48 am
Ok its realy realy awesome but thats what i been expecting from you when i saw the title cuz you dont put crap here...
February 11th, 2011 @ 10:24 am
Great sample video can't wait for the tutorial!
February 11th, 2011 @ 10:29 am
Heeeeere's Andrew.... anyone see Andrew in the top highlight of the Crystal Ball. He look's like Jack from "The Shining" Movie. :O
February 11th, 2011 @ 10:36 am
Nice keep up the good work Andrew.
February 11th, 2011 @ 11:07 am
Did you do the graphics for the Super8 trailer?
February 11th, 2011 @ 12:04 pm
This looks amazing, I can't wait to see the rest.
Uh....the Easter eggs is inside the cub, since it's from the 3rd Indiana Jones Movie, inside you fine the everlasting life.

    February 11th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
    cub = cup....I have to watch my spelling
February 11th, 2011 @ 1:35 pm
Andrew. Cant you see... we are dying for more interaction with you :) we want to know more about our Master. please let us know more about your everyday work, you work for jj abrams. please please please... and i don't want to rush but im here on this site 12 times a day checking for new tutorial galactic Orb ;) all the best for whole VCP team!
February 11th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm
My reaction was like: WOW....
your tutorials are great, thanks, your work is so much appreciated.
Daddy C
February 11th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
Master Digital Yoda.....You never cease to amaze me. Teach me the ways of the (AE) Force. Love it Andrew!!!
February 11th, 2011 @ 3:59 pm
mmm all the wind that was only the photos because the candle blew up and not to pay
Daddy C
February 11th, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
Meditate on this I will master digital yoda. Easter eggs I will find. Use the Force i will.
February 11th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
Aww! The video won't work =(
Reno G
February 11th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm
I love how there's the Sam demon face as one of the pictures! XD
February 11th, 2011 @ 6:55 pm
I noticed Sam Lola's face on the table
February 11th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm
There was no sound but I heard it anyway! It's just that awesome ...
February 12th, 2011 @ 2:51 am
Hay that's cool! Is it all 3d? Made with 3ds max i guess? I am a lot interested in making the candle that realistic man, especially for the wax material! Could you point me to some tutorial about it?
February 12th, 2011 @ 5:55 am
so cool man cant wait to see the tut about this
good luck and take care.
Karim Duncan
February 12th, 2011 @ 6:51 am
Oh this cool Andrew. I always don't get disappointed with your work Andrew, you have been my teacher for a year now. You always come with great techniques and ideas of course, but this one knocks me out. I can't wait to see the TUTORIAL.
February 12th, 2011 @ 6:56 am
That's soooo fantastic! I really don't know how you did the pages that move with the wind! Is a clip movie? I can't believe is 3D motion like mograph or something like that, 'cause is reaaaaly realistic :) Btw, everything is possible..with....YOU! XD
February 12th, 2011 @ 8:37 am
Great job.. This looks very much like Harry Potter..
February 12th, 2011 @ 9:02 am
Love the ability to view on the site.

Keep up the good work!
February 12th, 2011 @ 9:04 am
Love the ability to view the video ON the site.

I think I speak for all viewers when I say, keep up the good work and your viewers will stay tuned!

February 12th, 2011 @ 9:37 am
It's so fantastic :-)
February 12th, 2011 @ 10:52 am
cool dood can you show us how to make it?
peace out yo
February 12th, 2011 @ 11:14 am
Let's guess how this is done:
I think most of the element were done in 3ds max.That include table, pictures, ball, candy and the text.But pictures and the text were rendered separately, and then all the elements were composed in After Effects. And for the page flip...Don't have any idea at all!!
Anyway, you are the best, love Video Copilot!!!!!
February 12th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm
Looking forward to it :)
February 12th, 2011 @ 3:23 pm
Very cool! I cannot wait for the tutorial if you plan on putting one together.
David González
February 12th, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
Simply Awesome, thanks for taking your time explaining everything you know. I definitely want to specialize in this, now my question would be where I could learn all that you know.
Greetings from Colombia!
T-Mac 137
February 12th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
Andrew, could you make a tutorial on how to make a self-filling glass, this would be awesome, thank you
February 12th, 2011 @ 7:32 pm
Esta buenisimo!!!! esperando el tutorial.
TmHigh HowHigh
February 13th, 2011 @ 3:05 am
Hey Andrew, how about you start making some 3D's max tutorials or something like that i would love them and i think some of the others here too.At least just a couple tutorials only on 3D?. Who agrees?
February 13th, 2011 @ 4:25 am
this is coooollll
bravo man you are the best
realy the best
realy infinity
February 13th, 2011 @ 5:13 am
Very Nice AK Thank You. :)
John Nathan
February 13th, 2011 @ 6:40 am
this is nice as **** and interesting format, it dont look like its made for web or DVD. Could it be your going mobile with this one?
Keep up the excellent work
February 13th, 2011 @ 10:04 am
very powerful candle fire despite of strong wind. looking not realistic as it can be)
February 13th, 2011 @ 10:54 am
Andrew thank GOD you r talented boy. That's great thousand time plus more...
February 13th, 2011 @ 11:27 am
Increible..... eres un genio Andrew....
February 13th, 2011 @ 4:07 pm
Hi Andrew, once again.. Astounding enough for me to sit up late into the night hunting for similar CGI work in order to understand just HOW you did it...

Much of it seems self explanatory, obviously only to a certain extent.. Like the Globe and it's reflections. The energy similar to the dancing particles from your 'RedSmoke' experiment. The scene from Sam being struck by lightning and much more...

Then there's the book.. Obviously CGI (The pages when it's closed are too perfect for it to be real) yet it manages to spring open and animate in such an organic and realistic fashion that I'm almost CONVINCED you used magic instead of software!

The candle.. CGI base and wax... Real flame? I'm not sure, it really is that perfect that if you say it's CGI I'll probably faint from the adrenaline rush!

Now I know you're going to let us into some secrets, but I doubt we'll ever know the whole story.. Shame for me because the whole scene has aspects in it that I would like to learn.

Once again... Brilliant work, fantastic concept and some great 'touches'
February 13th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
nice, looks cool.
February 13th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm
Wow....! I can't say anything, just wow...!
I still waiting this tutorial.
February 13th, 2011 @ 10:21 pm
Halao video copilot
February 13th, 2011 @ 10:28 pm
Good work Andrew et all!
Easter Eggs;
*Someone waving a wand around "in the globe" at the start (mid/top left)...maybe a face there too briefly
*After wind, a face appears in globe on lower right side
*An upturned hand also appears briefly in centre of globe

There also seems to be a gold ring in the globe that isn't part of the candle holder..??

of course this could be just my imagination!!!!!!

cheers,Evan (i love a mystery!!)
February 14th, 2011 @ 2:55 am
Hi Andrew,
about easter eggs..

At the final frames you can see on the right side of the table that you jused motion tiles.

And of course what other poeple notice, the candle didnt blow out, what shut be wich that kind of wind.

At the end the effect work out really good,
really nice work. You got my respekt.
February 14th, 2011 @ 3:07 am
Mr. Kramer, you Know What ? You've Changed The World of Graphics desgin and your touch is every where specialy in Arabs Networks if you have A chance to see any of them you'll notice they are Using your Projects with it's every details .
I think We have to Make A statue for you Can be Seen From the outer Space.
Thank you Man
February 14th, 2011 @ 3:11 am
I love your works.
February 14th, 2011 @ 5:13 am
Very awesome! Can't wait to see behind the scenes etc.
February 14th, 2011 @ 7:11 am
There's the photo of Sam Loya and then.. euhmm.. apart from that the room is really creepy can't find anything...
Benjamin Curlee
February 14th, 2011 @ 8:05 am
February 14th, 2011 @ 8:24 am
Can you please make an tutorial and then finish your project... hahahaha sorry, just cant wait to see how you did that... YOU ARE GREAT...
Alex Tollin
February 14th, 2011 @ 9:14 am
The cup looks like the holy grail from Indiana Jones! :O
February 14th, 2011 @ 9:28 am
This is freaking AWESOME !!!!!

Can't wait to see the tutorial ^_^
BTW I like the candle :P
Eirik Murbraech
February 14th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm
Great work again Andrew! I am really looking forward to the tutorial for this :D
February 14th, 2011 @ 8:50 pm
This looks awesomely cool... however, to make it just a bit more realistic... the candle wax looks too fake somehow... The candle holder looks real but looks implanted into scene because the candle flickers are not reflecting off the metal. But that is a highly critical observation... I LOVE it.
Also, not sure where I should ask this but... if you have ever watched Rachael Ray's cooking show... the colors are so real and popping out of the television. Every color is soo saturated-like or something... How do they get that to look that way? Is it their camera or some post work or both? In other words... how can I get the same look... Also their frame rate looks cool. What rate is it?
February 15th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
i can't use chinese? why? but it really cool~~~
February 15th, 2011 @ 5:39 am
It's so cool~~~I like you very much !!
February 15th, 2011 @ 10:40 am
Pause at 00:04.... a couple frames right before it goes black, there are mirrored edges on the right side... I finally noticed something for once!!!
February 15th, 2011 @ 10:46 am
EASTER EGG: Sam is on one of the pictures :)
February 15th, 2011 @ 11:15 am
I can not wait for the tutorial.Excellent job.
February 15th, 2011 @ 11:27 am
cool I love it!! xD
February 15th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
that sphere is the galactic orb tutorial or is a 3D shape?
February 16th, 2011 @ 8:53 am
Im so thankful for Andrew Kramer really! Following his tutorials i got into AE then into 3D. Thank you so much guys at videocopilot but i mean you guys have people that do 3D really good couldn't you work a bit more on that book?? the speculars are a bit off and the texture is so unreal if textured at all :(
February 16th, 2011 @ 4:36 pm
nice orb and particle effect but the cards on the table looks a bit fake! something definitely wrong with the weight.
February 17th, 2011 @ 12:05 am
wow can you make tutorial for this exciting magic
February 17th, 2011 @ 5:47 am
while scrubbing through frame by frame i found out, that those photos are too thick. you can see it, when they are blown away. maybe you should decrease the the height of those objects.

still nicely done :)
Qiao Liu
February 17th, 2011 @ 8:18 am
I love your work Andrew, as well as your voice.. very sexy.. LOL
February 17th, 2011 @ 11:40 am
Kramer is a Bad guy as usual!
February 17th, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
Always the best...keep it up...:)
February 17th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
Excellent WORK! dying to see the behind the scenes
February 18th, 2011 @ 3:51 am
That looks really good,
cant wait to find out how it was composited and what programs were used to build.
Also how much was live shooting.

February 18th, 2011 @ 6:55 am
yo dude grate are so good at this stuff.......BIGups
February 18th, 2011 @ 8:01 am
Hey, you may have read this before but, really nice man...
how did you "simulate" the book pages like that, I mean, you use 3ds max right? are you thinkning about a tutorial on that? a high quality tutorial (like the ones wich you really know how to do) on encore would be of a great value, since its lacking on the web. i really think that this work, should have a full tutorial. All we would love it.
keep the good work and inspiration for us all.
Thank you.
February 18th, 2011 @ 8:53 am
February 18th, 2011 @ 4:10 pm
very coooooooool
February 19th, 2011 @ 8:14 am
Sweet jesus, you should make some 3DS Max tutorials some times. That's amazing :D
February 19th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm
Hi Andrew Kramer
your works is wonderfull
Thanks soo much and god help you to this work.
February 19th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm
Found one Easter egg! The Cup in the background is not touching the table! Its floating in mid-air! Spooky!
And by the way, we must have countless people saying about Sam's face! FOR THE LAST TIME!! WE KNOW ITS SAMS FACE FROM THE DEMON WARP TUTORIAL!! WE DON'T NEED ANYONE ELSE TELLING US!!!
February 20th, 2011 @ 4:55 am
Hey Andrew, really nice work, that I'm not even close to could build better, but ... the wind blowing seems a little rough, shouldn't the candle be killed by that, I mean - from a physical, logical perspective?

However, I love your very nice and structured work already after just a couple of tuts, spread more of your message, o wise master of VFX!

Cheers from Flensburg, Germany
February 20th, 2011 @ 8:27 am
You must make tutorials, in other languages. think it
February 20th, 2011 @ 8:42 am
Wow, very impressive! :)
February 20th, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
AWESOME i love it!! but this looks like 3D MAX, is it? cuz if you make a project file, could you make one for after effects too?
Jason W
February 21st, 2011 @ 12:07 am
Thanks to the VCP Andrew and the staff for sharing the knowledge and expertise from editing to VFX to scripting. Where many rake you over the "financial" coals to learn you simply share. I own a variety of your presets and plug ins and will continue to purchase them, knowing others beside from myself will benifit from the support.
Jason W
February 21st, 2011 @ 12:10 am
P.S.- to those constantly talking about visual errors to Andrews work, just slow your roll. If you could do it, you wouldn't be watching the tutorials. Ask a question on how to fix it and stop playing guru. Really.
February 22nd, 2011 @ 7:49 pm
February 22nd, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
can you make a tutorial on how to do this and one on how to do a wall of lights please thats all im asking for
February 22nd, 2011 @ 11:41 pm
That is the coolest menu I've ever seen.
Mike D
February 23rd, 2011 @ 2:06 am
Great, Andrew. The cards on the table remind me of the wonderful opening sequence of the Carnivale television series. For the life of me I can't figure out how to do that camera transition from 2d to 2.5d when it flies through the cards.
February 24th, 2011 @ 12:51 am
Man, do I suck ... You're raising that bar pretty damn high, Andrew. Thanks for that :)
Zack Paragon
February 24th, 2011 @ 8:17 am
I love it!
February 24th, 2011 @ 11:44 pm
Like our page at and check out the great videos made with the great tutorials of andrew Kramer
February 25th, 2011 @ 4:51 am
kramer's rules
February 26th, 2011 @ 3:15 am
Awesome Work Kramer.

Can u please make a tutorial on this one. There are a lot of things in this video for rookies like me need to learn like:

1: Glass ORB with particles inside
2: Book Paper Animation
3: Candle Light Animation
4: Photos Flying according to Wind

Thank you for this cool video Andrew. You ROCK!!!
February 26th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm
Pleaaaase! we want the complete tutorial!
February 26th, 2011 @ 3:58 pm
Was the text created outside of AE?

Loved the way it's looking so far. I am having a difficult time creating 3D text in AE and was wondering of any of you out there recommend 3Ds Studio Max for titling?
Ken Zautcke
February 26th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
Very to see more on the subject of authoring!
Ken Zautcke
February 26th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm
Love to see more exotic moves and transitions that jump out at you as DVD menus go…maybe theme orientated…make a DVD and sell them as AE Templates as Digital Juice does.
Alex Halsey
February 27th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm
This is awesome, the transition is really fast, but other than that its amazing
February 28th, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
awsum man. it lookz gud..
March 1st, 2011 @ 5:36 am
Nice Video AK...i like the animation of book pages...i think you combined 3dsmax and After Effects
Joel Gautraud
March 2nd, 2011 @ 11:42 am
Hmmm... the sampl looks like vertical iPad screen dimensions. Is Andrew Kramer helping with an iOS game?
March 6th, 2011 @ 10:31 pm
I would recommend a texture for the specular map in the metallic objects. It isn't really that much work, but it helps a lot for the realism. Also one for the glass specularity. The rest looks hyper-realistic, congrats.
Steven Brown
March 11th, 2011 @ 12:03 pm
Awesome menu design, but do you mean to tell me that the wind is so strong that it can blow open a book but cant put out a flame from a candle?!?!
Spencer T
March 20th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
That is actually a really impressive candle - from a 3D perspective.
A Noble
March 22nd, 2011 @ 9:24 am
demon warped sam is one of the photos on the table
March 31st, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
cool!!! thanks andrew
April 13th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
u used ur camera as a webcam?
frame by frame moving the papers
and u convert it To cartoon style
or its just modeling 3d
i wonder to know :D thx andrew :) n1
Fayiz Musthafa
April 21st, 2011 @ 8:16 am
wow, i think this is the best ever!!
May 1st, 2011 @ 5:38 am
The best of the best!
Curious Jones
May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
was Zbrush used in the making of this?
May 5th, 2011 @ 2:00 am
you know; you are my only teacher who i like because you teach good but in after effect i understand how draw trapcode
May 17th, 2011 @ 12:58 pm
Awesome!! please post a tutorial on this! also, do i see a demonic sam in the photos on the table?
June 17th, 2011 @ 7:31 am
Don't you everyone want a tutorial for this :P
October 4th, 2011 @ 5:06 am
Hey Andrew, amazin'. lookin' 4 tutorial! :P
firefly movies
August 20th, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
Easter eggs The book was real and its the candle holder from indiana jones the last crusade
December 18th, 2013 @ 10:42 pm
wooooow Really great job in graphic design is your best
April 9th, 2014 @ 6:57 pm
is this "menu design" just a video effect,i mean..
when someone hit the START on the glass orb,it will show to the next menu or something, like we click a link ?

can someone explain to me please :o -_-
October 8th, 2014 @ 8:25 am
The demo is scary... and i loved.
October 8th, 2014 @ 8:26 am
The demo is scary... and i funny.
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