Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Last week we released a promotional film for our new iPhone app: “Demon Cam”!
Watch Demon Cam Film

Much like our Demon Face Warp tutorial, this new app allows you to record a video and transform someone into a Demon of your choice. To help people learn to use the app, we created a film with a supernatural back-story and more importantly, a platform to create some fun visual effects. Before watching the behind the scenes, you should probably watch the short film first. Watch Demon Cam.

Now that the project is released, we are excited to share the behind-the-scenes video, outlining everything that went into creating the effects as well as the app design.

As planned we will be breaking down many of the VFX shots for complete Video Copilot tutorials over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for that!

Watch Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Video available on Youtube & Vimeo!


FAQ: Android Version?
We’re gonna try!

We are excited to show you this coverage and
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:43 am
    Alec Sprinkle
    August 16th, 2011 @ 9:26 am
    One day I hope to live in a world where this no longer happens.
    August 16th, 2011 @ 9:59 am
    While you coment I WATCH
    August 16th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
    Who cares who got here first. The only thing that matters is that the behind the scenes are finally up and they are awesome!

    Thanks Andrew!
    August 16th, 2011 @ 11:30 am
    Apparently you kept refreshing the page.. somebody has time on their hands! By the way, Andrew.. its really amazing!
    August 16th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
    @ OLIVER... you might be right, i keep refreshing the page ..teehee! i'm an avid fan of this site and learned big time from it... i was excited to see the new tutorials so thats why i got first hehehehe :D
    die hard creator
    August 16th, 2011 @ 10:56 pm
    Andrew you're SIMPLY THE BEST!
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:56 am
    hey Andrew very well done once again but if you remember my request for the voice over in the video if you or any one around videocopilot would like to share how to do the same amazing voice over cuz I don't know how to do that
    August 23rd, 2011 @ 3:47 am
    hey Andrew what about the element plug-in we want when it's going to be available thanks once again for every tutorial and every thing but i have to still make my request for voice over tutorial.
    August 23rd, 2011 @ 12:28 pm
    @Vince Don't be mad.. cause I a big fan of VC too.. and its because of VC I've been doing motion graphics..I was just teasing
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:44 am
WOW!! this is really amazing! got some ways on how to do those stuff :D really Bro Andrew...all your work are great ! :D
    August 16th, 2011 @ 4:01 pm
    Yes I defiantly agree. These videos give me so many ideas for future projects, speaking of which I just finished my ae template
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:57 am
    please the voice over
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:46 am
O My God)))) I'm one of first to see this post))) Good
    August 16th, 2011 @ 8:50 am
    LOL... too late by 2 sec :P
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
    we need the voice over tutorial please.
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:59 am
    the voice over tutorial please
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:48 am
Everything I learn from VideoCopilot I can use to improve my skills. Thank you for letting me have a look in your kitchen.
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:49 am
i watched youtube video first!
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:50 am
I've been clicking on the blog every hour today waiting for this!
Ayb from the Philippines
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:52 am
Yeah!!! I've been waiting for this one...
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:53 am
Nice Andrew! :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:54 am
Spectacular done :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:55 am
checking it out now!
Damn sure you will rock!! :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:55 am
Very cool. Nothing better than some good ol' training!!
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:04 am
kool i love this thanks Andrew;)
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:05 am
Freaking Awesome :)
Rune Christiansen
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:05 am
Awesome stuff :)

Will there be some in-depth tutorials involving the 3D-sets ?

And thank you a thousand times for some great f**king tutorials ;)
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:10 am
Thanks for posting both of the Demon Cam videos to Vimeo. YouTube is block at work, and this stuff is actually work related, so I'm glad I can use an alternative.

Thanks for another great video!
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:10 am
Highly educating! Thanks, AK!
James Dale
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:11 am
Hello, great break down, are you going to be embedding videos with Youtube now, I think it's a good Idea considering you will reach a much wider audience.
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:14 am
great .thnx man
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:19 am
Just in time for my birthday, thanks! :D
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:19 am
That was really insightful - I'll definitely be showing this to some of my friends who I don't think quite grasp all the work required even for a "simple" short such as this. :)
Jeremy Romero
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:22 am
You didn't put the link to the chunk norris product :(
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:39 am
Man,I can't open youtube in my country,could you help me?
    August 16th, 2011 @ 9:47 am
    Vimeo link is there to the bottom right of the video.
    Talha Farooq
    August 16th, 2011 @ 10:55 am
    If youtube is restricted in your country. Use Ultra surf software. It opens any site that is banned or restricted. :)
    August 22nd, 2011 @ 8:13 am
    Any new tutorials this week?
Selva Kumar
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:41 am
Oh man ... AWESOME !!!
    August 23rd, 2011 @ 3:47 am
    hey Andrew when is element going to be available
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:46 am
please google android!!!
August 16th, 2011 @ 8:47 am
Cool I finally got to see what you used for the orb.....very creative. Time for me to snatch an orb from the porch and get started.
Andreas Zinonos
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:04 am
Andrew, will you make a tutorial for the destruction of the orb? a 3ds max tut would be really awesome!
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:22 am
just andrewwwwwwwwww ! :D
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:25 am
Poor Andrew... Born to be a director, relegated to make special fx
    August 17th, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
    But to our benefit :)

    Then again, Andrew's quickly proving he can do it all.
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:25 am
ANDRZEJ! Tak trzymaj, Polacy są z ciebie dumni. Dobrą robotę wykonujesz i o to chodzi :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:35 am
As always thanks Andrew for this valuable stuff... :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:37 am
Thanks Andrew and all the crew! Amazing work and really really usefull stuff!
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:59 am
Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks !!!
Justin Melson
August 16th, 2011 @ 10:04 am
Does anybody have any idea how long the simulation time was on breaking the orb shot?
August 16th, 2011 @ 10:37 am
Yay Andrew! Thanks for supporting the Boise State Broncos!
Vipin Anis Aind
August 16th, 2011 @ 10:47 am
Awsam work dude..:)
Andrew You inspire me a loot.
August 16th, 2011 @ 10:48 am
"Honey, I'm just watching some behind the scenes videos. Oh, by the way, we need a $14,000 camera. What do you have in your pocket?"
    August 17th, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
    "And while were at it, how about throwing in a dolly track, camera jib, and a crew to help me move it around? Wait, don't leave! I was only kidding... we can rent!"

    I used to have little interest in filming my own footage until I came across Video Copilot content.
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:05 am
Freaking Awesome!!!
Nazmi Özdil
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:10 am
Andrew,you are the most hilarious god of after effects! :D
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:38 am
Love Andrew, Sam and the VC!
August 16th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
Hey Andrew. Great video! I was just wondering if you could let me know what renderer you used for the cg set and glass ball smashing? They look amazing.

Thanks in advance
August 16th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
what about Nokia ?
August 16th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
Great work Andrew and the team!
But... a green book in front of a .. green screen...wise! (or not;)
Personally, knowing that i will replace the glass sphere anyway, i would use a very reflective black ball, just in case i could get back some reflections elements, from the hands of faces..., to put them on my 3d sphere.
I also like very much the cinematography.
    August 16th, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
    i mean... a shiny ball, not black, of course.. :)
    i'have click and send my message to early, hoops.
    August 16th, 2011 @ 2:09 pm
    A black ball would be very difficult to key out; you'd have no way to tell the keyer to ignore the shadows in the hands. You can still pull reflections from a green key easily if the object is reflective, and of course then it's easy to key out.
August 16th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm
That was absolutely awesome & very informative. And the main film was the best short film I have ever seen. Well done Andrew and you team. from the UK.
August 16th, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Vc !!! You Are My Soul
August 16th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Wow! That was cool! Thank you for uploading to vimeo!
August 16th, 2011 @ 3:53 pm
HP Z800 Workstation + Kessler Krane !!!
I wonder how many Xeons are there and how much RAM
DreamWorks also use HP Z800
August 16th, 2011 @ 3:57 pm
A.K you are born to master video production and AE
one day you'll make something miraculous I'm sure ;)
Be aware of Rosewells !!! they could kidnap you at any time!!
August 16th, 2011 @ 4:07 pm
Is the piercing part of the chuck norris transformer? :p
August 16th, 2011 @ 4:42 pm
it's so cool :D
August 16th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm
Please Andrew....
i'm shooting a short horror movie in these days?
do you have any suggests or advices for me?
i need some help from you
this my first movie
and i'm so destructed
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:05 am
    Why don't people just type normally... Like pleaaaaaase sounds so, I don't know -> You're better of just asking like a normal person I think :)
August 16th, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
this is simply amazing.
August 16th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
Great behind the scenes Andrew!
You know the thing that makes you stand out and so likable is your fun and jovial sense of humor and the fact that you don't have a foul mouth at least you don’t on any of your videos that I have seen, that is what makes you head and shoulders above the rest. Beside the fact that you’re very talented, but that’s a given.
Thank you for all you do.
August 16th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
:) I love you guysss
August 16th, 2011 @ 6:55 pm
What about Blackberry OS? :(
August 16th, 2011 @ 7:37 pm
thank you! this helps me increase my experiences :D
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
Good !!!Ilove You !
August 16th, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
跟我联系吧。。。 我很支持你们!加油
August 16th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
so nice andrew...
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:19 pm
Andrew, why stop at Texas? Another great promo must be looming in the horizon. Kramer's kicking pixels and taking names.
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Hi Andrew, congratulations for this pretty good video, the VFX is awesome !
I'm interesting for a tutorial for the powers VFX, like the girls fight.

Good Job
Ken Zzzzz
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:51 pm
Can't wait to see the tut that come from this...very well thought out and well done...if you ever hit the road sign me up.
August 17th, 2011 @ 12:01 am
""FAQ: Android Version?
We’re gonna try""

like this one...........:P
cool respond to "Android Kramer" who posted earlier about Android Version,..........

Gr8 job once again.this one is for tutorial..........
August 17th, 2011 @ 1:15 am
Awesome....great work
August 17th, 2011 @ 1:29 am
Am I allowed to make a short film using ur techniques??
August 17th, 2011 @ 2:37 am
No storyboard Andrew? Great work anyway :)
August 17th, 2011 @ 2:42 am
You say it's low budget but the look of the final product is sophisticated and refined. Nice work, well done.
August 17th, 2011 @ 3:14 am
Hope you don't switch over completely to iphone programming! By the way did you use Adobe Flash for the programming or was it native iOS?
August 17th, 2011 @ 3:45 am
I hope you will make a tutorial about "exploding the orb", even if it requires lot of computing power and a third-part plug-in as Rayfire !!!!!
August 17th, 2011 @ 8:12 am
Great video - most enjoyable and wets the appetite for the tuts to come. However, I was so hoping that the orb shatter would be our intro to Element. Can Element approximate the same effect?
Looking forward to more. Thanks so much, Andrew.
August 17th, 2011 @ 9:22 am
We have a new dress code at work based off the costumes in your promo. I am pleased to say it is awesome.
August 17th, 2011 @ 9:24 am
andrew check out Coriolanus Trailer i am pretty sure they used Procedural Crumble at the end of the trailer
    August 17th, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
    Of course they did!!
    they just modified the point of impact to make it start from center
August 17th, 2011 @ 9:26 am
This is cool!! i still wish that i had an iphone!!!!
August 17th, 2011 @ 9:27 am
How did you design and publish the app?
August 17th, 2011 @ 10:10 am
Awesome as usual. I'm wondering how u got the fire-flies to move so organic? Tried Trapcode Particular and didn't even come close. Did u used an expression?
August 17th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
Andrew, I'm really digging that you are wearing a BSU shirt.
Please tell me you have ties with Boise.
August 17th, 2011 @ 11:00 am
awesome effects, narrative, camera moves, but you definetly NEED better actors.
    August 18th, 2011 @ 8:37 am
    The brunette wasn't bad.
August 17th, 2011 @ 11:51 am
Oh wow... I must say I was REAAALLY hoping the Shattered Orb was done using the upcoming Element 3D. It was one of the coolest effects I've seen in a long time and I thought it'd be awesome if it was doable without using 3DsMax and Rayfire.
Mohammad Almenea
August 17th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
great work... thanks guys
August 17th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm
This is amazing, purely amazing. We can't WAIT for the tutorials - especially the 3D Composing.

The 3DSMax / AE Integration will be key for us for sure in our next ventures.

Too often the composition tutorials start as if you know 3DSMax export path / components really well - where Andrew and crew have a gift for teaching tough concepts by picking the correct "starting point" for their tutorials.

Again - we wouldn't be where we are today with our FX knowledge if it wasn't for :)

Thanks again and we're sharing the app around everywhere, and will admit that since we're techy nerds we're all about the Android - cause it is linux :)

- Dax (Creator of The Devil's Minstrels)
August 17th, 2011 @ 1:18 pm
can you make new tutorials in earlier than a month ?
Haggai Okwuchukwu Nwokolo
August 17th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm
Always the best Kramer
Lung Ngo Fei (Ron)
August 17th, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
Hey!I love this kind of video so much.It makes me know about how to make some awfully wonderful VFX in Adobe After effect and some 3D software.Make more "Behind the scene" like that if you can.One day,I am going to make a impressive movie like that.
August 17th, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
Andrew really you are prooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
August 17th, 2011 @ 9:45 pm
Fantastic work Mr. Kramer. Over the past year or so I've learned a ton from you, and because of that and my growing passion, I've decided to go to school and get in the VFX business myself. Just wanted to say thanks.
August 17th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
Andrew what i can say about you as you are talented amazing and an inspiration to me and others young artist who wants to grow and understand things, i believe what you have done is a message for all movies directors, producers and artist that this is the future of the films, it is a message to them that no big budget nor smashing things needed what is needed is Time, Determination and a focus to your goal. Dear Andrew you have shown that anything is possible. Thank you very Much.
August 17th, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
"You need boxes of duct tape ... and if the boxes break, you can fix them with the duct tape." Hah! In rare form w/this one - nicely done :P Looking fwd to new tutorials!

Was surprised to hear the hot maiden can actually talk! Also noticed the ladies (by which I mean the 2 women) are no longer the 1st screenshot in the App Store. That made me sad, but probably better to actually highlight the app ;)

Bought the app today just cuz & it's pretty cool! $0.99 is nothing to pay for 100s of hours of free VFX training! Thanks VC!
August 18th, 2011 @ 4:22 am
Wow! That was cool!
apple boy
August 18th, 2011 @ 4:41 am
you never no how to stop to amaze us AK.. and the truth is that we never want you to stop, bco'z we aspire to be like you.. :)
August 18th, 2011 @ 11:16 am
Youre living my dream! Wish i could also take part on your projects
August 18th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
MORE TUTorialsS!!!!
August 18th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
What happened to the download link for tutorials? My internet is slow so it takes lot time to buffer. So i have to download the tutorials for offline viewing.
August 18th, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
August 19th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
Man you guys ( video copilot ) your better than 'POPCORN' and i'm not just saying that :0)
August 19th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

I need to hire you! I have most of the concept done and implemented. I've decided I need someone that is proficient with both AE and Premieres API. I'm looking for AE7 CS3 and premiere 2 support.
Here is a early example of the "plug-in". This is made using expressions at inside AE.
If you are interested please contact me this week.

Andrew Kramer

Now This Is What I Call "A GO GETTER"
August 20th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
U see that? there isnt any very comment, cause this is not a Tutorials, its a behind the scene, so all we need is how to make thing, its about 2 month we, when i said we, that mean the world, we need more tuts, so u re helping us, try to go ahead, we need more 3d tuts in 3ds max, more about the explosion crystal ball, how to disapear people in 3ds max, maybe try to help us plz, do more tuts thanks for all
    August 21st, 2011 @ 3:57 am
    (SORRY FOR ENGLISH) I learned a lot from Andrew. It is fair to say such a thing. He must go on for himself, you can not expect to be our teacher "free". When he had time to publish a tutorial I'm sure he will. Also see these videos is important. It must support Andrew and his happiness. They have done so much for me, and I feel I can only say "thank you".
August 20th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm
LOVE the Boise Broncos T-Shirt !!!!!

Did three years of ROTC up the road at UI Moscow.
August 20th, 2011 @ 9:24 pm
"...when the boxes break, you can use the duct-tape to FIX the boxes..."
August 21st, 2011 @ 11:25 am
This is absolutely amazing and really and inspiration.
August 21st, 2011 @ 2:47 pm
Andrew Kramer! I've already said and I will never stop to repeat it! You're one of the best digital artist and you're always fun when you make video like this :D and I'd never see so much enthusiasm to make a "Making of" like this! Thanks to you and all the staff of Videocopilot for sharing your experience! careful with that drink! XD
Danny Drabb
August 22nd, 2011 @ 8:49 am
Will the new tutorials you speak about for the Demon Cam be available for purchase via DVD? I have purchased all of your DVD's and it has helped my career.


August 22nd, 2011 @ 8:04 pm
Hello! I know, you do a big work, and you don't care about my opinion....BUT this is trash. You know it. Please, do some better.
August 22nd, 2011 @ 9:34 pm
Andrew Kramer: We're going to try making an Android version.
Yoda: Do, or do not. There is no try.

Kool vid, by the way. Enjoyed very much.
August 23rd, 2011 @ 6:30 am
To A.K and the Video Copilot team, congrats on the phenominal work, absolutely top notch work. Thank you for your tutorials. I am one of your biggest fans in Papua New Guinea. Look forward to more tutorials. God bless.
August 23rd, 2011 @ 2:36 pm
I've bought the App DC. It's realy fantastic. Good Job.
Moore Owser
August 24th, 2011 @ 2:43 am
rayfire crystal ball tutorial PLEASEEEE!!
August 24th, 2011 @ 8:38 am
looks good!
cant wait for other tutorials to be posted! :)
August 24th, 2011 @ 9:21 am
As a consumer I want to congratulate you on a great app. It's polished, professional and a lot of fun. And, as my 9 year old son and I quickly learned, its not just for people. We had a blast creating a dog demon, fruit demon, a pillow demon, etc...

Also, as graphic designer I want sincerely thank you for all the incredible knowledge you've generously shared with the After Effects community. As a long-time user of AE (since back when it was made by CoSA!) I am immensely grateful for all I have learned from your site. You've improved my game beyond measure.

Thank you.
August 24th, 2011 @ 4:10 pm
Hope it'll be there soon for android
August 24th, 2011 @ 9:36 pm
I want the download link for tutorials.
August 25th, 2011 @ 4:02 am
first part of movie is boring, second part is better
August 26th, 2011 @ 9:42 am
Your love for destruction and mayhem... combined with your genius... and your initials... I can only conclude that you invented the AK-47 Mister Andrew Kramer.
August 26th, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
I was about to ask for an Android app lol. The visual effects in this video some of the best I've seen you do yet. Keep it up, and I really want to try out a few of these.
August 26th, 2011 @ 2:23 pm
August 26th, 2011 @ 11:07 pm
This motivates me to keep practicing and put my ideas into After Effects, I admire Andrew Kramer excellent tutorials congratulations, wonderful creativity and ingenuity to do ... thanks for the tutorials VIDEOCOPILOT make After Effects is part of my life ...
August 27th, 2011 @ 1:34 am
Andrew your great work for demon cam
August 29th, 2011 @ 8:41 am
hey Andrew, did you designed manually everithing in 3DS Max(The stage,the book,etc)?
September 3rd, 2011 @ 11:24 pm
Andrew, this is really insightful thanks!
September 20th, 2011 @ 11:27 am
Andrew and Team, are there any upcoming plans for the Demon Cam app on Android phones? - Thanks!
Your friend,
October 3rd, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
You are amazing andrew, i'm wondering how you manage to get time to update and make all those new stuff through the years !!! YOU ARE AMAZING MAN !!!!!!! GOD bless you for bringing plugin's, tutorials, footages for free !!!! you are the davinci of vfx !!!
October 5th, 2011 @ 3:45 am
Hi there!

This is my first post on this fabulous website and first of all I would like to thank Andrew for his incredible work! I'm a frenchie (don't hit me please:) trying to being a motion designer. I'm experienced and always curious about new things, recently I discovered the plugin for 3ds max called rayfire and I enjoyed playing around in destroying things like boxes, spheres ans sometimes teapot (sic)... I watched your "behond the scene" and saw that Andrew used rayfire for the crystal ball effects. My big question is how did he do that, I've never get to obtain such nice effect at home... Is that possible to get some clue, or tutorial, on this please?

Thanks for everything Andrew, keep going that way. You're the best!

October 28th, 2011 @ 8:03 am
Could you please send me the Blond's email so I could propose to her. (Joke... Sort of)
October 28th, 2011 @ 8:06 am
Sam is a great guy, but please replace Sam with the Blonde chick.
November 1st, 2011 @ 7:11 pm
This app was recommended on mexican t.v. for this halloween!
Jacob M
November 14th, 2011 @ 3:06 am
good job!
please, can you make a 3d tuto from the iphone used.
November 16th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm
Hi Andrew I was your new tutorial but one thing was so amazing the beard!!! did you do it in AF or 3D it was very awesome you are the best and i wish to be so like you one day and pleasss answer to my question
Swapnil Sarolkar
November 21st, 2011 @ 4:54 am
I like this Demon Cam project! It is too awesome and helps us to learn....recently I'm doing a 3d project with my friends and your site is very helpful to us! Thanx and keep it up!!!
fake akramer
January 19th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
andrew and the gang,

you guys are awesome

I laughed so hard watching this, as I always do, but particularly hard in this one, LOL
July 12th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
Hi Andrew, I have seen in your tutorial, on Demon Cam, that you did a separte movie for the opening book on the table.... but... how did you put the book on the table near the orb ? using 3DS MAX ? AE ? or both ?
Is possibile to have some tips ?

Thank a lot and ... congratulatrios for your perfect works

January 4th, 2014 @ 6:33 am
awesome ! thank you for the behind scene !
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