Shell Shocked!

In the spirit of kicking things off with a BANG, here is Sam Loya in our latest adventure, SHELL SHOCKED! As you might expect, we will be creating a few tutorials based on this video so you should probably check it out!

Watch Now on Vimeo!

Watch on Youtube!

We shot this with a Canon 5D and an 85mm lens, I also want to thank my friend Eric for letting us film at this location!

PS, the back-story is Sam was doing something else and then he did this.

January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:04 pm
Awesome! Happy New Year to everybody at Video Copilot!
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:31 am
    Happy new Year too! ... i see a f*ck at the end of the video... ahahahah great Sam :)
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:34 pm
    Great work AK... oh, you to Sam... haha.
    January 4th, 2012 @ 2:12 am
    A new Year with a new project!!!!
    January 14th, 2012 @ 7:36 am
    Hi Andreaw, great video, very funny..I would like in the future to see something with red-scarlet if you can.I would see the different by color.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:06 pm
Wow. I didn't see that coming. :)
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
Sam Loya at his best!
    January 7th, 2012 @ 10:32 am
    No i am the best!
    January 16th, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
    no... I am... wait... u r :(
    A. Grenade
    July 16th, 2012 @ 6:27 am
    No, I am the best
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
HAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHA it never rains until it pours, poor sam!! can i have his gun? :P
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
Amazing, AS USUAL.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
Hey, I have the same M16 gun prop at home! :D
Awesome video! Looking forward to more awesome Video Copilot tuts, it's how I learnt After Effects!
Thank you and Happy New Year!
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
    it's not even an M16.
    its an M4A1 with an RAS rail system, a holographic sight, and an LE crane stock.
    January 5th, 2012 @ 1:42 am
    where did you get ur props from?
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
Haha awesome. Can't wait for the tutorials!
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
Can you go over the color grading you did for this? The footage was absolutely beautiful.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
There we go Again
Chris Pinto
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
i thought it was a cool little random video and i loved the result of all the cg elements from this. and since i know people will want to know how you made the frag grenade can you show us in cinema 4D this time? a lot of people including myself use cinema 4D so it would benefit us. i know that this an after effects website and some people dont like you doing cg but in all honestly i like it when you do cg since it technically is most of what is going to be composited into after effects. overall job well done! (:
    Cas Wognum
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:25 am
    When he won't make a cinema 4D tutorial, you can use blender just for once: This tutorial ends with almost the same result as in the video.
    Blender Render
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
    YES! I agree! Use blender :D :lol:
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
    I agree, too most guys here have afterEffects and no 3d software, but blender is free...
Sellami Niez
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:13 pm
hello everybody I am Tunisian and I love this site . I learned many things that will help me to do my final project study thanks andrew kramer and sam loya ^^
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
wow , that what am waiting for
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
Awesome video.! :-)
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
Jajajaja it's really fun but exelent job Andrew!!!
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
like i say you are still my supter star :D:D:D
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
Great work as always, love seeing these types of projects!

Now when can we expect to hear you comment on the "Action Movie FX" app? Don't think we didn't notice a poster for a film starring Tino Hertz and Sam Loya?
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
A M A Z I N G! Good job Andrew :D
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Now THAT is funny. Brilliant.

I have one cool suggestion. Let's see one where Sam actually gets to come out alive. :)
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
That was hilarious :)
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:43 pm
Best way to start the year.

Happy new year VideoCopilot!

¡Saludos y bendiciones desde Honduras! (Greetings and God bless from Honduras!)
Damien Bray
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
Wow is that a 3d model of a grenade the hole time? or just on the throw. it looks great
Puppet cool
January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
why the 85 mm ...???
January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:21 pm
Nice Work Sir ..

Happy New Year ..
January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:25 pm
Happy New Year to all videocopilot crew ñ.ñ I can't wait to see Element in action :D
January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:53 pm
Suck it up Sam! If you are going out like that you should have jumped on a few of those puppies to save that crate!!!

Love the DoF you can pull from the 5D MkII - it has that film feel for sure.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:56 pm
Color and CG elements look great! AK and his team still the best!
Haggai Nwokolo
January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:58 pm
Cool... Happy Xmas and New 2012...
Rusty Shackleford
January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
    Don't be sad Rusty!! Element is coming, it's big and we're making it great.
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:41 am
    Be patient Rusty. Andrew is fine tuning it :)
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:42 am
    Been wondering the same thing :/
    Can we get an update? Just want to know where this awesomeness is at.
    Twitter - @dafiker
    January 4th, 2012 @ 4:12 am
    Hi Andrew, i am from tunisia. I am so exited to see your new plugin ELEMENT 3D. It will be the best after effects plugin. Thank you. You are the best??
    January 9th, 2012 @ 8:00 am
    Happy New Year for the hole team!Andrew Kramer and Sam awsome team and the crew... All the best and wish a great work with a wonderful new project and a happy new year!!!!Hungarian in Chicago Zoltan
January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
Great material, check out some of my work Happy 2012!!
January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:56 pm
happy new year sam
I'll Wait, andrew ^^
January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
That's awesome.......Happy new year including you and your whole team along with all fans of Videocopilot.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:12 pm
I love the back story. Very informative.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:17 pm
merry christmas and a happy new year to you to :( nice to hear again from you guys
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:21 pm
How about Optical Flares for Nuke??? any updates please! thank you.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:25 pm
Man that is awesome!!! Happy New Year bro!!
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:25 pm
3D Max Grenades here we come! xD
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:45 pm
Is Demon Cam tutorials finished?
January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:53 pm
WOW! I'm rollin! That was hilarious!!!!
January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:12 pm
HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa :D
Great one, Andrew
I think the scene was Sam throw the bomb away is the same technique of the bullet tutorials
Sahil Siddiqui
January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:19 pm
Hey Andrew could you please make a 3ds max beginners guide as you made for the after effects those 10 training videos..
please please please it would be a great help..
    Blender Render
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
    If you buy the Video Copilot 'The bullet' I believe he does something like that ;) Really good DVD you should take a look at it :D
    Steve Sharkey
    January 4th, 2012 @ 12:51 am
    Just be careful when buying DVDs (internationally) I love the videocopilot products but the once I bought a non-download product it came thru the post then found not only the import duty (which is fair enough) but the carrier adds a significant admin fee for collecting the tax which means I would not do that one again - shame because the product (Action Essentials II) was excellent, I would very much prefer a download product.
January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:32 pm
O Man What a action i like it specially Sam face expressions
January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
Happy New Year
And I want Element 3d
January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
Happy New Year To All of You & Specially To Sam
Can't wait make it fast
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:01 am

Its awesome man. cillax :)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:11 am
I love the sublime work of A. Grenade, he definitely should've won an Oscar last year....that's Hollywood for ya!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:16 am
Excellent !
As usual...

Je souhaite à Andrew, Sam, et toute l'équipe de VideoCopilot une bonne année 2012 !!!

I wish you, Andrew, Sam, and the whole team of VideoCopilot a happy new year 2012!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:22 am
Great effect - awesome storytelling!
Happy new year from Germany!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:30 am
is the dof and grenade in the shot where the grenade gets thrown back by sam real or fake? either way it looks BEAUTIFUL
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:43 am
Awesome! Looking forward to the tutorial!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:44 am
Hey Andrew, since we are in a 2012, and you know all those movies about apocalypse, why not making a tutorial, how to destroy a building or a house....

Happy new year btw. and great video "Shell Shocked", cant wait tutorial...
January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:05 am
Very nice - looking forward to tutorials BUT not wanting to make myself unpopular with the fans around here but:

Whilst I like the slow-mo on the grenade when Sam threw it - surely it wouldn't fly "flat" like that.

And the sparks from the return fire didn't quite look right to me.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:22 am
God bless Sam Loya and may he live a long happy life)))))) So many times he is torn into pieces, struck by lightning, turned into demon... poor Sam))))))
Magnificent editing, cool effects and sound. The environment makes it look more natural. Interesting idea of the midpoint - the unexpected turn of events that shows the potential of the director.
Really good work!!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:35 am
As well as any others, i would be glad about a Cinema 4D tutorial this time. This is a pretty nice job done by the direction of Andrew and facial contortion of Sam ;)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:46 am
Awesome video.

Btw, I downloaded the action movie fx app on my iphone, and everything looked so videocopilot-ish, I almost suggested you to sue these people, but than I checked the credits and I realised it was made by you!

Why didn't you tell us about the app?
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:03 am
hei andrew this is not fair, how many times u killed sam loya :P
great work, like it so much.........
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:26 am
Very nice Work....Poor Sam Loya.He always get himself killed....By the way,Can we shoot stuff like this with the 7D?..What is the best out of 5d mark ii and 7D?.......
mbindzou vincent
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:30 am
Happy New Year Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot team!
Happy new year from Gabonese!
Really good work!!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:31 am
Very nice!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:04 am
...and Sam expires in yet another cool way, happy new ye co-p
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:16 am
Hahahha this was absolutly hilarious xD Especially the backstory hahahah! Way to go videocopilot-crew!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:25 am
Awesome again! :D So short, but I enjoyed it so much.
I am looking forward on those tutorials.

As always I am curious how you did the sound part for the movie.
Disturbed Noise
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:25 am
Hmm wait .. this is from Die Hard 2 isnt it? The Scene were John McClane is trapped in a Cockpit and the Bad Guys throwing Granades in it. I thought it was with Bruce Campbell but well i was wrong ... it was with Sam Loya! YippiKAYEEEE Motherrenderer!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:43 am
Awesome video.

Btw, I downloaded the action movie fx app on my iphone, and everything looked so videocopilot-ish, I almost suggested you to sue these people, but than I checked the credits and I realised it was made by you!

Why didn't you tell us about the app?
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:53 am
Pleeeeeease also in Cinema4D (C4D)!!!
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:00 am
    i second this :)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:17 am
great sir
nice camera angles n all d stuff fantastic
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:23 am
Hey Andrew This Nice Effect.

Plis Create Tutorial
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:24 am
Andrew You Utilize Action Essentials 2?
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:39 am
Laughing my but off.
The grenade flying in slow-mo.... 3dMax?
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:46 am
You could do a tutorial on the gradient of this film.
Way it was filmed, if used cinestyle.
Making of A would be nice.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:48 am
You could do a tutorial on the color grad of this film.
Way it was filmed, if used cinestyle.
Making of A would be nice.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:59 am

PS: poor sam :D
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:52 am
Fantastc!!!! waitng for tutorials!!!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:11 am
Andrew, you're awsome dude, absolutely love your tutorials
and keep up the good work.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:12 am
Very cool! I loved it!
Dustin K
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:19 am
Dayum Andrew.. The color grading on these shorts are always amazing.. I'd love to know what your workflow is and what you use. :D
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:29 am
All that I know on after effects its thanks to you andrew, THANKS!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:34 am
amazing.I am waiting for your tuttorialls
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:35 am
i love your tutorials
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:50 am
Impressive as always. Looking forward to many awesome tutorials in 2012.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:58 am
We expect so much and you still excel x)
Perhaps a fan should make a forum for us to show our work; instead of spamming this forum...(as good as user vids are)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:19 am
hahaha sam...

This was great, very well done!

F... loool
Blender Render
January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:22 am
Blender?? Please?? Blender can do a really cool grenade! See!!

Take a look at the Finished Result :D Blender just got a new render engine! It can make some amazing things! You really should make more tuts with blender :D

Thanks for posting! Great Video!
    Blender Render 2
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:26 am
    I agree!!
    Blender Render 3
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:58 am
    I just wanted to continue the nothing special. BUT, in case you haven't seen or heard- Andrew has a product called The Bullet where he shows how to do the Matrix style bullet effects and how to create A BULLET in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D and, eh? Here is the link:
    Now that I got one Andrew's product promoted I think I SHOULD GET A FREE PRODUCT FROM HIM...right???
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:20 am
    I agree with the gentleman about the Bullet. I bought the product from Andrew and he does show some cool stuff including building the bullet in Blender. There are tons of Blender tutorials out there though that are pretty cool. I believe the guy that does a lot of them is also named Andrew. :) Blenderguru I think.
    Blender Render
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:23 am
    Yes I have the bullet! But just because we did one does not mean he can't do more ;) :D Blender is the wave of the future
January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:44 am
HAHAHAHA amazing... excellent job but Sam very pity........
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:25 am
How will Andrew make videos in the future???
OH WAIT...Sam died a lot of times before but we keep seeing him all the time!!! How COOL is that? ;D
    January 7th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
    SAAAAAMMMMM! NOOOOOOOO! LOL. Wait a minute is Sam a mute? were is the screaming?
Pulkit Sharma
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:26 am
WOW!! That was really amazing.....nothing less expected from video-copilot anyway. HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!
Lucas de Souza
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:35 am
Amazing, men! XD

Very good!
Emma Parker
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:39 am
what the 85 mm lenses for? why 35 mm didn't work out?
    Ryan Hartsell
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
    I think you're confusing optics and film
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:53 am
andrew... where the 3d element ??
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:58 am
Amazing :)

What is the f/ of the lens?

Thanks :)
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:29 am
    its over 9000!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:47 am
I love it! From one filmmaker to another, the shot of Sam after he throws the grenade breaks the 180 degree rule and feels awkward. He is on the right side of the frame when he throws the grenade and the next shot he is on the left; it seems as if he was blowing himself up with the grenade, instead of the enemy. Hope this doesn't offend you.
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
    In my weak opinion, Robert Nellums, I don't think it breaks "180 degree rule". I played it back for ten times and still cannot get where the rule is broken! While the actor is throwing the grenade he is on the right side of the frame, but gradually the grenade becomes the focal part of the frame. This lets an editor use any frame shot from other sides. We can see that the shooting is active and dynamic and even then, the actor is mostly on the right and center of the frame after explosion.
    That's what I think about this! However, maybe I'm wrong)))))))
    What is the most interesting to me did Andrew use Element 3D to generate the falling grenades?
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
    Well, I'm baffled by the comment. This grenade shot is a beautiful shot. I was more concerned about finding the frame in which it changes from the real grenade to the CGI grenade but for my own learning. I did find it and at full speed it is seamless. I am anxious to see the tutorial on that part to see if I am right now on how to do the effect. If I am right, Andrew has taught me well. :)
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
    No, the video is great. It is an amazing film. But, screen direction is what I'm referring to. The action BEFORE the grenade throw is taken place with the actor on the right side of the screen. After the grenade throw, the actor is backwards. Look at what he is taking cover behind. It also moves as well. After reading this, I bet Andrew agrees with me. :)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:50 am
Really nice video, the idea was very creative,haha sam looked so into it! but i will say the CG grenade looked a bit to nice not as ruged as a rugged as the real Grenade which would really help the over all look, just a thought id mention.
Emilio LPU
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:56 am
the light used at the launch of granana was very good
Kostandin Angjellari
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:59 am
WOW!!!!! That's great... really nice..
and sam like always a victim of andrew kramer fantasy.....
You 're great Andrew
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:02 am
You can really see the acting get better over the years. Can we get a twixtor tutorial with the AK flare and jokes we've all come to hate...err....enjoy. Great work bud.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:07 am
A.Grenade is an awesome actor... now he's playing with Sam Loya.. Sam must be proud!!! lol!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:22 am
A. Grenade !!!....from now on Sam Loya will be known as the " Indestructible SAM " .. well ,something like that...VideoCopilot rules !!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:25 am
this canon 5d Is ''AMAZING'' lol
January 3rd, 2012 @ 11:16 am
!! Ha, Ha, Love It!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 11:25 am
what does Sam with his face???
January 3rd, 2012 @ 11:33 am
oh shiit its amazing
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
hi glade to see you guys sorry about that can you tell about Aharon Rabinowitz he is your friends
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
I would hate being some, I mean, all those bombs raining on you. Can't wait for the tutorial!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
Andrew would you please help do a tutorial about the effects used in the end credits of Sherlock Holmes, Please!!! would be so awesome.
Angga Satrya
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
Andrew Kramer u are Mr. Amazing in AE, Sam Loya . . . ?? Fire in the hole !!! hahaha... - 2 Thumb Up for VC.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:59 pm
very good video. I have to say, by watching your tutorials and using products, I have become a better visual effects artist than I would have been on my own. Thanks Mr. Andrew!
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
    Has A. Grenade been in many other films. His name seems to ring a bell. :)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
LOL! Sam just never gets a break
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
Wow this looks better than some hollywood movies man!...i like the 3D grenade (A. Grenade) hah...assuming it is 3D..unless u have the best camera in the world (Canon 5D is good though =P)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
wow this is the quality of the camera..i use a Canon t3i Rebel...amazing quality as well..was there a lens flare in one of the shots? love the CGI grenade (a.grenade) =P
January 3rd, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
Plz Andrew, make a lot of 3Ds max tutorials !!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
Awesome vid, Sam was looking pretty awesome in this. Great scene; amazingly shot and structured! Gotta love the ending, poor guy heh
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:28 pm
awesome vid as always Andrew! haha!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 3:41 pm
hey andrew nice video as always
by the way i saw sam loya's name and your wifes name on the bad robot action movie fx app for iphone hahahaha and i saw a couple of video copilot lens flares
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
Excellent. Nice back story, too.

BTW, the Action Movie FX app is great! Good job on that, Andrew.
Mike Kimble
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
How about a slow-motion explosion of the grenade???
January 3rd, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
WAIT - were those ELEMENT grenades? :)
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:35 pm
    GOD! I read it and I thought so too BUT, honestly I don't thing the grenades were from ELEMENT. What I understand is ELEMENT is a plugin that generates particles for motion graphics.
    For this compositing work, I believe ELEMENT is not a good option because particles don't have a controllable position; In this case, the grenades would be flying around everywhere.

    But who knows? Maybe the changes Andrew is doing are meant to do compositing work?
    Blender Render
    January 4th, 2012 @ 7:47 am
    reallllllly???? I HOPE SO! that would be so epic!! 0_o
    January 4th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
    @John Yeah, I don't really think that the grenades were ELEMENT, but they COULD be - trapcode particular has directional controls as well as impact options for a wall or floor where you can bounce the particles. The difference is that Particular only allows you to use 2D sprites. IF the VCP Gang has figured out how to be a 3D version of Particular - then you've got that grenade scene REAL easily - in RECORD time. especially compared to dropping 3D grenade models in there individually.
    January 4th, 2012 @ 10:45 am
    AND - it would make ELEMENT the new must-have plugin industry-wide.
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
Nice! one good tip, make the muzzle flashes transfer mode into add instead of normal, just makes it blend better with the footage! great job with the 3d grenade! :D
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:26 pm
Awesome!this is really cool!i waiting for elements!
Dave Cameron
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:33 pm
Happy New Years everyone..

That was great..

I have to get a seat belt for my chair as
fall off laughing when all the grenades where
thrown back.. LOL

I hope this will be alot of fun...

January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
Happy New Year Everybody! Andrew, good work, as always!!! :)
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:46 pm
Happy New Years everyone..

That was great..

I have to get a seat belt for my chair as
fall off laughing when all the grenades where
thrown back.. LOL

I hope this will be alot of fun…

Gustavo Osiel
January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
Your job is excellent and in this time was funny. Happy new year from Chile!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:49 pm
I'm a girl and I like explosions!
    Mr. Explosion
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:45 pm
    I'm an explosion and I like girls!!
    January 4th, 2012 @ 1:11 am
    well said))))))))))
January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
can you pls post the project files :()
January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Element is comming out? DAMN someone should have warned me...i spent all my money on christmas presents ¬¬
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:57 pm
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:13 pm
Hi, this is cool, but it will cooler if you teach us how did you color correct this video :)) cheer !
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:32 pm
Happy new year . . . nice wrkk specially Andrew's Acting. . . that panic faces . . .:D
    January 4th, 2012 @ 11:23 am
    It is Sam Loya, meanwhile Andrew must be recording which means he is behind the camera,
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:42 pm
First time I really laughed at your videos!
Waiting for tuts....
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:29 pm
I smell some dynamics!!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:31 pm
Andrew, tell Sam for next time - his left hand should be gripping the receivers and not the magazine while shooting.
Keep on rockin'!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 11:47 pm
Hahaha! Great concept! Love the ending! :)
January 4th, 2012 @ 12:17 am
hahah i like the concept of the Story… :))))
January 4th, 2012 @ 2:58 am
I love the film look Andrew...should make for an interesting tutorial!
January 4th, 2012 @ 3:01 am
Mr. Andrew what course did you graduate?
January 4th, 2012 @ 4:13 am
Awesome, grenades is ELEMENT's??
January 4th, 2012 @ 4:20 am
OH?In China I can't open Vimeo or youtube?because of the Great Firewall of China.I'm so sad.I want to cry.I want to see your video as soon as possible.But I'm in China. >_<
January 4th, 2012 @ 4:38 am
Aah nice Video :)

But Andrew, is there a way you can make a film with Sam, in which he DOESNT die? :D
January 4th, 2012 @ 5:29 am
Immortal SAM! xDD nice work Andrew!!
January 4th, 2012 @ 6:15 am
Oh guys please help me .. im craving for that gun sound effect @ 0:15 (the one thats coming from the enemy) ive been hearing that and i really want to put it in one of my vids
January 4th, 2012 @ 6:42 am
great , how can i do to be a good designer in visual effects
I have a good experince in 3D's max and After Effects
January 4th, 2012 @ 7:10 am
KRAMER you need to see a Psycologist one day you might release the best exiting tutorial and as usual we will think you are still sane but you have already lost it. THE MOST EXITING PROMO to have ever seen.

were you a comedian in your other life?
January 4th, 2012 @ 8:04 am
Hey Andrew awesome video and great job with the new app
January 4th, 2012 @ 8:19 am
Great Movie and VFX demonstration. Good job guys.
January 4th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
Why 88mm lens?Did u use Nd filter?
January 4th, 2012 @ 10:17 am
wow Very nice . I Love you ANDREW !
January 4th, 2012 @ 11:06 am
Andrew please stop killing SAM!!!
    January 6th, 2012 @ 12:59 am
    I think Andrew hates SAM is there any tutorial that SAM is involved that he has ever said nice thing about him. If not sucide on top of the tolest buildign in newyork to lightning, grenade, vampire look and all teh rest. Please ANDREW dont kill our SAM in the next tutorial
January 4th, 2012 @ 11:15 am
Can you tell me the exact model of Canon 5d that you used? I want one! thanks
    January 4th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
    Do you have $3000? Plus the extra $2000 to pay for the lens? If so, can I have $5000, please?
    January 4th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm
    Canon 5D MK II - with a 85mm f/1.2 or f/1.8 lens.. and those lenses are pretty expensive mate :)
January 4th, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
Haha awesome! Academy award goes to: 'A.Grenade'
January 4th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm
awesome! you're the best!
January 4th, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
This gave me a laugh, great work!
January 4th, 2012 @ 7:21 pm
sam...again... god...(y so easily[always?] die...)
Kamen Sway
January 4th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm
Lol, great stuff Andrew, its amazing how much work goes into something so short, this short film should be called " Revenge of the grenades"
January 4th, 2012 @ 9:35 pm
Lol, that was freaking hilarious!
January 4th, 2012 @ 10:03 pm
Finally, a film with a back story I believe... :)
January 4th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm
u rock guys awesome tutorial and plug-ins........
January 4th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm
Hey Andrew! Very nice video, i definitely love it. Do you have a releasedate for Element yet? Because we've been waiting for months and months and yet there is no sign of it at all.. By the way, the color correction looks fantastic, any chance of doing a tutorial on CC? :) You're the best, keep on doing what you do!
Roshan toatakhil
January 4th, 2012 @ 11:59 pm
So nice and so funny i liked it lolzzz keep it up Kramer
January 5th, 2012 @ 12:17 am
Perhaps the greatest trick Andrew pulled was convincing us that Sam is a real person and not a special effect. If you look at AE 10 there will be a Sam Loya Effect. It's only going to be 8 bit at first :(
January 5th, 2012 @ 12:23 am
Sam Loya is awesome So nice and so funny i liked it
January 5th, 2012 @ 1:32 am
ahhaha awesome !
January 5th, 2012 @ 5:27 am
Salut Andrew!!
Je m'appel Cheikh Kasse je réside au sénégal, je suis un fan de vos réalisation, j'apprend à faire des effets spéciaux avec After Effect et Autodesk Maya. Maintenant ça fait quelque mois que j'ai eu la chance de tomber sur vos tutos et j'avoue que j'ai fait une avancée considérable depuis que je vous suit. Je tenait juste à vous remercier, car je l'avoue à travers vos tutos, moi et toutes les personnes qui vous suivent sommes très enchanté d'avoir cette chance de pouvoir apprendre à faire du vraie compositing avec After Effects. de nos jours on trouve pas facilement des tutos aussi complet et surtout d'un niveau avancé comme les vôtres. Merci encore pour ce coup de main et bonne continuation.
January 5th, 2012 @ 8:04 am
Hi , very good
Please insert the tutorial of this product !
January 5th, 2012 @ 8:06 am
Happy new Year dear ANDREW !
January 5th, 2012 @ 8:16 am
Once again Sam Loya is screwed loool! well done!how did u generate these grenades?
January 5th, 2012 @ 9:17 am
Happy New year Andrew and to the family and rest of videocopilot:

As always, amazing inspiration.

If you do make a tutorial based on this, could you advise us on how actors should or should not do blowback or recoil acting? Or should this be post work (i.e. slight camera shake and other distractions for the illusion)

I know I could google this, but I would rather hear from someone here or yourself.

Jim the Jelly Baby
January 5th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
Awesome! Although it looks like so much time was put into the grenades, that the muzzle flashes suffered only enough attention to receive a glow effect. In other words, they weren't composited very well. I like to double the flare with a radial blur or glow underneath for better blending, but that's ok, AK has proven himself adept with muzzle flashes in the past, it wasn't the focus of the video.
January 5th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
Great as usual Andrew!
I loved the color grading too! So film look!
Rodrigo Casale
January 5th, 2012 @ 4:27 pm
Sam,Turorial porfavor! :/
January 5th, 2012 @ 5:31 pm
Hey can we get a tutorial on how to do the grenade scene?
January 5th, 2012 @ 8:21 pm
Great job.
I'm a big fan of second Act.
January 5th, 2012 @ 8:47 pm
wauu!! muy vacano, y gracias por tus vídeos tutoriales
January 5th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm
Real sweet that is. Really nice.
January 5th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm
Hi Andrew
Happy New Year
This video was amazing
K. Back
January 6th, 2012 @ 12:10 am
Well done, Kramer and Team, it is very good.
January 6th, 2012 @ 5:34 am
YA NEH! ntho tse ntle ele ka nnete. Great movie effects. Themba from South Africa
January 6th, 2012 @ 5:56 am
Awesome !
So beautiful ! I love the Optical Flares on the begining that's was so beautiful and the end was prety funny and not expected.

Please publish more video that you are doing :)
Fxs Inc
January 6th, 2012 @ 7:16 am
Mr. Freddiew Wong here's ur close competitor...Or a perfect competitor

Sam and Andrew u both rock buddy...:-D
January 6th, 2012 @ 10:27 am
LOL, as usual, the classic VC mix of impressive compositing, Sam's rubber face, and a good dose of humor! Happy New Year!
January 6th, 2012 @ 10:48 am
good.RPG c4d tuts
Danny Jones
January 7th, 2012 @ 3:17 am
I would like only to say. That muzzle flash is off. Doesn't line up with the line of fire. I know it's verry comon in most productions using VFX, but you can even see it on the screen shot on the main page:)
January 7th, 2012 @ 4:45 am
Good Video! Big problem though. The part where Sam shoots his M4 the first time you see a muzzle flash from Action Essentials 2 pack which is a side flare. You should have used a front flare. So a round flare. Look at the tutorials inside Action Essentials 2 the muzzle flash tutorial. Its the same angle but different flare. Look out for small details like that.
But don't get me wrong, its only a small detail. All your other stuff is awesome and very useful. ;)
    January 12th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
    Umm.. You DO know that this guy, Andrew, is the guy who made Action Essentials?.. Why should he watch his own tutorial.. that's just dumb.
January 7th, 2012 @ 8:27 am
haii kramer what about 2011 blog show?
January 7th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
Like the scene in the movie "Where Eagles Dare", Clint Eastwood was thrown a german grenade and he threw it back. Then they threw a couple more but Clint ran away and escaped. Poor Sam! Now we have to make him better by turning him to a Cyborg.
January 7th, 2012 @ 7:42 pm
think we'll never see sam loya again.. :(

rest in pieces sam! :D
January 7th, 2012 @ 11:16 pm
How i can send a Topic ? i know not . please help me
January 8th, 2012 @ 1:04 am
you are the best andrew
i'm from Burundi
January 8th, 2012 @ 5:30 am
That ending had me rolling! LOL....Awesome movie...
January 8th, 2012 @ 7:46 am
Hahaha amazing,... It's gonna be really good tutorial.
Lloyd Ambrose
January 8th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
85mm? what aperture size???? I NEED TO KNOW THIS!!!
    January 12th, 2012 @ 11:39 am
    85mm f/1.2 !!
January 8th, 2012 @ 3:50 pm
OK, when I grow up I want to be like you! LOL Great stuff!!

I'm an executive who plays around with AE in my spare time for fun (how nerdy is that?!) and I just love your site. Looking forward to the tutorial.
January 8th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
Andrew Kramer, you are the best!

Do you use fake guns or real ones without bullets? If you use fake ones, where do get them?
    January 11th, 2012 @ 3:14 am
    I also want to know this! and the granades are 3D, right?
January 8th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm
U are After Effect God !
January 8th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
January 9th, 2012 @ 3:22 pm
fix that explosion at the end
January 9th, 2012 @ 6:16 pm
excellent! Please color correction tutorial. thanks
January 9th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
I think that around the time of the 200th tutorial, you should string together "The many deaths of Sam Loya" :)
January 9th, 2012 @ 8:54 pm
So we're supposed to use the eyedropper tool to figure out what color Sam Loya is in real life?
January 10th, 2012 @ 4:29 am
Hi Andrew
I want tutorial of this product , would you like to set the tutorial on the blog ??
January 10th, 2012 @ 7:56 am
Andrew i want make transparency video , with black background for example clips in " ACTION ESSENTIALS 2 " , how i can make it ??
please please please please please please HELP me .
January 10th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
nice one andrew umh i wanted to ask where do you get these guns am in africa and i want to build a habit of making great action movies like yours in my country(Rwanda)
THX and please help me
January 11th, 2012 @ 1:13 am
hey really nice work.....Me short form of Andrew bro...;)
January 12th, 2012 @ 6:59 am
I love the video Sam you are awasome! thank you guys! Happy New Year From New York!
saher al-iraqi
January 16th, 2012 @ 3:52 am
cant wait to get the elements:)
January 17th, 2012 @ 7:03 am

This is a good work

I'm learning new

I live in Iran...

and evry were download your tutorial

January 18th, 2012 @ 3:54 am
I am cutting a short film right now that involves a lot of gunplay and I have your Action Essentials 2 but there is nothing in there on how you got the ejected cartridges to look so good - PLEASE can you do a tutorial on getting them to look that good as I always struggle with them!!!
January 18th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm
I love these videos! I can't wait to make one!" rel="nofollow">Atlanta Video Production
January 18th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
u are very very very amazing ... !!

keep go up !
January 18th, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
Very Big like.
January 19th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
Very nice , just like a real movie shot
January 19th, 2012 @ 8:36 pm
all i need now is a tutorial about those matrix green strips which appear in their computers ........ or if you can play assassin creed ,then ther eis almost same kind of effect..
i know it to create in flash
but i want to learn in after effects .....
Andrew if you read my request
please do make the tutorial.....please..please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 20th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm
Man really... do you ever, EVER do something wrong??? DAMN!!! really funny, really cool and well done... CONGRATS MR.!!! Keep the good work!

Regards from Panama!
January 24th, 2012 @ 10:03 am
Which kind of softair you've used for this shot?
Is it a normal plastic softair, or either metal?
Petrit Kosova
February 4th, 2012 @ 1:23 am
Very good animation VIDEO COPILOT #1
Begad Morsi
February 6th, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Guys check this out!

I made this video to show what's going on on the other side of the battlefield! i just hope andrew doesn't sue me :P
I just did it out of love ! Andrew you're the best!!!!!!
February 7th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
i wanna be just like u andrew kramer
February 7th, 2012 @ 7:38 pm
what's the name of the that airsoft gun and where did you get it
February 14th, 2012 @ 5:24 am
Hi, I want to get the answer for what Manuel asked to. I am looking for realistic stag prop guns :D
February 22nd, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
Hello Andrew, I have a very important question for you! there is something I have to complete in a short amount of time and I want to ask you: How do you do your AMAZING Color Correction??? There has to be more to it than just "Curves" in AE. THANK YOU!!
March 2nd, 2012 @ 9:04 pm
The two stills of Sam Loya above are a convincing case for a new category at the Oscars: Best Male Action Face in a Foreign Film.
March 6th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm
Very cool. The only thing wrong, which I noticed immediately, is that the grenade is rotating the wrong direction.

If you threw it side arm like that, it would roll of the finger tips and spin the other way.
March 11th, 2012 @ 12:30 am
Nice video,and the rifle is HK 416 ,not m16 or m4 :)))
March 16th, 2012 @ 9:56 pm
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March 19th, 2012 @ 2:02 am
Sam Loya more dangerous than Chuck!!!
March 26th, 2012 @ 10:16 am
In China, not youtube, so sad!
March 30th, 2012 @ 6:00 am
Wow this is real great, i real apreciate your works

keep it up and keep on inspiring us.

your'e realy a role model.

Thumbs up!!!!!
April 2nd, 2012 @ 7:11 am
Where did music and sound effects come from!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bhabesh Deka
April 14th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm
Wow this is nice encouraging clip for everyone.

thanks buddy

have a nice day and luking for more effects
May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
andrew kramer please rate my short metrage inspired by shellshocked
May 4th, 2012 @ 8:26 am
That is so cool to watch someone grow as much as Sam as an Actor he just keeps getting better and better.
May 31st, 2012 @ 11:02 am
u crashsam haha
July 5th, 2012 @ 11:24 am
awesome video!! im hoping to start filming soon and applying everything i've learned from this website. Great Job guys
Farai Maturure
August 1st, 2012 @ 1:14 am
Great video. and this idea of using the sag guy,Sam ,on most of your videos and tutorial is real cool.Real cool to an extent that he should pay you guys not to pay him. Keep up the good work Video Copilot.
August 1st, 2012 @ 3:46 am
Wow is Awesome
I would like to know which 85mm lens model you used in the Scene

Thank you so much
August 5th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
I have followed the site for quite a while, I now have a RED Scarlet, & live in the area, & I'd love to do some filming with/for you. Let me know...

August 7th, 2012 @ 9:20 am
Hey Andrew sir u r so great. And ossam job...............
Elia Ali
August 10th, 2012 @ 4:27 am
hi Andrew or sir Andrew
i hope to get a piece of your great mind
nice works , Accurately works , this is what i looking for
i waaaaaaaaant to be as andrew keep going
October 6th, 2012 @ 2:50 am
Andrew, at you very good color correction. Wouldn't like to create a series of lessons about postprodakshn?
October 8th, 2012 @ 2:58 am
Oh, Who is that actor?
November 22nd, 2012 @ 5:00 am
Very Good Video I like that
February 12th, 2013 @ 5:12 am
hahaha man who ever dont like kremers staff man i dnt realy what is wrong with that person.
March 2nd, 2013 @ 6:11 am
oh, man, this is f*ckin awesome, when are the tutorials out?
Joshua Okoro
March 2nd, 2013 @ 9:20 am
nice one, really nice, and funny too.
July 22nd, 2013 @ 2:56 pm
Sam Loya at his GREAT :)
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