VFX Breakdowns from Digital Domain!

Digital domain has a great breakdown for some of the VFX for Transformers 3. In fact if you browse their website you will find many amazing reels and finished work that will surely inspire you!


February 9th, 2012 @ 10:06 am
That's Amazing!!!Thank you for sharing..
    February 9th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
    Great !! thanks 4 sharing ^^
    John Fitz
    February 10th, 2012 @ 6:35 am
    What software was used to make thes effects??
    February 10th, 2012 @ 9:30 am
    Amazing one.
    February 12th, 2012 @ 8:15 am
    Well, I am not Michael Bay, or Andrew Kramer, or someone important, but maybe you guys enjoy the little breakdowns of the second half of my reel (http://vimeo.com/34571698)

    Any comments, opinions and advices are welcome!

    Awesome videos in digitaldomain, by the way. Thanks, Mr. Kramer.
    February 12th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
    CRoblex, nice work, saw it earlier, Imagineer Mocha promoted you on their FB Page.
    February 13th, 2012 @ 1:36 am
    Amazing yup, I hope Andrew will start a new section of the blog with some interviews to this artists and pro? Do you like as idea?
    February 13th, 2012 @ 3:56 am
    Yes, Chris, I know! Imagineer Mocha contacted me one day after I upload the video. Thank you very much!
    February 21st, 2012 @ 5:58 am
    Star Wars fans! I animated an AT-AT walker in my short reel - and some other startwars stuff. heck it if u get bored. I have a few shot breakdowns - but nothing really special. http://vimeo.com/35866647
    February 27th, 2012 @ 8:49 am
    What an amazing masterpiece of 3d VFX from digital domain, i love them really love them!
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:07 am
Must all VFX be about destruction? It must? Okay!
    john chen
    February 9th, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
    That's what people are most impressed with these days
    February 9th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
    think about it, effects are to make it look like something you normaly could not do, or something that is not possible, You really cant go around blowing stuff up unless you live outside America. Thanks to Andrew we can try to do things that could never be done do without him, Its safe to say I got a bromance crush on him. I always incorporate things I learn from him see example below http://www.youtube.com/user/MayNation?feature=mhum
    February 10th, 2012 @ 3:55 pm
    Some of the VFX folks got to remake the Titanic. It is sunk in the Altantic torn in two. However, weren't fire crackers fun when you were a kid?
    Andrew, just a thought, are you going to have a %OFF sale anytime soon? I missed the one last year and I'm itching to get some goodies, but I only do this as a hobby and to keep my brain active. I love what you do with the stuff! Thanks!
    February 18th, 2012 @ 1:17 am
    Mathew Butler, who VFX supervised this work at DD was on the effects animation crew for Titanic, way back when. Among other thing he created the prop cavitation bubble animations, through clever procedural techniques if I remember right, because computational fluid dynamics were way too slow to use in production back then (the SGIs at the time had CPUs similar to what you'd find in a Nintendo-64).
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:14 am
They did fantastic work, as did ILM on this one.
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:19 am
What a shot! Very nice sharing from Digital Domain :)
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:29 am
Truly incredible! Thank you so much for sharing! Do you know how they made the Digital Domain symbol fly away?
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:29 am
Insanity , i want their rendering machines right now.
Thanks for Sharing
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:33 am
great, thnx 4 sharing
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:35 am
Hey Andrew, do you happen to know which software was used? Nuke? Maya? AE?

    CAMB Productions
    February 9th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
    Possibly all of them. You get the best of all worlds.
    February 9th, 2012 @ 10:51 am
    Wouldnt be surprised if they made their own software for some of the shots : /
    February 9th, 2012 @ 11:55 am
    Almost definitely nuke unless, like jkmalisa suggested, they made their own for it.
    February 13th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm
    DD started Nuke so they r using Nuke that is well know ... ILM also use Nuke I got a few friends that worked there ... they use AE in some cases for animations (motion graphics stuff... etc )
    February 15th, 2012 @ 11:59 am
    I contacted ILM and they use their own software for the 3-D work. However, they still other programs. I've seen them use Nuke and the compositors use After Effects.
    February 17th, 2012 @ 10:46 am
    Nuke, most definitely. Maya, most likely for the animation of the transformers themselves. Their FX animation pipeline is largely based on Houdini and I'd expect Storm/Voxel-Bitch (developed internally) for the volumetric rendering.

    This is some of their most beautiful work to date, if not the most impressive.
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:39 am
Thanks for sharing.
It's a bit scary though because it makes me realize how much I still need to learn : )
    February 9th, 2012 @ 10:54 am
    Isn't it!
February 9th, 2012 @ 10:49 am
Amazing, thank you so much ...
February 9th, 2012 @ 11:02 am
I Wish a video copilot Is Like a Digital Domain
February 9th, 2012 @ 11:11 am
It is just like Magic 0.0
February 9th, 2012 @ 11:13 am
Always impressive!

I liked more their old website.
the videos where easier to find and see.
February 9th, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Voxel physics are the best...it has really ramped up the ability of VFX artists to work with particles, like the dudes coming up out of the dirt. Mmmmm....voxels....
February 9th, 2012 @ 11:46 am
Pretty awesome stuff dude! Really inspiring!
Ignacio Valdivia
February 9th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
Andrew, You are right, I am inspired :)
Thanks You!
February 9th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm
One day I'l work there. Probably as a janitor but still...

That wing suit sequence is maybe the coolest thing I've ever seen.
    February 12th, 2012 @ 6:49 am
    LOL, I like your enthusiasm and humor. Few years back I saw an opening on PIXAR site for barista in their coffee shop and I thought "Hey, it's PIXAR!"
February 9th, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
Are they use after effects for compositing?
After effects or Nuke?
witch one is powerfull than?
February 9th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
I think you broke their site Andrew. It's taking me 10 mins to load a 2:31 min vid and it stops at 1:30 mins. lol

If someone from DD is reading, host your videos on Vimeo Plus/Pro or something!
February 9th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm
this is amazing, again! I really like every single thing from VideoCopilot + Transformers has some great VFX
February 9th, 2012 @ 6:03 pm
Here is a video ILM posted too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgoqPd9PeFg
February 9th, 2012 @ 6:12 pm
Very great. Thanks for sharing. It's my goal in life to be able to make something that good.
February 9th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
Been a fan of theirs for a while. Have you guys done any work them?
The real smithy
February 9th, 2012 @ 9:14 pm
You Should try posting work from weta and ILM also.
After all ILM did the hard work on transformers creating the actual cg robots.
ah shang
February 9th, 2012 @ 9:25 pm
can i know wat software are using for all this visual effects?
February 10th, 2012 @ 2:00 am
that's Very nice and very Great
February 10th, 2012 @ 2:37 am
Thanks very much Andy
Jah bless
February 10th, 2012 @ 3:02 am
That looks sooo awesome, especially the part at 0:25 when they are jumping out of the chopper!! :)

Thanks for the Link Andrew
February 10th, 2012 @ 3:41 am
hai "Andrew"
how is life going

Thanks for showing this ..
This will change the minds of VFX technicians to create such Thinks
February 10th, 2012 @ 6:08 am
Andrew, when Element 3D is coming out? I can't wait for it and i think all of us has been waiting for it for so long now. At least give us some details or a prediction about release date? :)
February 10th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
They don't need cameras, operators an other stuff... just good computers and 3d software... Nice computer animation, not MOVIE for me...
February 10th, 2012 @ 11:46 am
Yup... I will never be skilled like that :(!
    February 11th, 2012 @ 3:13 am
    Not with that attitude :P

    Have some faith in yourself and stay honest with your work and you can kick some serious butt.
February 10th, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
That's just amazing what people can do with a computer and a great set of tools. Awesome! :)
February 10th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
That is some cool stuff thanks for sharing.
reza basirat
February 10th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
Dear Andrew,
I had previously invited you to watch my video clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiVqAYZPauE), but unfortunately i misspelled your last name;
i.e I wrote C instead of K for the first letter of your surname. first of all, i do apologize and i feel so sorry about that. moreover hoping to forgive me. I'll improve the mentioned file and will replace it with the new one.
P.S. I notice my misspelling your last name after receiving some comments from the others now.
    Chris Francis
    February 23rd, 2012 @ 7:22 am
    hi reza dont take it so hard andrew is a nice man everybody commits mistake i think he would understand that...
February 11th, 2012 @ 3:04 am
I had the privilege of working with Mark Lasoff (while at EA) who garnered some notice for his work on Titanic when he was at DD. They were using Houdini at the time and so with his recommendation we tried to shoehorn it into the Medal of Honor game of which I was the primary VFX guy on and he was the Art Director. It didn't work out but it was fun trying.
Looking at this reel fills me with incredible joy to see how far FX have come since I was a kid. I wonder if they're still using Houdini and if not, then what their pipeline is. Whatever it is, these people are incredibly talented.
February 11th, 2012 @ 4:47 am
Andrew...when do we get a tutorial on THAT?? :)))
February 11th, 2012 @ 6:54 am
I watched the video on their website, and almost everything looks really good and realistic but that image you posted Andrew I really dont like, if I saw that on a movie I'd be very disappointed even some1 that knows nothing about VFX can tell its a 3D model and not a real building.
February 11th, 2012 @ 7:11 am
February 11th, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

hey andrew let me know what you think about this video :D
    February 11th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
    Well done!!! Hope Andrew gets a chance to see it.
February 11th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
UNREAL, insane and all the other stuff!
February 12th, 2012 @ 12:27 am
Ive been following DD and ILM for a long time, they are without doubt the best in the business for me.
February 12th, 2012 @ 5:20 am
Impressive.... and I agre on an earlier comment... would be a wonderful thingif some genius turned the trend towards nondestructive VFX?
February 12th, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
Does anyone have a second-hand renderfarm for sale?? I'm a bit short on cash. ;)
February 12th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
These are some amazing breakdowns!
I have seen every movie they worked on!

could you teach us how to do this stereo stuff in AE?
might even be a good idea to integrate it in Element ;)

February 12th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
another shot breakdown.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgoqPd9PeFg&feature=related this one is from ilm
February 13th, 2012 @ 10:26 am
Can you make a tutorial Of these Effects: like the Collapsing buildings and more 3D stuff

Youre Awesome!

February 13th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
Happy ValDay Andrew.... :D
February 13th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
That is so inspirational...totally epic! Thanks for posting that Krammer!
February 13th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
its very cool. loads of simulations used for this
February 15th, 2012 @ 7:50 am
mark christian said about 3ds max and maya....
" Maya has a deeper feature set overall, but there are advantages to each. Traditionally, Maya is positioned as the tool of choice for large crews because it scales well and has a bulletproof scripting language. 3ds Max is marketed to smaller studios and is generally considered more user-friendly. However, it's really a matter of choice and great work can be done with either. The tool is much less important than the artist "
what that means?
February 15th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm
Thats awesome...
February 16th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
Even with this the series is crap. :)
    Element 4D
    February 20th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
    Someone just spoke my mind...;P
February 17th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm
Every day i visit to your site for cheking new lessons and posts. From Russia with love! Thank you!
February 18th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm
Are you still unpacking or just settling in???
    Element 4D
    February 20th, 2012 @ 1:51 am
    YEAH dude...this waiting is killing me/us...hurry up with the 'settling in' in your new place....!
February 19th, 2012 @ 5:33 pm
this is so cool, thanks for sharing. Please if you dont mind u can send a list of other design groups as well. thank you
February 22nd, 2012 @ 6:53 am
you can definatly tell a hell of a lot of work went into that, I also sense Fumefx was used for a lot of the fire particle fx
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 8:27 am
    Not likely, regarding Fumefx.
February 23rd, 2012 @ 3:49 am
Andrew, these tutorials are great but one thing.

When you first launched this website it was excellent in the way that you were posting tutorials every week or two weeks.

Its eems that this website is getting a little stagnant in the way of not much happening.

If you want yoru viewers to be more loyal, you nees to get stuff up alot of the time and gain more momentum.

Just doing one tutorial a month is going to cut it. Alot of other websites out there are keeping interest by posting more cool stuff.

Just a little heads up buddy, no offence intended.

More importantly if yo are selling product, you need to keep the website buzzing.

    February 23rd, 2012 @ 2:50 pm
    Paul, you said "Alot of other websites out there are keeping interest by posting more cool stuff." Can you tell us which websites please ? Thanks from France
    February 24th, 2012 @ 3:53 am
    I am sure he lost some already! he is just tired posting the same shit every day, he is working on features now..!!
    February 24th, 2012 @ 5:04 am
    Please. Name another website with free tutorials and assets of this caliber. Most AE tutorial sites are a total joke. Andrew is a professional.
    February 24th, 2012 @ 5:55 am
    I have to agree with Paul :(
    February 26th, 2012 @ 4:31 am
    Wow....I have to say im almost speechless....Obviously when video copilot started, which i have followed almost for its inception,Andrew had the time to do a tut everyweek.VP is now quite a large business creating cool stuff for us to use. You should be greateful we get free tuts form VP at all.i would also like to see these sites that put cool amasing stuff every two minutes...??
    March 14th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
    THeres plenty out there that are gaining momentum, this site seems to be falling by the wayside. Besides, it was not a personal dig at Andrew Kramer, it was purely an observation. Greyscale Gorilla is the same. They start of publishing loads of stuff and then when the business starts to come in it takes a back seat. I run a a business of my own and i cannot afford to lose momentum, if i did, i wouldnt have any cunstomers! So hopefully that explains a few things. Economical climates now are shifting everywhere, cannot afford to be complacent. Hope that makes more sense and Andrew there you go, a little bit of advise FREE!!! Thats my contribution and hope this website turns itself around soon as its a good website, would hate to see it fail!
February 23rd, 2012 @ 11:27 am
Someone tell Andrew - do not get involved in morphine..
    February 26th, 2012 @ 3:25 am
    Are you his boss? do you pay him a salary?
February 23rd, 2012 @ 11:45 pm
Just curious, if digital domain offered you a full time time job andrew, would you take it? And close copilot?
February 24th, 2012 @ 9:15 am
Andrew's working on the greatest thing ever in After Effects and he is putting extra time in for us to make it even more great so he earns more respect and patience then he's given in these comments. And these digital domain vfx break downs have a lot of revealing workflows and techniques if you look at it some more and is really helpful how the scenes are put together. I say stop whining pay respect and only check the website once a day, and go do some volunteer work, make yourself useful!
    February 26th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
    You are right R-CANE .... Andrew Must be busy in his own life..give him some time buddies, after-all his doing tutorial for us .. that's more important, we all love you Andrew and missing you and ur Tuts ur Voice "Hey What's up Andrew Kramer!"..... :P ur Gr8
Impressed man
February 24th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
And i thought how the movie was made, until now. INSANE
Tim LR
February 24th, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
For all those people who are so impatient with Andrew, take a step back and see what this site has to offer!! World class products that are actually used in feature films and commercials. 125 high quality tutorials from a guy that have worked on those films. His tutorials are not just some of the best on the web, they are fun as well, therefore memorable. He'll probably have something up as soon as he can. Maybe he is sick or maybe he is already meeting to do work on Star Trek 2! So just take it easy :)
The real smithy
February 24th, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
For all the people complaint on 'where's Andrew?'. You'd probably find 1. He's moving house(that takes time with two kids), 2. Probably helping JJ Abrahams, 3. Doing a new free tutorial, 4. Still trying to get his new software up and running. Give the man some time to breathe.
    February 25th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
    Yep your right!!! Give him some time moving is hard and so is working wail he is moving.
February 24th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
special thank videocopilot.net
February 25th, 2012 @ 7:11 am
Andrew is a man of knowledge! I look forward to receiving his knowledge. VCP are creating a new product and I am looking forward to buying it. But I have learned a great lesson from my son. He tells me he is hungry, then he starts to scream and shake. But it won't get his food ready any faster. His food will be ready when it is ready. Not too hot and not too cold. Element will be ready when it is ready and it will be just right.
February 26th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Funny, the flags go to the left but the smoke in the background goes to the right
    February 27th, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
    lol that is funny!
    February 28th, 2012 @ 2:28 am
February 26th, 2012 @ 6:59 am
You guys should stop expecting him to do a tutorial every second, he has a life, a family, and if he does a do a tutorial you should appreciate it and not ask for another one the day after, i think the point is stop expecting stuff from this site, get a life, check the site whenever you want and if there's nothing new, its not the end of the world, he has done 125 tutorials already, at least appreciate that.
February 26th, 2012 @ 10:01 am
lot to learn but where r u Andrew ....

thanks for all updates..:-)
February 27th, 2012 @ 1:01 am
The best and most professional companies in the world of visual effects and only digital domain
February 27th, 2012 @ 5:49 am
Michael bay got robbed! I have two kids, can't get anything done. I'm amazed that Andrew does what he does. Love your work Andrew and thank you. I have learned so much. Love action effects 2. Keep up the good work.

February 29th, 2012 @ 9:27 am
2 weeks no news > what's up ???
February 29th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm
Its been twenty days without a update.. What happened? :(
March 1st, 2012 @ 8:12 am
Maybe.... he is putting the last touches on element and is going to release it soon! Has anyone noticed how he never did a tutorial on how he did all the dropping grenades on the ground.... maybe he did it in element... ? :D
    March 16th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
March 6th, 2012 @ 6:31 am
Hey whats up Andrew.
Iv been following your tutorials for years now and have become abit of a Motion Graphics Artist and im quite imprest with these scene replacement tutorials i was wondering if you could do a tutorial this time using a 360 rotating panoramic scene replacement with a forward camera movement. :)
March 6th, 2012 @ 6:29 pm
This made me think, because Battle: Los Angeles used action essentials 2 and so did Act of Valor.
March 11th, 2012 @ 12:26 am
Great shot breakdown. Wow great effects. Watched the movie the other night, thank god for the effects teams who carried the movie. Without the effects this one would have been a 100% stinker.

@Andrew...keep up the good work. I'm amazed at all you do and are able to accomplish! Great inspiration on this site!
March 12th, 2012 @ 4:19 am
wow phenomental.... looks like a mix of transformers and battle of los angeles... :))
March 16th, 2012 @ 5:52 am
Wow! I love transformers. Those shots are incredible!
Toby O’Brien
March 17th, 2012 @ 11:37 am
That was amazing, I really would love to just spend a week in some of these CGI studios to see the magic happen. But how do you get a model of a city that is real? Is there software or is it some very skilled artists? :)
March 18th, 2012 @ 2:40 am

Please chek out ma work :)
its ma work done in after effects nd 3ds max
nd i proudly say that Andrew Kramer is MA Teacher :)
March 19th, 2012 @ 4:51 am
Its the Message to All
Check this Video
And Please click like if you can.
March 19th, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
Very Cool, Did anyone notice that the smoke is blowing north and the flags are blowing south?
March 20th, 2012 @ 12:57 am
Thanks for Introducing
April 18th, 2012 @ 11:02 am
Great post - you guys are wizards!
April 22nd, 2012 @ 11:12 pm
Very good Stuff. Thanks for sharing.
May 16th, 2012 @ 10:53 am
my new video based in copilot.net tutorials awesome andrew kramer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31xbVWpVuTo&feature=channel&list=UL
July 8th, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
http://www.omnicorp.com/ Are these VCPs lense flares at the end???
October 11th, 2012 @ 4:49 am
The finished work available at the website is simply amazing! The images posted speaks volumes about the quality of the work. Thanks for sharing.
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