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!

http://digitaldomain.com/projects/20

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3 years ago
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132 Comments

2 years ago
The finished work available at the website is simply amazing! The images posted speaks volumes about the quality of the work. Thanks for sharing.
ChrisBohn
2 years ago
http://www.omnicorp.com/ Are these VCPs lense flares at the end???
3 years ago
my new video based in copilot.net tutorials awesome andrew kramer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31xbVWpVuTo&feature=channel&list=UL
3 years ago
Very good Stuff. Thanks for sharing.
3 years ago
Great post - you guys are wizards!
3 years ago
Thanks for Introducing
BlueGene
3 years ago
Very Cool, Did anyone notice that the smoke is blowing north and the flags are blowing south?
3 years ago
Amazing!
Its the Message to All
Check this Video
And Please click like if you can.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBIYcJSEGfs
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Navin
3 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnY2e3AL_W4


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 :)
Toby O’Brien
3 years ago
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? :)
3 years ago
Wow! I love transformers. Those shots are incredible!
3 years ago
wow phenomental.... looks like a mix of transformers and battle of los angeles... :))
3 years ago
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!
Elijah
3 years ago
This made me think, because Battle: Los Angeles used action essentials 2 and so did Act of Valor.
3 years ago
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. :)
    3 years ago
    THAT WAS COOL!
Samuel
3 years ago
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
Erkott
3 years ago
Its been twenty days without a update.. What happened? :(
Rashed
3 years ago
2 weeks no news > what's up ???
Mike
3 years ago
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.

Mike
3 years ago
The best and most professional companies in the world of visual effects and only digital domain
leave
3 years ago
lot to learn but where r u Andrew ....

thanks for all updates..:-)
Patrick
3 years ago
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.
Zwex
3 years ago
Funny, the flags go to the left but the smoke in the background goes to the right
    0.o
    3 years ago
    lol that is funny!
    Damsi
    3 years ago
    Yeah...ooops?
Jay
3 years ago
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.
thang47mc
3 years ago
special thank videocopilot.net
The real smithy
3 years ago
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.
    trev
    3 years ago
    Yep your right!!! Give him some time moving is hard and so is working wail he is moving.
Tim LR
3 years ago
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 :)
Impressed man
3 years ago
And i thought how the movie was made, until now. INSANE
3 years ago
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!
    Nitin
    3 years ago
    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
3 years ago
Just curious, if digital domain offered you a full time time job andrew, would you take it? And close copilot?
touchsky
3 years ago
Someone tell Andrew - do not get involved in morphine..
ANDREW WAKE UP!!!
    redinou
    3 years ago
    Are you his boss? do you pay him a salary?
Paul
3 years ago
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.

Thanks
    mickeditor
    3 years ago
    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
    Daniel
    3 years ago
    I am sure he lost some already! he is just tired posting the same shit every day, he is working on features now..!!
    pockets
    3 years ago
    Please. Name another website with free tutorials and assets of this caliber. Most AE tutorial sites are a total joke. Andrew is a professional.
    sad
    3 years ago
    I have to agree with Paul :(
    3 years ago
    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...??
    Paul
    3 years ago
    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!
dave
3 years ago
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
    pockets
    3 years ago
    Not likely, regarding Fumefx.
Austin
3 years ago
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
Trevor
3 years ago
Are you still unpacking or just settling in???
    Element 4D
    3 years ago
    YEAH dude...this waiting is killing me/us...hurry up with the 'settling in' in your new place....!
Anton
3 years ago
Every day i visit to your site for cheking new lessons and posts. From Russia with love! Thank you!
xandercorp
3 years ago
Even with this the series is crap. :)
    Element 4D
    3 years ago
    Someone just spoke my mind...;P
3 years ago
WOW...
Thats awesome...
Wolverine
3 years ago
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?
danny
3 years ago
its very cool. loads of simulations used for this
Dwaine
3 years ago
That is so inspirational...totally epic! Thanks for posting that Krammer!
3 years ago
Happy ValDay Andrew.... :D
3 years ago
Can you make a tutorial Of these Effects: like the Collapsing buildings and more 3D stuff

Youre Awesome!

Django
kage
3 years ago
another shot breakdown.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgoqPd9PeFg&feature=related this one is from ilm
3 years ago
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 ;)

Greetings
Alexander
3 years ago
Does anyone have a second-hand renderfarm for sale?? I'm a bit short on cash. ;)
3 years ago
Impressive.... and I agre on an earlier comment... would be a wonderful thingif some genius turned the trend towards nondestructive VFX?
Merlin
3 years ago
Ive been following DD and ILM for a long time, they are without doubt the best in the business for me.
Seminko
3 years ago
UNREAL, insane and all the other stuff!
Si
3 years ago
http://vimeo.com/36407874

hey andrew let me know what you think about this video :D
    JayFive
    3 years ago
    Well done!!! Hope Andrew gets a chance to see it.
Me
3 years ago
ELEMEEEEEEEEEEENT!!!!!
xD
John
3 years ago
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.
calinu
3 years ago
Andrew...when do we get a tutorial on THAT?? :)))
3 years ago
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.
reza basirat
3 years ago
Dear Andrew,
Hi.
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.
Regards
Reza.
    Chris Francis
    3 years ago
    hi reza dont take it so hard andrew is a nice man everybody commits mistake i think he would understand that...
3 years ago
That is some cool stuff thanks for sharing.
3 years ago
That's just amazing what people can do with a computer and a great set of tools. Awesome! :)
Alex
3 years ago
Yup... I will never be skilled like that :(!
    3 years ago
    Not with that attitude :P

    Have some faith in yourself and stay honest with your work and you can kick some serious butt.
Adrian
3 years ago
They don't need cameras, operators an other stuff... just good computers and 3d software... Nice computer animation, not MOVIE for me...
Lukas
3 years ago
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? :)
Mubeen
3 years ago
hai "Andrew"
how is life going

Thanks for showing this ..
This will change the minds of VFX technicians to create such Thinks
iacere
3 years ago
That looks sooo awesome, especially the part at 0:25 when they are jumping out of the chopper!! :)

Thanks for the Link Andrew
3 years ago
Thanks very much Andy
Jah bless
Farshad
3 years ago
that's Very nice and very Great
Thanks
ah shang
3 years ago
can i know wat software are using for all this visual effects?
The real smithy
3 years ago
You Should try posting work from weta and ILM also.
After all ILM did the hard work on transformers creating the actual cg robots.
3 years ago
Been a fan of theirs for a while. Have you guys done any work them?
Ben
3 years ago
Very great. Thanks for sharing. It's my goal in life to be able to make something that good.
bwoogie
3 years ago
Here is a video ILM posted too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgoqPd9PeFg
3 years ago
this is amazing, again! I really like every single thing from VideoCopilot + Transformers has some great VFX
John
3 years ago
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!
ehsan
3 years ago
Are they use after effects for compositing?
After effects or Nuke?
witch one is powerfull than?
Throck
3 years ago
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.
    3 years ago
    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!"
Ignacio Valdivia
3 years ago
Andrew, You are right, I am inspired :)
Thanks You!
Vin
3 years ago
Pretty awesome stuff dude! Really inspiring!
3 years ago
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....
3 years ago
Always impressive!

I liked more their old website.
the videos where easier to find and see.
It is just like Magic 0.0
3 years ago
I Wish a video copilot Is Like a Digital Domain
reza
3 years ago
Amazing, thank you so much ...
jkmalisa
3 years ago
Thanks for sharing.
It's a bit scary though because it makes me realize how much I still need to learn : )
    David
    3 years ago
    Isn't it!
Employee47
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, do you happen to know which software was used? Nuke? Maya? AE?

thanks...
    CAMB Productions
    3 years ago
    Possibly all of them. You get the best of all worlds.
    jkmalisa
    3 years ago
    Wouldnt be surprised if they made their own software for some of the shots : /
    Lyno
    3 years ago
    Almost definitely nuke unless, like jkmalisa suggested, they made their own for it.
    hernan
    3 years ago
    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 )
    TimCreed
    3 years ago
    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.
    pockets
    3 years ago
    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.
3 years ago
great, thnx 4 sharing
Sam
3 years ago
Insanity , i want their rendering machines right now.
Thanks for Sharing
David
3 years ago
Truly incredible! Thank you so much for sharing! Do you know how they made the Digital Domain symbol fly away?
3 years ago
What a shot! Very nice sharing from Digital Domain :)
3 years ago
They did fantastic work, as did ILM on this one.
mazyar
3 years ago
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you
3 years ago
Must all VFX be about destruction? It must? Okay!
    john chen
    3 years ago
    That's what people are most impressed with these days
    3 years ago
    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
    JeffO
    3 years ago
    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!
    pockets
    3 years ago
    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).
IAn
3 years ago
That's Amazing!!!Thank you for sharing..
    Wipe
    3 years ago
    Great !! thanks 4 sharing ^^
    John Fitz
    3 years ago
    What software was used to make thes effects??
    3 years ago
    Amazing one.
    3 years ago
    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.
    3 years ago
    CRoblex, nice work, saw it earlier, Imagineer Mocha promoted you on their FB Page.
    3 years ago
    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?
    3 years ago
    Yes, Chris, I know! Imagineer Mocha contacted me one day after I upload the video. Thank you very much!
    3 years ago
    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
    3 years ago
    What an amazing masterpiece of 3d VFX from digital domain, i love them really love them!
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