Revolution Intro: Behind the Scenes!

Recently I had the opportunity to work on the Intro and Title for a new Bad Robot show called Revolution by NBC. The show takes place 15 years after the power mysteriously goes out. The objective of the intro was to show the transformation of time passing in a stylistic time-lapse ways to help establish the world.  And although we were visualizing 15 years in only a few seconds, the reality is that we only had a few weeks to get it done! I thought I would highlight some challenging aspects of the project and share some insights with you.

THE MAIN TITLE:
The main title  was created in After Effects using Element 3D and some proprietary tools we are developing.  The majority of the work was manually animating masks to flicker each letter but also hinting at the word “EVOLUTION”. Since the title had a lot of glowing to it, I decided to use 32BPC to keep the glow intensities consistent and natural looking. There is also a bit of smoke from Action Essentials 2 behind the letters.

We wanted to show that time had passed from after things stopped working.  We filmed real plants using a slow shutter and low frame rate of 1 fps to create a time-lapse plant growing vibe.  This makes the plants flicker and shake in the wind. We then took the plants and animated them to grow taller with the backgrounds.

THE COURTHOUSE SHOT:
What is an apocalypse without the ruined courthouse?! We wanted to make the emptiness and destruction less depressing so we leaned towards a more green and lush vegetation. One of the shows Matte Painters helped give the building a nice worn out look with IVY and then I used our plug-in Element 3D to animate some of the leaves and Ivy. The trick here was getting the ivy to wrap around the pillars and to obscure the plants as they intersect the concrete. The white pillars here show the matte geometry that was used to cut the edges and cast ambient occlusion on the surface. I also used the animation engine to progressively animate the leaves outward.

Using Element 3D and the multi-object system, I was able to load 3D plants and animate the rotation to fake the wind blowing. To get the plants to grow where I wanted I also used a layer for the replicator where I wanted plants to grow.

THE GAS STATION:
Using multiple copies of Element 3D, I placed growing plants all around this scene some even show ivy climbing the gas pumps.
See plant growth in action!

Overall this was a lot of fun to work on, very challenging and with the time-constraints we had to find a workflow that would get the project done on time. It’s always fun to mix motion graphics with visual effects, my 2 favorite things!

 

188 RESPONSES TO "REVOLUTION INTRO: BEHIND THE SCENES!"
December 18th, 2012 @ 4:54 pm
Great stuff, Andrew!

I was watching the show when it first started and though to myself that the intro looked very "Video co-pilotish" and to my delight, it turns out it was! I'm curious though, did you have anyone that actually shot time-lapses (the people and such) or is it all AE FX?
    vinit
    December 18th, 2012 @ 8:45 pm
    I absolutely agree...same here!
    isaac
    December 19th, 2012 @ 1:16 am
    I agree toooo!!! All the times i watch it, i think at AK working on it.. and it's trueeee!!!
    ferhat
    December 19th, 2012 @ 4:14 pm
    Same here :) AC style. Go on, you rock!
    Samuel
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
    woop, woop, woop Andrew Kramer style. Heeey sexy title...
    January 15th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm
    Nice Andrew! I enjoy working on Revolution too. The cast and crew are amazing! It's cool to know that you worked on it as well :)
    Father
    January 17th, 2013 @ 5:33 am
    Totally amazing, would like to have a tutoriel :)
    Look at this video we made in one week with Element and your stock footage!!
    https://vimeo.com/56116509
Jovaughn
December 18th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
Awesome Job, as always, i hoping to see a tutorial soon on plant growth. Looks so interesting, and fun.
    Sanee
    March 22nd, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
    Exactly... I agree with you Jovaughn. I am waiting for the tutorial too. Does someone know that in which 3d pack of VC 3d plants are included?
December 18th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
You're and your team are just awesome, man!
December 18th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm
Awesome sauce! Great work guys!
Tom
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Wow, this is cool. Thanks for sharing professional production work with us! It's really neat to hear how things are in the "real world". So grateful for all you do.
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Amazing! Thanks for the insight. Great to see your workflow on such big projects :)
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Will the plant models be available as a product? Or are they already somewhere and I've totally missed them?

Great work too.
    December 19th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
    For Plant Model Contact us
    Or Wait For Metropolitian City Pack From VideoCopilot They may have included those :)
Göran
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
I'm stunned every time you post your magic. This one was incredible interesting!
    Jay
    December 19th, 2012 @ 4:01 am
    FAN! You guys really are magicians.
Maris
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm
Very impressive use of Element 3D. I thought i got a lot of possibilities worked out and i figured the Logo Animation was done with E3D but the the plant growth is very clever.

Nice Work

PS: Well that you can handle E3D shouldnt really surprise anyone ;)
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm
Amazing stuff as usual! Thanks for all the cool tips and BTS.
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:03 pm
This is incredible. Hope to see some tuts from the methods you used
Pixx
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm
tutorial please! :) I want that method
    sheraz
    December 18th, 2012 @ 11:40 pm
    cen you give me your email address
    Lee
    December 19th, 2012 @ 8:45 pm
    yeah a tutorial would be awesome..Also something Fringe like!!
    Thomas Bubenitschek
    December 24th, 2012 @ 5:05 am
    especially a tutorial of the main title would be really great
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
Great work Andrew :)
and congratulation for working with NBC
Chris
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm
Great work as always Andrew!

Any word of when or if you will be able to show us a tutorial for some of this awesome work?

Cheers from Canada!
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:15 pm
Fantastic work and very creative use of the powerful Element 3D. My only quibble would be that the tires on the cars should have gone flat in a 15 year span. Minor detail on an otherwise spectacular effect.
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:16 pm
Yup was thinking the same thing as Drew Geraci was,.....looked very Video Copilot...I figured they had used some of ur plugins...but this makes much more sense....love the title! Well Done!
Ahmed
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm
Gooood , but did you work in NBC universal TV o.O
bwoogie
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:25 pm
I bet you found that doing it in a time lapse fashion it hid a lot of the imperfections. a lot changes in 15 years crammed into a 2 second shot - you can get rid of a lot of the middle details, like the plants actually shape-shifting from growing, and just scale them up.
Andrew Robinson
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
They actually originally tagged me to this work but I said ... nah... give it to Kramer he could use the experience 😇
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
Was there a reason you chose to use Element 3D versus a 3D program? Because it is amazing that it could be done with Element, I'm just thinking it might have been easier in a 3D program. I guess you know Element better then anyone though, so maybe not!
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
GREAT WORK AS ALWAYS ANDREW.

i am very happy for your success and always look 4wd to your posts on the website to see what you are up to.



WE DO MISS SEEING YOU ON THE SITE MORE OFTEN :(

GREAT JOB THOUGH KEEP IT UP.

p.s when are the buildings for element 3D going to be available? The world is ending soon and thought it would ave been nice if i could build one of "my own" that will live forever. lol
JJ
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
Don't worry. I'm sure some good looking, chiseled people with tight shirts, leather jackets and weapons will come along to light the way.
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
Great job! I am very impressed with the capabilities Element 3D has to offer.

How many people did you actually have working on this?
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
That is one incredibly matte painting. I'm glad I finally got to see what you actually did for the intro. When I saw all the things going on at the beginning of the show my thought was, "There's no way Andrew did all of this."

Boy was I wrong! Great job!
gemcrest
December 18th, 2012 @ 5:53 pm
the narrator sounds like general shepherd from the cod franchise , great work by the way .
David Gimenez
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:20 pm
you did this in Cinema 4D?
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
Awesome work!! Keenly awaiting the city (buildings) scene pack for Element 3D.... You guys ROCK!!
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:31 pm
See my short film with Element 3D.

www.epicfilmes.com - Psalm 23:4
Ryan Griffin
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm
I feel like sooner rather than later you are going to create some serious visual effects for a movie inside of After Effects using crazy plugins, that will seriously rival ILM and Weta. Can't wait.
Muthusaravanan
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm
amazing .... expecting tutorial for this ..
Ric
December 18th, 2012 @ 6:46 pm
I hope that you will share some tuts for this intro.. :) i hope so. ^^
December 18th, 2012 @ 7:05 pm
Are these mattes just column obj turned to shadowmatte? You were talking about getting the project done on a tight deadline; what was the render time for such a foliage heavy project? I'da used Vue or something, I'm impressed that Element can handle this.
sing
December 18th, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
Would you make a tutorial about this? Mr.AK
Mansooryan
December 18th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
Now that an epic intro .. the plants idea in gas station really really got my attention .. imagin .. Desert to Oasis
December 18th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
I was wondering who made those nice Revolution scenes.
December 18th, 2012 @ 7:55 pm
This is awesome. Wish I could do as much as you do brother.
December 18th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm
I seen this effect once on a childrens show. My kids went crazy because I was rewinding the film all the time. I just couldn't figure it out how it was done. Thanks for sharing you're work Andrew I finally have a idea how to start. this is the intro I was talking about it starts about 3:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aQiJjWDo1s
    wenluc
    December 18th, 2012 @ 8:59 pm
    sorry the intro starts at 4:00 I still can't figure it out wat they used, haha. :-(
Natthawut
December 18th, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Is Sam Lawyer in this show?
December 18th, 2012 @ 10:31 pm
I really like the intro that you made..concept is good ..but one confusion ...how you grow the plants in element 3d ..i thought using animation engine but its not happening ..and also how you grow plants all around the pillar ..?
The real smithy
December 18th, 2012 @ 9:36 pm
Wows, great stuff. You're defiantly becoming JJ Abrahams love child :). Great to see your success moving along.
Yash
December 18th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
Holy ballz of Satan !
This is Kick-fricking-ass!
You guys rock.!
Yash
December 18th, 2012 @ 10:45 pm
You are god.!
I am a huge fan of you people and i have checked every hook & corner of this website and done quite a lot of research about you guys!
I want to get in the field of visual effects and motion graphics as a career. Ironically, I have not been to any kind of an institution or a school to learn this, but honestly, you guys have given me so much to learn and explore in this field that I am really grateful to you people.
Looking forward to be in touch with you guys for more and more creative learning.
May God bless Videocopilot & its family.!
VINCE
December 18th, 2012 @ 11:40 pm
Mr. Andrew, any tutorial for this?
VINCE
December 18th, 2012 @ 11:40 pm
Mr. Andrew, any tutorial for this? its gonna be awesome if we have step by step procedure
    RichardM34
    December 19th, 2012 @ 2:57 am
    Yes i would like that too.
    Zwerkz
    December 20th, 2012 @ 2:13 am
    Me too
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:22 am
Outstanding use of your product Element 3D ! The intro looks incredible and the workflow is really interesting !
Congrats from France guys !
lunga shezi
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:25 am
Great work Andrew...glad i'm bought Element 3D.
mahmood
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:32 am
hi andrew great job man and lewis you should check out VUE Xtream or infinite a very powerful landscape 3d software for creating plants and other things you can also download a free trial version here:
www.eon-software.com
December 19th, 2012 @ 2:20 am
So amazing, love to hear about the behind the scenes processes of the stuff you get involved in. Very helpful and interesting. What I also loved about this blog is this part: '...some proprietary tools we are developing'
Keep up the good work.

Your devoted fan.
tehri
December 19th, 2012 @ 2:36 am
And "The Walking Dead" started !
reza irani
December 19th, 2012 @ 2:40 am
wow!Thanks Andrew!it's Amazing!
December 19th, 2012 @ 2:59 am
I've been working on something similar in the past two months, and I still on it. This will be a "destroyed version" of Barcelona. I'm using real footage and then working A LOT in After Effects, using Element, Zbrush, 3DStudio... I hope can share it with you soon, guys!
    December 19th, 2012 @ 11:12 am
    Cannot wait to see it Pal
    Sounds Pretty Amazing.
    Shawn
    December 21st, 2012 @ 7:27 am
    Yeah, I'd love to see it too! I'll try to keep an eye on your vimeo page. Merry Christmas!
Cerem Beyazit
December 19th, 2012 @ 3:14 am
Good work for a bad show.
L A Webley
December 19th, 2012 @ 3:24 am
Fantastic as always.
RichardM34
December 19th, 2012 @ 4:02 am
A realy amazing Video Andrew, i would like a tutorail, and maby this time al little more information over how you shot the footge, explaining aboute what you need to in count whit and so.

GR,
IMRAN KHAN
December 19th, 2012 @ 4:29 am
This was a Fantabulous job and interesting too. The tutors you are giving are very useful to us. I learned much from you. You are so creative how do you think like this, From where you learning all these things, How much time did you take to complete this work exactly ? And i am eagerly waiting to watch this tutorials.
Ron Carlson
December 19th, 2012 @ 4:41 am
hmmm, thought I saw a hint of something older..........twitch????
farhan khan
December 19th, 2012 @ 5:36 am
great work - would be nice to do a tutorial on plants growing all over a house or a famous location....... love video copilot!
Jad
December 19th, 2012 @ 6:11 am
Great intro !!
Have you also used the plug-in twitch ?
December 19th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
Excellent work as always Andrew.Get the feeling your intro is better than the actual show.;)Was wondering if you are doing any work on the new star trek movie titles,looking forward to that.
Todd VanSlyck
December 19th, 2012 @ 7:12 am
I love that you guys use every tool you create. I think you create stuff to solve your own problems first, then sell them to others. Smart.
Rezi
December 19th, 2012 @ 7:29 am
Man Thats Awesome ... Andrew Kramer can you upload tutorial
Phill
December 19th, 2012 @ 7:43 am
Is this why you were in NYC a few months back with an Animorphic Lens?
Turgay
December 19th, 2012 @ 9:10 am
I love the plant growth effect by itself to be honest. The white background makes it look like there is fog of some kind. Anyway, I really appriciate that you share your process. I mean we'll take Anything you throw at us :)
    December 19th, 2012 @ 11:10 am
    All process Are Matte That blended with orginal footage :)
    Not Fog :)
December 19th, 2012 @ 10:12 am
thanks thats awesome
Tosan Nick Oru
December 19th, 2012 @ 10:34 am
Well done at least now i know where you have been. Great work.
December 19th, 2012 @ 10:54 am
excellent work. your team did an excellent job on this project. Hopefully they don't hire imaginary forces again to come in and ride your work to safety ;). Cheers.
Isaac
December 19th, 2012 @ 11:50 am
Pretty Amazing what Element 3D can do....nice work you guys
Emanuel
December 19th, 2012 @ 11:53 am
hello I'm from Argentina. really surprises me more and more. A. K and his team a year ago I started practicing with their tutorials but I'm new to this purpose I have come to do great things and thanks to you, it really helped me a lot thanks for everything .. lol and I agree with "Jovaughner" I hope this tutorial .. hehe
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
You said there cannot be animation as PLANT GROWING
in element 3D so how it can be possible with this intro that you made Andrew ? :) Wish there should be a tutorial.
    Steve Green
    December 19th, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
    You could animate plants using custom layers.

    Animating textures along the flow of the texture UVs would get you some of the way there.

    No idea if that's what they used in this case, but since there's current support for deforming meshes, that's the way I'd do it.
    December 20th, 2012 @ 10:12 am
    Oh I see. But tahts hard to make.. A plant come with lot of meshes and verices. It will eb too heavy. So Really hard.
saku
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
this is advertising for a new pack "plants pack" ?
very nice I buy it now
94mdmd
December 19th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
December 19th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm
The plants growing was the coolest!
December 19th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
inpiring work. thnx man for sharing this ...........
December 19th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
OOW Goooood! is very amazing effects! Congratulation Andrew!
BADBILLIS
December 19th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm
please show us how make this cool effect
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrySJ4dJwBc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrySJ4dJwBc

thnks for your time and your excelent work

badbillis
December 19th, 2012 @ 10:12 pm
It's amazing that thanks to you, the most prestigious productions in television take use of Element 3D!
IT IS!! A *R*EVOLUTION IN THE INDUSTRY.
December 20th, 2012 @ 1:51 am
Hey andrew kramer i hope your fine and behealthy \
(realy takes off realy) hahahahahah mr andrew do you remmmber .
just joking My Teacer (Andrew kramer ) and i have a question ? how can we creat dynamic object in After effect with elemnt 3d like : Water ...
please please please rpely this comment and if you free please call to me : 0093788472048
Thanks Looking forwerd
Jovica
December 20th, 2012 @ 7:53 am
OP OP OP OPAA ANDREW STYLE!! :D
Darren
December 20th, 2012 @ 8:34 am
I recognized the Spinning Globe from Elements in the Intro when I watched Revolution.

Andrew, any chance of some tutorials on how you created those effects for the show?
This would give us a real world understanding of production requirements
Darren
December 20th, 2012 @ 8:38 am
I had to laugh though in the Intro of the Gas Station sequence, because even after 15 years, the trees did not grow and the leaves did not die or change....
December 20th, 2012 @ 8:40 am
When I watch movies or TV shows now-days, I tend to see if I can pick what program was used in the design of the different aspects of that said show.
When I first watched Revolution, I loved the intro, it reminded me of "Life Without People", and made me wonder if some of the same graphic artist worked on both.
Then I looked over at my son and told him, that it would not surprise me if Andrew Kramer had a hand in the intro, as that looks like his handy work on the LOGO.
So, it is pretty darn cool to find out, that I was right.

Take Care Andrew, you continue to rock this digital world for us all!
Wayne Barron
Maxime Proulx
December 20th, 2012 @ 8:49 am
I really like what you did with the plants growing :D
I would really love to see a breakdown of the title animation if that is possible :) Thanks!
Rob Callicotte
December 20th, 2012 @ 9:33 am
Thanks Andrew for showing this wonderful stuff and especially for showing us what it means to be a good person - sharing! Bless you!
Santosh
December 20th, 2012 @ 11:44 am
Mind Blowing Stuff
Jason
December 20th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
Super Awesome! I love that you guys made this with the plugin you developed It must be an awesome feeling!
December 20th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
Here is my take on Element 3D + Ivy Grow...
I made it with plane objects with alpha textures, emitting from a cylinder.
What do you think?
http://bit.ly/USvJhz
    Shawn
    December 21st, 2012 @ 7:18 am
    Looks nice. I'd love to see it animated (even if only for a few frames). Good job!
    December 21st, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
    Here is a video example:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzbCxsajxWk
    Be aware that using so many duplicates in Element takes ALOT of render-time (the reason I rendered in half-resolution).

    Maybe the leaves alpha channels are what making it go slow..I'll try soon with 3D modeled leaves , the growing will look way better as well (edges and shape).
    Gabriel
    December 27th, 2012 @ 6:54 am
    Elad, that's very nice, though there are simpler and much quicker ways to "cheat" the duplication, otherwise you will get long render times. Looks great, especially in motion.
The Doctor
December 20th, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
I knew it!! i follow the show and i knew it looked Adrewkramerishhhh.
Thanks for the tips Andrew... i kinda figured the technique used included digital plants and lots of masking but that was it.

I was kinda sure that twitch was used for the title but never though about the real plants... that´s what AE and 3D do to me... all i can think now is how to do it that way and sometimes i forget that "doing it with miniatures or real stuff might work better for that situation".

Great stuff like always.
Tobi0688
December 21st, 2012 @ 7:25 am
I am disappointed, where the package for christmas?
    Shawn
    December 21st, 2012 @ 7:14 am
    Oh, sorry, you must have missed it. Actually it's not one package but many. To find them, hit the PRODUCTS button in the upper left hand portion of this page, and select any product you want for Christmas and then click on the BUY button. You may feel free to purchase as many packages as you like for Christmas. You should purchase yourself some NEW YEARS PRESENTS as well. You might as well purchase an "I SURVIVED THE SO-CALLED MAYAN APOCALYPSE" Product too! There is NO LIMIT to the number of products you can buy. Happy Christmas!!
Shawn
December 21st, 2012 @ 8:17 am
Thanks for sharing this, Andrew. Had a feeling the intro was yours. It's neat to see how you did it. I love how you push the envelope on ELEMENT in the same way you are always pushing the envelope on AE. Hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright. Blessings to you, your team, and your wonderful family!
Ron in Calgary
December 21st, 2012 @ 10:00 am
Thanks for this and all the others this past year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Andrew!
Syamsul
December 21st, 2012 @ 11:08 am
thanks for this andrew !
December 22nd, 2012 @ 4:46 am
What a great post!

I love everything that you have done! Looks gorgeous!

The gas station scene (as well as others) caught my attention. That being said, I have to add: as a continuity specialist: Considering the ramification of a 15 year time lapse, The trees in the scene (and things in other scenes) should have grown (AE morphed) at least a 3rd their size (Growth being relative). I would even alter the structure (silhouette) of all architecture (myself also doing well with matte painting). I know that something like this might mean nothing in the single second or three secs of screen time... but these are the little things that I have been trained to see that help add to the project's professional reality of the reel as well as an expected aspects of a high end, highly paid CG artist/specialist/company.

So you may not misjudge my intention, I am not "hating" on such wonderful work. I am merely trying to expose you to a higher level of reality/awareness that some might find difficult to realize when lost in the machinations of CG modification process. As I said, I am trained upon continuity in many levels.

I might not have the skills but I have been taught the awareness. These little things can only add to a project's professionalism and presence.

I hope you find this helpful and enlightening and I continually look forward to what you post here!

Cheers,

~MAH~
Aikins
December 22nd, 2012 @ 5:52 am
Hi Andrew
i saw a lens flare effect in the battleship movie and i wanna know if you did that.
Aikins
December 22nd, 2012 @ 5:57 am
Hi Andrew
i saw a lens flare in the battleship movie and i wanna know if you did that.
    December 22nd, 2012 @ 9:15 pm
    haha :P I'm pretty sure that Andrew DOES SELL Optical Flares. That would mean that anyone in the whole world could have done the flare in that movie! :)
    Gabriel
    December 27th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
    And let's remember, brilliant as he is, Andrew didn't invent the lens flare, or the first software that could render them. I love Optical Flares, but they're overused and too many things are starting to look the same. In a few years we'll look back at the last few years as the lens flare era.
December 22nd, 2012 @ 1:01 pm
Hey Andrew, great website you guys have here, and awesome work. It was good meeting you and Sam last weekend too. Just wanted to check out the site, say hello and thanks again!
Abelo
December 22nd, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
...The main title was created in After Effects using Element 3D and some proprietary tools we are developing….

I need more info on the "proprietary tools we are developing" part boys.

Cheers…and awesome work dudes.
Girum
December 23rd, 2012 @ 12:29 am
i have grown watching all the move Andrew make but this one i think is not what am looking from VC or maybe i grow up my self in the VFX or Andrew stop working seriously and last thing i want to tell is time-lapse is dead the new way is the hyper-lapse photography it is very cool hope Andrew will do a tutorial on that.
December 23rd, 2012 @ 3:56 am
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Amin
December 23rd, 2012 @ 6:02 am
Andrew Kramer
I am badly one of your many many fans
Help
December 23rd, 2012 @ 6:40 am
I need help... I have been using element for a while now but I'm still unsure how to create a alpha matte as a texture for a model
Andries
December 23rd, 2012 @ 8:42 am
This is amazing work! Love it!
Btw, a view months ago I send a email about music for trailers/intro's like this one.
Maybe you didn't noticed it (din't recieved a email back), but if you want some "custom" music for projects like this, I would be happy to help out!

http://www.youtube.com/user/agmedianl

Keep up the good work!
Michal
December 24th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Merry Xmas to @ll VideoCopilot fans !
December 24th, 2012 @ 4:14 am
Trust me, I think they're kinda pricey.
Check out Elelment 3D Creespy Chocos Here http://tinyurl.com/bvcrxvj
    Andries
    December 24th, 2012 @ 8:26 am
    What do you mean with "kinda pricey"? Or wasn't it a reply on my comment? :)
    JOHN
    December 24th, 2012 @ 10:39 pm
    May be he is trying to say those are really look nice (the chocolates)
Rafael
December 24th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
f***! i realy need of Element 3D!! ahhhh
JOHN
December 24th, 2012 @ 11:36 pm
That one is awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing your knowledge once again :) Andrew
SND
December 25th, 2012 @ 10:18 am
ANDREW IMPORTANT !!!!
For suggetion / request of New update of Element 3D
Shouldnt there extude option on efect panel what can keyframeable ? :)
We would really apriciate that if that come with an update version of E3D
    Gabriel
    December 27th, 2012 @ 7:00 am
    Totally agreed! Those features, I suspect, are something they are either working on, or can't figure out how to make it work right. I also think the extrude option needs an Angle/Skew feature, so that you can bevel in different directions as opposed to just "depth".
    SND
    December 31st, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
    ya i agreed with you too. HOPE HE SEE THIS
Aaron
December 25th, 2012 @ 11:08 am
Wow. Awesome work.
December 26th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
Amazing work Andrew! I'm blown away by your use of Element 3D for such complex composited shots! The plant growth has a very XFrog feel, so it's even more impressive that you used Element instead. I'd also love to see a tutorial for the plant growth workflow.
Alex
December 26th, 2012 @ 10:14 pm
I love that show ... I knew you had a hand in that intro text!!
Dominique84Tube
December 27th, 2012 @ 12:42 am
Hey Guys! My new Element 3d "Medical Pack" is ready for to to get for FREE!
Search "FREE Element 3d Medical pack" on YT and you will find it for absolutely free :) Have fun and let's all thank the videocopilot team for this amazing plugin!
    Random Guy
    December 27th, 2012 @ 2:13 am
    You should post a link here bro :]
SND
December 27th, 2012 @ 3:15 am
Element 3D Space ship model. Element can hadle really high polygon model but it slowing things down in main comp But aslong as i shouldnt point that out cause the plugin itself work amazing speed by the way.
(I am gonna use that on my next project ) http://on.fb.me/W3dTYV
David Otai
December 27th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
Andrew as usual AE wizard.
I love it so much and it inspires a lot.
December 27th, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
the best after effects tutorials there is a question did you guys help on the action fx app for iphone
December 27th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
what amazing ! i need it.
Will
December 29th, 2012 @ 1:43 am
Andrew...you kind of need to post things faster than this, you're the only guy that really provides helpful tips and tricks for video editing/filming. Not trying to be rude, but this post is 11 days old!!!
    Gabriel
    December 29th, 2012 @ 4:55 am
    Well, Andrew being a family man and all, maybe the guy has other priorities right now... it being CHRISTMAS and all. And seeing as Andrew and his crew have done so much for us, for free, maybe you should wish him a Merry Christmas and say you can't wait to see what he's got in store next. Oh, and if your post was a joke, it wasn't funny.

    Will
    December 29th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
    You're right, it's kind of rude what I did, but I only said it because Andrew is my only good source of knowledge about film making. Ignore the last comment Andrew! Merry Christmas!
    Gabriel
    December 29th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
    Oh I hear you, Will. Video Copilot, and AK especially, have given more free help to this community than anyone and I've found myself getting impatient waiting for more updates in the past, too. But hey, it's Christmas, let's all take a time out. Life moves pretty fast...
    Elad
    December 29th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm
    Hey Will,
    You should never limit your knowledge :)
    VideoCopilot is the best of the best for learning (Plus they make awesome plugins & packs) But there is soooo muchhh information out there ...Guides, Tutorials, Breakdowns, Articles....to the point that you can sit and learn all day for months...so keep on checking VC but explore !
December 29th, 2012 @ 7:09 am
nice work our dear andrew kramer
December 30th, 2012 @ 5:56 am
*Cough*Tutorial*Cough*Cough*Project files
Stephen
December 31st, 2012 @ 1:51 am
"Hey~What's up!Andrew Kramer here!".:p
I love your magnetic sound and all your amazing tutorials.I also love Sam so much.He works hard every time,but no matter what kind of role he played in the tutorials,he is the best comedian,he makes me happy.The most important is that I love your team,I love the Videocopilot,I love your Element 3D.Thank you AK,thank you our dear teacher ,thank you for teaching us many useful AE skills.Sorry I'm a student from China,I don't know if you can understand what I say,in a word,I love you AK,You are my idol, my motivation to learn English and AE!!!
Good luck and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!新年快乐!!!
Emmanuel clottey
December 31st, 2012 @ 7:17 am
great intro Andrew. I love the show. And I'm not surprised that video copilot had a part to play in it.
Arcester
December 31st, 2012 @ 7:19 am
Happy New Year Andrew & to the rest of the gang More power to you, your family and to videocopilot family as well
Rising_akfx
January 1st, 2013 @ 2:13 am
nice and always better love u ak and wish u and your family a happy new year
Luke
January 2nd, 2013 @ 4:37 pm
Any chance you could release the plant models?
January 2nd, 2013 @ 6:49 pm
Here is another test shot I made:
http://youtu.be/W7KpZtwut30 (more like flying then growing)

Element 3D animation engine working with leaves and basic compositing.
However, I'm still trying to figure out how to come up with fake-raytrace shadows (sunlight shadows) & Element3D ...so for now it's just ambient-occlusion and a subtle shadow layer made with Element-duplicate-with-camera-from-above.
Luis Martin
January 3rd, 2013 @ 3:33 pm
Andrew just a question, did you add a twitch effect to "Revolution" word when it fade out? I'm just asking because a little bit of color desinterlacing would look great too. It's great to see that all your and VideoCopilot team work in all yours Plug-Ins comes to life. Great work though, greetings from Argetina.
January 4th, 2013 @ 7:42 am
Great post.It is very nice.
Behrad
January 4th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Is Live Cam one of tools that you are developing ?
Jacksons
January 4th, 2013 @ 1:19 pm
Can someone tell me how to do the text effect in the end ? (Revolution) thanks ! :)
January 4th, 2013 @ 6:36 pm
Very cool. looking my video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csgo8uKYcg
kurt
January 5th, 2013 @ 4:54 am
funny, someone shows Element 3D Transition made with Cinema 4D
https://vimeo.com/56508089
sebastian
January 5th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
How was the alpha masking done in element
shorey
January 6th, 2013 @ 1:35 am
Hi everybody I need help how to make sand text
someWon
January 6th, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
I would REALLY love to know how much money you would get for making something like this :-D
Jason Gaines
January 7th, 2013 @ 9:32 am
Love this show, and the intro is awesome. Great job on the work done!
Milan
January 8th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
As much as I love the special effects you have done.. it sounds like a really silly doco. The power wouldn't just suddenly disappear without anyone knowing why because we generate it. And from loads of different places and ways so the idea that it could all go in a blink is absolutely absurd. This really gets to me because I'm a lover of the ideas around a dystopian future. But what makes them so good is the fact that they seem plausible and therefore not thought up by some to egg head like the director of this one.
January 9th, 2013 @ 4:18 am
tom
January 9th, 2013 @ 11:41 pm
please make a tutorial
January 12th, 2013 @ 12:44 am
《Fringe》Main Title AK,and 《Revolution》Main Title AK again.Both of these two shows are writen by J.J. Abrams.I like the shows.
Dominique84Tube
January 13th, 2013 @ 9:57 pm
Hey Guys, Free Unique Element 3d “Interior” Pack made by me, for everyone! Have fun! Huge Respect for every VC member!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOviZcf5t3U
    Michael
    January 15th, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Dominique,

    Thanks, Where is the link to download this free Element 3d Interior Pack?
    Michael
    January 15th, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Dominique,

    Thanks, Where is the link to download this free Element 3d Interior Pack Interior Pack?
Theiamania
January 21st, 2013 @ 1:48 am
Any tuts about growing plants?
archie
January 24th, 2013 @ 10:50 am
Hi sir Andrew just a question the glitch that appears in video before and on the revolution text is this achiveable using twitch or you use another method?
Rezi
February 1st, 2013 @ 6:02 am
Wow Thats Amazing .. 3D Objects in After effects .. Andrew Kramer You are cool Plugin Creator .. you are king of motion graphics .. thank you for this cool plugin .. and 149$ is nothing, for this amazing plugin ..
February 27th, 2013 @ 12:58 pm
Check it out. Tracked VCP footage’s Garage scene with my SUV. http://on.fb.me/SR6636
Messge for SUV (E3D) Model .
Silver Dance
March 9th, 2013 @ 8:09 am
did you use Vue program to build the leaves and Ivy.
March 26th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm
wow like always i came here like 2 years ago and this guy never stop amazing me with all the projects that he does Andrew is definitely a pioneer of after effects
May 17th, 2013 @ 1:06 am
wow itz amazing, there is any tutorials about advance animation in element 3d
December 26th, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
The scenery is very beautiful.
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