The VFX Flight Plan


Well as you know at Video Copilot we are fascinated with Airplane Emergencies… so after seeing so many movies with cool plane destruction I decided to try and make something similar. Not quite a tutorial but here is what I did!

I used an Airplane model from the elusive and upcoming Aircraft Model pack, (Coming this Summer!) then I created the destruction inside 3Ds max with Rayfire, Vray and Particle Flow, much like the process in the Explosive Training tutorials. The one thing that is important for shooting airplanes is to back the camera up and zoom in so it looks large and powerful! I added some Action Essentials 2 and used a Z-depth pass to composite the fire behind the wing. Here are a few screenshots of the money shot!

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1 year ago
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154 Comments

Alex
3 months ago
Please make a full tutorial :)!!
xboy
1 year ago
it would be great if there is reflactions in element 3d
Seth
1 year ago
You make it look so simple...
1 year ago
Whay dont you make a short action movie.I think thet it would be perfect.Yust go on.Wher can i buy a us truck that you use when yo made it explode?
coco
1 year ago
I love kind of this action. You are supper truly
coco
1 year ago
the speed of the plane blends with the explosion.the parts from the explosion dosent have much sharpness .I like it....:)(:
coco
1 year ago
the grafics in 3d ,it realy looks like it is outlining a real plane crash.it looks cool,great work
1 year ago
Good Job Andrew!!! I seen it https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wnb64wsa3nsnogl/h23Kf8zrYU If you didn't do this then you did a darn good job replicating.
Asteris
1 year ago
When is the Aircraft model pack coming out this Summer?
Ke9
1 year ago
Way 2 go Mr. Kraimer. Nice Z-Dept.
I'm flying Kraimer Airlines with no crashed experience. Awesome plug ins.
Vidosav
1 year ago
Can someone tell me where can I find some fireball tutorials ??thanks!!
Marc Kamil
1 year ago
looks like one of the shots in the trailer for Whitehouse Down.
DHRUV
1 year ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k0vwmvL5w4
AMAZING INDIA HD LOGO
MUST WASH !
PLEASE SUGGEST SOME MODIFICATION !
THANKS!
prathamesh
1 year ago
this is my random model collection v2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaA-CzYUiEY&list=LLdHeQs95tVITWxSLEqtNdvQ&feature=mh_lolz

check my other models also
1 year ago
Here is my exclusive project !!!!! A remake of the Knife Teaser with Projectfiles to download !!! Dont forget to subscribe :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmoWc-59BEA

NativeVFX
prathamesh
1 year ago
any new news about element 3d v2 ?
1 year ago
Just bought the metropolitan pack with the 25% off... get it while you can people!
Daluz
1 year ago
It´s amazing how ADOBE is the best and the worst at same time!

Their software are the best, but their executives are very incompetent.


No wonder that Andrew Kramer (VIDEOCOPILOT) alone has 127k followers on facebook and only has 88k ADOBE.
Imagine if Andrew decides to launch a software like After Effects...

In a nutshell, I couldn't never buy CS6 Master Colleciton, only After Effects, with CC now I can, finally, OWN ... I mean ... (RENT) the entire collection!

When I first heard about it I was happy, cause I do not like to use pirated products, people must receive for their work as well as I hope to get at mine, so I think "I will sign in"

But when I read what the CC was about the idea of paying forever really scary me a lot.

So, if I stop paying after 4 years I come up with nothing??? It feels like "You dont own nothing"(Socialism?) Or like a relationship "After all these years, your son of...:)"

What is the difficulty for "Adobe executives", change the CC to something like -

"After 3 years in the cloud, the software becomes yours without the need to continue" in the cloud ".

Boy, I tell you, that the majority who always use pirated products would "get" into the cloud.

It would be fairer leasing, as it would give a chance to everyone to buy it.

But the developers at Adobe seems to be much more competent than their executives...

Hey Andrew Kramer, how about VIDEOCOPILOT EFFECTS, cos you guys understand about costumers!

Luciano Daluz
Milagro Prod - Brasil.
1 year ago
Check This out Created In E3D + C4D - CGI Design
http://on.fb.me/1ctanjc
Jim
1 year ago
Can anyone suggest a program cheaper than 3DSmax that can do the same stuff in the tutorial? Do they sell older versions of 3DSmax? Thank for the help!
Daniel D
1 year ago
Hey Andrew, is this plain used in the new movie white house down?
anddy
1 year ago
Man, give us videos. Still images r obvius.
Andrew
1 year ago
I gotta say, I'm really losing confidence in Kramer Airlines...


Great work though! :)
1 year ago
Enough is ENOUGH ! I have had it with these monkey fighting splines on this Monday to Friday plane !
Nick
1 year ago
Hey Andrew! I`m i big fan!
Here is the thing, i am wondering, like the pictures or the shots are easy to composite footage and elements but in a fully 3dimensional scene how can you composite all these elements (fire,smoke,debris,etc)
and still animate the objects?
I of course have seen the tutorial "mid air emergency" but that wasnt fully 3dimensional...
What would the workflow be like if we had to composite all the elements in the exterior of the plane while we would be using the 3d model of the aircraft (using Element 3d)
It seems really difficult to me!

I hope that my english is not too bad...
Josh Ortolaza
1 year ago
Hey Andrew, have you considered doing a tutorial series on destruction? maybe like a building collapse, or even various effects from the new Man of Steel movie??? :-) great work.
Dragon
1 year ago
I just saw this in a trailer for white house down(I think that's what it was) very cool.
Andrew how often do you work on vfx for films?
Daluz
1 year ago
I think after this ADOBE CLOUD stuff, it would be great if Videocopilot release their own VFX EDITOR!
Kenn
1 year ago
andrewww you rock man , but your Kramerican Airlines sucks lol ...you're great !!!!
1 year ago
A little scene that shows you how matte painting works :)

http://youtu.be/Pgz2dvEbwmI

NativeVFX
    1 year ago
    How often are you going to post the same video xD

    Towards the end its very obvious that the mountains are just images instead of true 3D.
Alex
1 year ago
I am never riding on one of your airlines again.
1 year ago
Great stuff as usual. When is this airplane pack coming out?
Chaba
1 year ago
Adnrew, why do not you write a small Blog-post about your future releases? About your new plug-in(s), about new model packs, about Element 3D v2.0 at last. Very interesting to know the exact dates... I open your website every 3 hours, because I want to see a new Blog-posts all the time.
Pixelito
1 year ago
Andrew, a question. Since AE CC will integrate Cinema 4D Lite, will you might use C4d in future more regular than 3D Studio Max?
1 year ago
TUTORIAL please :p i really want to make explosion stuff like that, please make the tut, i wanna try :( hehe, thanks!!
1 year ago
My Plane animation is more safety :),

THY Sunset Flight !!

http://youtu.be/mgj1VQiMqh8
1 year ago
Great stuff as usual. When is this airplane pack coming out?
1 year ago
VFX Breakdooooooown by NativeVFX :D

http://youtu.be/Pgz2dvEbwmI

NativeVFX
Surendra Sahi
1 year ago
Fantastic work AK!! Please try to make a tutorial for your buddies. :-)
1 year ago
Kramerican. I wouldn't fly that company))

Great post!
James Twyman
1 year ago
Making things look big and imposing is something I've been struggling with. In element 3D and other 3D programs how do you take a model and give it the feeling of real. Size and weight?
Arnold
1 year ago
Wow, awesome stuff Andrew,... Video tutorial, please,please,please.. Amazing work as always
Ehsan
1 year ago
Wow, this is gonna be awesome . i am really exciting to now what happened in 3ds max . please provide a tutorial for that ,
1 year ago
Soooo, I googled element 3d v2 and to my surprise I see a image of metropolitan with really nice shadows! And the image says: Element 3Dv2 shadow tech preview!
Sooooooo Andrew........more previews? ;-)
Yair
1 year ago
make a tutorial on the plane and the update of elemnt 3d v2 and how to use the shadows in 3d element
Yair
1 year ago
andrew you should make it look 3d element explosion fx smoke rendered to have the Explosion in 3D and to use the Eplosion in 3d element
1 year ago
Tutorial! Tutorial! We want Tutorial!
1 year ago
the smoke looks like fume fx do you used the titans grafics card
Axel
1 year ago
Please make a tutorial! :)
giloz
1 year ago
hey ANDREW,when i start a project like this one,i dont know where to start..i have the model but then i keep watch this picture and think of all the hard things,like omg this light this reflections this background hdri this amazing explosion how it looks like particles and so on,can you help me?? just tell me how to start a project steps...thanks and sorry for my english
fyardlest
1 year ago
I'd love to see a tuto like this lord Kramer.
26
1 year ago
kramericannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn be blessed.
Warren
1 year ago
THAT PLANE IS SO NICE AN SHINY!!! I want to blow one up too! I mean, in artificial 3d airspace only..! very cool shards!
EvL
1 year ago
nice work how about an inner red glow on the right engine turbine
1 year ago
Some VFX Breakdown :)

http://youtu.be/Pgz2dvEbwmI

NativeVFX
1 year ago
@Andrew K - do you think you could pull off this same scene using Cinema 4D? If so, what do you think the differences in challenge would be?

- Austin
    James
    1 year ago
    Andrews look better.... But ILM doesn't have the resources that VCP has...
    James
    1 year ago
    replied to wrong person...meant for impaczus
Impaczus
1 year ago
    sandie
    1 year ago
    Hey where did you find the ironman 3 bluray disk :o is it on sale or something :o i never heard about it
    sandie
    1 year ago
    And yes its kinda simillar but not fully simillar . You can check out those engine detail compare to andrew's engline.
Jeremiah Lofthus
1 year ago
Hey Andrew,
Did you export the animation as an obj sequence for Element 3d or did you render different passes and composite them together in AE?
Thanks
J
Shafa’ Rizky F
1 year ago
Did you add 'Kr' in paint? -_-
let me think, you are paint lover, so you must be meme lover :D
just kidding ;)
    Smileski
    1 year ago
    Hahahaha... I saw that too! :D (Y)
Daluz
1 year ago
CREATIVCE CLOUD! What do you think? I think it sucks!
Flower
1 year ago
Element 3D is the greatest plugin for AE !! I just finished a hypothetical advertising for the new iphone 6, modeled in 3dsmax, animated and rendered in 3D Element http://youtu.be/9W1pyoXpTZA
Steffen
1 year ago
Element 3D works perfect in After Effects CC
the Perfect Model Packs
no problem
Badhon
1 year ago
just amazing.......
looking for the Aircraft Model pack
reza irani
1 year ago
Looks great!but andrew ,have you seen the "white house down"third trailer? there is a sequence like this shot that you create. there was used the fumeFX plug-in i guess and i think that was much more realistic with that and Particles move was much more unison with the wind. if you start a new project with sam and make Another great shot,it Would be cool. Make a tutorial And prove the power of "element" again....!!!
IMRAN KHAN
1 year ago
Hi Andrew That was Fantabulous job and Inspiring too. Why You always like to
do Destruction using 3ds Max?
Matin
1 year ago
Nice, I always comment my ideas here! And here's another one.
How about an obj sequence pack with destruction and rayfire stuff if you know what I mean, like some animated stuff so we can use in Element 3D specially the people who can't make their own animation inside the 3D programs?
Thanks.
Jonny
1 year ago
Where do you get that kind of backgrounds (under the plane?), that are allowed to use?

Can you make more tutorials where you combine 3DS MAX, element 3d and after effects together?

And will all video copilot plugins be compatible with After Effects CC??

keep up the good work! :)
    Shafa’ Rizky F
    1 year ago
    yeah, maybe it useful for some people, but not for all vcp fans, they use many kind of 3D software,if Andrew do that, i very jealous, im c4d user :D
Eric Terence
1 year ago
Awesome to see VideoCopilot really take it to the next level. Especially with 3D becoming more and more integrated in AE.
Keep up the good work!
Kevin
1 year ago
Looks great! But the right engine sort of kills the effect: the fan is static (not motion blurred) and there's no explosion in the reflection on the plane!
    Kevin
    1 year ago
    Well I meant other right engine ;-) ... the one on the right of the picture.
Haider sheikh
1 year ago
Thankyou Andrew For Advance Airplane Tutorial best guid for ever
lunga shezi
1 year ago
Reminds me Air Force One from the WHITE HOUSE DOWN Trailer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Dnvay5S7w&noredirect=1
1 year ago
mmm, i can see you'r working on 2013 :)
Pretty fast, isn't it?
Very beautiful, on Vray i guess?
WJM
1 year ago
Did you do this for the movie "White House Down"? I saw a commercial recently with an identical shot :O
A Sandy
1 year ago
Superman is never around when you need him...
1 year ago
Maybe a C4D tutorial since its integrated into AE CC now? Please! Ha ha.
1 year ago
Oh . Thats a really nice trick of zooming .I Am really impressed . Hats off GURU
1 year ago
You have a fear of flying, don't you Mr. Andrew?

...thank god for us ;-)
1 year ago
As always, you're a fantastic inspiration, and a special quote for your own personal airplanes company : KRamerican...just excellent ;-)
Dver
1 year ago
woooow, absolutely amazing,.
1 year ago
It always amazes me how 8 out of 10 comments on VC posts are completely non-related.
Ding
1 year ago
Really hope I can have tutorial
kkehoe5
1 year ago
Looks cool, but since the fuel is stored in the wing there should be some liquid coming out before catching fire.
1 year ago
These airline tutorials prove one thing: Never fly KRamerican Airlines. Explosion prone.*

*Feel free to fly if you're Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford or Wesley Snipes
AARYAn
1 year ago
Mr.Andrew Kramer please i need more tutorials about 3d max.. like car accidents,how to create forest location with green screen action...thank u
Nazmul Talukdar
1 year ago
Hey Andrew
really cool work with the color correction and also the entire work.
Just one thing I want to know that did u add smoke & fire using "create 3D null"?
Dawson
1 year ago
When will the aircraft pack come out?
Bishoy Nader
1 year ago
this is Cool Andrew i am waiting the new aircraft Model Back
and if u can make a tutorial in this project , thank u , u bring us the Happiness
rodrigo lagos
1 year ago
amazing ;the tutorial please,thank you very much mr andrew..
1 year ago
That title and that image are pretty apt for the VFX industry itself.
Jeremie
1 year ago
hello I'm french. sorry for my talk english.Compte you make a tutorial of this project. This is purely amazing. Good luck.
PILOT
1 year ago
amazing work , Now the summer!!!, when the date in the summer???
Aykut Bozkurt
1 year ago
Great graphical exercise Andrew.Everything looks fine and detailed + especially Kramerican Airlines :) But 1 thing to know,that glass you shared is better than yours :D Tnx for that,a total tutorial from zero to end should come in handy for real.Keep on the good job!!!
1 year ago
Co-pilot must have been drunk to let that happen....:)
Jack
1 year ago
Full tutorial pleeeeeease :)))
Mahdi
1 year ago
Please make tutorial from it ... :)
James
1 year ago
wowsa...lookin pretty good there capn kramer....looking forward to getting my hands on that model
Dave
1 year ago
There's no need for a tutorial guys, it's the same techniques used in "train explosion" tutorial. Just watch that.
Meet
1 year ago
ANDREWWWWWW!!!just fab work....plzz come to india sumtime...
Seamus
1 year ago
Hey andrew, any plans on making/including a full phsyics engine to work with Element 3d?
dave dietz
1 year ago
wow - nice! Hope they were able to land safely and get all the passengers out alive.
Evren
1 year ago
It is really beautiful. So, make a tutorial exectly for this stuff while releasing the vehicle pack, plaease. :D

And i did something with Metropolitan 3D but I know guys this is not looking good but i tried... :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UhyRBqqJQE
    James
    1 year ago
    Looks great!
    Shawn
    1 year ago
    Looks good to me. Camera shake at end seems odd - like maybe the buildings in the foreground are moving too much. And I wonder why more buildings didn't fall, but the overall look of the scene is well done. Good job!
1 year ago
i love ittttt so much
1 year ago
Very cool and very interesting. I'd like to be so bold as to ask how do you use element to create such large landscapes as shown in your demo reels as jets fly over and such? I have tried numerous things but am still stumped; it looks as if you've done it here as well with the motion blur. May not be the place to request this but since you posted....
Charles
1 year ago
'Get off my plane!' http://youtu.be/sOUoNy7EmPA
Ryan S.
1 year ago
Wow, that looks amazing! I'd love to see a tutorial on how to composite the 2d action essentials elements (especially the explosion) realistically into a 3d scene, as I always have a lot of trouble with that.
mr steele
1 year ago
Pretty neat, but I'd like to see some new tutorials on particles like Trapcode form and particular. What are the chances of that. There are a few on youtube but they are nowhere near Andrew Kramer style! I mean I need corny jokes and high quality sound while I learn!
1 year ago
Good old P Flow! I need to really start messing around with Rayfire, looks so much better than those free scripts out there to break apart meshes.

Wondering how long so for this did you spend tweaking the CC, thats always my downfall, spending so much time tinkering and tweaking. Obviously in your tutorials you usually have already gone through the process a few times so you have an idea but just wondering, first crack at a scene like this, how long did you spend, didnt seem like it was anything to over the top but just wondering.

Cant wait for new packs, as well as the future city challenge!
1 year ago
Oh Andrew Kramer sir, can you please make this as a tutorial please. I've always wanted to try out a 3D play crash.
WM
1 year ago
Looks like a second angle from the other one you did. Very cool. Maybe another short is on its way?
artalan
1 year ago
So Good ...
Always Good
Fabiano Peres
1 year ago
I'd love to see the video.
1 year ago
Aircraft Pack!!!
Can't wait to get my hands on that!!
How many models and how much is it gonna cost us, Andrew ?
    anton nartea
    1 year ago
    Have you tried "thefree3dmodels.com" yet? It's fantastic!
bwoogie
1 year ago
Love the graffiti! ha
Emmanunel
1 year ago
Simply Fantastic.... wonderful work...
Lucas
1 year ago
Your Airlines are really unfortunate!! Two flights two accidents :(
    Steve Thompson
    1 year ago
    You beat me to it. Andrew is great at Video Effects but I think the FAA might just have to ground Kramerican Airlines.
    Mike
    1 year ago
    I'm dumping all my Kramer Airlines stock! LOL
    1 year ago
    Blue Horseshoe Loves Anacott Steel!
    Mike
    1 year ago
    Kramer, where the heck are you? I am losing MILLIONS! You got me into this airline and you sure as heck better get me out or the only job you'll ever have on the Street is SWEEPING IT! You hear me, Kramer? LOL
    1 year ago
    I'm gonna make you rich, Bud Fox.
    1 year ago
    I'm Gonna make you rich, Budd Fox :P
tobi
1 year ago
pls make a video tutorial andrew !
    Bakhtiar93tiar Studio
    1 year ago
    please andrew make this tutorial
1 year ago
I like it. Now it is time to try for myself!
    1 year ago
    Great work Kramer, great work, you are simply wonderful
1 year ago
Wonderful work! :D

and the tutorial, you'll make?
Ben
1 year ago
Amazing! I'm really looking forward to the model pack. How much it will cost?
1 year ago
Kramerican, HILAR! Fantastic stuff, Andrew!
Todd
1 year ago
PLEASE make this a full tutorial!!! Including the particle flow stuff!!!
    Roman K Rai
    1 year ago
    yeah! it would be great..Rayfire with the particle flow
Josh Ortolaza
1 year ago
This looks simply amazing, Mr. Kramer. Unfortunately, I learn better with video tutorials, as I am sure many who follow do as well. A video tutorial for this would be awesome. Great job.
Hijazi
1 year ago
Way to Go Kramer Airlines :D
    nghohung
    1 year ago
    Never chose Kramerican Airlines lol
Alexander Botteram
1 year ago
Still amazing to see how you have single handedly evolved AE in something so much more versatile. Come to think of it, it's redicilous 3D rendering was never introduced into compositing programs in the first place.
    1 year ago
    This wasn't done in Element though.
    1 year ago
    Correct, this image was done with 3D max, although the Emergency Landing Airplane was done with Element 3D.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myk14LqI9ws
    Monproduction
    1 year ago
    o.O cool graphicks O.o
    Peter
    1 year ago
    Actually, realtime OpenGL 3D object rendering has been available inside of Flame since the 90ies and has been greatly enhanced in recent releases. Other compositing programs like Nuke also have a fairly capable 3D system (some of it developed by Digital Domain for Camera Projection on "I Robot" I think, back when it was still an inhouse tool, but it might have been earlier). Others have since followed. I agree however that Element 3D is one of the best implementations of a 3D system for MoGraph and basic effects work to date.
1 year ago
Always spectacular work.
Elisha Trice
1 year ago
Wow! You're truly inspiring.
    1 year ago
    Andrew Kramer

    I love kind of this action. You are supper

    Wow wow wow
    1 year ago
    This is great! can't wait for the full tutorial. If you land this plan you are the Man!
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