Main Titles for Star Trek Into Darkness!

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work on the Main Titles for the Film Star Trek Into Darkness with J.J. Abrams. It was a massive project with tight deadlines but we worked hard to create this exciting journey for the End Titles. And since the film was presented in 2D and 3D, we had to come up with a workflow that was fast &  flexible without sacrificing creativity.

So we decided to render everything using our very own plug-in Element 3D! Yes, a $150 plug-in!

Watch on Youtube in HD  Available in 1080p!

Watch on Vimeo in HD 

Watch on Video Copilot in HD

And trust me, we pushed Element 3D to the limit!  Being able to stay inside of After Effects while working directly with 3D objects gave us incredible freedom to build complex scenes with thousands of objects and hundreds of layers in a single comp. Plus everything was created for stereo so all the layers and objects had to be in true 3D space.

We had access to handful of workstations with some high end graphics cards to do all the rendering for both the Left and Right views of the stereo film which was mastered at IMAX resolution.

September 10th, 2013 @ 2:00 am
Congratulations! What a great scene that you created!
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:22 am
    you can use e3d for water simulation ( for rear shots )
    Sander Leis
    September 17th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
    Please Mr andrew.... Tutorial how to PLEASE...PLEASE
    September 22nd, 2013 @ 3:15 am
    Gratz. But I slowed down the credits looking for your name and can't see it anywhere. Maybe it's a company name I should be looking for?
    September 23rd, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    latest vfx by Monproduction 50% used e3d ;)
    new season of epix news
    September 25th, 2013 @ 7:04 am
    i have a video file with extintion

    how i can editt in adobe primiere
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:04 am
Oh my god ! That's incredible , ( haha now i'll be able to boast I have the software used in creating the star trek title :P ) Anyhow ! This is completely awesome ( and you posted it on my birthday 0.o ) I wish you luck ! May you have other awesome projects like this and don't forget to use Element 3d , I knew this software had the power , Anyhow , Are you all working on developing the element 3d to an extent where objects can be fully animated ?
    September 10th, 2013 @ 5:16 pm
    He already did!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:08 am
This is wonderful stuff. I admire the attention to detail. I'm wondering with what amount of VRAM the workstations' graphics cards were equipped with in order to deal with IMAX resolution properly?

All the best from Germany,
Michael /
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:12 am
This is sooo freaking awesome....I love it!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:14 am
That's an awesome way to start our day....into the darkness...;)
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:18 am
I'd be very interested to learn more about the 3D stereo conversion, was that the first time you had to do that, what was involved? Live long and prosper AK.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 2:24 am
    Well essentially we had two Master Comps. One for the left and one for the right. Everything was 3D so we just offset the camera. It was a little bit of a pain because you have to keep 2 copies of every comp but at least the camera could be offset easily with expressions. The one thing we did is worked at a slightly wider resolution than we needed so that the plates could be post-converged. Like an extra 200 pixels horizontally.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 5:46 am
    And.. I was just about to ask this question haha. What perfect timing this is, seeing as I just finished watching Into Darkness in 3D on BluRay :D
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:23 am
    I'm just curious... why a separate comp for each eye? Can't you just have two cameras in the comp linked to a control null with their focal points linked to another null, and then render out each one separately? I'd love to know! Thanks!
    September 11th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
    Hi there,
    I don't want to do ads for other 3rd party plugins but I use the S3D toolkit for the S3D work with Element, because the 3D camera in AE flattens the comp so you can't render stereo 3D footage. Give it a try.
    September 22nd, 2013 @ 8:05 am
    No kidding!! I wonder when the "Andrew Kramer Awesomeness Pack" will be available for purchase on videocopilot?
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:20 am
awesome, may the force be with you !!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:20 am
Hi Andrew & VC Team! I was blown away sitting in the cinema and knowing that this scenes were made by you guys and Element 3D. The things that are possible with the plugin are just incredible!

Please answer me this... was that a sneaky peeky into the next Element 3D with SHADOWS? (Lens Flares - Atmospheric Effects)
Exciting ;)
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:22 am
Andrew. Please check out my latest film made in E3d... No just kidding.

We all love you guys at Video Copilot! Rock on!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:23 am
So awesome! Loved the trick with the particle clouds - never thought of doing that before, but it seems so obvious now.

But why were the comps done in 16:9, then letterboxed? Doesn't that take up more render power than having the comp height simply be correct? Unless I'm missing something.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 2:25 am
    Actually, IMAX is more of a square format so the letterbox is for the 2K anamorphic version. We even did a center cut 4:3 one.
    September 13th, 2013 @ 4:01 am
    Yeah, I loved the trick with the particle clouds too! but I noticed in the screen cap a "Blending Mode" option at the bottom of the advanced materials tab. That's what makes it possible, but I don't have that... is that an up-coming feature? Maybe I just need to update my E3D. Thanks, Andrew! I'm re-inspired... time to go play!
    December 11th, 2013 @ 10:40 am
    That's what makes it possible, but I don't have that... is that an up-coming feature?
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:27 am
That sun with all the solar flares was all created inside of After Effects??? Seriously? This Andrew Kramer is too clever! Wow!
Chad Kanera
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:28 am
I had the privilege to get some behind the scenes with visual effects producer, Richard Mann for Into Darkness. Oh my, the hours that were put into this movie for the effects, 24/7, 7 days a week for weeks. I was excited to find out that Video Copilot was responsible for the main titles in the credits during the screener. Way to go guys!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:29 am
Congratulations Andrew, you`ve come so far with your work, keep it up.
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:35 am
Congratulations Andrew
    September 10th, 2013 @ 3:49 am
    very good work
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:38 am
I can't imagine trying to keep track of all those layers and comps and effects. That's mind-blowing all on its own!

But so was each name in its own separate comp, and you just seamlessly blended between them? Or was there a more elegant way of organising it all?
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:39 am
Where are the light sabers?


September 10th, 2013 @ 2:41 am
So with the solar flare elements are they made from video of dry ice? Or some sort of particle simulation? I'm betting dry ice. Very cool idea!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:45 am
Really interesting! I didn't know you could build the Millennium Falcon out of the Enterprise lego kit! Defiantly the best VC tip yet! But seriously, I'd be interested to know the workflow setup for using lots of different element layers, was each title precomped? But then how do you keep true element 3D space?
    September 10th, 2013 @ 2:55 am
    just put cam inside precomp and link it with cam in main comp.
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:46 am
Andrew, are you thinking what I am thinking?
I think there are more tutorials about this coming...
(And please, please, please, I need those textures for Element 3D!!!)
Congratulations guys! You're da best!!! :D
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:52 am
Hey Mr kramer, when watching the lastest star trek I was curious and eagerly awaiting any clues for your work as I know you worked on super 8, then the end tiles came on and I immediately knew this was your style and I literally read through all the credits to find your name, which I found around about half way through the credits sequence!! Main title design - Andrew kramer!! Love your work by the way!! Also I am curious all the lens and light effects in the film is that optical flares?
    September 12th, 2013 @ 8:22 am
    Anything JJ Abrams probably has Kramer's name attached to it somewhere. Jealous of the guy..Abram's rocks !
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:52 am
....just awesome! Coming from Andrew Maestro Kramer.
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:53 am
The lego reveal made me laugh out loud! Well done Sir.
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:58 am
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:01 am
Very good work, and well-thought too. What was the resolution you rendered the video with ? I mean for movie-theaters and stuff, what is the conf you have to use ?
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:05 am
Andrew and the entire VC Team are the best!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:06 am
Hey Andrew,
those 3D planetary objects are cool, you should offer them as a separate element 3D pack. I would definitely be interested.

keep up the awesome work and looking forward to element 3D v2
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:06 am
Incredible job, Andrew!. And this video is just amazing, it has everything, awesome effects, a lot of fun, a short but great tutorial, and...of course, the Millennium Falcon massacre!. Thank you for share all these amazing stuff!.
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:19 am
Ok, the nebula thing sorta blew my mind.
I've been trying to build more realistic fly-through space sequences and I would LOVE to see a full tutorial on what you did for this title sequence. Either that or I'm just going to pay you guys to build everything. That might just be easier.
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:21 am
Please give us the project file and all the models.

; )
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:24 am
Stuff like this just reminds me of how powerful AE and E3D can be when put in the right hands. I am seriously underutilizing them for my silly YouTube videos.
ray brown
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:32 am
Make this as a quick test when i first bought Element 3D.
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:40 am
Wow its amazing !
we will get the model pack? :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:41 am
I loved it. But my concern is that it looks like Andrew Kramer is the only person in the world who knows how to properly sue the Element 3D. Whenever I get to his tutorials on Element my mind just boils. It was time consuming to learn Cinema 4D and now the Element!!! I so love the actual output but to spend another year on just learning all the features and re-inventing this plugin seems to be so unreal. The final product looks amazing, I hope we will all get there and be as comfortable with this plug in as Andrew is. I am very glad that Andrew moved from simple tutorials to real life 3D work. Star Trek is a big think.
    Fabiano Peres
    September 10th, 2013 @ 6:06 am
    But Element 3D is so easy to use. Not a big deal learning it.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
    E3D is very much an extension of traditional 3D programs. I happen to be a 3D max user so many concepts translate over. It's a broad program, the features are all pretty straight forward but it's experimenting with combinations to solve problems that will make you an expert in any program. That just takes practice and experience.
    Bob K
    September 10th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
    And .... if I may add ... I never look at learning as a "1 year" or even "6-month" process. I see it as a continuum. I'm always eager to push forward, especially when tools like E3D has made much of what we do so much easier.
    September 12th, 2013 @ 4:14 am
    I understand you guys. I hope I will understand it one day. So far it is just too complicated for me to switch my mind from C4D object to a plug in. I think I need to re-watch the tutorials from the beginning. Since this is not related to my work and is only a hobby, that takes a lot of time. I love the lighting function of Element over C4D itself as it is easy. The most complicated challenge for me is texture in Element. All these banks, layers etc. I think you are right, it could be easier than I imagine whenever I load it in my scene.
    September 25th, 2013 @ 12:45 am
    Andrius, I felt the same way at first, but now I have my own particular workflow that moves seamlessly between C4D and Element, allowing me to craft a whole scene in C4D and then import it in layers via Element. It's hard to explain, and one of those things you will just figure out what works best for you as you go. The best thing is, Element opens C4D files natively. No need to export to obj unless you are generating an animated obj sequence. The second thing, as a C4D user, look at this tutorial about baking a texture, and you will realize it's easier than you thought:
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:46 am
Again amazing stuff. I didn't know you worked on this, but when I saw the end title I said to my wife that it looks like your work and made her sit through the credits so I could see who did it and sure enough. Well done sir. Keep being passionate and moving forward.
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:58 am
Wow, you really have taken videocolilot to the next level. Congrats man, you have inspired millions and make the most useful stuff in the industry.
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:02 am
Spectacular work. Fun and compelling walk through. From basic sky replacement to this? Proud to be your student. Loved the nerd cam of your crew playing with legos LOL Hope you got the money shot in super slow mo.
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:32 am
I sat there, in the Cinema, gazing in wonder at the title sequences, and I said to myself... I know who created this... Annnndrew Kramer... and I was so right. Sir. You are amazing
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:34 am
Andrew, The asteroid fragments appear to block emitted light thus casting shadows (vidRef: 5:21/6:35) Element 3D does not have built in shadow casting, is this just 'CC Radial Blur' put to good use? or is this perhaps a feature coming to later builds of Element 3D? How have you achieved this effect?

I have created a similar effect in this Element 3D render:
    September 10th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
    I liked that Gerard. Nice job!
    September 11th, 2013 @ 5:59 am
    Thanks Chip! Appreciate the feedback mate
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:36 am
very very good job excelent
thanks you andrew
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:45 am
Andrew do you sell earth pack?
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:52 am
That's an awesome................Plz give us the project file and all the models
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:52 am
Looking forward for all of those inside project files and tutorials :D
Cheers with Love
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:52 am
Hey AK, would you be able to share any of the planet models you created? Not sure if that falls under copyright laws or anything, just thought I would ask. Maybe a Space/Planet Map Pack in the future? :) Nice work on the project.
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:55 am
Geforce Gtx titan is nice
Ben Jones
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:03 am
awesome video. That faking of 3d particles was impressive. Cool idea.
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:05 am
Hi Andrew
I'm not sure if something has been let out of the bag or I'm missing something. You’re running Element 1.6.1, but when you were showing the displacement cards for simulating a volumetric environment you appear to have additional choices in your texture panel that I don’t have - cast shadow, receive shadow, and blend modes. Great additions. I hope to see them available soon. Thanks for this plug-in.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 10:10 am
    Yep, we were using an internal version but none of the space scenes use shadows just per-material transfer modes which will be in V2.
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:17 am
Very nice music tracks in this video! Andrew, can you put music tracks for download? Really nice tracks, and I'm sure that many will satisfied. (And this amazing music you used in Typewriter Week Blog-show!)
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:23 am
Simply amazing your work, but as they do back to the conversion to stereoscopic 3D? excisten currently no tutorials on this subject on the web and how it behaves Element3d Plugins used for this purpose? you need another plugin to do it? would be interesting as the film and television of the future is 3D, Thanks ...
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:28 am
Love A Kramer Sir, congratulations on the amazing opportunity Sir.
Fabiano Peres
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:38 am
AMAZING as always Andrew.

Pleaste take a look at my work and tell me what you think.
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:49 am
Andrew Kramer, you are f***ing hilarious! :D Awesome stuff!
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:50 am
Hey Andrew,

Great work man!! Congrats.

How did you imported that simulations into Element3D? It's rendered with Krakatoa?
Gildo Primo
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:51 am
Congratulations on your work and it all that much more is yet to come.
The 3D element has connection with C4D and he has a connection with (After Effects), is that the 3D Element could have a partnership with 3D Max stayed out of it all.

Am I mistaken but I think you had some involvement with the film (The attack) which is in cinemas ... pardon my English translated by Google.
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:56 am
How to create planets like this ? Im working on a space project ! This is just what i need !!!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:58 am
You Are AWESOME Andrew, JUST AWESOME :D AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME :D One question though, did you use a alpha map on that displaced plane to get the dense cloud? It looks awesome though......
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:59 am
Project files or it didn't happen
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:01 am
We have E3D too but we cannot do stuff like that. Should be difference of A. Kramer :D Congratulations.
Fabiano Peres
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:02 am
Andrew, as you always do...
Could you PLEASE share the particles animations (to create the sun) with us?

Joshua Perlson
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:11 am
Unreal. Truly awesome. Would love to learn more about how you created the faux particle systems a little more.
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:12 am
is that possible A TUT on how to work from scratch to realize a project to 4K destination ???
STAR TREK WITH E3D is a good idea to explain us ...hihihi
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:29 am
Next up....Star Wars main title design :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:38 am
So why I didn't see your name in the end credit of the movie, I stay at the cinema at the end, but I can not find your name.
    September 29th, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
    Andrew's name is there towards the end of the credits, as "Main Title Design". Andrew, can't wait for your Star Wars main titles!
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:40 am
Wait a second, did I just saw real time traced shadows in Element 3D? At the "Atmospheric FX" scene, 4:24?
I think I did... I think I did.
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:42 am
did you use pre rendered e3d comps for fast rendering ?
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:45 am
Looking great! Just jumped in Element to give the clouds and vapour idea a whizz as I didn't realize you could use blending modes on the materials! And you can't! You devil, your using a superior version!! (which has shadows!?) Cant wait for that.

    September 10th, 2013 @ 10:08 am
    Yes! this was a feature we developed for this project that will be in V2.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
    lol, Andrew: I read up on the behind the scenes for this a while back when you did an interview with Adobe. I was very impressed; the only question I really have is could you explain how you made the camera moves to each planet look like one fluid movement? I know you explained it a little bit in the video, but I often have trouble with this and would appreciate a little more detail.

    September 11th, 2013 @ 10:17 am
    The animation looks like done with Sure Target, which is a plugin from VCP. I'm not sure if they used it but it could be a easy way to achieve a similar look in your project. Fun to use with ease in/out...
    I was wondering if they used one huge 3D space where the camera moved or if they blended the Komps later.
    September 11th, 2013 @ 11:27 am
    Good question tim, i ask me the same
    September 12th, 2013 @ 7:19 am
    They probably used separate comps. They had over 30 different enviorments with high-res textured 3d objects + flares + motion blur + a couple of particles in-between transitions.
    If they did all that in a single-comp I'm guessing it might take up waaaay to much computer power to pull off. And Also with all the color changes they would have had to use tons of keyframes to change between color-grades.

    I might be wrong though... (:
    September 12th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
    @ Hristo
    That's what I thought. A Comp with all the stuff in it would be too much. But how did they blend all the comps with the smooth camera? Could use that for a project. Thank you for the input. AK really shows us what is really possible with this plugin. I'm interested how we can combine the Cinema4D feature (which I dont have) with E3D - worth the upgrade?
Jeremy Chan
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:46 am
Andrew, you gotta make a tutorial of this!!! Everyone wants to learn it!!! Great work by the way!!!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:49 am
Great video and great animation! Just curious - why the quick deadline? Didn't they know for around two or three years that they would need end credits for this movie?
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:51 am
you can use the 3D Space Models free to download or is it the next 3D model pack
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:58 am
Hey Andrew! LOVE the video on the making of Star Trek Into Darkness. The most interesting "making of a credits sequence" I've ever seen.

Hang on...

It's the ONLY one I've ever seen....hmmm...

You should consider a separate video of just the deleted stuff...looks like there'd be enough of it. And I bet the stuff Tino and the guys were talking about while building that Millenium Falcon is funny, too..

Also, when is VCP going to make.....IT'S OWN FULL MOVIE RELEASED IN THEATERS!?!?!? HUUUUHHH?!?!? You know you guys could do it all. You and your crew can shoot it and do the effects work, and I'll be the lazy bum who gets to edit it.....YES INDEEDIE!!

Vive la VCP!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:00 am
Oh and I almost forgot is there any chance that you're going to give us the custom flares you made for this? Or maybe... Other elements? Like models and destructed planets and space rocks??
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:19 am
    but Why you are ot create some models or flares??Ho stop you? Do that :D
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:15 am
Andrew sir ur work is amazing these titles look amazing in stereo.Hope u collabration with J J Abrams continue and I would surely love to see u work on his next flick STAR WARS EPISODE 7.......
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:16 am
Hi Andrew ! Just a little question : how did you make these awesome blue smoke energy particles shown at 4'42" ? They are really cool and looks really "volumetric" ! Could you please make a little tutorial to show us how to achieve this effect ?
Thanks a lot, and congratulations for the use of your own plugin on a blockbuster film !
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:19 am
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:21 am
I'm just you bro.
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:41 am
Amazing as allways, keep up the good work!
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:00 am
Bro u r Awesome . ur Works more inspires me thnx ......
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:10 am
Yes please say you will be releasing some of these assets!
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:41 am
    I am pretty sure that Paramount owns all of the assets created for this film. Andrew would need permission to release anything related to the film. I wouldn't expect a detailed tutorial on this. This is the best we are going to get on this project.
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:21 am
Element alone offers so many solutions. I wonder how much time I would be spending on the Raytrace-Based Programs when the E3DV2 comes out.
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:23 am
Nice Andrew u are a great man in After effects
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:24 am
I felt so proud (even though I don't actually know you) sitting in theaters watching this amazing title sequence! Very awesome stuff!
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:25 am
Hey Andrew; I believe a previous post mentioned what hardware solutions you guys came up with to accomplish the task at hand. Would love to know the hardware build out necessary to push Element to the limit – that is if you don't mind sharing.

September 10th, 2013 @ 8:38 am
Very nice!
Are the solar flare particle animations (04:42) OBJ sequences or image sequences, and if so how do you get the alpha on them. Similarly the 3d card textures at 05:36?
What sort of hardware are you running to do this kind of thing!

September 10th, 2013 @ 8:46 am
Awesome video !!
I see the use of Element V2.0 in the title sequences in between, am I right ? :) (Raytraced Shadows)!!!
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:55 am
    I'm sure it is :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:55 am
Hi! Looks cool Andrew! About the particles what you said... This particles are made in After Effects with inside particular tool, or the redgiant particular, or may be it's made by 3ds max fume Fx?
September 10th, 2013 @ 9:02 am
I would love to see an overview of how the planets and such are modeled and textured.

Also, is that Element 3D shadow I see there? ;)
September 10th, 2013 @ 9:12 am
WOW ! amazing job videocopilot ! i have one question ! can you explain me how you import the fumefx hot fume on element3d ? like 4:38
??? please answer me !!
September 10th, 2013 @ 9:18 am
Awesome! Mr.Andrew Kramer its Really Awesome.
What is the resolution of the comp And How much Render Time?
September 10th, 2013 @ 9:25 am
Who the heck does your music, Andrew? It's awesome! I'd pay for that stuff! *hint*
    September 11th, 2013 @ 4:57 am
    its some remix of the dr who theme, but didnt find anything else... anyone?
    Ben Jones
    September 12th, 2013 @ 2:23 pm
    I think it is his brother or something. It was in that blog he did a while back showing all the people in the background at videocopilot.
    Vinnie K
    September 13th, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
    C'mon guys, this specific music is the official film music composed for this film and VC couldn't possibly duplicate or resell this material.

    And for Ben's comment.... Please just check the contact page and just read something about Videocopilot.

    It's really unbelieveable that so many people ask who's responsible for the music & sound FX while the answer is just on their website. It's only one click.... CONTACT!
    September 18th, 2013 @ 8:23 am
    @vinnie K
    i also laught about all the quesions about the Sound :-)
    September 27th, 2013 @ 2:27 am
    The music in this video is not a part of the soundtrack for the movie. Neither is there any information in the blog about it.

    Instead of clanking down on people that asks a valid question perhaps you could contribute to help to answer the question instead.
    Vinnie K.
    October 22nd, 2013 @ 12:18 am
    Hi Micke,

    I am pointing out that the exact information is all here on this website. I even point out where you can find it. How much contribution do you want?

    I sure as hell don't intend to clank down on people, especially here.

    However if people use all the free resources here it's just very polite to at least learn what and who is giving all this information. It doesn't seem that much appreciative.

sunil thapa
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:17 am
is that a joke ......:()
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:27 am
I can't believe you smashed the Millenium Falcon... I may have to quit this site. ;)
    September 14th, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
    I know. So painful to watch. My drop dropped.
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:42 am
I would be very interested in knowing the actual output render settings to create the cinematic look. Like frame rate etc. I wonder was the final a .mov file?

Thanks for all the information.

Lewis D.
    September 10th, 2013 @ 11:13 am
    Typically in cinema, the frame-rate is 23.98fps... as to the type of file, I know on shows I've done is have a .mov for reference, as well as .dpx image sequences. AE is fully capable of exporting those.
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:09 am
Hello Andrew first man this is awesome and thanks for sharing this such good knowledge .
I wanted to ask am working in cinema and i was given a task to do 3d adverts for the cinema i've looked around on each designing website for the make up of reald 3d videos but am not getting anything what am getting is only stereoscopic and i've tried with one of our server its not responding is there a way you can help me please or anyone around
Kind regards
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:18 am
The 3D title cards like "lens flares" are casting shadows. Was this done in V2?
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:21 am
I would love to see a tutorial on how you made some of these planets and scenes
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:48 am
This is even more inspiring than the night my wife and I [almost] couldn't wait to see them at the end of the movie.
If possible, could you help us to gain an understanding of how you were able to make E3D-usable particles out of the particles animations.
This is always my first stop .... every morning!
September 10th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
As always, you do amazing things and change our lives by inspiring us to do great things.
September 10th, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
Now you just need to perfect the Vulcan mind-melding techniques so we can all mind-meld with you and become AE aficionados. Just sayin'.
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:36 am
When will E3D v2 available for sale ?
September 10th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm
So will we be getting some of those awesome anamorphic Optical Lens presets you guys created down the line? Optical Flares V2, or a JJ Abrams Preset pack maybe?
Rogue Robot
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:52 am
Will the flare elements be available as Optical Flare presets?
John Ford
September 10th, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
Excellent Work! Thanks for sharing. For the particle simulations of the sun were you using krakatoa/ fumefx in max?
September 10th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm
cool..thats,ELEMANT 3D is proving its capabilities.KEEP IT UP COPILOTS.
September 10th, 2013 @ 1:52 pm
You are the best man !!! :)
regards from CZECH REPUBLIC :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 1:57 pm
You can sell them to NASA !!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Thank you for sharing all this with us !
I soon realized my first short film, in part thanks to you...
I love your audio too, may be you or friends could think about lol
yeahhhh why not !
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm
"New Build Available (1.6.466)"
    September 10th, 2013 @ 2:32 pm
    ...aaah, my trembling hands just sumbitted the`s`s cooooming!
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:31 pm
Hey AK, what are the system specs for the PCs you used to render/create these?
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
Andrew, can you tell us about your team? How many people, what their roles are etc?

Eric Terence
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:52 pm
Any chance we could get hands on a project file? :$
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:53 pm
Great Job....
I've got a question though.... will the V2 of E3D be able to read both the OBJ and MTL file exported from 3DsMax??
And will the material wrapping be done automatically instead of manually locating and pinning each texture to the imported obj?
If this can be done, I'm totally sure E3D's going to beat Maxon's c4D Lite.

And I was very disappointed not to see Sam Loya in the star Trek intro...
Someone's definitely going to get fired for that error!!!... lol
September 10th, 2013 @ 3:06 pm
pretty slick stuff... kinda knew VC had something those titles. Hope you can make a tutorial, especially for the nebulaes and the planet texturing and those dizzying camera moves. Great work!!!
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
Great work Andrew.
So... when will we be able to download the SPACE ELEMENT pack you seem to be sporting ? :D
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
Without Sure Target 2 (or 3 :P ), how did you manage all of that movement? Manual Labor? Surely you fixed Sure Target just for this to save you time? (Yes, I am a dreamer). And any chance for a Fast Tip Tutorial on your particle effects? Those were great. Thanks for the share.
September 10th, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
Since anamorphic lenses are so expensive to buy, could you make a project file with the lens flares you created so we can use them? Please? Pretty Please?
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
I'm trying to find a way to compose a comment that both conveys my love of your work yet doesn't warrant a restraining order.... :-)
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
I am afraid to say it andrew, but... you are no good at building legos! :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
That MilleniumFalcon smashing made this day kind of better... Thank you!
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm
What kind of file was the solar flares from the sun? and where were they created? Were they OBJ's in Element?
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:25 pm
Hey Andrew, Will you be releasing the new ANAMORPHIC LENS FLARE presets anytime soon? Would you PLEASE consider doing so? Whether it's FREE or I have to PAY I don't care. I'd LOVE to get my hands on some of those presets. HELP US OUT BROTHA!!!!
    September 10th, 2013 @ 6:25 pm
    Yep. We have plans to release a pack! Stay tuned!
    September 13th, 2013 @ 7:29 pm
    Yes! So many new things to look forward to: new twitch plugin, E3D V2, and now more Optical flares
    September 14th, 2013 @ 1:55 pm
    +1 for the anamorphics package, can't get that soon enough.
September 10th, 2013 @ 6:25 pm
hi sir can u plz exaplin a tut on who to make a fire planet plzzzzzzzz any one
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:49 pm
Loved the result! I never would have guessed this would have been done in Element 3D unless I didn't see this video. I do have one question, when you made the animated particles for the solar flares on the stars, how did you do that? Like you said in your video you started with a plane, but when it came to generating the particles, did you use separate program, or did you create it all in AE? I'd love to get a few tips and tricks on how you made those :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
So Andrew,
Any guestimate on when we will get our hands on Element 3D V2?
September 10th, 2013 @ 8:18 pm
I'm pretty sure I have that same green T-Shirt. Andrew, do you shop at Target? Are you a mortal human like the rest of us??
    September 10th, 2013 @ 8:40 pm
    Haha, heck ya!
    September 11th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
    I'm pretty sure I have that same couch. Andrew, do you shop at IKEA? Are you a mortal human like the rest of us?? lol
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:03 pm
I envy this guy so much. So intelligent, focused, and funny. He does a damn good job making everyone think his life is amazing with nothing that could go wrong.
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:12 pm
Were you using Titan GTX cards?
September 10th, 2013 @ 10:24 pm
great work as always.. inspiring
can you tell what applications and plug-ins were used.
Brandon Liebenberg
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:25 pm
Sah-weet work :-D. You have got to do a tut on this one sometime.Thanks
September 10th, 2013 @ 11:27 pm
I think Andrew used CC: Brute Force on that Millenium Falcon Lego. So realistic..
September 11th, 2013 @ 12:13 am
Can you make a tutorial of "How to create one of these planets with all that good atmosphare stuff".
Or are these workarounds "closed for JJ´s eye´s only"?
September 11th, 2013 @ 12:34 am
That's awesome works and I couldn't wait for your next plugin!
September 11th, 2013 @ 12:39 am
Andrew, will you ever relese that 3d pack with planets and stars? It is incredible...
September 11th, 2013 @ 2:37 am
Impressive work (as always)
Could be cool if you show us a 3d version of it.
Speaking about.. how do you achieved a "shine effect" (volumetric fog) in 3D ?
September 11th, 2013 @ 2:43 am
Congratulations Andrew and the VC team. You always do a bang up job! Thanks for sharing some insights with us in this video. What a cool Millennium Falcon - then smash - so sad. If you are ever hiring people to build things out of Legos, please drop me a line so I can submit my resume. How awesome would that be. "What do you do for a living?" then I'd say, "I get paid to play with Legos, and I work with THE Andrew Kramer!" It would be like two dreams coming true - a dream within a dream. Ahhh....
September 11th, 2013 @ 2:46 am
Привет АК! Я из России, являюсь частым посетителем твоего сайта, то что ты делаешь, реально круто)) И кстати я хотел спросить тебя the music on 2:34 into the game?(in video)=)
September 11th, 2013 @ 3:22 am
Andrew how much time it took for u to create these titles???I think u may be working for a couple of months for dis,...Great job mahn..:)
September 11th, 2013 @ 3:28 am
Andrew bro how much time it tuk for u to create those titles??And did element 3d crashd while rendering so heavy files????
September 11th, 2013 @ 3:42 am
So good to see a big smile on your face!
September 11th, 2013 @ 4:16 am
Yesterday, You are my mentor. BUT today (after watching this video), You are my "GOD of Special Effect".
September 11th, 2013 @ 4:25 am
It's hard to believe that everything was rendered in Element3D!!! Great work!!!
September 11th, 2013 @ 5:32 am
Im working in my project in school. I have to chose one person that inspire you. I chose you but i don't know what college you went to. Can you please tell me what college you went to.
September 11th, 2013 @ 6:51 am
hey Andrew looks like J.J. Abrams love your work :)...hey tell us something
what were your expression when you first work with J.J. Abrams what where you thoughts ?
reza irani
September 11th, 2013 @ 8:05 am
hey man! that was amazing!...WOW!
do you have any plan for...ahhh... Sale the 3D planet models as a PACK?
because they are so perfect and very very useful!
Darren Evans
September 11th, 2013 @ 9:01 am
Great insight! But that punchline at the end is the best laugh I've had in ages!!
September 11th, 2013 @ 9:33 am
This was both informative and entertaining as usual Andrew. Anything you do is amazing. Please keep it up!
September 11th, 2013 @ 9:36 am
Andrew it's more easy to create a null object and connect the planet and text to. Then just create a camera there jumping around the planets. =)
    September 11th, 2013 @ 11:34 am
    you want to learn bro =)
    Hey Andrew vfx bro is to cool..But i better than axfasdfasdfasdf :D
September 11th, 2013 @ 10:19 am
Thanks for sharing, it was inspiring
September 11th, 2013 @ 10:23 am
Amazing work!!!!
Anyone ever tell you you're good at what you do???
Ha Ha!!!!!
September 11th, 2013 @ 10:38 am
Congrats on getting that Gig sir. always look to your good self if I have an AE problem to big . :)
September 11th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm
So what type of file do you end up exporting for JJ? Quicktime? Something else? How big do the rendered files get?
    September 11th, 2013 @ 12:56 pm
    We master at 8-bit GIF files to the studio. I mean DPX files.
    September 11th, 2013 @ 11:43 pm
    So you just pop them on a couple of floppys and send them over? Nice.
    Steve Thompson
    September 12th, 2013 @ 9:48 am
    "We master at 8-bit GIF" Too Funny!
    September 12th, 2013 @ 11:26 am
    Please Please in your time render out a quick section as an animated 8bit GIF... that would be absolutly amazing! haha
September 11th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm
E3D V2 + solar flare / smoke tutorial.
My credit card is in my hand.

    September 11th, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
    I agree, listen to this man :D
    September 11th, 2013 @ 9:52 pm
    Oh Ya!!!
September 11th, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
I never saw the movie, so I'm glad you showed some of the credit sequence here. Funny, too. I had tears in my eyes!
Vinnie K
September 11th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm
I dont think we'll be getting a tut on this specific project so we should figure things out, which i like best so you understand the technique more.

Following question:

Andrew shows he has imported a animated particle system to be but in z-space around the planet as arrays from the planet. He uses E3D for positioning this particle system (PS).
I wonder:
1) how this PS is still a 3D animation because using pre-composed layers (as custom textures in E3D) makes it a flat layer (2D)?

2) how to obtain a manageable file size because a fluid PS like this one uses millions of particles. Replicating this texture on a planet means exponential particles. Is there a trick I missed?

I also want to say I am seriously impressed by the work Andrew comes up with. I sometimes (act. all the time) envy Andrew for his knowledge.

Way the go.

Vinnie K.
Jorge Leal
September 11th, 2013 @ 3:59 pm
You really are the best dude, thanks!!!

September 11th, 2013 @ 6:35 pm
Andrew, are you planning to create some kind of tutorials using these effects? In particular how you created atmosphere, and those energy field s on planets. Would be great for a community to learn this stuff. Thanks.
    September 11th, 2013 @ 9:33 pm
    seconding this! I'd be curious to see how using those cards in Element to create depth works. I bet it'll be a bit though. No sense in putting out a tutorial that uses features we don't have yet!
September 11th, 2013 @ 7:01 pm
Fantastic! What did you use to create those particles for the giant suns? If you tell me I'll give you a cookie.
September 11th, 2013 @ 7:03 pm
Wow, really nice job!
Can you upload or write the list of the songs used in this video?

Would be nice!
September 11th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
How do you implement in real lensflare objects? Those looked good!
September 11th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm
You are amazing Master Andrew :)
i love you and i love all VC person :)
September 11th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
u r really
ur work really inspires me a lott
hats offf !!!!
September 11th, 2013 @ 11:22 pm
спасибо, вдохновляешь на работу))
Advait Maindalkar
September 11th, 2013 @ 11:29 pm
Whenever Andrew sir comes up saying 'hey what's up...', in my mind I feel like, 'Hey, what's up? Chuck Norris of Adobe After Effects here for VideoCopilot dot net!
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:40 am
Hey AndRew What can i do take internship from You ?
September 12th, 2013 @ 3:14 am
Wow, really nice job! Amazing work!!!!
September 12th, 2013 @ 3:18 am
Really nice!!

E3D v2 and jet model pack is coming soon, but there was something also about a Twitch II?

Is it coming soon too?
    September 12th, 2013 @ 5:57 am
    And Im sure there was an advert for Optical Flare 2 too...
September 12th, 2013 @ 3:57 am
brilliant ouverture for star trek into darkeness. guru kramer !
September 12th, 2013 @ 6:33 am
Hi Andrew,

any chance of a tutorial on this?
Abdelrahman Hussein
September 12th, 2013 @ 6:49 am
hay Ak i wanna ask you about rendering formats for the IMAX?
September 12th, 2013 @ 7:23 am
Hey Andrew,

I watched the movie and watched the end credits just to see your name. I'm so happy for you and thanks for all your help in learning after effects. You're the best tutorial teacher on the web hands down. Also E3D and Optical Flares are great products I use in my work.

Thanks again Andrew you Rock!

P.S. I do have E3D and Opt. Flares great products.
September 12th, 2013 @ 8:20 am
Hey Andrew,
So was that our sneak peek into Star Wars (hey wasn't the Enterprise after all)?? i'm sure you're ready for the Star Wars stuff now :)
September 12th, 2013 @ 8:53 am
You're great, but this doesn't allow you to break a Lego Millennium Falcon. Nothing does.
September 12th, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Andrew please, tell me what kind of music begins with a 2:34!!! SOMEBODYYYY???
September 12th, 2013 @ 11:34 am
Andrew that idea is such a great one for creating fast, unique, and dense 3d atmospheric clouds!!! Soooo amazing, I cant wait to go and find a project i can use this effect in as opposed to using just an atmospheric clip from action essentials, being able to composite both together would be great!

Keep just amazing us with al the new ideas and ways we can use E3D on our projects... It has been and continues to be a game changer man, starred using Cineware the other day but I see no benefits to it. I am a 3dMax user and dont want to learn a new program, E3D allowing me to just import my models and textures, its amazing.

(tell JJ we want a FRINGE movie down the line too!)
James West
September 12th, 2013 @ 11:50 am
So funny, I watched the Movie about 4 days ago and once I saw the title sequence I KNEW that was Andrew Kramer's work. In fact it was the opening 'Star Trek' title that first made me think about it and then the lens pings all throughout the movie too. Beautiful Job.
September 12th, 2013 @ 11:52 am
Love all the videos, they just keep getting better and congrats on great work with this project!
September 12th, 2013 @ 11:57 am
You are simply the best. With only few softwares you can match expensive productions in computer graphics! Stunning!
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm
Great work once again!
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:09 pm
The title design was brilliant. I was wondering who did it and I just found out it was you. Congratulations.
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
Andrew, can you hear the collective begging from us for you to release a long tutorial on how you did this step by step, even if you have to charge for it? I could recognize the text had been done in Element, but I never thought the rest was even possible in Element. Please please please release a long tutorial.
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
This video was funny as hell, besides all the tech explanations I was lmfao
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
2 words. MIND BLOWN!!!
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
When i was watching the movie i was thinking about Element 3D and i know it can be done in Element 3D, very impressed Andrew, congratulations on your masterpiece. I Can't wait to see your next movie titles.
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
All I can say is wow and congrats Andrew, you well deserved it from all of the hard work, and giving your heart to world like you've been doing. When I saw the movie I was saying to myself this looks like Andrew Kramers work and I was right. Awesome bro.
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:48 pm
I am just congratulating you on doing the titles for ST...that is amazing! You deserve it. I'll check out your video later.
Rogue Robot
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Will the flare elements be available as Optical Flare presets?
September 12th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm
You're the man, So say we all!
September 12th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm
So, I was wondering with all your skills in 3D and watching your tutorials, why you never really pursued your real dream?

To become a comedian and appear on Late Night with Jay Weano!

Did someone put you in the corner of the class-room when you were a kid cutting up in school?

You're funny bone is what makes learning After Effects bearable!

Thanks for the learning and entertainment!
Joshua Bowen
September 12th, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Hey Andrew Kramer ia m a big fan of yours and how could someone like us make something like? Are you possibly makeing a package now for space in element 3d?
September 12th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm
Nice video can you give some 3D comeets for element 3D?
Joshua Bowen
September 12th, 2013 @ 2:02 pm
Hey Andrew Kramer I am a big fan of yours and how could someone like us make something like? Are you possibly makeing a package now for space in element 3d?
Gary Coleman
September 12th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm
Holy shit! Congratulations! You worked your way into a dream job.

Not only that, you're actually sharing the secrets of how you did it and giving back to the community. I think most people would keep it all to themselves.

This is a great site. Congratulations on a job well earned.
Mark Solario
September 12th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
Can you do another tutorial with more details on the nebulae and how you transitioned between the different planets?
George washington
September 12th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm
Hi Andrew, we thank God for having you
you are my mentor. How i wish I am in the state so i could learn from
any way my name George Boadu Washington from Ghana
I started with your basic learning and I am doing great now
thank you Sir
God bless you
September 12th, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
Amazeballs. Would love to know what the song is at 5:29!
    Martin Hatfield
    September 12th, 2013 @ 8:54 pm
    I imagine it is something created in videocopilots own 'pro scores' plugin for AE.
September 12th, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
Where is the Tutorial :)
we could really use that
Martin Hatfield
September 12th, 2013 @ 8:50 pm
Andrew, this is phenomenal! The one question that I have is this... What did you do to transition between planetary environments? I noticed that in the first film, there are flashes of light and other such 'distractions' that allowed you to go from one animated segment to the next, but I didn't see the same thing in the STID credits? Can you give me any info on what you did this time?
September 12th, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
You are the man.....I have learned so much from you....
September 12th, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
osome work Andrew...inspirations never ends ....
September 13th, 2013 @ 12:47 am
How much time do you spent guys on this one?
    September 13th, 2013 @ 12:52 am
    And how you made particles?
September 13th, 2013 @ 4:05 am
You are so talented, and your videos are so funny, continue the great work, you're the Bruce Lee of VFX !
September 13th, 2013 @ 7:49 am
Simply Awesome, went to see movie on release, end credits started and I said to a friend that has Element 3D and Andrew Kramer written all over it!!!!
September 13th, 2013 @ 7:55 am
Aloha Andrew.

I think it's time for Star Trek Into Darkness 3D model packs :-)


PS: Thx for your great work!
September 13th, 2013 @ 11:01 am

When you are talking about the 3d cards at the end there, were those used for the atmosphere of the whole scene or for the pieces coming off the planets? I assume the scene. Would love to actually see more of that to big this type of 'atmosphere'. You ran through that section really fast.

Awesome work.
    September 13th, 2013 @ 11:02 am
    At the end, I meant to say, I would love to actually see more of that to see how this type of atmosphere is built.
September 13th, 2013 @ 11:28 am
Incredible!! Dude this was both inspiring and hilarious- great job as always!
September 13th, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
Man crush overload...
September 13th, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
I'm sick of you!!! lol Andrew you really are the greatest!!!
September 13th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm
Where can I see that full animation of the main titles?
Jules Kelly
September 14th, 2013 @ 1:24 am
This one is splendid, and very funny. Are you also using Sure Target for the camera movement?
September 14th, 2013 @ 5:04 am
I knew it when I watched it!
It had that look you only get from The Video Co-pilot! Call sign A Kramer!
September 14th, 2013 @ 5:46 am
this is insane !
u know what, i really like startrek because of you.

live and prosper AK !
Advait Maindalkar
September 14th, 2013 @ 5:54 am
Gotcha! Got the credits screenshot. Check the name at the bottom. "Andrew Kramer"
September 14th, 2013 @ 8:58 am
Andrew & VCP Team, I was so happy to see your work in the movie, I'm sure this will lead to more incredible opportunities for you & the team. Congratulations.
September 14th, 2013 @ 9:44 am
you are andrew kramer? i thought the other guy was andrew kramer
September 14th, 2013 @ 11:40 am
Did you have to give up a title which wasn't as good as you imagined ?
September 14th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
I got a question haw do you do those cool nebulas?
September 14th, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
This is one of the case that titles are better than the actual movie... Not very optimistic about next SW trilogy by JJ and company... But, I hope to be surprised... Keep up such good work Andrew (pardon my bad English, I'm from Italy...)
September 14th, 2013 @ 8:10 pm
it`s great!i`m your fans who live in china
September 15th, 2013 @ 12:08 am
Great work Andrew ;)

And by the way ^^ My Free Intro that you can download and use it for all you projects
September 15th, 2013 @ 6:13 am
So E3D V2 supports transparency now? :O
    September 15th, 2013 @ 7:52 am
    Nope. Transfer Modes like Add.
September 15th, 2013 @ 9:20 am
I really really like them anamorphic style lens flares in you created, is there any future preset to optical flares to add these to optical flares? Like "Pro Anamorphic Presets 1" cause i'd love to get my mits on them!
September 15th, 2013 @ 9:57 am
Hey Andrew,

Very cool work by you and your team! I love seeing the behind the scenes stuff and looks like you guys had a blast making it. Also, so glad to see others besides Prologue winning some title work. You guys deserved it!

Did you guys use Fume FX for those particle animations? I"m pretty sure Particular & Form couldn't get that fluidity. I'm not a 3D Studio Max user so I am not super familiar with it other than what I see people making on the net.
September 15th, 2013 @ 4:37 pm
Great as always, but the real question I had was how did you do the transitions from one setup to the next? And the camera control seems easy, but I could never replicate the way it looks here! Mine always come out a frenetic mess.
September 15th, 2013 @ 9:05 pm
Still waiting for an VIDEO COPILOT AFTER EFFECT ALIKE ...F%$# the cloud!
    September 16th, 2013 @ 3:56 am
    Me to, it is natural progression of Video copilot. Imagine how powerful program will be ? All what Andrew wants incorporated in one program. maybe he will be first one to make automated rotoscoping ?

    Some say that his car speedometer is calibrated in Frames per second and that once instead using distress flares in an emergency he used Optical flares DVD... All we know.... his name is Andrew :)
    September 16th, 2013 @ 2:11 pm
    People still watch Top Gear in this day and age?!
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:07 am
    Good joke Adobe guy, but they do (acctually, iTs still one of the big audiences on TV) :)
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:40 am
    What's the world coming to eh?
September 15th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
"Space Pack" for E3D - soon to be released in the upcoming future ? So much already done or to be modified for a release. The time it will save people on making space scenes would be astronomical. Solar rings for planets and far out space textures. Far away galaxies/solar systems, maybe even some space ships or future tech/NASA stuff. It would be similar to the E3D building pack in a way for massive space stuff to be created quicker. Anyway if we don't get a space pack in the future very well done video :)
    September 16th, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Free Future City is coming soon. Add in a purchased Space Pack with planets, nebula, ships, space port interior + tutorial and I'm in.

Lukas Hytych
September 16th, 2013 @ 12:37 pm
3D element in action
    Ingo Smitt
    September 21st, 2013 @ 3:36 am
    This is amazing !

September 16th, 2013 @ 12:44 pm
You're the best every day you amaze me more and more and I especially love your sense of humor, I felt a pinch in my stomach when ace pulled down the ancient alcon. regards
September 16th, 2013 @ 1:32 pm
Indeed, I've read many comments on a camera movement tutorial. I would love some tips in this department. I can't ever seem to get smooth, organic camera motion.


September 16th, 2013 @ 4:20 pm
Hi Andrew,is there a release date for the Element V2.0 yet? Can't wait to see whats new and play around with it.
September 17th, 2013 @ 5:37 am
This is a small step compare with what you are about to reach!!
September 17th, 2013 @ 6:27 am
Hi AK~ I just wonder could you release the start and stones models for us?
Andy Poole
September 17th, 2013 @ 3:22 pm
Er.. .....cant find the words..... er.... .nope!
September 17th, 2013 @ 6:55 pm
Hey Andrew, I'm an upcoming film maker and I was wondering if you would spencer me I just started with visual effect and got accepted to full sail university, but unfortunenetly I can't attend yet because of budget. I'm still trying to keep going strong and not give up in my dreams and I feel that you can help me accomplish one step closer to my dream. Please take a look at my website and please think about sponge ring me. :) thank you!
    September 29th, 2013 @ 6:47 am
    Obviously , Full Sail don't put spelling very high on their academic circular. But I will think about sponge though..
September 17th, 2013 @ 8:46 pm
So, Andrew, i've got a kittle question. you said that you made some particle animations for the atmospheres. Were they run in a 3D program, then rendered out and imported as cards with element or is something that i'm loosing? (sorry if there are some errors, out of train with my english)
September 18th, 2013 @ 1:03 am
i got to watch this movie!!
September 18th, 2013 @ 8:07 am
i think u should release 3delement to nuke....
September 18th, 2013 @ 8:43 am
Congratulations Andrew! You are an inspiration to us all... Your Tutorials have helped me soo much through my Bachelor Degree in Animation. You Rock!
September 18th, 2013 @ 11:50 am
Thanks – I really like you’re tutorials.
Cheers =)
September 18th, 2013 @ 11:17 pm
Today is my birthday. Realy.
An announcement or demo of E3D V2 would be the best gift... ;-)
J. P. Ada
September 19th, 2013 @ 6:47 am
Mind == Blown.
Did you create all those planet models during the duration of your work?
Or were they already there before you started working?
Anyway, you're awesome man. Keep up the good work. \m/
September 19th, 2013 @ 9:21 am
Collect petition to Andrew Kramer tutorial on creating this amazing unimaginable video))))
September 19th, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Wow. Very genius!
I wonder how you animated the camera to flyby through space like that.
September 19th, 2013 @ 9:36 am
...a little off track, but... Does that mean that you'll be involved in the making of STAR WARS??? Will you be responsible for the new version of "A long time ago in a galaxy far away"?!?!?!?!
September 19th, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing. Even if I didn't work IN AE, I'd come here to watch your videos just for the comedy!
September 19th, 2013 @ 2:31 pm
Simply awesome. Can't wait 2 get E3D v2. Good job V. Copilot good job AK.
September 20th, 2013 @ 6:12 am
Hi Andrew I Hear The Sounds like Adobee
September 20th, 2013 @ 10:09 am
Hi Andrew Congratulations dude again Excellent same as always comrade!
Its great and great and great!
September 21st, 2013 @ 2:08 am
Hi Andrew have nice job and good lock
September 21st, 2013 @ 1:14 am
I watched this like two nights ago. I knew when the credits came on and I got the chills there was a reason. Its amazing how when you find something that you love doing in life so much that it consumes you and its all you want to do and you end up getting excited over movie credits. :) Top notch work. You shld start having competitions w your plugin so you can see what your followers r making n blow ur mind.
September 21st, 2013 @ 1:25 am
What did you charge him to do the project. Ball park???? Just want to c what I have to look fwd to. I've made it to the 75 a yr notch. Looking fwd to makin more! Cant imagine the $$$ your bringing in w VCP.
September 21st, 2013 @ 8:38 am
Did You use some other programs without e3d and aftereffects ?
KC Feurtado
September 21st, 2013 @ 10:56 am
Does anyone know how he created the sun flares and textures? I've been trying to accomplish that for months with no avail!!
September 22nd, 2013 @ 5:36 am
"So we decided to render everything using our very own plug-in Element 3D! Yes, a $150 plug-in!"
That's extraordinary. Great job!
- BB
September 22nd, 2013 @ 6:52 am
You can use it free ^^ Free Intro Reveal

And great work andrew :)
Nick the Greek
September 22nd, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
I have a legitimate question!
How much does the opening sequence/credits cost?

September 23rd, 2013 @ 3:07 am
Perfect Man!
Love it
September 23rd, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Amazing stuff as always, thanks A. Kramer!
September 23rd, 2013 @ 9:48 am
Great work man !
Here is my work
Some E3D, some C4D ^^
September 23rd, 2013 @ 6:26 pm
I tried a new effect with element 3d. It is just a test. I use a free model of butterfly and rig it inside element 3d. Watch, please, and tell me what you think.
September 24th, 2013 @ 5:57 am
Hey man. Awesome effects created. Congratulations Andrew and Crew!

I have tried something using just element 3d for rig a butterfly. Please, take a look and tell me what you think:
    September 27th, 2013 @ 6:48 am
    movement is too slow and direct :) ... try to make it faster and randomize the movement with wiggle(x,y).
    Wings are slow too. Make them much faster.
    Then, it will look like real butterly :)
September 24th, 2013 @ 5:59 am
We call you AK DA SHEN in China,means AK God
September 24th, 2013 @ 6:44 pm
You don't really understand how hard it is to create space, until you try to replicate this. So in other words great work!
September 25th, 2013 @ 1:00 am
Hi Guys, just trying space titles like Andrew. Thanks for inspiration. My first work.
September 25th, 2013 @ 2:17 am
Anybody want to play Chewbacca ??

The film is unnamed in the call, but we're all but certain it's for "Star Wars: Episode VII" as the production date is listed as "early 2014" and the producers named include Lucasfilm co-chair Kathleen Kennedy and "Episode VII" writer-director J.J. Abrams.

Not a lot of actors will meet the physical requirements for role: "Male, 7 ft. to 7.3 ft. tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus."

J.J. Abrams + Star Wars = A.K and element 3D2 ???
September 25th, 2013 @ 3:03 am
i need help with something and i'd appreciate it if any 3DS Max users can help me out with it... you see how in all Andrew's 3d packs, most of the objects have a single map other than a separate map for each part of the object? i can't seem to bake out a merged version of all my maps.. kinda like have them all in one 2048 texture that can apply to the whole object at once. really need help with this.. Thanks
September 25th, 2013 @ 9:28 am
Incredible craftsmanship here. No doubt about that. Oh, and I just wanted to inform people that Element 3d and the Metropolitan Pack are running fine using my Intel 4000 integrated graphics card, with latest driver updates installed. Just FYI.
September 26th, 2013 @ 10:24 am
Hi Andrew, i'm from Venezuela and i have seen you work, i want to learn to do After Effects, 3d Max too and maybe make some special effects for hollywood or some thing like that in the future.
But my problem is: i need a pc to start, not so expensive but a good one, what do you recomend?

Gracias y saludos desde Venezuela. (I moved to Panama 20 days ago)
September 26th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
Hi Andrew, i'm from Venezuela and i have seen you work, it's amazing.
My problem is: i need a pc to started, not so expensive but a good one, what do you recomend? (Sorry if my inglish is bad and i moved to Panam 20 days ago)
September 26th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
Nice job Andrew, hope to see your name on the credit of the movie!
jan jaap
September 27th, 2013 @ 1:53 am
What are u doing all this time? ;P
September 27th, 2013 @ 5:09 am
AK: "Our new model pack is touching down next month in September..."
Should be pretty soon! :-)
Ali Babba the TURK
September 27th, 2013 @ 7:52 am
Great Opening credits. HOW MUCH does it cost??
September 27th, 2013 @ 9:09 am
what an amazing work andrew ... please TUTORIAL please and
Ivan Sakantsau
September 27th, 2013 @ 10:21 am
When you will share the preset or tutorial for that ???? it would be AWESOME !!!!!!!!
September 27th, 2013 @ 11:11 am
Did you guys make the intro title for the TV show Revolution?

It looks like the cool stuff that you do.
September 27th, 2013 @ 11:33 pm
no updates for 18 days... :-(
September 28th, 2013 @ 3:57 am
I made this photo gallery with element3D,hope you guys like it...
September 28th, 2013 @ 6:52 am
when the release element v2?
September 28th, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
Andrew Kramer is returned to the English film actor..
September 29th, 2013 @ 8:01 am
Should we expect any tutorials????
September 29th, 2013 @ 2:08 pm
Hi Andrew!
How much does Hollywood pays in Dollars for an intro like this?
September 30th, 2013 @ 8:45 am
Kramer, you might as well tell them the truth: This title sequence was actually part of the original ending, where the bridge crew got all "liquored-up," with Kirk staggering around the bridge like a orangutan, gripping a bottle of booze, high-fiving everyone while yelling "HEE-HAW!!" as the Enterprise is blasting the hell out of random planets using the torpedoes containing Khan's crew. This is also the intro to the next installment of this series entitled: STAR TRECK: The Hangover
    September 30th, 2013 @ 8:51 am
    Yes, they are going to change the spelling from "TREK" to "TRECK," because I will never admit to being a lousy speller.
September 30th, 2013 @ 10:50 am
What´s that backround behind your chair?
It´s pretty awesome!
I´m excited for you.
September 30th, 2013 @ 12:28 pm
very good ...
It was very beautiful
September 30th, 2013 @ 9:17 pm
Andrew whats going with the jet pack, september has come and gone and we have nothing? :(
September 30th, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
I must be a nerd by now, because I thought it might be you(Kramer) when I was watching these titles for the first time....
October 1st, 2013 @ 7:34 am
I hope your Friend/Boss JJ have seen this :
Marcello Castellani
October 1st, 2013 @ 8:34 am
When I saw Star Trek Into Darkness and the bautiful intro immediately I said: Andrew Kramer did this awesome work!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 8:11 am
Andrew great job on this. Which CG software did you use to make the planets and asteroids? You did mention in the comments you are a fan of 3D Studio Max. Was C4D or 3D Studio max used or some other software? Thanks
October 6th, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
Amazing work! Look what I made ONLY with Element 3D
P.S. I love space scenes ;)
October 8th, 2013 @ 2:15 am
This is perfect actually but, I was expecting at least 2-3 helicopters and 5-6 ordinary cars like the jets.. ;)
    October 8th, 2013 @ 2:15 am
    wrong place.. sorry.. :)
October 8th, 2013 @ 7:38 am
Hi guys.

Im pretty stunned by this project, its really good made, and I like the way its all done in AE.

Im looking for answers though.
It looks like you are using "particles" to simulate the solar flares.
But you have the particles in Element 3d. Now how do you that ??
The particles are clearly animated, (Maybe particular)then used in Element 3d, but how do you get fire-solar flames around your planet? like it was replicated in element 3d ad a 3d model. I dont get that.

I could really use explanation please.

Thanks in advance, and keep up the fun, and good work.

Best regards Rune.
Joshua Bowen
October 15th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
Can you give us some asteroids or planets?
Quim To
October 21st, 2013 @ 1:51 pm
I found this! Something similar but with a 50s flavour!
November 7th, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
I've been wanting to create a realistic sun for the last four years ever since I watched your "Dead Planet" tutorial. I tried to reconstruct what you did in the video, But I can't get the "custom particles" to look like how yours did. Can I get some help on how you created the suns?
Isaac Jeevan
November 15th, 2013 @ 12:55 am
This is AWESOME :D Will there be a 3D model pack with cool planets and suns and space stuff like the Jetstrike pack? That would be so great!
December 11th, 2013 @ 11:45 am
"Blending Mode" option !i can't find it,plz help me~Andrew
mayank g
January 27th, 2014 @ 10:57 pm
Hi, this is mayank, if u help, i have one question about element 3d, do we have any option to scale particular object in particular group?

plz help me

Zedd Sam
March 23rd, 2014 @ 4:25 am
My words do not describe what I want to tell you the better you should open a private university
Harvey Halwin
March 31st, 2014 @ 5:31 am
Hi Andrew !! The intro was awesome... I was wondering whether u would publish the planets and all the stuff u used as a space pack for E3D... Hoping u will... :D
April 6th, 2014 @ 7:07 am
Andrew please make a pack for the stuff you used in titles please i must say that the assets used in titles are worth more than $5000 and i am happy to pay,we all need this space pack and vehicle pack and we want to follow you so please a tutorial on steroscopic and how you simulated camera in titles and packs please. :)
May 14th, 2014 @ 5:41 pm
hey Andrew!you can't imagine the need i have about these new features of E3D V 2.0 for the project i'm working on right now...i use both C4D and 3ds Max,and since i started using element i'm only using the other softwares for modelling only.İ have a few questions about the v 2.0 which are;
1- The release time is set yet?
2- How many blend modes are there?(i see Add mode but wonder if there will be Multiply,Color burn,Overlay,Darken and Screen aswell they would be really helpfull to fake the alpha )
3- The shadows you used in the wideo looks like hard edges raytraced shadows,will there be soft shadows absorbed by the objects? or any settings to tweak them ?(bluring with the distance and such)

and as last but not least id like to add an idea for the future updates of element.for now we have the extrude option which works awesome but (i dont know if possible) it would make element even more powerfull if there were basic shaping modifiers like lathe,and animates extured splines (by changing the root and tip options it would be awesome to create some basic hair&fur like meshes)
You really are a great man and you have a marvelous team and i appreciate all your products and the tools you've done for us to turn vfx in an easy and fun way.
May 31st, 2014 @ 12:19 am
Planet / Astroid Scenes (CHECK THESE OUT) &

Element 3D + Trapcode Particullar + Shockwave + Optical Flares + Color Vibrance
May 31st, 2014 @ 1:08 pm
Final Scene Of Astroid & Planets UsinG Most Video Copilot Plugins (Like Star Treck Intro)
August 2nd, 2014 @ 8:53 am
it's just amazing. how about the transitions between each scene? was sure target used at all? many thanks :)
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