Beautiful VFX

I just stumbled upon this spectacular reel of visual effects work for the film Stalingrad. The simulations of smoke and fire take it to another level.

What’s even more impressive is the amount of work that went into this video just to show all of the layers and work that went into. C’mon! Look at those camera swings!

While not quite as impressive, you ca check out our Advanced Training Series you might be able to see how some of this is possible combining Fume FX with 3Ds Max and compositing in After Effects.

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December 16th, 2013 @ 10:09 am
Meanwhile in Russia...
    December 22nd, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
    hi , is the houdini software are hardest to learning or very easy like after effects? :\ help please i dont know ( Sory for bad english )
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:18 am
OMG ..What a beautiful work ..In love with the helicopter part
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:21 am
Amazing!! The evolution of VFX is incredible. Sometimes we can see to much computer work, green screen etc. but some films like 2012, Hobbit, DEMON CAM!! are really incredible.
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:26 am
Incredible! I hope to work on projects like these some day. Check out my reel:
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:27 am
Very impressive and inspiring work .. Thank you for sharing!
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:29 am
So how we learn that ultra detailed, absolute - cinematic stuffs? Deficient sources :/
    December 16th, 2013 @ 10:32 am
    How do you learn to make high end VFX? By studying. Everything you saw in that reel was made in Houdini - which incidentally is about the only 3D software on this level (other than Blender) that is attainable, economically, to everyday people. They offer a free version for learning and they have an entry level edition available for $99/year. SideEffects themselves also got a sh!tload of tuts on their site - for free. The math and Python training needed is also available free online, on Youtube, Vimeo.

    Now, putting in the time and effort needed to become the next Allan McKay - or Andrew Kramer - that's another story altogether. ;)

December 16th, 2013 @ 10:29 am
my comment got deleted.. was just asking when the future pack metropolitan was coming out :( The vfx in this video as incredible!!!
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
MY GOD that was INCREDIBLE!!! the only thing mission was Sam Loya. WOW just WOW
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
MY GOD that was INCREDIBLE!!! the only thing missing was Sam Loya. WOW just WOW
    December 16th, 2013 @ 11:55 am
    Hahahahahah, No no Sam is here in Explosive Training.
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
Wow, this has to be one of my favorite VFX reels I've seen! Fantastic work, and I just adore the breakdowns.
Joseph Solomon.L
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
OMG !!! Awesome work !! hats off to you Guys !!! i cant even blink my Eyes !!! awesome .... OMG!! everything is sooo real!!!! well Done!!
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:34 am
wow tutorials please mr.andrew!!!
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:37 am
thnx for shaing. jst awesome
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:42 am
Awesomeness!! the breakdown is to die for :)
Marcel Linden
December 16th, 2013 @ 10:47 am
I wish that I could do that
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:07 am
WOW! That is one of the best breakdowns that I've seen. Hopefully their hard work will pay off.
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:11 am
every single frame was awesome ... it just blow my mind like it blows the jet .... incredible work
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:16 am
Very cool with a unified physics system with particles, hard and soft body physics and voxel based fluid sims all working nicely together. Houdini absolutely rules in this kinda thing. Like the scene at 2:48, that would just be such an insane amount of work just conforming the look and feel if it had been done using separate systems - and you'd still never be able to get as good looking behaviour...
Shaswata Indra
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:21 am
For Sir Andrew this is cakewalk
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:23 am
Good lord ! I will able to do this in 50 years...
December 16th, 2013 @ 11:26 am
omg.. reallyy awesme awesme.. ant tutorials for that cinematic cc.. 3d models to real 3d models .. plzz upload tutorials
Nick C
December 16th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Oh My God that's beautiful! I don't know what's real anymore. I'm completely awestruck.
December 16th, 2013 @ 12:22 pm
espero algun dia poder hacer estas cosas que son demaciado buenas trabajo con cinema 4d y se que con este sodware puedo hacer cosas geniales. un saludo
December 16th, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
Oh my god Andrew, this video is like a christmas gift. Such an awesome work, every shot looks so amazing. My mouth just fell on the table. ^^
December 16th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
Holy Shit :O this is something incredible, i wish i was one of those CG artists :S
Tom Dooley
December 16th, 2013 @ 1:33 pm
That's exactly the kind of tutorials I am looking for. The cinema kind of special effects.I have some work coming up soon, at it consists of rebuilding parts of a City during second World War.Nothing about combats but recreating some City parts of that time, with people walking around,close and far to the camera.Vehicles of those days are also included.What could realy interest me, is the interaction of real people with CG Vehicles.Outside.That's also the same that I proposed for a tutorial with your planes.Some people in the Blog misunderstood that.
Tom Dooley
December 16th, 2013 @ 1:46 pm
Yes that would be very helpfull.A tutorial on recreating an older City part on an animated clip with people and old cars included;)
December 16th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm
I am proud of MainRoad, cuz I'm russian too. Very glad to see this showreel in here. Good luck to them and to Mr.Kramer :P
December 16th, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
Oh my Glob!

Could do with a 'making of' the making of.
December 16th, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
Hi Mr.Andrew Kramer
What u thinking about create a new plugin like fumefx for after effects?
it will be nice to work 3D smoke & fire in after effects..
Thank You....
December 16th, 2013 @ 7:04 pm
Thank you for sharing, Andrew. Whenever I see something like this I can't help but think about all the pre-vis that goes into it. Which probably (hopefully) started with a great script. Which started with someone wanting to tell a story and realizing the only limitation to overcome is their own imagination.

Perhaps we are living in a second New Stagecraft Movement.
December 16th, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
This is amazing. May I know what film is this?
    December 16th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
    IT's Stalingrad
December 16th, 2013 @ 8:08 pm
what a hard work so much epic.
December 17th, 2013 @ 12:13 am
This left me speechless till i finished watching it...
I always love your final out but..
December 17th, 2013 @ 12:54 am
Крамер оценил. Это успех!
December 17th, 2013 @ 3:01 am
Bad. Very bad Andrew. You said nothing about studio which did all VFX for Stalingrad. It's russian studio Mainroad|Post which located in Moscow. There is there web-site
And here you can find articles about there work on Stalingrad:
    December 17th, 2013 @ 11:24 am
    I did link to their youtube video...
    December 19th, 2013 @ 9:12 am
    Alex, right at the top of the video on this page, I can see Main Road|Post (Which, by the way, since you are so particular, you spelled wrong: "Mainroad" vs. "Main Road"). Relax a bit. Actually, forget that, GET EXCITED! Andrew Kramer just gave Main Road|Post a shout out. That's like getting a free Superbowl commercial in the VFX world!! So be encouraged, dude!
    Arman Yahin
    December 22nd, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
    I am VFX supervisor of this film and head of Main Road|Post and I want to thank Mr. Kramer for posting our showreel on his site. Its a big honor for us. Moreover I want to thank him for his Lens Flares plugin for Nuke. We've bought it and used on this project widely as you can see in this reel. Thanks Andrew!
December 17th, 2013 @ 3:02 am
    December 18th, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
    Alex, have you ever thought that most of the people and that includes Andrew Kramer don't speak and read russian?
December 17th, 2013 @ 3:03 am
December 17th, 2013 @ 6:24 am
awsome stuff am loving it when am in KENYA
December 17th, 2013 @ 7:02 am
"Сталинград" - это самый провальный фильм Федора Бондорчука, хорошими в фильме были только видео эффекты. Посмотрев этот видеоролик кино можно уже не смотреть - здесь все лучшее! :)
Vinnie K
December 17th, 2013 @ 10:00 am
Unbelievable piece of work.

It will take me about 8 years, 264 days and 22 minutes to create some shots I just saw. But I could be wrong for a day or two....
Vinnie K
December 17th, 2013 @ 12:26 pm
What are your thoughts on this.....

Let's say there was a (huge) pack for E3D containing low-res landscapes, high-res tanks (rigged), planes (rigged) and buildings/structures. In addition a folder containing animated OBJ equences with fires, debree, smoke but also some animated exploding buildings and a couple of background images.

How close would you get in achieving this look? Also, what would you need additionally but staying within AE?
December 18th, 2013 @ 5:53 am
This is the same company that made the FX for a movie called METRO.
Here's the VFX breakdown:
December 18th, 2013 @ 9:24 am
The amount of work hours, whatever that was, was worth it.
December 18th, 2013 @ 3:50 pm
I just say here for eight minutes, completely motionless, my mind blown away. It's not often you get that from a VFX reel... this is incredible, really, really, incredible.
December 18th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
Wow!! Why they made this?!! Wasn't enough to make the film itself?!
but the amazing thing was that all those vfx were used in a way to express the real feelings, not making it pretty.
but I didn't get the the wheels!! was that plane planning to land on that situation?!! or was it to demonstrate how to use jet strike?!
December 20th, 2013 @ 3:54 am
Andrew, I really want to do stuffs like this, can you make some advanced tutorials making those big scene? Your Advanced Training Series are greate,but still has lots of space to improve ,I really want to be better at SFX
Ingo Smitt
December 20th, 2013 @ 5:02 am
This is really amazing!
Thanks for showing us, Andrew.
December 20th, 2013 @ 5:45 am
It's always nice to see cool VFX! But sometimes people forget that movies are not all about visual effects. Scenario, acting, camera works, etc.. are more important! And VFX is just finishing touch that makes movie better.
    December 22nd, 2013 @ 7:17 am
    okay man, let's think about the incredible "Life of Pi" without this "finishing touches" like you say, i mean without VFX, or Titanic... Maybe Avatar... HM? I think, no matter how all stuffs like camera work, scenario, acting and etc. were cool, these films were a bit wierd to watch :)
December 20th, 2013 @ 6:01 am
Woah :O
Goose bumps!!!
December 20th, 2013 @ 6:46 am
absolutely amazing !
December 20th, 2013 @ 8:06 am
What is real anymore...
December 21st, 2013 @ 5:12 am
It looks truly amazing and yet I can't help but feel it all look like a video game.
December 21st, 2013 @ 8:40 am
It's really impressive! I can't believe it was filmed in Russia! If you have a free time please check out my short film called "Case 21": and leave your comments. It's my first film and we didn't have much money. I will be very grateful for viewing.
December 21st, 2013 @ 9:33 am
Outstanding work and breakdown. Pity they got the Canadian flag wrong. To my knowledge there were no Canadians involved in the Battle for Stalingrad and that flag wasn't adopted until 1965.
December 21st, 2013 @ 11:59 am
great VFX,

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December 22nd, 2013 @ 5:52 am

we need a pack like this man,like Action Essentials-3 Rise Of The Andrew
December 23rd, 2013 @ 12:02 am
Must add my thanks to you for finding that and putting it up. I'd also like to say your accompanying tutorial with the train carriage exploding was pretty damn good, too. Only difference that I could see was in the complexity. You have a gift, Andrew.
December 23rd, 2013 @ 11:59 am
You forgot to mention that this was all rendered in Element 3D..... ;) (Gotta love those new titan cards.)
December 23rd, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
Not the topic ... But I want to draw attention ...
Russia suffered trouble - died Mikhail Kalashnikov. I am very sad.
December 23rd, 2013 @ 2:03 pm
I'm not saying that i could do better, but some of the stuff in the Stalingrad reel look pretty plastic and low on detail mostly on the smoke and explosion simulations. The compositing is a full on set extensions and a bit distracting to the common eye. That is not just my opinion, i called my friend who is oblivious to the ways of vfx, and he had the same feel. The whole thing looks like a fancy game cinematic. Is it just me or are there more freaks around there hungry for more analog looking vfx.
    Vinnie K
    December 27th, 2013 @ 8:59 am
    Maybe you and ur friend have been playing Call of Duty World at War too much... eh?

    I think the breakdown is too much you can appreciate. I don't mean that in a bad way. But there are so many shots broken down you see many flattened images. That could narrow your seights..
    If I look at the final render shots and considder the amount of work and details that has been put in this movie I never would use the words: fancy game cinematics.

    There's one shot that could me the same feeling at 3:20. That was the only shot, other than that.. fine peace of work!
    January 6th, 2014 @ 8:07 am
    The impression we got came from the movie trailer, so no breakdowns and last call of duty i played was like COD2 so it was a long time ago. I don't want to be disrespectful about the work, it is just that i like more simple and subtle compositing work. I just wondered is there someone else here looking for a more old school analog feel of cinematography.
    Hat down for the guys that put it all together, from my experience it is a mammoth task requiring a lot of dedicated artist, art directors and organizers.
December 24th, 2013 @ 1:49 am
Can you make tutorial of artillery hit the ground and water, please ?
December 25th, 2013 @ 7:36 pm
Hi my master.
Very beautiful.
December 27th, 2013 @ 8:55 am
Hello from Russia! Welcome to Moscow!
I want to give a link to the excellent Russian program for color correction of images.
January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:51 am

Wow!! Very authentic atmosphere!
Is there any of these familiar plug-ins used in the Stalingrad movie project?


January 4th, 2014 @ 6:26 am
this is crazy :o , thanks a lot for the attached tutorial !
January 30th, 2014 @ 7:55 am
Dang Andrew... You didn't have to put in his fall! LMAO! This all looks really cool though... can't wait to check it out!!!
February 14th, 2014 @ 5:03 pm
I've been waiting on this movie for months to come stateside, anyone know the music?
February 21st, 2014 @ 6:40 am
its amazing , thanks alot andrew
March 3rd, 2014 @ 10:28 am
Very nice
March 7th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm
Hi guys, check our website it has really nice 3D images,

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