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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85 Comments

1 year ago
Hi guys, check our website it has really nice 3D images, http://www.dynamic-studio.com

Thanks!
1 year ago
Very nice
its amazing , thanks alot andrew
Luke
1 year ago
I've been waiting on this movie for months to come stateside, anyone know the music?
Tiffany
1 year ago
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!!!
1 year ago
this is crazy :o , thanks a lot for the attached tutorial !
1 year ago
Hi,

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

br,

Kalle
2 years ago
Hello from Russia! Welcome to Moscow!
I want to give a link to the excellent Russian program for color correction of images.
3DLutCreator
http://vk.com/3dlutcreator
http://vk.com/3dlutcreator
Mojtaba
2 years ago
Hi my master.
Very beautiful.
QAnh
2 years ago
Can you make tutorial of artillery hit the ground and water, please ?
Lazar
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    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!
    Lazar
    1 year ago
    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.
dex1000000
2 years ago
Not the topic ... But I want to draw attention ...
Russia suffered trouble - died Mikhail Kalashnikov. I am very sad.
JC
2 years ago
You forgot to mention that this was all rendered in Element 3D..... ;) (Gotta love those new titan cards.)
GreenScreen
2 years ago
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.
Knight
2 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6waz_6lsmY

we need a pack like this man,like Action Essentials-3 Rise Of The Andrew
2 years ago
great VFX,

check this guys http://youtu.be/zxF7Z1kLVYA
Arnold
2 years ago
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.
Alex
2 years ago
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": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fIONPcGxIg and leave your comments. It's my first film and we didn't have much money. I will be very grateful for viewing.
evilflip
2 years ago
It looks truly amazing and yet I can't help but feel it all look like a video game.
Darren
2 years ago
What is real anymore...
Kater
2 years ago
absolutely amazing !
Ashwanth
2 years ago
Woah :O
Goose bumps!!!
Radar
2 years ago
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.
    Akmal
    2 years ago
    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 :)
Ingo Smitt
2 years ago
This is really amazing!
Thanks for showing us, Andrew.
2 years ago
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
rfmusic
2 years ago
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?!
Ben
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
The amount of work hours, whatever that was, was worth it.
Zigor
2 years ago
This is the same company that made the FX for a movie called METRO.
Here's the VFX breakdown:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H72IqJjP9l8
Vinnie K
2 years ago
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?
Vinnie K
2 years ago
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....
Arthur
2 years ago
"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! :)
andrew
2 years ago
awsome stuff am loving it when am in KENYA
Alex
2 years ago
    alaindeloc
    2 years ago
    Alex, have you ever thought that most of the people and that includes Andrew Kramer don't speak and read russian?
Alex
2 years ago
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 http://www.mrpost.ru/
And here you can find articles about there work on Stalingrad:
http://www.mrpost.ru/
http://www.mrpost.ru/
    2 years ago
    I did link to their youtube video...
    Shawn
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    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!
2 years ago
Крамер оценил. Это успех!
Abdirashid
2 years ago
This left me speechless till i finished watching it...
I always love your final out but..
2 years ago
what a hard work so much epic.
2 years ago
This is amazing. May I know what film is this?
    2 years ago
    IT's Stalingrad
JoeTV
2 years ago
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.
Aaryan
2 years ago
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....
2 years ago
Oh my Glob!

Could do with a 'making of' the making of.
Ennien
2 years ago
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
Tom Dooley
2 years ago
Yes that would be very helpfull.A tutorial on recreating an older City part on an animated clip with people and old cars included;)
Tom Dooley
2 years ago
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.
Fazel
2 years ago
Holy Shit :O this is something incredible, i wish i was one of those CG artists :S
2 years ago
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. ^^
angel
2 years ago
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
Nick C
2 years ago
Oh My God that's beautiful! I don't know what's real anymore. I'm completely awestruck.
funik
2 years ago
omg.. reallyy awesme awesme.. ant tutorials for that cinematic cc.. 3d models to real 3d models .. plzz upload tutorials
mike
2 years ago
Good lord ! I will able to do this in 50 years...
Shaswata Indra
2 years ago
For Sir Andrew this is cakewalk
Farmfield
2 years ago
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...
2 years ago
every single frame was awesome ... it just blow my mind like it blows the jet .... incredible work
thunderossa
2 years ago
WOW! That is one of the best breakdowns that I've seen. Hopefully their hard work will pay off.
Marcel Linden
2 years ago
amazing!!!
I wish that I could do that
2 years ago
Awesomeness!! the breakdown is to die for :)
2 years ago
thnx for shaing. jst awesome
2 years ago
wow tutorials please mr.andrew!!!
Joseph Solomon.L
2 years ago
OMG !!! Awesome work !! hats off to you Guys !!! i cant even blink my Eyes !!! awesome .... OMG!! everything is sooo real!!!! well Done!!
2 years ago
Wow, this has to be one of my favorite VFX reels I've seen! Fantastic work, and I just adore the breakdowns.
2 years ago
MY GOD that was INCREDIBLE!!! the only thing missing was Sam Loya. WOW just WOW
    2 years ago
    Hahahahahah, No no Sam is here in Explosive Training.
2 years ago
MY GOD that was INCREDIBLE!!! the only thing mission was Sam Loya. WOW just WOW
oli
2 years ago
my comment got deleted.. was just asking when the future pack metropolitan was coming out :( The vfx in this video as incredible!!!
Evren
2 years ago
So how we learn that ultra detailed, absolute - cinematic stuffs? Deficient sources :/
    Farmfield
    2 years ago
    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. ;)

Very impressive and inspiring work .. Thank you for sharing!
2 years ago
Incredible! I hope to work on projects like these some day. Check out my reel: http://digidabble.com
Lukas
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
OMG ..What a beautiful work ..In love with the helicopter part
Someone
2 years ago
Meanwhile in Russia...
    SimplyNoob
    2 years ago
    hi , is the houdini software are hardest to learning or very easy like after effects? :\ help please i dont know ( Sory for bad english )
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