An Unstoppable Force!

It’s been a crazy year! Getting an opportunity to work on Star Wars and learning how many days you can survive with no sleep.  It’s been an incredible honor to work with J.J. Abrams and the amazingly talented people at Bad Robot and ILM. To see the love an dedication that went into this film was inspiring.

I’ve been lucky enough to work on other feature films but this project seemed to push me harder and teach me more than any other experience in my life.

The thing about Video Copilot, it has always been a place to share my experiences and my challenges. I’ve always wanted to make tutorials based on real-world projects and some of the coolest tricks and techniques have come from working on actual productions.  Star Wars was a masterclass on solving problems.  I’m truly excited to be back at Video Copilot and back among the living and to share with you everything I’ve learned.

Thank you all for your patience and kind words that helped me get through some intense nights.

I’m finally back in full force! Including all those terrible puns!

2 months ago
Still alive!

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’ve been tucked away working on all sorts of things!

Here is the thing: As some of you may know, I’m currently working at Bad Robot on a certain film that I can’t really talk about.  Believe me it is a dream come true, so I’ve really had to focus!

So it’s been tricky to explain what I’ve been up to and why, since I can’t really say exactly… yet. But I know I need to do a better job of keeping you guys updated!

My Intercept short film is coming along but because of the demands of my studio work I’ve been finishing the VFX at night and weekends and it’s been hard because I’m trying to do some bigger visual FX than usual.

So… I know I owe you guys some awesome stuff, as soon as things cool down in about a month.  I will be making it up to you guys with some cool Free Plug-ins (3 almost finished), some insane tutorials and of course my Short film that I’m excited to release!

Believe me, I understand the frustration some of you are feeling, I get it! I’m putting everything I have into my work and I don’t want to just throw things together just to be done.

I started Video Copilot because I love creating visual effects and design and now that I’m in the middle of some incredible projects, I’ve been pushing myself ever more. My plan is to be able to share all of the challenges and solutions from this experience and continue to help everyone get better, including myself and I hope that will make Video Copilot be even better!

5 months ago
Element 3D V2.2 Now Available!

Element 3D V2.2 Now Available!
Element 3D V2.2 is now available and free to V2 users!

Top Features:

  • Group Symmetry Creation Mode
  • Dynamic Group Folder Reflections
  • Matte Reflection Mode
  • Updated UI with speed improvements
  • Matte Shadow with Alpha Channel
  • Improved material visibility options
  • Save Group Folder as E3D file
  • Export OBJ Utility
  • Improved C4D support file support with animation
  • Randomized Raytrace samples for multi-pass motion blur

Video Copilot Plug-ins updated for Adobe CC 2015
Element 3D V2.2 (V2.2 required for CC 2015)
Optical Flares
Heat Distortion
Element 3D V1.6

DOWNLOAD UPDATES: (Licensing requires log-in)

UPGRADE Notice: Adobe recommends keeping your older version of After Effects installed. Read More.

8 months ago

Here is the teaser for a short film I’m working on: INTERCEPT! Coming in 2 weeks.

Lots of behind the scenes and tutorials to follow!

8 months ago
Announcing Element 3D V2.2

Super busy but I wanted to share some exciting news, Element 3D V2.2 is almost ready! We’ve added some very cool new features for compositing, rendering, workflow and design!  Plus some improved C4D integration.  There are at least 5 impressive new features in this update!

The poster graphic was also created entirely inside of Element 3D V2.2 using the Motion Design 2 pack!

Element 3D V2.2 will be a free upgrade from V2!
If you are still running V1.6, you can upgrade to V2 now and receive the new update when it is ready!

Needless to say we have been working hard, developing new plug-ins, I’m directing a new short film and working on some great new tutorials! Now I just need to finish them!

10 months ago
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