What a Twist!

Here are a few more daily renders I created while getting over this cold!

To create the wire I built a simple group of wires using several cylinder primitives. Then using a second group I created some smaller twists and scattered them along the line. In order to add a twist to the entire object I used the UTILITY export option to export and OBJ and re-import it as a single object. Then used the bend option. Making sure to turn on “Dynamic Deform” in the objects surface normal’s.

Tri-Force #Element3D

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Logo loop! #Element3D #echo Check out the breakdown at videocopilot.net

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3 weeks ago
Atmospheric Re-Entry!
Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks! This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast! Circuit City #Element3D […]
Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]
Cloud City
Continuing the Element 3D fun! This started as a desert scene and soon turned into a cloud city! Typical. Part of the fun of these render projects is just creating random stuff and designing without a specific goal. It’s actually been really challenging and exciting to try various techniques. In this scene, I used an aerial […]
My 10 Cloverfield Lane Contribution
Earlier this year I had the chance to work on 10 Cloverfield lane, on this horrifying matte painting and composite. Many image-searches for road kill have scarred my mind! As always it was a pleasure to work with Dan Trachtenberg.     My work on 10 Cloverfield Lane! #nightmares #mattepainting A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) […]
Industrial Logo with Element 3D!

Here is another fun project I created using Motion Design 2 components and an extruded logo!

Mini Breakdown:

  • I started by taking some of those handy Motion Design 2 components and set them up with the Symmetry mode in E3D
  • This way I could create both sides of the design at once!
  • Using a copy of our logo star, I extruded the masks shapes
  • I used 2 Parallel lights with ray-traced Shadows.
  • I also used Ray-Traced Ambient Occlusion with a range of about 25 so it was only visible in creases.
  • Added some glow and color correction
  • The scene took longer to render than usual but still only a few seconds per frame at 2K!

Industrial Logo #Element3D

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4 weeks ago
Jetstrike Render Breakdown!

I think the Aviator was on TV this weekend so I was inspired to make this image and here is a little breakdown:


  1. First thing I did was load this model from the Jetstrike collection and convert the materials to a physical shaders.
  2. I was going to just place the ship over a cloud background but I noticed it looked like the aircraft was emerging through the clouds so…
  3. I took some dust stock footage and placed it around the craft with Mesh warping. Making sure to put some in front and behind.
  4. I used a Z-Depth pass to blend the ship into the cloud layer.
  5. As a final touch I added some fog to the render to simulate mist.
  6. For motion blur I animated the Turbines with the Jetstrike Rig controls with some additional radial blur.


4 weeks ago
Weekend Rendering with Element 3D!

Just having some fun with that rooftop texture!  If you are in to rooftops, check out our free model pack and tutorial!

Drift! #element3d

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For the reflection, I used the mirror reflection features to give it that classic car commercial glaze!  The recent tutorial covers this technique in detail so please check it out!

1 month ago
New Tutorial: Design a 3D Set Extension + Free Roof Pack!

In the first tutorial in our Superhero landing series, we begin by creating a digital rooftop using the all new Roof Toolkit!

  • Use the Roof Pack to create a digital set extension!
  • Add Smoke and composite greenscreen footage
  • Insane workflow tips for Element 3D
  • Outside Global Illumination-style Lighting
  • Aux Channel tips
  • Physical Shader tips and Ground Reflections

Download Tutorial Raw Footage and Grunge Texture

DOWNLOAD the FREE ROOF PACK: For After Effects!


Alternate Files

Rooftop Toolkit – OBJ
Rooftop Toolkit – JPG
Rooftop Toolkit – PNG



1 month ago