Inglourious Basterds

Learn how I used stock footage and some free grunge textures to recreate the blood splatter style used in the Inglourious Basterds trailer.

 

 

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  1. Alexander Alexandrov
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    First scene of the film with Christoph Waltz … great, butt everything after that a little slow a little boring :). Thanks John for the tutorial, this titles was screaming (when I see for furs time trailer)for breakdown such as this.

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Alexander, I actually really enjoyed the film, although it was my first at the cinema in a long time! Best wishes, John.

  2. Gazfx
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    @Alexander.

    You make great tutorials fella but you must have watched a different movie to me. Everything about that movie was awesome. In my humble opinion of course.

    Thanks for tutorial John. Been waiting for this since i saw your teaser.

    • John Dickinson
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      I agree Gazfx, I was enthralled throughout this film. Probably my favourite scene was in the cellar. The tension was so great and the inevitable shoot-out, so over-the-top. Top shelf! Best wishes, John.

      • Gazfx
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        “Tension”

        That word pretty much summed up every scene that Col. Hans Landa was in. A worthy Oscar winner. Could talk movies for hours but i wont.

        Keep up the good work.

        Gaz

  3. Alan
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    Hi john… im from Argentina and i like your tutorials… you are one of the best in this…

    i like ask you…
    how to do in after effects …
    the previsualization of your videos are un full screen.. please answer..

    sorry for my english .:S

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Alan, I’d love to help but I’m not exactly sure what you mean… Best wishes, John.

      • Gazfx
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        I think he means when he ram previews John.

        Press ctrl+3 or goto Window/Preview and tick the Full screen option.

        Gaz.

  4. Andre Friedman
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    Hi,John.I loved this tutorial.Very helpful.
    Funny timing.I just bought this crazy kit and spent last few nights rendering all of precomps(1566 in numbers) out in h264 low-res for reference.Can share that with you if you want 🙂
    Small question.Why did you have to use light only for text ,if you could get away only with a vignette,especially,if the light is used only on text and the rest is 2D?

    Cheers,Andre!

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Andre,
      You don’t use the Juicer to preview the animation? I find the Juicer very useful for previewing and preparing for export… As far as the light is concerned, there is more than one way to do things in AE and I find adding a quick spot (sometimes) colored, is a fast and easy way to add some shading to layers, including text layers. Best wishes, John.

  5. Øystein R. Holten
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    Awesome tutorial! I loved Inglourious Basterds!

    But to be a little picky, it’s spelled IngloUrious Basterds; there are two typos in the title 🙂

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Oystein, my spell checker is to blame! Best wishes, John.

  6. John Dickinson
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    Thanks Alex. Christoph Waltz’s Aldo character was indeed the standout performance. Best wishes, John.

  7. Andre Friedman
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    Dear Øystein R. Holten,with all due respect,we’re dealing here with compositing and not spell checking,so,if you wanna be picky,that’s not the right forum for that,and,John,you’ve done here an excellent job,truly outstanding.I love your tutorials.Very useful.I check your site almost on daily basis and learned from You tons of useful technics.About juicer:I prefer having all of projects I have on my home network of few but powerful pcs rendered in small resolution in h264 format.That’s how can see all of them in bridge,which I use most.Using juicer means I have to use one more software,which is one too much for me.By the way I want to participate in digieffects contest.Hope beeing a betatester of this company does not contradict my participation..?

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Andre, thanks for the explanation. Best wishes, John.

  8. Claudiu
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    really amazing; wish there were more work flows of this kind out there. You can get out so much more by experimenting yourself rather than following a step by step. Great work! much appreciated.

    Kind regards, C

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Claudiu. Best wishes, John.

  9. ramesh
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    love the tut but i hate juicer its so messy just to import a single clip u have to follow several steps

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Ramesh, it would be nice to be able to use Bridge as well but I haven’t found the Juicer too intrusive in my workflow. Best wishes, John.

  10. Jason
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    Why hello there! So a friend of mine sent this to me because I’m one of the team that created the look for this teaser. The company I work for cut the teaser, a trailer and a bunch of tv spots. The way we did our graphics were less difficult (I think anyways) than yours but the project itself was extremely involved.

    The way we did our blood splatters was actually by getting paint and splattering it on paper and scanning them in, same with the streaks. So we didn’t need to texture it with grunge or anything because that’s how the scan was. It’s nice to know that our work is appreciated 🙂

    http://www.buddhajonestrailers.com

  11. Boreale
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    Hi John,
    Is there a way to give you a profit by purchasing a digitaljuice bundle with their current offer ? (Toolkit 1 & 2 for instance)

    • John Dickinson
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      Hey Boreale,
      Maybe just tell them John sent you 😉

      • Boreale
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        Done.

  12. Storm
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    Brilliant work-through John, very much appreciated.

    Just one thing though… you misspelled Mike Myers on the comp (it’s correct on the comp name but the text in the comp is Mike Meyers).

    • John Dickinson
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      One day I’ll learn to spell Storm 😉

  13. human
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    I don’t wanna be a dick, but to me this seems more like a review not a tutorial. Basically, through the whole video you just walked us through (I created that and that, so here i used the shape layer..) Tutorial is something where you show how to do things step by step.
    And that basically goes for products Making It Look Great too.
    Thanks for understanding, no offence.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi human,
      Many of my free “tutorials” are step-by-step. Many are walk-throughs. I haven’t seen anywhere that a tutorial must be explicitly step-by-step. When you say “that goes for Making It Look Great too” are you saying they are merely walk-throughs? If you are I’d love to know which one’s you’ve watched and where you felt you weren’t being taught step-by-step. Best wishes, John.

  14. Mark Fogarty
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    John… thanks for the tutorial.

    I’m curious about your shape layer background. I guess I don’t think about nor use shape layers often… tending to create and tweak solids instead. I would have created a solid and applied a radial ramp effect.

    Is there advantages to using a shape layer which I’m unaware of… or is a shape layer and a new solid layer basically the same thing?

    Thanks.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hey Mark, Ever since Shape Layers were introduced in CS3 I’ve tended to use them more. Gradients on shape layers are far more flexible then a simple Ramp effect. Best wishes, John.

  15. Dhanielson
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    Hi John, thanks 4the tuto and congratulations 4 this awsome site! It really helps me a lot!

    Blessings from Paraguay!

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Dhanielson, good to hear your like it 🙂 Best wishes, John.

  16. Joss
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    Hey John,
    something related with this tutorial, or not, anyway… at my church they asked me for the opening for a series called “Inglorious Pastors”, here is the link, let me know what you think:
    http://www.muchomotion.com and click on the “Inglorious Pastors” image to view it.
    I hope you like it, I have learned tons from your tutorials.
    Thank you!

    Joss

    • Nawaz Alamgir
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      Nice, but theres an issue with your site, when i watch the video, the top 1/3 is covered by the nav and the big pause button covers the middle of the video.

      what software did u use, cinema 4d?

      • Joss
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        Hi Nawaz,
        Thank you for your comments… if you go to my website, on the right side above the logo you’ll see a little arrow, click on it and the top bar will go up. The big pause button is a mistake from the programmer that built the site, if you don’t move the mouse, the pause button will go away in 1 second.
        The software used was 3DMax and After Effects

    • John Dickinson
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      Great work Joss. If I may say so, I feel the white text at the start doesn’t work so well. It works against the great integrated look you have created with the textured text. Thanks for sharing it and keep up the great work. Best wishes, John.

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