Andrew Kramer

In just a few short years Video Copilot has skyrocketed to become the dominant force in visual fx and motion graphics online, with it’s founder, Andrew Kramer, becoming an industry icon. In part 1 of this riveting interview Andrew discusses his fascinating journey from high school student to industry leader and what that has meant to Video Copilot and him personally.

In Part 2, Andrew reveals his thoughts on why Video Copilot is so popular, and how he and the company are perceived by the industry. Andrew also gives a behind the scenes peak into the  production of the wildly popular Action Essentials 2 HD stock footage, and hints on the future of Video Copilot.

 

 

 

Discuss
  1. mark
    Reply

    Andrews tutorials a pretty sweet but his products are not good at all. Pro Sound and a few other products he wells are not good quality!

    • George
      Reply

      Some of his products I bought such as action movie essentials 2 was really good but I would have to agree with you Mark Pro Scores. Twitch and Movie essentials 1 where a waste of money. Good on him though for selling it to new starters. $$$

      • John Dickinson
        Reply

        Hi George, In what way was Twitch a waste of money? I didn’t do what you expected to do ? What about Movie essentials 1 and Pro Scores? We’d love to know some more details. All the best, John.

      • Tim
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        Funny, cos I have bought most of the VC stuff and used it in as many ways as I’ve been able to think of… I just got nominated for best director at the Vodaphone music awards (I’m a music vid director) and there is no way that would have happened without Andrew’s tutorials and products.

        The best thing about Andrew’s stuff is that it is slanted towards use inside of a narrative context… I know a lot of people use it for mograph as well (like half the stuff on NZ TV) but I think his love of movies bleeds through into his products…

        I have most of the VC stuff and love it and recycle it in different, unrecognizable forms time and time again. I don’t think any of it is not worth its meager price.

        • Tim
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          Oh yeah, and John I haven’t been to your site before, this is the first time (not sure why, I must be a bt out of the loop). I can’t wait to get into it!

          People like you keep this industry moving forward and help develop better and better animators… ‘animators’ is too narrow, I can’t think of a production roll that wouldn’t benefit from the knowledge that you offer.

          Best
          Tim

          • John Dickinson

            Hi Tim, welcome to Motionworks and thanks for the kind words. Best wishes, John.

    • aTorres
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      I bought Action Essentials 2, Pro Scores and Twitch and love them all. Nice to have an affordable library of tools for my mograph/comp work. Thanks, Andrew, keep it coming-

      • John Dickinson
        Reply

        Hi aTorres, I’m sure Andrew appreciates your support too! Best wishes, John.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Mark, I’m sure Andrew would appreciate your feedback on Videocopilot too. Thanks for dropping by and best wishes, John.

    • Trevor
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      Mike and George,
      I have purchased all of Andrew’s products except for AE2 (mostly because I’m lazy). All of them have been a wonderful addition to my collection. Even Real Clouds, while in 4:3 isn’t very useful if you plan on just using it as one thing, but if you think of the possibilities and potential, it’s uses are far more than just sky replacement.

      And I’ve also used Pro Scores for several superteases and trailers for aired television shows and it was in no way a let down. For the price, Pro Scores is unbelievable. Also, Twitch is a great tool and well worth the money when you think about the time you’d have to spend randomizing those types of effects and making it LOOK random. It’s a time saver. And as far as your disregard for Action Movie Essentials, that’s why he’s released AE2. Because the first one was in the beginning and now he’s spent more time and money on making a great product and the price far surpasses that of lesser products available out there. Try looking up single matted explosions at libraries online. You’ll find yourself paying $20-$50 for just ONE.

      Just thought I’d throw my two cents out there as an avid fan of Andrew Kramer’s Tutorials/Products. I use them for shows on network television and their quality is no worse than anything else that might be used.

      • John Dickinson
        Reply

        Hi Trevor, thanks for the detailed comment, worth way more than 2 cents 😉 Best, John.

    • Benjamin Eshagpoor
      Reply

      Mark & George,

      Interesting that you have that feeling regarding Andrew’s products. I’ve purchased The Bullet, Riot Gear, Evolution, Designer Sound Effects, Pro Scores as well as Twitch, and I’ve been VERY happy with all of them.

      The Bullet was a great series of VFX tutorials. I use Riot Gear & Evolution all the time. Designer SFX I use in a lot of promos with a bunch of other SFX libraries I have. Pro Scores I rarely use because usually the client has provided the music, but I still have it just in case I need something “cinematic” sounding. Twitch I’ve probably used it too much only because I have clients that ask for it (they’ve seen it on some other project that I’ve done, and they ask for it on their project).

      I also happen to think the prices are pretty competitive and worth it, but that’s my opinion.

      • Mark
        Reply

        Wow I’m surprised how many of u jump on board to protect products that are no way good quality for the money that is paid for them. Hey there great for people who don’t know how to make them or just want to blow rubbish up.

        Don’t get me wrong there are some good sides to Pro scores but come on now they are simply cheap loops spun together with some tutorials on how to get the most out of the loops on the DVD.

        Trevor if you using pro scores for several super teases and trailers for aired television shows like you said. Come on you make me laugh kid (rolls eyes). What was it for youtube?

        These whooshes bangs and drumbeats are free on most music magazines you buy. Go check em out you may save a few bucks. Hell I have heaps that I recorded myself from my softsynths. I myself use softsynths and midi boards to mix real time samples. For eg there is a website that sells live Orchestra sound samples the out rival Pro Scores and it sells for $20 AUD so being in USA I can pay around $17 USD. The link is http://www.freudenbergfilms.com/halion.html now that’s worth the money.

        Twitch is ok but come on if you can use expressions you can have the same effect saved as a preset and pocket the money you spent.

        Evolution was very basic and are easily made using Photoshop and after effects. $95 come on $20 would be more the correct amount.

        Designer Sound FX: I was happy wth this however again Bangs, bells and tweaked sound effects looped really isn’t worth the $99. Go but a music mag with all the sound loops and pocket the change.

        Riot Gear: Is well worth the $49 I paid because I can’t be bothered making a mess with ink in water near my $20,000 camera.

        Film Magic Pro: Nice filters and $50 is worth it for 50 styles.

        Finally action essentials TWO: My Krammer you really did a great job on this and yes its worth it. But saying that why oh why didn’t you film all off the effects with the camera on its size for better resolution and also so most of the elements stay in camera! You used a dam RED for goodness sakes so use it…..

        Anyhow I haven’t bought anything else except the above and I am sure Mr krammer wont comment on the negatives of the above outlined products for sale. Hey don’t get me wrong Andrew I love the Free tutorials you have online and the fact you are making heaps of money selling products that don’t cost you anything to really make…… But then again you are the reason there is 1 million stupid videos with demon face warps and comets crashing to earth on youtube . ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

        • Alexander
          Reply

          Hello Mark,

          Not all people are like you who can recreate each of the fx bundled in VideoCopilot’s products or have a lot of time to waste finding some music scores in some stores and magazines. These products are not built just to be drag-and-drop into a composition and make a ‘WOW’ visual fx and motion graphics. You didn’t get the idea that with these stock videos, images and sounds, you can make good quality, organic fx by combining them. That is also the point of AK from making those free tutorials, to see how these stock videos, images and sounds in action. Don’t run your rants saying that this or that product is bad when you don’t actually know how to use them. Watch and learn Mark… watch and learn…

        • John Dickinson
          Reply

          Hi Mark, your honest and detailed comment is appreciated. Sure, Andrew’s products aren’t for everyone but they are undeniably popular. Andrew and I discuss the popularity of Video Copilot product, and the challenges that creates, in part 2 of the conversation. I’m sure you’ll find that enlightening. All the best, John.

        • Dean
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          Could not disagree with you more Mark, Andrew has spent a lot of time and effort on all his products and they are exceptional! Other people with the expertise may well have made these products themselves BUT they didn’t, and because there are many people who don’t have the skill and expertise or interest in making these products themselves he is a godsend. Evolution may well be a product that a designer with enough experience in Photoshop or Illustrator could end up doing themselves, but it would have taken a hell of a long time to do so and many of us think it is well worth the money paying for someone else to spend all that time doing it….Andrew Kramer is a smart, dedicated fellow and devotes an amazing amount of time educating people and supplying people with resources that are so difficult sometimes to come by, I think he does an amazing job and I’m more than happy to pay what I think is an extremely reasonable amount of money for his well-designed and beautifully executed products!!!

    • Trevor
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      Wow, Mark. (First off, sorry I wrote “Mike” earlier…typo). You didn’t have to get all indignant with me. I was just stating why I love his products. I am not one of the kids on Kramer’s site who just makes YouTube videos. While I have no problem with them since they’re young and just learning after effects, please don’t throw insults at me because you disagree.

      I am an editor for shows that air on MTV, Oxygen, Fox, etc. I don’t go into detail about my job or company because it’s not appropriate and I don’t need to swing it around on message boards. I use Kramer’s products for any graphics the company has me do, because as anybody who has worked for a large entertainment company knows, they will milk any talent out of you they can for as little as they can pay you. So, to save their graphics budget and use it on something else, they usually have me do any graphics that are necessary for their shows.

      That being said, I also write music and almost all of it has been placed on different shows. But I like to use Pro Scores some times for the sound design elements in it and I even sometimes use a full song for a portion of a promo I’m cutting. It’s very helpful if it’s not all you rely on.

      And in reply to your claim that everyone can make this stuff on their own, I disagree but I can only speak for myself. I work all day and then at home I work, or God forbid, relax every once in a while. I don’t need to add, designing my own elements to the list of things to do.

      And I make enough money to where his prices don’t break the bank.

      And my last thing to say, is that Andrew provides stellar tutorials for FREE and I don’t mind paying a little extra for his products (even if I did think they were overpriced, which i don’t) since he provides such a great service to the visual fx community.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this. I mean no harm and I am not attacking you. I just want you to understand, that my opinion is that of an professional and not a kid toying around on YouTube. That’s the only reason I mentioned it in the first place. Because his stuff is airable and has been for the past few years.

      • Mark
        Reply

        Sorry Trevour to have a personal attack at you but yes pro scores is great for a time saver and great to put a promo toether but isn’t beig an artist about creating your own works?

        These product are great for the home user as there all for sale on the same place but I get my back up when I see Azz kissing on a product that is in my profesional opinion not worth the price being paid for it. Don’t get me wrong I bought it because I can right it off.
        Not sure if you know but have you ever commented on videocopilot.net forum? Everything is not real time you have to wait for approval before a post is accepted. So when you read there website it’s just people saying how much they love the product and love Andrew Krammer. Why? because they pick and chose what goes up in the forums. They say it is only for moderating famalies but it’s a little darker then that.

        Anyhow my recent works ate on Terminator salvation and did some work on Whiteout recently. But it takes a dam good team to make a dam good movie.

        Anyhow enough said Im out of here as I have work to do.
        Thanks for the banter

        • Oliver
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          Mark,

          How can you compare a $200 million dollar film to Andrew Kramer’s stock footage, you sound ridiculous.

          His presets are really useful for test shots, for quick little extra’s, or for people starting out and if you are making a proper film you should really record everything your self. However, not everybody has these extravagant budgets that can feed the notion of idealistic fools.

          Pro Scores is great value for money considering how much music copyright actually costs, and you can tailor it and mix things up bit. As with Action Essentials 2, what Artbeats charge for similar stock footage is nowhere near what Andrew charges. Plus I have to agree with Trevor and say that you supporting all the free stuff that is on the site, and that’s a little bit of a cool extra.

  2. Utku
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    Hi John, it’s a great interview.

    Thank you so much!We are able to see Andrew Kramer’s face with his gestures instead of only his exciting voice ,I was thinking about he is a designer robot who makes really cool motion graphics and vfx and talking with us through his great tutorials :}
    I learned so much things from Andrew Kramer and I will be following you John. I am waiting for part II.Best wishes.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Utku, the way Andrew works I’m not exactly sure he isn’t at least half robot! Terrific to hear you are now following Motionworks! All the best, John.

  3. KAMRUJ
    Reply

    YOU TWO ARE AWESOME!!! KEEP IT UP GUYS!!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Kamruj, thanks very much for you support. Best wishes, John.

  4. Simon Steele
    Reply

    Great interview, Mr. Kramer is one of the main reasons I can do anything in after effects. Looking forward to part two. Thanks so much.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Simon, thanks for your comment. I’m sure Andrew is the reason many people are even using After Effects! Best wishes, John.

  5. thiago
    Reply

    Yo John!!!!!!
    GREEEAAt work ! Andrew is awesome !
    and u too !!!
    Greatings from Brazil!!!

    Thiago.!

  6. Adriel
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    John, I love the Unplugged series! Thanks for creating such informational content for us motion nerds. Andrew seems like a humble guy despite the many “Kramer-esque” references people throw out there when they see a certain style of motion work. Great job, I look forward to future episodes.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Adriel, you’re very welcome. Being a big motion nerd myself, I get a lot out of these conversations too! All the best, John.

  7. Safwan Ahmedmia
    Reply

    Awesome interview, looking forward to seeing Part II

    Keep up the great work,

    Saf

  8. Marvin
    Reply

    video genial !! =)

    merci pour tes tuto andrew kramer =)

    continue 🙂

  9. Amine
    Reply

    you are the best andrew § § §

  10. Rolo
    Reply

    Watching these two, it ´s like watching john and paul of the beatles!!….for me two of the best motion graphics designers of my time.

    p.s Andrew looked a little nervous.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey Rolo, the Beatles heh! More like the “the Geekles” LOL. Andrew hasn’t had a lot of experience being interviewed so he actually did incredibly well! All the best, John.

  11. Stunt
    Reply

    mmm:-? “You Know” !!!!!! is the wordage that Andrew interest to 😀

    great interview

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Stunt, I didn’t even notice while I was chatting with Andrew. It’s not a big deal though, the most important thing is that we get to see the real Andrew. All the best, John.

  12. Boreale
    Reply

    Really inspiring. Thank you John.

    🙂

  13. pev
    Reply

    Brilliant interview, John,
    Next, just guess
    Aharon Rabinowitz from _ALL Bets are off Productions_
    Thanks John.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Pev, I really appreciate the feedback. I will certainly chat with Aharon over the coming months, thanks for the suggestion. All the best, John.

  14. dannytenaglia
    Reply

    are these two men gays?

    seems like

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Danny, if you mean having a passion for what we do and love for sharing with others, then yes, we are gay 😉 All the best, John.

      • Brian
        Reply

        andrew is married with a kid and john also has a family… maybe you just wish they were…

      • dannytenaglia
        Reply

        ok, just checking the democracy of your blog, only a little bit of provocation to see if you are used to ban the unwanted posts:

        test passed Mr Dickinson! Respect.
        You are a clever man my friend.

        I love your tutorials

  15. Zizo
    Reply

    wow… didnt realise that videocopilot got so famous in just 4 years…

    um question 😛 are you guys some kind of mega human or what?
    cant be vfx artist without black circles under eyes xD

    😉

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Zizo, ha ha, no we both have dark circles but I removed them in After Effects before rendering! 😉 All the best, John.

  16. Zizo
    Reply

    I would like to watch a video tutorial from both of you together in one video 😀

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Zizo, a few people have suggested that. I would be interesting to see because our styles are quite different. All the best, John.

    • Stunt
      Reply

      @Zizo,
      maybe! because that two people both work well is not mean they can works good together or not. it need testing and coordination.

      Good idea, Unspecified result.

  17. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Hi Versa, it’s gratifying to hear how much Andrew has helped people from around the world. All the best, John.

  18. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Hey Kamal98, the best yet hey! Wait until Part 2 🙂 All the best, John.

  19. BuddhaBelly
    Reply

    First off, great interview.

    I have the sense – based on your responses to product-line questions/criticisms, that there may be an interest in a joint project/product.

    Are we to expect some sort of merging or joint work to stem from this interview process?

    Incidently, for me, there was something to be learned/utilized from each product mentioned.

    Best regards,
    BB

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey BuddhaBelly, what a great name! Do you really have a big belly? The great thing about doing what I do is that you get to know a lot of people in the industry. I’ll always remain open-minded (evident from the Making It Look Great training series here on Motionworks) to working with other’s in this industry, including Andrew. Thanks for joining the discussion and best wishes, John.

      • BuddhaBelly
        Reply

        Hehe. My belly was cute and a bit out, but has now been diminished (by heavy demands from the wife and little one). Still love the name though.

        Thank you for both the welcome and response. And, as always, best wishes. Looking forward to more exciting tut’s from everyone.

        BB

  20. fan
    Reply

    ima huge fan of yours john . and i really like andrews tuts.
    you guys have helped me out so much . i really dig these interviews .
    i can never find enough vfx interviews .

  21. Thambidurai
    Reply

    What a great opportunity to see two great AE Experts speak!
    John, you are doing a great favor for those invisible AE mass
    sitting in front of computer monitor enjoying the series of interviews.

  22. York
    Reply

    Words can not express how greatful i am to be able to learn from 2 of the most creative people in the industry! big thank you to andrew and John for sharing your valuable experience and knowledge with the rest of the world. It is because of you guys, the community of today’s VFX & Motion Graphic is getting bigger and stronger than ever before. Awesome interview, looking forward to part II
    peace from Canada

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey York, thank you for the heartfelt response. The outpouring of gratitude from the global community is truly inspirational. Best wishes, John.

  23. xarasaloli
    Reply

    Andrew and John do and share the best thing for us they are so kindness…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi xarasaloli, thank you for your kind words. Regards, John.

  24. David Oldani
    Reply

    I just want to say thank you guys for all the work you produce for us. I don’t think i’d be so passionate by vfx without you. Thanks a lot, hope i’ll can give you one day also something.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks David, it’s nice to know the passion is infectious 🙂 Best, John.

  25. Sandeep
    Reply

    g8 interview….i m big fan of Andrew coz of him i came in after effects from combustion.Happy Teachers Day!
    Thnks John.
    Sandeep
    India

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Sandeep, I used to use Combustion as well but haven’t for a very long time. I wonder how well it is doing in the industry now… Best, John.

  26. perry
    Reply

    This is the best site. I have all motion work products thank you guys.John could u plz do a tutorial talking about designing.like making your work not look cheap.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Perry, thank you very much for your support and idea. All the best, John.

  27. Mauricio Hernández
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m from Colombia, i really appreciate your job and the interview to Andrew was terrific.

    A lot of people here in Colombia have been inspired for the interesting work you do.

    Personally you and Andrew gave me a lot of hours of fun and tips for my job.

    thanks a lot

    Mauricio

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Mauricio, Great to hear we are known in Columbia. Is it a big industry there? Regards, John.

  28. Demitri Aleksejev
    Reply

    I can’t believe that Andrew Kramer didn’t even go to College to study graphics, just jumped into it and a few years later one of the most popular Graphics Designers on the internet and making titles for JJ Abrams and getting free burgers (which blows my mind).
    This is the industry that I’m really interested in and I read somewhere that Andrew evolved his path as a graphics designer at 16, and I’m 16 now, so its obviously a great place to start.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Demitri, it may interest you to know that I didn’t go to college either! All the best with your journey into motion graphics. John.

      • Demitri Aleksejev
        Reply

        Maybe narrow minded, but how do you do it? There is so much you can learn from tutorials and exploring the program. Or maybe that’s just it?

        • John Dickinson
          Reply

          Hi Demitri, two words: Passion, Practice and Time. I’ve have a passion for motion graphics and many years of practice. College can only teach you so much, the best way to learn is to get out there and do it. Watching tutorials and exploring the program are key also. Andrew and I discuss this in Part 2. All the best, John.

  29. Brad
    Reply

    Hey!

    Just want to say thanks to both John and Andrew for the great interview. Hearing these sorts of stories is really motivating!

    Looking forward to part 2!

    Thanks heaps!
    Brad

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Brad, you’re very welcome. I get motivated too reading all these inspired responses. All the best, John.

  30. bellacose
    Reply

    Funny how you mention Shine; as, that plugin was what led me to discover After Effects. I’ve been a PS user for well over a decade, and I was trying to find a better way to do volumetric lighting than the ‘radial blur’ method. I typed ‘volumetric lighting’ into Google(tm) and Trapcode Shine was on the first page. When I saw what the plugin could do, I said to myself, “I have to get this After Effects program; and, as they say, the rest is history; that was about 2 and a half years ago. Mr. Kramer and Mr. Dickinson are the two greatest influences on my ever-growing knowledge base regarding After Effects and Motion Graphics in general. I can’t thank the two of you enough for all the education you have bestowed upon me, and thousands and thousands of others like me, out here on the Interwebs.

    This interview was ‘awsum 6000’; I can’t wait for part 2!!

    Sincerely

    ~bellacose~

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Bellacose, thanks for the heart-felt response. Andrew and I really appreciate it. Shine on! JD

  31. Tulaga Whitcombe
    Reply

    Fantastic interview! Nice to meet you john… Found your site through Andrew’s blog. I’ll be sure to check it out. Andrew is such a humble guy with a great personality… I hope he gets super rich! (hehe) He certainly deserves it…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Tulaga and welcome to Motionworks. I’m so glad everyone now recognises just how humble Andrew is. I’m sure some have unfairly judged him until now. All the best, John.

  32. JackieNP
    Reply

    Thank for everything you give us John Dickinson & Andrew Kramer. I never forgot your names. Buddha bless you.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi JackieNP, thanks for the blessing 😉 Best, John.

  33. Tim
    Reply

    Hey John. Great interview. When will we be seeing part 2? Looking forward to it.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Tim, Part 2 will be out later this week. Stay tuned! Best wishes, John.

  34. Storm
    Reply

    Fantastic interview John (as always) and Andrew. Extremely interesting. Looking forward to the next installment.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Storm, thanks for the support, I’m really digging how everyone is getting value out of these interviews. Best, John.

  35. Zorro747
    Reply

    Great Job! keep it up! First of all thank you so much for doing what you do! I am a newby with video FX and appreciate all the tutorials and advices which come up here. It helps a lot.
    It was really interesting to watch the interview.
    Also, I’ve noticed that you reply the messages, that’s so gentle!
    Wish you all the Best!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Zorro747, it’s always gratifying to know that we are helping people such as yourself get a step up in this industry. I’m glad you found value in the interview! All the best, John.

  36. MARS
    Reply

    I would like to say my two cents worth, here…
    Motionworks, videocopilot, tim clapham, fxphd(John M and Mike S), leah raeder, alan shisko, harry j frank, aharon rabinowitz, lloyd alvarez, ayato, motionographer, aetuts, etc, etc ,etc, have i missed anyone, ah yes maxafter, brian maffit, zaxwerks??? what do you all have in common! This one fuckin great software called after effects…

    I actually own all the tutes and products you guys sell, even though I barely use them, i know I should probably start sometime and get up off my arse and actually try and get a job in this great industry called motion graphics…wait for the showreel in about three years…haha…I would prefer to give money to you people and buy your products ahead of giving to the poor and needy…

    My point being that without you pushing the industry with your products and tutorials there wouldn’t be a need for motion graphics…The industry would be absolutely crap and we’d be stuck with just volumetric light rays with a product named shine…

    No matter what people say I am going to spend my money on you guys for the simple reason that you guys are industry leaders and that I can bet that you don’t go to sleep on a tight deadline…you industry pros have handed us a lifeline that we can never replace…forever within my heart and soul I will be in debt to you guys for giving me a lift…something to aim for…I am a passionate man that has got mild cerebral palsy and in my lifetime I have learnt to be humble and appreciate talent…I would be honoured even to meet one of you in my lifetime so the next best thing is seeing 2 business minded professionals like yourselves on the inetrnet talking to each other…You have made my day…the industry has made my day…I am still smiling after all these years and I hope the world is smiling with John and Andrew and all the rest which make my life fulfilling and quenched for thirst of knowledge.

    Yours sincerely,
    Mario Yannakakis

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi MARS, thanks for the thoughtful comment, all of us who work hard to create products and maintain these sites truly appreciate your support. Keep on truckin’, John.

  37. Neal
    Reply

    Thank you Andrew and John.
    The interview has inspired me a lot, but work has more..
    I am working in FinalCut Studio – Motion, but now, i am inspired a lot to start work in After Effect in professional way.

    Andrew, I would be extremely happy to work with you on the other hand as Video editer in FCS. Also i have developed a good hand on After Effect. I may submit some work if you wish so….

    Neal.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Neal, you may like to put this comment on Andrew’s blog as well to make sure he sees it. All the best, John.

  38. aidan
    Reply

    Hey John

    Very cool to see! Glad you got to chat with AK becuase I read and watch all his VCP material and have so many questions.

    I think I speak for a lot of people in saying that some good questions have been answered.

    Can’t wait to see the next part about Action Essentials 2, that product is truely epic.

    On a side note, if we have industry questions for yourself, is it easier to submit them via a comment like this, or a standard e-mail?

    Thanks heaps for the effort you have been going to in these series John. It is really apreiciated.

    Cheers

    Aidan

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Aidan, thanks for dropping by. Please ask questions in the comments (if they relate to the post) so that everyone can benefit. If you have an unrelated question perhaps email or use the Video Copilot forum. Best wishes, John.

  39. Bobito
    Reply

    Thanx John and Kramer.

    Kramer has inspired me since he started with those basic tutorials (on the1st blue site, still nostalgic about it : ) Am not ashamed to say I’ve never gone to college and i have leant aftereffects entirely from the net Kramer being my mentor. I’ve bought most of this products and I have since been working on major tv shows designing motion graphic, doing music videos and now am working on a major stop-motion ad as the lead compositor and head of post-production!! I want to thank you guys, your efforts are limitless and may God bless you more! It would be an honor to work with you guys in a project : )
    B

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Bobito, that is a great story, I’m sure Andrew will get a kick out of it. Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Best wishes, John.

  40. Oliver
    Reply

    John,

    I caught this because of the link on VIDEO COPILOT, and really enjoyed it. I consequently then watched all of the other interviews in the UNPLUGGED series and they’re great and I can’t wait see part 2 and what else you have planned. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Oliver, it’s great to hear Motionworks has been discovered by you and others. I’ve got some great Unplugged interviews planned too. All the best, John.

  41. Amit
    Reply

    Hi John, i’ve been following AK and You since the 1st tutorials, i am really blown away on how much you both have gained in popularity, I really admire your work.
    I’m really happy to know that there are many people where i live that mentions You and AK’s work and use your names as examples.

    Greetings from Santiago de Chile! Keep up the amazing work guys!
    Amit

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Amit, thank you for the wonderful compliments. Andrew and I work hard to share our knowledge and it’s great to know that makes a difference to you. All the best, John.

  42. ZAP
    Reply

    Thank you so much for this interview, I have been freelancing postproduction for a few years, no college, small jobs… its inspiring to hear that creativity and talent can give you the edge, rather than a degree.

    Thanks again, to you and Andrew Kramer

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Zap, if you have passion and talent that’s the key. A degree with neither of these is just a piece of paper. All the best, John.

  43. Stunt
    Reply

    so the question is who can interview with John ! 😀
    I think all like this interview and knowing more about John.

    We know ‘John Dickinson’ the size of About page

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey Stunt, imagine if AK interviewed me… now that would be interesting 😉 Best, JD.

  44. Moriah
    Reply

    Probably too late to jump onto the flow here…

    But I have to laugh at Mark…

    He comments on having a $20,000 camera and is complaining he spent $90 for something that he feels is worth $20.

    I think he also misses the point (or you do if you are reading this) of what VideoCopilot is for (or what I think it is for).

    It is not for some super genius profesional with $100,000 in equipment that can make their own sound library and already knows expressions to write and save their own code.

    It is (again in my opinion) for some danged know nothing such as myself that is looking for some help and training and maybe some tools here and there that do cool stuff and not have to pay hundreds of dollars on.

    Mark has pretty much been bashing AK and his products (or maybe just his products. Then goes as far as to link to Freudenburg Films to buy there much better product(s). Ummm is this just me being overly suspicious? Please see “œabout us” on that site. Could Mike be Michael?

    “œAs an Independent film maker, I know what it’s like to have the responsibility for every aspect of production. As director, writer,editor and producer I understand all about getting a project finished and released on time”.

    ~ Michael Freudenberg.

    PS… sorry Mark I just got a kick out of you talking about Andrew seeming to be selling a bill of goods when well… enjoy your $20,000 camera there sir.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Moriah, welcome to the discussion. I edited your 4 comments into one single comment 😉 Best, John.

      • Mark / Marcus
        Reply

        Ok now we are getting way off as I never bashed Andrew in his tutorials or style or work. Its unique and I am surprised others out there haven’t tried to copy his style.

        My name is Marcus but my friends call me Mark. My heritage is Italian but I live in Gods own country. I don’t know how on earth you got michael fredunberg out of Mark but I guess its because your clutching at straws Moriah .

        The original debate I started was over some of the stuff sold that I bought. I love Movie Essentials 2. There are some items in there I don’t like but others are worth the money. But there is other items like Pro Scores which I don’t like as stated above (read above theads).
        I pointed out to another item I purchased some time ago from Fredunberg films. I don’t own anything else from the seller so I don’t know how you draw such a stupid conclusion but I wonder if I email them if they would like to respond to your remarks. As for Andrew again I love his tutorials after all there free but I feel like I am pissing into the wind around you guys here. It’s like walking into church and cursing God. All the faithful will always stand up and protect what they feel is right. So they should freedom of speech is our right in this country. I have not heard one person other then George who stated the same. Yes videocopilot.net does have a market in the low to no budget and people who want to learn but all I am saying is they are paying to much for SOME not all but SOME of the products that are for sale on that website.

        Anyhow Bring on your next online tutorials Andrew. I for one will be watching. Mind you you should start looking at charging people to watch them now that they know what you have to offer.

  45. Bart
    Reply

    Hi John,
    Great interview and my compliments to you and Andrew.
    It’s always nice to see how companies are growing.
    When I bought your first DVD’s from MILG your site was in black and a little bit messy as I can remember, but now you pulled it off with a great looking and clear site. Way to go !
    Also with Videocopilot. I always have to laugh when I go through his old DVD’s. His first DVD’s that I received from Videocopilot were simple DVD’s that he made copies by himself at his home with a home made print label on the DVD. ;o) Now his latest DVD’s (AE2 for example) are high quality production pressed DVD’s so by this you can see how many he’s selling now. And good for him and for everybody who is trying to help the community like yourself. They will have my support ! Keep up the good work and good luck to you ! All my best from Belgium. Greetz, Bart

  46. MakinaDesiqn
    Reply

    So where’s The Second part My Friend ??? Im Anxious and I Don’t see it Here… ????

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Just posted Part 2 a few minutes ago! Enjoy! Best, John.

  47. Joe W
    Reply

    That was great! Thanks for taking the time to provide that insight and entertainment. As far as I’m concerned you two are the best in motion graphics and I have learned so much from both of you and your sites. Much appreciation to you both.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Joe W. Thanks for the feedback. All the best, John.

  48. Art
    Reply

    Wow !!!..Absolutly fantastic. Thank you both very much. I am really looking forward to watch the Second Part. What an insight. Gracias amigos. Best regards John and Andrew. Cheers.
    Note: Andrew I will send you a “Monopoly” in Spanish…LOL..

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey Art, good to hear you found value in it. I’m sure you’re going to love Part 2. All the best, John.

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