It’s been forever since the last post and for a dang good reason! On top of all the other projects (both, secret and public), customer work and other awesome stuff I’ve been involved/working on, this has been a torn on my side for years and I’ve been wanting to make the 4 elements After Effects templates since forever but there’s always something that gets in the way. So I decided to make them this time, once and for all!
Now, there are two interesting stories behind the Power Cubes and how they came to be. One, of course is how they got designed, but the other one is one that I developed and came up with while I was modeling on each one of the cubes; A mythology, if you will. So stick around and hit the jump to read them both and watch the templates in action!
Continuing with the Halloween After Effects template frenzy here’s yet another AE template and this time it’s a gross one. Yes, Folks, as gross as it gets! If you’ve been following Evil Planet Studios and Nevermore Graphics you may remember two of my best templates; “Blood Bath” and “The Alchemist“. Both of them great on their own, but not too popular and that’s largely due to the fact that neither of them were horror AE templates. So I decided to combine them into a single, magnificently gory Halloween After Effects template! Enter the Bloody Gore Ball: Your new favorite reason to throw up! This disgusting, self-peeling, stitched-up, bloody sack of flesh is a huge step forwards from its old version in “The Alchemist”. I re-baked most of the simulations for the stitches, skin and blood, added some cool slow motion and 3D floating text to it and re-rendered the whole thing. The first time around the 3D wasn’t particularly the best either because it was rendered via Element 3D, which there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, but at the same time you know that a dedicated 3D program will give you way better results and since I wanted this Halloween After Effects template to be solid, nauseating gold, I stepped it up a notch and took that gore factor to a whole new level by adding some sexy sub-surface scattering!
On top of the visual overhaul, the music soundtrack for this gory contraption was specifically designed to make this Halloween After Effects template an awesome and exciting gorefest. But as with all the awesome AE templates, unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of options available to meddle with in this one and it’s largely due to the fact that changing the color of the blood in this template is utterly pointless. It’s like making a 3 dollar bill. Sure, it can be done but it makes little to no sense and it would be a complete waste of time and resources.
Of course this doesn’t mean this template is going to be suckey just because of the lack of features. In fact, the complete opposite! The dripping text at the end is completely procedural! Yes, Folks! Your eyes are not deceiving you! The bloody, drippy text is in fact 100% procedural AND editable, all done within After Effects with only After Effects plugins! Granted, the drops don’t actually detach from the text, but that’s a small price to pay for the ability to edit your own bloody text! While working on this project I went ahead and looked for tutorials and ideas on how to achieve this effect just to be stumped by a huge wall of nothingness. Turns out no one has ever attempted to do this. There are no other tutorials, no other templates, nothing. This is, quite possibly the ONLY procedural, dripping text out there!
I Suppose the video doesn’t actually show or depict actual gore in the traditional sense, but still, viewer discretion is advised. Just in case you had lunch/dinner recently or are queasy, I wouldn’t recommend hitting the break if you have a weak stomach.
It’s Halloween season, guys and you know what that means! Yes! Evil Planet Studios/Nevermore Graphics gets to do what it excels at, HORROR Halloween After Effects templates! And what a better setting for a horror template than a cemetery with a creepy dead tree on a hill? I made this Halloween After Effects template thinking I could cram into it as much goodness as it was physically possible, but alas I was sorely mistaken. As much as I tried I just couldn’t. I had to divide the goodness into two templates; Shallow Grave and Underground. And at first sight they seem very similar. They both feature the aforementioned cemetery with a creepy dead tree on a hill and they both pan underground into a subterranean scene. But that’s where the similarities end. Although they both have a theme infused with mystery and suspense, these two Halloween After Effects templates have two different moods; One is calm and chilly and the other one is stormy and exciting.
In both templates you can change the color of the entire composition by changing the color of the sky or simply replace the sky altogether! Most of the elements come on separate layers, giving these templates a lot of flexibility and wiggle room to play around with and the elements in both are completely inter-changeable, meaning that you can purchase both and cherry-pick elements from each of the Halloween After Effects templates to create your own combination! And as a big plus, if that was not enough for you, you can ALSO add your own custom 3D elements with Element 3D or other plugins because there is a camera and a few null objects that will indicate where things are in 3D Space!
If this feels like DejaVu, it’s because it is! But in my defense, I just couldn’t not do it. What am I talking about? Why, Love & KIsses, of course, my last After Effects template before this one. You see, duing the making of the Love & Kisses AE template, I couldn’t help but see how it would make a really cool animated Halloween logo, it having a very Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. And so I decided to make a spin-off of my previous animated logo and called “Bats & Pumpkins”.
Now, knowing full well that most people wouldn’t be 100% into the whole “Suicide Squad” graffiti on the pumpkin planks, I also included a traditional version. I wanted to stray away completely from a carved-up Halloween logo aesthetic, so that’s why I made it painted onto the boards.
Hit the break for a video of this After Effects template.