It's always fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes of high-budget productions, and Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot provides us with an absolutely wonderful look into the creation of the title design and introduction scenes for Star Trek Into Darkness. The best part? The plugin used to create many of the effects only costs $150.
In this video, Andrew walks us through how they created the wild and untamed planets and stars, ethereal lighting effects, lens flare effects, motion effects and sublime coloring used in the intro for this epic blockbuster. Using an After Effects plugin called Element 3d, Andrew teamed up with JJ Abrams to create something that would compel audiences in both 2d and 3d formats, as the film was released in both. The team had to work quickly and stay adaptable, and some of the pre-visualization needed to pull this off is no doubt impressive. I especially appreciate the ability to tweak lighting and coloring so simply during the process - something that must have saved them bundles of time.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll also really appreciate this video, I must say. I wasn't expecting that, and got a serious chuckle out of the surprise about halfway through.