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Bikes, Bourbon, & Bluegrass

Bikes, Bourbon, & Bluegrass

Posted by Gardy Raymond on September 9, 2014  /   No Comments

It’s been over a year since I started planning this project, but I’m excited to be able to finally show everyone Bikes, Bourbon, & Bluegrass: Cycling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Instead of being a strictly …


Kentucky Bourbon Trail Film Project

Posted by Gardy Raymond on May 23, 2014  /   No Comments

About 10 months in the planning now, we just finished filming for our Kentucky Bourbon Trail Cycling Film. Long story short, six cyclists rode about 180 miles over four days between Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, …

Guitar Plexus

Plexus Experiments

Posted by Gardy Raymond on March 28, 2014  /   No Comments

Plexus is such a cool and powerful plug-in for After Effects. While you can use it pretty easily to generate really cool imagery and animations, I want to dig as deep into it as I …


Highland Mountain Ayr Academy Scholarships

Posted by Gardy Raymond on March 18, 2014  /   No Comments

Highland Mountain Bike Park is without a doubt the East Coast’s, if not the nation’s, premiere mountain bike park. Right now thru April 28th, they’re offering two $1000 scholarships tho their Ayr Academy, an amazing …

Mask Morph

Mask Morph with Plexus

Posted by Gardy Raymond on March 18, 2014  /   1 Comment

This tutorial was inspired by (appropriately) an inspirational video posted by Yen Hung Lin (Jeff) on – I decided to break it down and show you how it was accomplished, and in the process, realized …

Plexus Matte

The Art of Flight – Plexus Matte Tutorial

Posted by Gardy Raymond on March 11, 2014  /   No Comments

  Some people had been asking about how to create the “magnified” effect within a Plexus as seen in The Art of Flight title sequence, so here’s how to do it. I’ve quickly glossed over …

BG Replace

Background Replacement using a luma matte

Posted by Gardy Raymond on March 11, 2014  /   2 Comments

  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use a luma matte to do a quick background replacement, and in a second example, how to incorporate Set Matte and Matte Choker to further refine …

Element Lion

Element 3D

Posted by Gardy Raymond on January 16, 2014  /   No Comments

Video Copilot is a invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn After Effects. While host and effects guru Andrew Kramer likes to focus on “fun, guy-stuff” like making explosions, effects for the new Star …


The Art of Flight – Plexus Titles Tutorial

Posted by Gardy Raymond on January 15, 2014  /   No Comments

  If you’re into snowboarding, you’ve no doubt heard of The Art of Flight. If not, it’s a film that came out about two years ago that’s a collaboration between Travis Rice/Brain Farm and Red …


Plexus and Null Swapper

Posted by Gardy Raymond on December 16, 2013  /   No Comments

Plexus is a 3D point rendering plug-in for After Effects that can create some really neat and interesting designs. With a few tweaks,  you can make some pretty complex animations, though once you dig a …