Short film made with Element, Plexus, AE Pixel Sorter, TV Distorion Bundle and more by Jumbla

Tools used


Author Notes

Element 3D for all 3D animation and building of scenes. 
Particular for atmos, explosions, dust and smoke effects. 
TV distortion bundle for the distortion overlay on HUD graphics.
AE Pixel sorter for additional distortion effects. 
Saber for lasers.
Plexus was used for small details in HUD graphics. 
Twixtor for time remapping of footage in parts.

Adobe Fuse to create character models. Models were then bought into Mixamo and animated with presets. We then saved out those animations as FBX files and imported into C4D and added helmet models and Cloth dynamics. Characters were then exported out as OBJ sequences and bought into after effects within Element 3D. We placed them inside the ship / environment within E3D.

All other models were purchased, made or downloaded and imported into E3D where scenes were further constructed.

Hope that's a bit more info for you to consider this one as an inspirational piece! It was a huge effort and we are very happy with the final output.

'Valley of the Kith' is a cinematic sequence created primarily using Adobe After Effects. The intriguing, high-adrenaline video-game-style piece extends the capabilities of animation by pushing the boundaries of Element 3D, while capitalising on the available resources of After Effects and other Adobe products.

With the bulk of the work completed by one designer working across just ten weeks, Valley of the Kith is a demonstration of quality design, balanced with efficiency and innovation. This is just a fraction of the human output required to execute such a project using traditional methods.

Three additional designers assisted with asset modeling for two weeks each. We only built the ships elsewhere, using 3D Studio, and the cloth on the female character, using C4D. We were able to find a lot of free/cheap 3D models that were used to construct full scenes inside Element 3D, such as the garage and the mining structure. The characters created using Adobe Fuse and animated using Mixamo. From there, all the primary work was done with Adobe After Effects and Element 3D.

We hope you enjoy this emotive, action-packed cinematic sequence!


Director / Producer / Concept / Design / Animation / Sound Design
Callan Woolcock

Steven Bradshaw

3D Modellers of the main ships
Jess Herrera
Dileepa Solangaarachchi

Cloth animation and Character tweaks
Mary Jade Ngo

Denis Tunguz aka. 'Exosonic'


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