How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers Part 2

March 1, 2010

In This tutorial, we finish the Olympics Ice Cube tutorial in After Effects where we use fractal noise, blurs, glows, photos, text, and curves to complete the animation, compositing and color correction.

Final Animation

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  • sweet. great work.

  • Great stuff Nick.

    Will watch this later and do the project all in one go hopefully.

    Many more bananas to you.

  • Wow, just looks like the original one 🙂

    Gonna try it soon!

  • i really like the “looks like the original” style over here lateley! Great job Nick!

  • That was a pretty simple breakdown of the Olympic bumpers… which is great! But I guess what I’m wondering is how would a designer make something for broadcast that is both cool, visually legible (not too dark, all the intricate details can been seen, nothing too subtle), and also “generic” enough to make one for each sport bumper?

  • they should just rename “gotham” to “gorilla”

  • In my opinion, I think 3D letters would look better along with the fancy 3D ice cube flippin around. It kind of drops into the 2D background and makes the ice cube separated from the rest.

    Just saying 🙂


  • that was really sick thanks for that

  • Great tutorial Nick!
    It inspires me a lot.
    I also realize, I need a faster computer 🙂

  • Nice. Looks very much like it. Just a quick question, do you think the designer(s) worked on it at 32bit? I noticed the original the glows are white with blue halo. Is it easy to fake using 8bit with just doubling the glow and changing colors and resizing the glow? Or maybe plugin? Just wondering.

  • Great tutorial. It came in handy..

  • isnt it illegal to pull images from google without permission?

  • Where can I order some Greyscale Gorilla is God t-shirts?

  • Excellent tutorial man! Great work and thanks for sharing

  • I wish you was baller, just a little bit smaller, i wish i could have you in a drawer …

    i want to drink a beer (or more) with you!

    cheers, dream brother!

  • Great tut, Nick. Speaking of seeing something and trying to replicate it. Any ideas how to approach this effect?

    I assume a mix of particular and form?

  • Too big bubbles inside, not so good. But very very useful tutor. Thank you very much.

  • Gidday Nick,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to create your awesome tutorials. I really enjoy your relaxed, ‘off the cuff’ style and think I have watched every one of your tuts a number of times now .. even with the rubbish broadband we have in NZ.

    Keep em coming man and good luck with your new Cross Processing iPhone App too.



  • suuuuuuper tutorial Nick Thank you very much,here is my test

  • Hi Nick, I was watching your tutorials it was nice, kindoff learned C4D, I got a something in my head after watched your tutorial. thanks man. will hope to see good stuffs like that.

  • Thanks Nick!
    Here is my video:

  • Awesome Tutorial !!wuju
    Te only problem I had is that if you put a 3D logo inside I can’t see it very well because is really dark because I can’t do the trick with the Luminance.

  • Hey Nick!

    I really like this Tutorial 🙂
    Just say Gasssian Blur. Love the spelling in there 😀
    And I love to see some Motion Graphic Tutorials, just my idea:



  • Thanks for all the awesome tutorials!

    Here’s my stab at this one:

  • Nick, thanks for being informal and experimental in your tutorials. Love to see your mental process, not just the steps you take along the way.

  • Why didn’t you make the flares a Color Dodge blend mode? That’s what they did originally (it looks like). Also I would have added a gradient to the sky to give it more depth.

    • guys, stop complaining, you have to take in to consideration, that the last tuts are being made on a lousy 2/3 yr old macbook (somewhere nice on Colorado mountains)

      Nick is kicking ass regardless 😉

  • thanks Nick, definitely some of the best tutorials out there.

  • nice tutorial nick, any chance you could do a little mini tutorial on continuous rasterisation? I kind of get it but sometimes when you’r using 3d layers, cameras and multiple comps. Things start to get a bit confusing.

  • Definitely you’re gorilla thanks man from Nicaragua

  • Here is my video based on this tutorial:

    thanks gorilla, awesome tut

  • Used some of your materialsettings to create the ice in this

  • Thank you~
    You’re a Fantastic person

  • Thanks, really useful even though my project looks nothing like this 🙂

  • Hi Nick….

    It’s awesome.
    The way of explanation of both C 4D and AE was nice.
    Carry on.. Gold Bless you!!


  • But You have to add more Detail..

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