Helicopter Landing Animation

:white_check_mark: THE ARTWORK : https://www.artstation.com/artwork/VJw4BN
:white_check_mark: THE ANIMATION : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BqcZ4RSX7s

Final Animation

CGI Environment Breakdown

CGI NH90 Breakdown

A 3D Blender animation rendered on Cycles to put in practice some blender’ studies about geometry nodes animation for large scale scenery.
I was learning and getting myself up to date for the new Blender 4.2 version of blender and decided to recreate an helicopter animation based on several movies references.

The smoke animation is created on Embergen 1.1.2. It’s not perfect but add a bit more storytelling to the shot.

For the characters, I used this model: “SOLDIER complete Pack 3D model” made by Albin Merle: https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/military/military-character/soldier-complete-pack
Animation is done on Actor, skining done in blender.

That’s it!

:globe_with_meridians: PORTFOLIO: https://www.artstation.com/juvfx :e-mail: CONTACT: [email protected]

:arrow_right: Workflow
The entire project was done in Blender and rendered with Cycles Render (https://www.blender.org/)
Assets & Environment modeled in Blender
Trees created and animated with SpeedTree
Smoke animation created on Embergen 1.1.2
Assets textured on Subtance Painter
Assets animated on Blender
Rendered on Blender Cycles
Post-production & Compositing on After Effects 2022
Final mix on Premiere Pro

:arrow_right: Music used
No Friends at Dusk · Dan Young Audio

Hope you like it! Thanks for watching!


This is really quite incredible. I noticed that the soldier model on CG trader does not have a face, how did you fix that?
Embergen is a great tool, but sometimes the results don’t look 100% realistic, I often get results that are “too perfect” because I don’t make enough virtual imperfections.
I love the animation, smooth and clean. Too bad we don’t get to see much of your environment, you could always spend another month and add a few seconds of run time (;

  • Jordan

Holy smoke! Awesome work and Congrats on the convincing result. Hope you yourself is happy with it? I would be.

The textures and lighting looks great and tactile. Sound is great as well. The loudness surprised me a bit, with the volume turned all the way up. Meant in a good way.

Would have loved to see more. Another time maybe.

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Damn! That is some amazing realism!

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Thanks for wathing! @JordanStasak

I created the base mesh for the soldier on Character Creator: https://www.reallusion.com/character-creator/

Thanks for the comment! @JesperBylov

I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!

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You’re on the featured row! :+1:

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Wow, what’s the render time on that?

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Saw the youtube video last week, and the clay shots last moth. Pretty sick man!!!

Curious what you used for the smoke sims

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absolutely stunning

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Nice NH90. That is exceptional.

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Impressive! Love how well everything is put together, start to finish top notch work!

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amazing. Congratulations.

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Awesome job! This raises the question -
when will we finally see Blender on the big screen?