The New Fuel Does New York

After finishing up a busy 2014 we have finally gotten around to posting a recap to our New York trip in November. We were thrilled to compete in the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day with 19 other companies from across the country. You can check out the video recap at From drinks at the New York Stock Exchange, meeting Steve Schwarzman, and presenting in the Waldorf Astoria, we had a great time! Enjoy a montage of our New York adventure. Fuel up.


NYSE Podium

TNF Schwarzman

Chicago or Bust



We are excited to announce that we will be attending the Half Rez motion graphics and animation night of debauchery in Chicago! We have a busy couple of weeks coming up! Hopefully more trips are to follow!

New York or Bust

New York


The New Fuel is incredibly excited to announce that we have been invited to attend the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day in New York City. We will be competing with 19 other companies from LaunchPads across the country for $50,000 in prize money. We were the only venture from the Kent State LaunchPad to make it to Demo Day, and can’t wait to represent our alma mater and the great state of Ohio.



Nothing but net

Working on some cartoony sports graphics, just wanted to share a quick shot.

This is just the start of a planned crowd prompt for “nothing but net” which is hilarious because the ball bounces of the rim twice.


Don’t Hate The Player – Hate The Game

Brian and I recently completed another 5 second project for (you can check it out here: After I drew the first three controllers we used in the video, while Brian was animating we decided that I should keep drawing more and complete a whole set.

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HD Background

We think this would make for a pretty cool 3 color screen print, so let us know if you would be interested.

The New Fuel Wins Communicator

We received our first Communicator Award for the online video series we produced for AtNetPlus, Inc! You can check them out on our portfolio page:


Communicator Award 2013

4th of July, Freedom Fuel

Live Free or Die.

Happy Fourth everyone! To celebrate we have been working on a few patriotic illustrations that we wanted to share with all of you.

We’re thinking of making it a tradition to post some cool stuff for you guys for each major American holiday. Let us know what you think.

George Washington, the father of our country. Thanks for being awesome.
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Happy Birthday, Freedom! Thanks to our buddies in France for the kickass statue.
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Liberty Front4

Fuel Tips (After Effects) – Making a vintage film effect

Today Alex shows you how to make a vintage film grain effect in After Effects. You can watch the tutorial below:

Fuel Tips (After Effects) – Render and RAM Preview Faster

Here are some tips for rendering faster, RAM Previewing faster, and efficiently using your RAM Previews to speed up your workflow in After Effects.


Rendering Tips:

Turn on the “caps lock” button before hitting “render”. This is one of the most easy and effective way to render compositions faster. Before rendering, simply press the “caps lock” button. This disables refresh and stops After Effects from redrawing and showing every frame it renders. You will no longer see your video frame by frame as it renders.

Close other programs while renderingThis is another a fairly easy concept to reduce render times. Running multiple programs takes more processing power and RAM. If you want to render a composition as quickly as possible, shut down all other programs outside of After Effects. If you need to multitask while rending, this will slow you down.

Trim footage that is off screen, set to 0% opacity, a scale of 0%, and any other setting where the footage is not being used/seen. Despite a layer appearing to not be in use, if the layer is not trimmed, After Effects has to calculate its properties. This then makes for longer renders. By making sure that layers are trimmed after they are no longer in use you can make rendering and RAM Previewing faster.


RAM Preview Tips

While working at a video size (1920×1080) that is impossible to fit in your workspace at 100%, make sure your resolution and RAM Preview resolution are set to match the zoom. If your zoom is set to 50%, make sure both resolutions are set to “half” (same goes for any other zoom percentage). Working at 50% zoom and having your resolution set to “full” makes After Effects do unnecessary work, which in turn makes RAM Previews and scrubbing through the timeline take longer.

You can save RAM Previews for later viewing. If you like to bookmark progress, show boss/clients progress, or want to go back and view your RAM Previews later for any reason, there is a way to save them. First, complete a RAM Preview, then select “Composition” in the tool bar and then select “Save RAM Preview”. This will allow you to save your RAM Preview in a desired location. Disclaimer: After Effects automatically adds saved RAM Previews to your project bin.

A composition that is nested/placed in another composition can be rendered out and replaced with a movie. If you have a composition that is nested into another composition, you can save out a RAM Preview or render the composition and replace the nested composition with the rendered movie. This will allow for faster renders since After Effects will only calculate one video versus an entire composition. In case you want to go back and change the original nested composition, make sure you duplicate and hide the nested composition before replacing it with the rendered movie. This will allow for easy updates and fixes to the composition.


Hopefully these tips helped out! If you have any questions or comments just post them below and we’ll get back to them as soon as we can. We will be posting a video later that will explain and show these steps along with showing how much time can be saved by implementing them.