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VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers

Course Summary

  Learn to destroy a building with a fireball, using an After Effects 3D environment, Maya dynamic simulations, and matte painted elements.   

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    Course Syllabus

    Using the exercise files
    1. Overview
    Breakdown of the final comp
    Setting up the project in After Effects
    2. Setting Up a 2.5D Scene
    Stabilizing and shadowing the plate
    Creating a 3D camera and background sky
    Arranging background cards
    Reconstructing the castle walls
    Re-creating fog
    Lighting the cards
    Adding CG set dressing
    3. Adding Effects Plates and Renders
    Integrating a fireball
    Working with 3D simulations
    Review of tower collapse in Maya
    Adding a CG blast
    Review of the blast in Maya
    4. Combining CG and Video Debris
    Layering CG debris
    Adding simulated bricks
    Replicating wall destruction
    Layering larger pieces
    Processing video debris
    Adapting particle simulations
    Review of dust particles in Maya
    5. Using Matte-Painted Elements
    Building an interior
    Creating wall damage
    Adding fake shadows
    Animating cracks
    Layering additional explosions
    Adding explosions to the walls
    Crafting extra debris
    6. Adding the Final Touches
    Animating the camera
    Adding flares and grain
    Looking at the final project
    Next steps

Course Fee:
USD 25

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4 - 5 hours / week

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