So as I mentioned I got hold a particle system plug-in for After Effect called Particular, and I’ve been having abit of a play and have put together a few vids.
This one was inspired by a video of the ‘Festival of Colours’ I saw on YouTube where they basically throw handfuls of coloured powder about. Looks incredible and I liked the idea of having explosions of colour.
I therefore used some of the smoke presets in Particular and attached the emitters to null objects with ‘wiggle’ expressions making them vary their position randomly a given amount each second.
It’s abit different for me in that it’s…well, abit nice. I therefore decided to ruin it for everyone by destroying any notions of beauty that may have cropped up by pointing out that colour’s only something that occurs in their heads ;0)
I had an idea to do a quick video of someone standing on a bridge on the southbank in London and conjuring up a spell in their hand which they’d then fire at the London Eye, destroying it. I figured it’d be relatively easy to get some decent shots if I popped down there one day with my camera. I could also go for a ride on the Eye and get some shots from inside overlooking the Thames.
Anyway, before doing all that I thought I’d have a practice. With this one I have the emitter parented to a null object which travels in a circular path in 3D. That has a wiggle expression to give it some random movement. There’s also a light parented to the null which gives the particles some shading. The whole particle layer is then parented to a motion track of the hand so that it moves as the hand moves.
There are optical flares attached to the lights and a spotlight pointing downwards from the orbiting null object. This projects light onto a 3D copy of the hand layer on which I’ve keyed out the background so the light only falls on the hand.
The idea of destroying London landmarks must have stuck as I started working on this video of the BT tower exploding. I’d shot some footage for this a while back so I thought I’d have a practice exploding something. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about this one, although I did have a go at removing the noise on the video then reapplying it as an adjustment layer over all the elements to try and integrate them together a little better. Not sure if it’s made much of a difference.