What is this thing! I’ve basically combined a bunch of stuff into one experiment!
I might have been inspired by the amazing planet explosions from The Force Awakens but wanted to see if I could get a cool version inside Element 3D.
Few Notes on this experiment;
I added smoke elements, shockwaves using CC Sphere, and even used the Saber plug-in to give the beam a nice energy feel!
For the disintegration, I used the multi-object system of Element 3D with a pre-fractured sphere and animated with the animation engine so it would break apart over time.
I even animated an After Effects light to match the death beam to fake reactive lighting.
The Sci-fi Weapon Tutorial has some really cool tips for turning radial shockwaves into other shapes.
Source: Video Copilot