This free Cinema 4D plugin from the talented krotMonster will allow you to animate and customize the look of real 3D lightning quickly and easily. Electricity is a a visual effect that is difficult to make believable, so add this awesome free preset to your arsenal and have fun making cool motion graphics!
Blur Studio has released a breakdown of their stunning visual effects work on the second installment of the Marvel Films’ Thor franchise. The 3-minute opening battle scene was created almost entirely in post but the characters and environments are hyper-realistic. With a combination of live action footage, digital motion capture and character design, and plenty of skilled compositing, this epic sequence puts the audience right in the middle of the action.
Munich based production studio Machenschaft had the challenge of meeting a tight production deadline on this ad for the Toyota Fortuner. After the shoot, there would be only three weeks for visual effects design so they chose to use Trapcode Mir in After Effects instead of 3D software to achieve the abstract flowing shapes in the video.
Red Giant Trapcode is offering a beta download of their free After Effects plugin Mir v2. This plugin generates smoothly shaded objects or flowing organic elements, abstract landscapes and complex nebula structures, and glowing networks of interconnected nodes — all seamlessly integrated with After Effects cameras and lights.
There are countless different websites out there providing royalty-free stock resources for creative projects. Each of them have their own quality standards, price range for their artwork, and membership structures. But one source I have found to be very reliable for providing high quality artwork at very reasonable prices is the Envato Marketplace.