In my quest to learn as many fascinating visual effects techniques as humanly possible, this week I focused on electrical fx. Thanks to a brilliant tutorial from Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, I was able to produce the Shock Squad movie title animation you see here entirely in After Effects and Element 3D without the use of any other plug-ins. Even the subsurface lightning that illuminates the clouds as if from within was produced using nothing but After Effects. Unbelievable!
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