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Fire

Synthesizing fire from scratch is still an advanced topic within the upper reaches of visual effects research and development. I was employed at The Orphanage during its work on Hellboy, the film with a leading character whose preternatural gift is that she creates lots and lots of fire when upset. There was no way to use photographed fire for those shots because they required too much interaction with the rest of the scene. I was amazed at what the team responsible for these effects was able pull off.

Within After Effects, synthesizing fire is still way too hot to handle. If the fire is at all prominent in your shot, you will need to work with elements that come from somewhere else—most likely, shot with a camera. Take a look at what's involved.


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