Roof Crash Destruction VFX Tutorial – Adobe After Effects & Cinema 4D



Learn how to create a great looking destruction effect of someone smashing through the roof of their house!

This tutorial will use Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D and you should be pretty comfortable with both of these tools.

If you find this tutorial a bit too fast I recommend you check out some of my more basic tutorials and you can also check out the detailed written version of this tutorial:

Part 1
http://www.surfacedstudio.com/tutorials/after-effects-c4d-roof-destruction-vfx-part1

Part 2
http://www.surfacedstudio.com/tutorials/after-effects-c4d-roof-destruction-vfx-part2

We created this visual effect for our Super Mario Bros Short Film, ‘Mario’s Magic Mushroom’. You can check VFX short film out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVjfnw515qc

The tutorial will guide you through setting up your composition and using a number of debris and dust stock footage elements to set up the basic destruction effect.

We will then dive a bit deeper and create a number of shattering roof tiles, complete with realistic physics, in Cinema 4D. After rendering out these shattering roof tiles, we will composite them back onto our destruction footage in After Effects.

The destruction stock footage elements I used are from the Action Essentials 2 package by Video Copilot. You can get them here

https://www.videocopilot.net/products/action2/

If you don’t want to spend any money you can also get free stock footage from by following one of these links:

http://www.detonationfilms.com
http://footagecrate.com/allEffects.html

The sounds have been assembled from royalty free sounds that you can find on
http://www.freesound.org

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