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Tony Hudson
Particle Attractor for vacuum effect
on Nov 13, 2008 at 4:41:40 am

Hello All,

Can anyone think of a way to fake an attractor for PI? I need to do an effect that is similar to a logo scatter, but as a vacuum instead of blowing away. I know there are no attractors, but I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with a way to achieve this effect. The effect is basically a character opens up a box the entire background gets sucked up into the box. I have tried everything I can think of- Maya particles, Particle Playground in AE, etc. I have also tried arranging a series of forces around my frame to blow the particles into a spiral. That kind of does something, but still does not get them into the box.
I really do not want to revert to my backup plan of warping the background like a bad video effect. Thank for your help or ideas.

By the way Alan, I would REALLY like to have attractors! (hint-hint)

Tony Hudson- Visual FX Supervisor for "The Singularity is Near" and "The Pranksters"

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