In the theme for a game at the summer camp I do videos for, there is a bad guy who enters through a "portal", which is a hollowed out tree. I want the portal to explode for a video at the end of a game.
Any recommendations of how to make this tree explode in a cool epic way? I was thinking of masking off the tree and then maybe some kind of particle accelerator or something?
I would like to use the Particle Metrix plug in but it puts a background logo in the trial version and we can't afford to buy it.
Suggestions or good tutorials anyone can recommend? I also have After Effects, which I've learned basics but am less familiar with.