I'm pretty much a noobie at AE. I've got a pretty good feel for the primary architecture. I'm slow, but I tend to get exercises done.
My first goal as a motion designer is video myself run down a hallway towards the camera then spontaneously flash/explode into thin air. Maybe have some of the explosion bounce around in a hallway mask of some kind as well.
I'm curious what presets, tutorials, or plugins I might need to head towards that goal.
If anybody has any feedback t hat could head me in that general direction I'd be stoked.
if not then good, if you have, well.. im sure someone can explain the hard way..
so onto the shooting..
you'll need a tripod (or something to hold the camera still)
this is massively important.. if the camera moves, the shot is ruined (at least for me still being noobish myself in a lot of ways)..
you need to film whatever jump/flail/fall/whatever
and without moving the camera at all you need to film the hallway by itself - i suggest just letting it film for like 20 seconds before you go jumping around that way you're guaranteed to have the 'clean' shot you're going to need.
ok import it in.. duplicate it.
now the top layer you want to move it up to the point where you want it to start - that parts done - for now
on the second (bottom) one you need to find a spot where the lighting is similar to when you jumped around. then effect -> time -> freeze frame
ok now to setup the basic effect.
go to where you want to 'dissapear'
set a keyframe on the opacity.
move forward 1 frame (page down?) change opacity to 0
now play it and make sure it does it right
next comes the hard part. I say hard part because I can't guide you through it as it deals with your personal preference.
You can layer ANY visual effect over top of you right where it 'pops' out of existance.
fire isnt my forté, but there's lots of tutorials around (also some on here i believe). There's places you can download free fire clips as well.
Now if you really wanted to make it look awesome, you'll have to look into 'Chroma Key' or greenscreen (or bluescreen). If you can get yourself "off" of the "background" then it opens up massive possibilities. The alternative is to make an animated mask and blah blah blah hard work lol.. a skill you need to know, but not one you should turn to as a first resort.
There's tons of tutorials on how to do that as well.. I'm writing a tutorial myself about how to greenscreen on the cheap.. and make it look good! It's not quite ready for public (especially with my crappy camera) but if you're really interested, I can show you how to do a greenscreen setup for anywhere from $20 to $150 depending on what you have lying around..
jeremyfabiano .a.t. gmail .d.o.t. com if you're interested at all
Remember.. Keep it fun, or it's not worth doing!!
I'm off to bed, g'nite and good luck!!!