Fireworks in After Effects

A test video to see what method of compositing fireworks worked best. Trapcode fireworks were fake looking. Found some 1080p footage on YouTube of 48 inch shells exploding and set the blending to color dodge. Used grey scale gorillas sparkler preset for trapcode to make the launch tail. That can stand to be worked on some more as it looks to fast and large I guess. I used motion sketch to draw the path for the launch to guide the emitter. Added in some lens flares from knoll LF. Graded with one of AK’s film magic pro presets.

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