Boom Bang A Bang

Yes, it’s that time of year, where outside sounds rather like a war zone thanks to fireworks screaming and banging all over the place. I don’t know, maybe I’m getting too old for this stuff. Well, as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So I did, in a manner that won’t break the bank and terrify animals everywhere: I attempted to create some 3D animated fireworks.

They’re pretty simple, actually: an emitter producing planes, which are tagged with motion blur and highlights, giving them the coloured glow you see in the render. There’s also a gravity effector at play, pulling them downwards and, hopefully, achieving a more realistic effect.

firework04The above was done with tracers, giving a slightly more authentic trail, and I think the gravity effects are much clearer here, too. I rendered with no anti-aliasing whatsoever, in-keeping with this, the year of the pixel.

I also had a go at some sparkler effects; it’s a similar deal, but this time using some random ‘sparkly’ shapes and cloning them spherically, rather than having an animated emission. They did get better as I went along, which I suppose is good.

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And with the final GIF (I promise) we come to this obscene spinny firework thing – technical term, you understand. Just two emitters – albeit with much narrower range than previously – grouped together and rotated.

I have to say this year has been relatively quiet for fireworks, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so sour on the subject. If you are visiting a display, burning an effigy or any kind of festivity this evening, then do have fun. If you aren’t, well, who needs it when you have this?

Ooooh! Ahhhh!

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9 comments
  1. This is properly awesome stuff, I ooh and aahed over this as much as the WWTBAM studio set. Including the gruesome torture device it’s all great.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, the Catherine wheel! That’s the one! Well, kind of. Glad you liked these, Steve… and more WWTBAM soon most likely, it’s never far away. 😛

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  2. Excellent job! Those are loads better than the cheapo real ones out town spends thousands of euros on each year! Worse, is that they have a DJ playing music over the spectacle, so you don’t even hear them go bang properly with the racket the DJ makes. Very bizarre. I miss British firework displays, but one good thing about French fireworks – at least where I live – is that you can’t buy them in shops and you have to visit an organised display – thus cutting out having to listen to people setting off fireworks in the street throughout October and November.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks again! Yeah, now I’m wishing I’d added firework sound effects 😛 That sounds so much better. I have no issue with organised displays, it’s people setting them off in their back garden/street that gets my back up, especially having seen just how badly some pets react. It was actually pretty quiet compared to some years, so maybe people are taking note.

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  3. This was wonderfully artistic. I can’t imagine the hours that go into creating something like this.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Dr. Maples, and welcome! There’s certainly a learning curve, but thankfully the software and its tools make things easier once you know your way around.

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      • As with any seed, take the time to feed it, and one day it will feed you. Feed it even more, and one day it will feed others to. I loved the pixel version of Andre the Giant. Brought back memories of the eighth wonder of the world from my childhood.

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      • Jacob said:

        Absolutely, a great analogy. Thanks again for your kind comments.

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