Explosions have a very strong appeal for some reason. People just seem to like to blow stuff up. So when this topic came up in our School Of Motion Alumni challenge, I couldn't say no.

Of course it had to be more abstract than what Michael Bay does. So in the process, I thought a lot about the character of an explosion and what makes them so impactful. To enhance the effect and create something funny, I also wanted to contrast the explosion with an opposite - that's how I ended up using Ballet music and a dancing fuse.

Since this was a contest and we shared our project files among the group, I refrained from using any 3rd party plugins or footage (apart from the audio track) and kept it fully procedural. That way the resolution could now be 4K or higher with no quality loss.
This was my entry to a challenge among the alumni at http://www.schoolofmotion.com. Topic: Explosion.
The song snippet is taken from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker".

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