This is how-to guide for destroying the droid on Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. This breakdown was presented at DigiPro and SIGGRAPH this year. I will try to post the slides somewhere useful asap.
This work was done at Image Engine in summer 2012 for 3 months. I was responsible for destruction of the droid geometry, as well as overall looking after the FX sequence. Additional work was done by Earl Fast (animation), Simon Lewis (volume FX), Ben Alepko (lighting), Stephen James (Comp). The animation was done in Maya, all FX elements were generated in Houdini, lighting was done 3Delight and Mantra, all comped in Nuke.