The assignment requires us to create a Tractor beam for the UFO using dynamics. First things first was looking at some interpretations of other UFO tractor beams and things of that nature for reference materials.
The following are a selection of images I used for reference during this process:
How good was War of The Worlds? Just saying, Watch it.
As you can see my reference contained alot of blues as that was prefered in the assignment brief.
The Way it Went
My tractor beam in this first progress step consisted of three parts. The first part was the outer beam which was made by using a poly cone and animatiing it to how I wanted the cone to take shape and emmiting particles from it. I still need the paricles to move abit more instead of being such wallflowers. Here is a beautiful screen shot of my poly cone in action:
When I had the outer cone all setup I wanted something different. After trying to create some tendrils and other spining things I really wasn't feeling so I thought id try a brighter outer ring that comes out of the UFO super bright and dies off as it goes down the cone. I used a poly again to animate the particles but I animated the glow attributes on the shader to get the intense glow effect.
I added an omni emmiter in the middle just to try and a fill it out alittle better. I had it effected by a gravity field so it fell down.
You can see the 3 passes in the video below.
The song ofcourse is Rock Bottom by UFO. See what I did there? clever right? I know, I know...genius.