Makin’ an Interstellar style Black Hole

This is a sequel to my earlier tutorial, where I showed how to use Expressions, Mathematics and Bulge to create a Black Hole similar to Gargantua depicted in Christopher Nolan’s movie: Interstellar.

This tutorial focusses on using the included CC Particle World to generate an accretion disc, then uses Bulge to warp the disc. The leading edge is added back in by using a 3D Luma Matte and finally Glow gets the hyper-brightness of the inner disc.

Project Download:

Video Copilot’s Saber comes in use to create the event horizon:


Other tutorials mentioned:

Makin’ an Interstellar Black Hole: Converting the 2D Bulge effect to 3D (using a bit of Maths)

How to add 2D effects to lights and 3D objects in After Effects

Makin’ Space: Starfields

Linking CC Particle World to a 3D Null in After Effects


Expressions used:

Linking Bulge Centre to Black Hole Null:

thisComp.layer("Black Hole NULL").toComp([0,0,0]);

Linking CC Particle World to a 3D Null

Position X:

x=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[0]-thisComp.width/2; x/thisComp.width;

Position Y:

y=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[1]-thisComp.height/2; y/thisComp.width;

Position Z:

z=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[2]; z/thisComp.width;

Published by ShiveringCactus

Tutorials and videos, mainly After Effects, but with some 3D and puppetry stuff too.

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