I was experimenting in After Effects with some different looks for the satellite impact. This one was the most impressive, We'll need to try it out with hand drawn smoke etc but this is a nice, quick way to do it... plus it looks PIMPED.
I'll need to run it past the rest of the team but I just wanted to show this one off anyway. We might have the entire camera obscured by smoke etc so nothing is final. I was just dying to try it out.You should really click the video title and watch it full quality.
"Kirk" satellite impact test. from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.
Hopefully Kirk won't get squished in the real animation. Although... it would save 30 seconds of work. Hmm.