Create Nexus from Star Trek After Effects Tutorial with Graham Quince

Recreate the Nexus from Star Trek Generations

An After Effects tutorial. In this viewer-request video, I take on the challenge of recreating the Nexus from the first Star Trek: The Next Generation ( TNG ) movie, Generations.  While the original was a complex 3D simulation created by ILM, I used the built-in tools in AE to create something which I think comes pretty close.

This project gave me the chance to demonstrate different ways to use Shape Layers, the script ‘Create Nulls from Paths’ and how to use one path to control another.  I also got the chance to share a little known ‘hack’ for separating the 3D layers to prevent them intersecting!

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