The Great American Eclipse (animation)

I’ve been doing a lot of space animations lately, so while Heidi and I were talking about the upcoming eclipse this morning, I thought I’d try to simulate it in After Effects. This animation is completely procedural, and everything was built with AE’s built-in plugins, including a pretty believable fake moon. I looked up a lot of reference footage, mostly from the 2012 Eclipse that was best seen in Australia, but in the end I made something realistic, but a little more exaggerated in color and range.

A lot of different elements are simulated here, from atmospheric distortion, to solar flares, to corona effects. If anyone wants to mess around with this animation, I’m including the After Effects project file, which will work in CS6 or later. It doesn’t require any third-party plugins or images, and all the comps are 4k and HDR ready. Get it here: EclipseSetup.zip

This was a fun experiment, but I’m looking forward to seeing real footage soon!