Flame was designed from the ground up to provide artists unmatched Speed and Interactivity. This next technique really highlights the advantages of working with a fast 3D software. Like a digital electrician, in Flame you can "wire up" nodes in the Action schematic to create very interesting relationships and perhaps unexpected behaviors between layers and objects.
When I first met Eric Schaechter he was working at Ollin Studio in Mexico City. When he showed me his "Instancing" setup I thought it was the craziest thing I'd ever seen! It looked like shoe laces tied together! Check out the tip he posted to FXGuide back then:
Years later I met Derek Moore when he was doing guest demos for us at the annual IBC Tradeshow in Amsterdam. Derek really took the concept and ran with it on this commercial he did when he was working at Clear in London. I hope you enjoy the technique and put it to good use on your next project.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Here's my video explaining the technique:
And here's Derek Moore's excellent implementation: