Mr. Mercury Part 1- Mercury Sparks


Inside After Effects there lies a rarely used plugin called “Mr. Mercury”.

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A bit of a strange one. Certainly not used very often.

It has some setting you’d expect of a particle emitter (aka exactly the same settings as CC Particle Systems II but we’ll get into that more in a later post.)

Now I’ve always found this to be a strange plugin as it gives you results like this…

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Useful for 90’s kids shows. Seems a little less relevant for modern users today.

So I decided to see what I could do using this plugin. Really explore it and find what all uses can be made using it as a base. I’m going to be starting a series where I see what all I can do with this plugin and once I’m finished share the AE file with you all for your own use as well.


My first experiment has us looking at some crazy sparks flying around. They actually have some pretty good character and an interesting look.

Yeah! Sparks!
Yeah! Sparks!

So that showcases the first post of our experiment here and as we go forward I will not only share my results but also dive into a little bit of what makes our dear friend Mr. Mercury tick.

Stay safe, and stay silver.