I’m not exactly sure how I found this, but I have ended up returning to a bit of software I had found a while back and given up on (as I do). It is a professional piece of kit, (mainly used for simulations) that has been used for effects in many films such as ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Tron Legacy’, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’, ‘Source Code’, and ‘X-Men First Class’. So straight of the bat, this is professional software. So I went and downloaded the free learning edition (http://www.sidefx.com) which allows me to use the software, with the only limitations of a small watermark and usability for non-commercial use only.
So I got cracking and had a good look around online for tutorials. On the Houdini website, I followed the first tutorial (http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=192&Itemid=351) which showed me how to swing an object. So I went and adventured on my own, and made the grid of the floor a ‘Ground Plane’, and made the torus which was attatched to the swing a ‘Make Breakable’, so when it hit the ground plane, SMASH, the torus was no more.
To render it, I followed a tutorial on (http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?vid=1020&autoplay=1) which showed me how to render my animation, and then I took all the jpeg’s that came out of the render and put them all together by using Blender (http://youtu.be/dd5RT8rEPqU?t=5m45s).
This may be a long post, but as you can see, the results are AMAZING! I’m really proud of these results!