Alrighty folks, looks like I need to step it up some more. I plan on doing a handful (6 or 7) for the entire reel. I'm gonna push it as hard as I can. I've seen some cool FX elements in WoW I could use as inspiration for other ideas.
I've added an environment, orbiting camera and idling model. I plan on having the camera orbit different directions (L>R, R>L) to add some variation. I can probably add the Reaper this time around.
I made an infest spell inspired by the swarms of Warcraft's Silithus. I'm considering adding little buggers orbiting, but it seems like it might be additional noise.
Textures, animation, and (basic) environment need work. Should the stones be bigger or smaller?
I tried to keep the "magical parts" of the dummy as simple as possible. Nothing noisy that will compete with the FX. I figured swirly orbs would do the trick.
I'm using Camtasia right now, and Fraps doesn't work well. Does anyone know of a good recording software that has a high FPS?