I decided to do third VFX breakdown before starting my next "proper" film (trying to get one out before summer). What we have here is the decapitation scene from my Star Wars fanfilm called "Jedi Knight, Exile". I chose it because it was relatively simple effect that worked out quite nicely in the end. I used no tutorials for it, but luckily enough the first idea I had turned out to be good enough.
Lightsaber Decapitation | VFX Breakdown/Tutorial - YouTube
One again, it's not step-by-step tutorial that any new After Effects user could utilize in few minutes, but it should illustrate the process well enough. Pretty much all you need is some masking (should you exclude the lightsaber itself...)
If you have not seen Jedi Knight, Exile or have forgotten what it was about, here's link to it too:
Jedi Knight, Exile | Star Wars Fan Film (2012) - YouTube
Thanks for watching, and I hope I'm not boring you with these breakdowns. Hoping to have a short film next time I upload something.