fixed up the transparency on the main body of the effect, doesn't look so composited now. The vimeo codec appears to make everything much darker but it looks more transparent in engine. Today was all about subtle details and starting to put all the layers of debris and secondary behavior into place. Tightening timing and coming back in with fresh eyes to dial it all up.
Such a great feeling to sit down and take the extra time to do the work properly. It takes more time than it should to make effects look right and being rushed only creates lower quality.