As promised, here is the first of three documents authored by Mitchell Sahl, one of REVERSION's Visual Effects Technical Directors. The document is entitled "Anatomy of an Explosion" and details some of the research we did in bringing to life this staple of the action VFX picture - the fiery explosion.
In this document, Mitch talks in detail about our research method, and in the formulation of the effect which follows within the document, you will see the approach our team took to realizing the research in "animated form" (as opposed to super-real form which is not possible given our resources).
The document also shows the "Re-Purposing of basic Blender Features" that allowed us to create this effect. This philosophy became our standard in formulating VFX Solutions throughout the picture.
Here it is: "Anatomy of An Explosion"