This is fan art for Ring of Fire, a talk show about corporate crime and legalized corruption. It's simply an animated logo with a generic camera path. The animation transitions to a blue placeholder, which is where the talking heads would go.
I used Maya fluid effects (FE) for the fire. I wanted motion blur because it adds another layer of realism. Without it, animation can look choppy and flat. FE are invulnerable to motion blur, so I had to go through a tricky process to achieve it. I'm reporting the process here because I can't find any tutorials that cover it, and maybe this post will benefit someone. (If this helped you, please say "hi" in the comments.)
There's probably a better solution, but this is the simplest one I could devise. It involves creating a mesh approximation of the FE particles from which you can extract motion data to apply within a compositing program (Nuke, Fusion, AE, etc).
MOTION BLUR FOR MAYA FLUID EFFECT
step 1: Create your fluid object. Ideally, create a fluid nCache for it.
step 3: Open the connection editor and connect the outMesh property of fluidShape to the inMesh property of cubeShape.
Be sure to render out as 16 or 32 bit color. 8 bit is insufficient velocity data and may result in crazy blurring.
step 7: After everything is rendered, add the motion blur with your compositing program. Such nodes will be named something like "motion blur" or "vector blur."
|motion vector data added to an animation|
red = side-to-side motion
green = up/down motion
yellow = diagonal motion
note: The V-Ray renderer is buggy when rendering FE, so I switched to Mental Ray for this project. If you must use V-Ray and it isn't rendering the FE motion data, try rendering directly from the frame buffer or render view with "animation" checked in the VRay Common rendering settings, rather than through batch rendering. Start the rendering sequence on a frame where the FE particles are moving, rather than a frame where they haven't been emitted yet.