I tried to post a new thread awhile ago but it never appeared in the forum. (I think because I'm a new user.)
The project I'll be doing is a VFX shot of a homemade Tesla coil stealing power from nearby high tension power lines. It will be an outdoor shot. Haven't chosen the location yet but I am scouting some places out next week. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to VFX.
Here are some quick electricity tests using Maya paintfx. (video (http://zim0.com/files/cgtalk/lightning/test_lightning_001.html))