here is a shot i did in maya using a script i wrote recently... well what it basically does is, it creates particle grid according to the scale of a selected plane, then it takes the color from the image texture applied onto the plane and gets displaced according to the greyscale value of the image texture applied, creating a 3d look..
here are the links
sorry for the video quality.. i tried all the settings but nothing worked.. but have also put up a download link below for the original quality
for original video quality pls download
MP4 file - 49MB, 00:00:13
and here are some snap shots
and here are the images used to create the displacement
Planning to put this in my demo reel.. so crits and comments are most welcomed..cheers