How do I make a nice fireball effect (that can move around with a trail) in Adobe After Effects 6.5 Educational Version?

I only have Educational Version. It has all of the pro features (except Cycore, and that sucks). I want to make a fireball that burns with ash shooting up. I also want to be able to manipulate a trail whenever it moves. I really need some help.

purduecer8 years ago
A website called detonation films features a reasonably nice host of free stock footage that can be greenscreened and then overlayed on top of your existing footage. Among them are a number of green screened fireball and explosion effects, so I would try looking there first.
Brother_D (author)  purduecer8 years ago
I have checked there before, and none of the free things are satisfactory. Thanks for helping though.