animating dirt

So, i am doing a music video for one of my bands songs. decided to go with a halloween theme. im wanting to show zombies breaking out of the ground, and want it to look real. How would I go about animating the movement of dirt as someones hand is pushing out from the ground?

Like this?

I’d probably do it quickly and puff up some particles of smoke to disguise it a bit?!? This is a plane with RVKs on it.

yep thats exactly what i thought after i posted, use particles. i like the way you have the ground ripping there.