Daniel Brodesky posts a look at creating images in After Effects that have a 3D curve to them. Although you can do this all without any help from scripts, Daniel uses a few to assist in creating the curved forms in After Effects.
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple rig for distributing planes in 3D space to create 3D curved screensDaniel Brodesky
Daniel shows how using the Reposition AnchorPoint script, Layer Chain Script, Split Image Script, and the True-Comp Duplicator script during the process of the tutorial. All of the scripts are available on aescripts + aeplugins, and scripts like the True Comp Duplicator will prove invaluable to your future work in After Effects, that is to say if you don’t have it already.
Creating Curved Planes
Eric Zunkley used a similar technique for doing the same thing in a previous post Creating a Curved Plane After Effects, while Daniel’s tutorial is a bit more rounded out and complete.