Mittwoch, 9. Dezember 2009

Enterprise launches a Shuttle

Hey there...

I am really excited today, since a sequence I was working on very hard for a few month finally came together. Here is a screenshot of the rendering process:

You all remember the Shuttlebays 2 and 3 from TNG, right... the hangar doors from the inside looked totally different from the ones outside. The set artists reused a TMP door for the set, the studiomodel of the Enterprise had a totally different looking hangar bay door.
We never actually saw a launch of a shuttle in one take, due to SFX restrictions it was not possible to actually show us in one take how a shuttle left the bays.
Well... today, more than 20 years later it IS possible. I really worked hard to figure out how to make the inner and outer doors fit together in order to establish a shot of the shuttle launch, in which the camera would leave the bay along the ship.
I came up with a solution which slightly contradicts what has been established on screen, by creating an interconnecting part between the inner and the outer doors, so that the launch bay now has two doors. That allowed me to create a fluent shot without cutting the shuttle launch.
I will post more pictures soon just to get you an idea of how it will look like. Rendering will probably take forever... so don't expect a video soon ;)

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