I’ve been toying around with ideas back and forth. Starting some things and dropping others, trying some ideas. But I keep coming back to a challenge I’ve had for a while.
I have always been impressed with some of the larger scale scifi cities, like those seen Star Wars Episodes I-III. Specifically, the city-planet of Coruscant. The incredible detail and massive scale was always something I wanted to try to create. But the problem was this – Those scenes were created by a team of people over months in a profesional environment working 10+ hours a day, each person. I am one guy, one computer with seriously limited time after 9pm……and not getting paid to do it.
But, damn the obstacles, I’m trying anyway! I have done MANY trial runs in the past with making a scifi city. Tried and failed a million times. But all that just showed me what to do! So I started one and put it up against a still from a Star Wars movie to compare my work………I’m on the left, Industrial Light & Magic on the Right.
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Left – Chachi Right- ILM
So I thought I was getting somewhere. But I still wasn’t happy with it, even though I know I was far from done. So, back to the drawing board I went. And started to make a floating metropolis (think Cloud City).
Beginning of the sky city. Built in Cinema 4D.
So, this version I really got into and was happy with. It had a good base start, layered up well, lighting setup is good……on my way. Started to make changes and tested some effects….
Thruster test. Cinema 4D for model and lighting. Post effects in Photoshop.
After getting happy with some things, I dropped it into a background to test what a composition might end up looking like….
Composited in a photo background as a test.
Now, I’m still only about 1/3 of the way done. I want to populate with ships flying about and docking. Still need to add city lights and landing lights. More dramatic background. Planning on doing an alternate version with a battle going on and the city being destroyed….well, because big explosions are great!
Here are two test renders. Grabbed some generic ship models just to have a subject in the render. I’ll build mine soon….
“Fly away before they know we’re gone!!”
Test shot using a 175mm Telescopic Lens setting.
Check back for progress! If you have any comment or suggestions, please leave in the comments or contact me! I appreciate any and all critiques!