I have been dreaming of telling a science fiction story through a short film for almost two years now. Back then, I was feeling like I needed to challenge myself on a big project in order to learn new skills that I can share within my professional framework and use on commercial works.
The choice of making it like it was an opening title sequence has a reason : I love the idea that it might be a part of a bigger story and set the tone for a TV show or a movie.
Initializing this project took more time than expected as I felt free to experiment new things before beginning an entire sequence.
When I was done experimenting, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go. I focused on specific emotions that I needed to bring to life somehow. In the same time, I started to come out with a consistent storyline and ellaborated a strong concept that I've been defining and redefining afterwards.
I was only able to work on this project during my spare time, in between my job and my personal obligations.
I finally achieved it between certainties and reassesments, and what an amazing experience it was as a 3d artist !
The final version was completed in 5 months and now, it's the most personal and ambitious project I did on my own. It's closer to my current preferences, aspirations and goals as a motion designer and 3d artist.
For me, working on this title sequence was very interesting and challenging at the same time due to the panel of skills that each of these scenes requires. I learned a lot through these differents techniques.
The Softwares I used are : Cinema 4d, Octane Render, Zbrush, Quixel Suite, Marvelous Designer, 3D-Coat, World Machine, After Effect.
The cosmonaut and the space capsule design
The cosmonaut is the main character, so I've obviously paid a careful attention to his overall look and design. I especially wanted him to convey retro/vintage feel. I chose to model the russian GSH-6 High Altitude Pressure Helmet, and mixing the VKK6 original green flight suit with the WWI soldier suit to get this result. The capsule was directly inspired by the Russian Foton 1 launched in Spring 1985.