This is an homage to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'll always have a soft spot for this film - it was the first high-quality sci-fi film I ever saw, and it was the only movie my Dad took me to by himself. I bugged him mercilessly to take me to see the premiere from the time I first saw the ad in the newspaper. We made the long trip into the the city for the premiere and stood in a long line for over an hour to get in (I still have the film book). He had no real interest in scifi, but he was willing to sit through that for me. He's been gone almost 30 years now, but I miss him every day.
Recently, while trying to learn the ins and outs of VideoCopilot's plug-in, Element 3D, I stumbled on a great site that has various models from 2001 in various formats:
Many, many thanks to the great modelers, Michael Powell and B.J. West, who made their work freely available and to Mark Dowman for the host site!
I downloaded the models in 3ds format, converted them using Blender to OBJ files, and then re-textured them in Element 3D.
The synchronized "dance" between the PanAm Orion shuttle and the space station was always the most iconic scene to me, so I decided to try to recreate certain elements of the scene for fun. The Earth, rotating Earth atmosphere (clouds) and Moon were also done in Element 3D. On part I found particularly fun was putting the camera inside the landing bay... Way too long for most people to sit through, but you can always fast-forward through it...
The downscaling from 1080p to something small enough to upload here created some weird little glitches and artifacts.
I still have a lot to learn about using models in Element 3D, but this was fun to work on and a nice distraction. And a chance to relive a great moment with my Dad.
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