Sharad Kant Patel directed this animation for a planetarium in New Mexico back in 1999 while working as a partner in Sybilmedia. He used an animatic for timing and basic blocking. He also shot footage of a real sky at the beginning, and shot DV footage of flashlight light flare elements that are added subtly when passing the planets. In After Effects, he created all the nebula/pulsar imagery fly-through using multiple layers of artwork scaled exponentially and dissolved into a sequence.

Michael Castro created the 3D elements in Lightwave including the detailed planet Earth. Fairly nice homemade Earth for back in 1999!

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