We are excited to be working with Twitter to produce a series of animated shorts. The goal is to explain the benefits of Twitter to small business owners in a lighthearted and fun way. This is the first of the bunch
The Martian tells the story of stranded astronaut Mark Watney and NASA’s efforts to bring him home. Based on Andy Weir’s novel, the story is set circa 20 years in the future, during NASA’s third manned mission to Mars. Predicated on real science, director Ridley Scott and production designer Arthur Max drew on the expertise of specialists at NASA and the European Space Agency, and asked Territory to craft the screen graphics and UI that would be needed.
As a story that is mediated by technology, hundreds of screens are employed across eight key sets, forming the lens through which the drama unfolds.
Working closely with NASA, Territory developed a series of deft and elegant concepts that combine factual integrity and filmic narrative, yet are forward looking and pushing NASA’s current UI conventions as much as possible.
Territory’s plot-based graphics includes identities and visual languages for each set, and include images, text, code, engineering schematics, 3D visualisations based on authentic satellite images showing Martian terrain, weather, and mission equipment served across consoles, navigation and communication systems, laptops, mobiles, tablets, and arm screens throughout.
In all Territory delivered around 400 screens for on-set playback, most of them featuring interactive elements. With 85 screens on the NASA Mission Control set alone, a number of which were 6mx18m wall screens, there are many moments in which the graphics become a dynamic bridge between Earth and Mars, narrative and action, audience and characters.
20th Century Fox Credits
Director: Ridley Scott
Production Designer: Arthur Max
Motion Graphics Art Director: Felicity Hickson
Creative Director: David Sheldon-Hicks
Producer: Sam Hart
Art Direction: Marti Romances
Lead CGI: Peter Eszenyi
Design and Animation: Daniel Højlund, Marti Romances and Sam Keehan.
Director, Planetary Science Division: Dr. Jim Green
Program Executive for Solar System Exploration: Dave Lavery
Manager, Multi-Media Programs: Bert Ulrich
Another amazing year in The Studio at Smoke & Mirrors.
We've been really busy on some terrific jobs and, in my spare time, I managed to do some exciting stuff as well.
Our music video for Leftfield won the UKMVA Best Dance Video UK award, I've been featured on Motionserved, Inspirations.is, won the GSG 5s project contest twice, Maxon C4D reel and one of my projects has been exhibited at the Design Museum of London!
On this reel you can see what I've been doing, from 2d flat animations in After Effects to photoreal 3d with C4D and Vray, with some bits done in Turbulence FD and Xparticles.
Check the full projects on my website here: gasta.org