I had purchased a couple of 3D satellite drawings from Turbosquid.com done by Tartino (http://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/4-satellites-3d-model/356335) but I needed to have them animated for the sequence. Enter my new friend Fred Mantel (http://fredmantel.com/), who agreed to animate them for my sequence. I posted a rather lame animatic using stills of each piece for him to reference, and he expertly (and quickly, in the middle of the holiday season!) animated them and rendered them out against a green screen. I added attitude jets using Trapcode Particular (http://redgiantsoftware.com), and sparks from footage by Detonation Films (http://www.detonationfilms.com/). The lens flares and film color effect ("cool glow") are from VideoCopilot, The Earth is based on the "Advanced 3D Planets" tutorial by Maltaannon (http://maltaannon.com/). Still much work to do on this sequence, but thanks to Fred, and standing on the shoulders of other giants, it is moving along!+ More details
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