Visual Effects

Solace

Director

Rune Davidsen

Software

Maya / Photoshop / After Effects

Date

2012

CATEGORY
Compositing, VFX
ABOUT

Norwegian director Rune Davidsen needed a very unusual starship created for his short film about the first humans to travel to the sun, Solace.

 

I had previously created concepts for the titular starship, and worked with the director to develop storyboards for the film. Some time after production had wrapped, I was approached to complete six shots of the Solace, including a 1400-frame opening shot which featured the fully-rigged starship spreading it’s sails in the sunlight.

 

The model was built and rigged very quickly in Maya to meet the production schedule, but with detail emphasized around key areas to be featured in closeups. The sails featured animated cloudlike textures and were rendered with subsurface scattering to suggest the balloon-like sails were filled with rolling plasma.

 

The sun was created as a massive 4k square 2d asset, built from a combination of over 200 discrete elements, including animated astrophotography of the sun, practically-shot pyro footage, and maya fluid simulations.