Sunday, 20 June 2010

Spaceship Design For A Film

This is a spaceship I designed and modelled, for the Doctor Who fan film, Besieged. Vanessa-May Dolphin, aka, Gifted Dolphin, worked on the animation editing, and gave me great input on the spaceship design. This first Image is how the spaceship appears in the film. I got a lot of inspiration for this spaceship design from the sci-fi artist Chris Foss. I have beed fascinated by Chris Foss's work since a very young age. I really like the design and the spaceship Serenity from the the tv show Firefly. It was Vanessa-May who introduced me to Firefly/Serenity.

This next image of the spaceship shows the base mesh model, with a simple plain material applied, so the mesh can be clearly shown. I like images of the base mesh on models. I really love how you can see all the details. I actually like these base mesh images more than the final images with the textures and materials applied.

Getting the materials and textures right, is what makes any 3d model look real. In this image I have been working on a dirty, worn metal material for the surface of the spaceship.
I love the spaceship designs from the early Star Wars movies. I think it's great the way the Rebel ships look beaten up. A lot of inspiration came from there also.

I didn't have a great deal of time to work on this, so the model isn't quite as detailed as I would have liked. In saying that, I admit I was enjoying working on this so much that I added some detail that isn't shown in the film, such as the rear hatch which can open and close, and the landing feet which can extend.
In this image I have applied the base textures. The four engines are the same model piece repeated, so that saved on some time. A lot of the various model parts are re-used around the whole model.

And here is a short clip of the final spaceship, flying through space.

If I am able to, I'll post some clips of the finished film Besieged. It's quite exciting seeing the spaceship in the final film


  1. I like your work and for your first blog post I feel it is a great beginning hope to enjoy more of your blogs posts. :)


  2. Wow, Vanessa is here, too! and mentioned in the post!

    As for the space ship, it looks awesome. And all things that you do seems to me to be a very, very difficult craft.

  3. More posts to come. :)

    It's all more time consuming rather than difficult. And I'm only able to do it because I've been developing my skills for many, many years. First thing I ever modelled was not much more than a bunch of boxes stuck together, so just think of this spaceship as a complex box. :)