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Posted by ThomasArts, on 2001-07-19 13:48:19

How to build that ?

Over the last days I came to an interesting question . How to build a convincing planet ? I think , most planets in films had been done with matte paintings or using CGI . But have you ever thought of building one as a model ?

Posted by Dylan, on 2001-07-19 14:41:18

I know a Charles Band production once used planet Earth depicted by means of a model. Probably several 1950's films used actual models for planets too (I know "Phantom Planet" was one). I don't know how to build a planet or anything I just thought I'd say that it's been done before, but it's never been too convincing (unless there's one in a film which was so convincing it passed by the screen without me noticing it was a model thereby achieving believability).

Posted by Dylan, on 2001-07-19 14:45:04

I think Arnie Mecham used a model planet (or a few planets) for his short film but, however, I haven't seen it.

Posted by MovieStuff, on 2001-07-19 14:50:23

When I did "Rescue Robots" some years ago, I used a childs' large vinyl beach ball (the smooth kind with no seams). It was about 18 inches in diameter and already had some really cool atmospheric colors that would have worked for an alien planet. I needed an earth like planet so I painted it with some cans of model spray paint which, of course, attacked the vinyl like I knew it would. However, it lasted long enough for me to photograph it on a medium format camera. I then used large prints for the animation. Worked great and you can't beat the realistic shading you get from side lighting it. Very dimensional. Roger

Posted by Dylan, on 2001-07-19 19:19:46

The film "Critters" has a miniature planet as well (the first shot of the movie I think is the planet where the critters escape from).