The calendar focuses on hypothetical environments that could possibly exist throughout the universe. Some are "dead" planets with no atmosphere or life, but are centred around some cosmic event going on on it anyway, some though are a little closer to home (not literally of course) and feature plant life. This one, inspired by a mid-western style desert, features two suns (making it part of a binary system) contributing to excessive heat and occasional wild weather due to the extra solar energy it receives. A main sun is not in view as it's behind where the viewer would be, illuminating the landscape through a brief gap in the storm. A secondary smaller and dimmer sun can be seen rising in the background. The plants are inspired by cacti and succulents and their odd, almost reflective silver/grey colouration could be a response to the extra sunlight that needs to be reflected back out, while their thick stems store whatever rain comes, as similar plants do here on Earth.
Created mostly in Vue with some Photoshop involved too.
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I rarely use displacements unless I'm creating elaborate rock or organic formations, in which case I don't need to use maps, I can create functions that make a natural-enough result which don't show (as much) unwanted artifacts. I think Vue crashed on me when I tried using displacement mapping on a terrain a couple of times so that discouraged me from trying that again Infinite might be more stable on a standard computer (XStream because it's so powerful might be wanting more resources that just aren't there unless you got a studio-quality beast of a PC )
One thing I always notice is their lack of noticeably alien plant life on their alien planets, since plants have always fascinated me more than actual creatures (I guess that makes me a one in a million there, most would go for the dragon-like beast if they were to keep an extra-terrestrial lifeform, not some weird fungus-like vegetation growing in droves along a foreign forest floor ). TV sci-fi landscapes are either always barren (deserts and ice worlds) which is fair enough - there's a lot of both in the universe. But ones that are Earth-like with vegetation seem to have pretty uncreative tree/plant designs which to any horticulturalist can be named and tagged as being one that exists here already I guess the only way of explaining their way out of that would be that humans brought Earth trees and plants with them when terraforming dead worlds. Still, an alien landscape with truly new-looking vegetation has yet to be seen outside of a CG animated documentary about astrobiology I saw years back
I love plants but are not really into animals, a plant is a dynamic process that goes at its own rate and is dependent upon many things to survive, it is much harder to be a plant than a creature. Plants are dealt a set of cards that have no variables in like moving or escaping the elements. Anyone can make multi-limb beasties but it takes a little more thought on plants, they can't move around, travel, or hunt and gather, they are solitary as well.
I saw the Star Wars movies but that is it--I have seen them I don't want to keep watching over and over and memorizing every line in them. I must admit that I do love Ed Wood movies--If you ever get a chance watch 'Plan Nine from Outer Space'--it was voted the absolute Worst movie ever made, it is so bad that it is great. Botched Dialog, impossible scenes and just plain bad movie making, but poor Ed he really tried (and he was a Cross-dresser-Yea!). Hubcap flying saucers and you can actually see the string as they flew around, it was also one of the very last movies that Bela Lugosi was in, matter of fact he passed away and creative old Ed hired his wife's chiropractor to finish out Bela's role, thing is this man was 5 inches taller and was bald, still in all, Ed had him do it.
Well keep doing what you do, it is refreshing to see flora and as I said, anyone can make animals or humanoids. Keep up the great work.
That movie sounds hilariously bad. I do like pointing out flaws in effects in movies and I'm sure I wouldn't stop pointing them out in that. I never say I could do it better though, I just say "with this kind of budget and these "professionals" they could have done it better than that" but sometimes it's good for a laugh. The worst movie I've ever heard of is called "Birdemic" - I haven't seen it, but the attacking birds and explosions seen over the cityscape are clearly just cloned and poorly-cut-out GIF images which aren't even animated
Ed's movie were shot in what could be called a semi-large freight room, like the kind on a Railway. It was not a Movie Studio and his Crew were either retired or worked cheap. He made other bad movies but this one was his most memorable . I like his work in that his was the underdog trying to be as good as the major studios'. I can identify with him in that my life has been like that--I was never a success but I keep trying and dreaming. There was a movie Called 'Ed Wood" with Johnny Depp playing Ed, it was great and it gave an insight into him, I really like it.
You are right about the technology, it is so complicated and yet so fragile. I don't invest a lot simply because I don't have the money and everything is constantly being updated, I can't keep up. My Laptop is 8 years old but it does what I need it to, until it crashes I will continue to use. Well it is getting close to 1 A.M. here and I should turn in, I hope my dream tonight is you taking me on a magic carpet ride through your Universe. I have really enjoyed you and your work and I will continue to add to my collection. You are awesome and those other guys need to see just how damn good you are! I hope your day is fantastic and please lets stay in touch, I really enjoy intellectual conversation but that doesn't mean that you can't through in some quirky things as well. Until later my dear friend..............
Keep up the wonderful work dude.
Great scene with wonderful details. Perhaps this is "The Deadly Desert" from the Land of Oz books . . . Is that the silhouette of The Wicked Witch in that twister??? Just kidding . . . I know this is supposed to be in a binary star system and as far as we know, Oz had only one sun which was much like Sol.
Michael C. Turner