Featured in C.O.R.E. , 13/02/11
Inspired by, well, this…
For kids who loved sci-fi in the pre-Star Wars era in Australia, the options were severely limited. The best we could get were rather unsophisticated animated stories such as AstroBoy.
SpaceRocket Patrol is my deliberately-bad salute to that era of space-op. The movie was created in early 2009 as an experimental work. It was rendered using the toon render in Poser 5, but I did not use Poser to animate it, going instead for very jerky hand-made frames. It was a fun challenge.
Recently I’ve been watching “Star Blazers” and enjoying the splendid absurdity of those old-school space operas. Thought it was time to tart up SpaceRocket Patrol with a poster of its own; ever notice how the promo and concept art for these things always looked better than the actual show?
The project turned epic, though, as through a number of computer upgrades I’ve variously misplaced the original character models. The ships were exported into Bryce and rendered; the Captain and engineer were re-made from scratch in Poser 8, the alien navigator only exists as a Poser 5 model. The android was re-made in Poser 8 and exported to Bryce to take advantage of Bryce’s metallic textures; so too was the bad guy. The whole lot was layered-up, merged and tweaked using The Gimp.
In short, the picture was almost as fiddly as the vid to make, aargh! I do this for fun, really…
Please note that this image looks significantly darker when printed.