BABYLON 5 - THE LOST TALES - DVD - ATMOSPHERE VFX
In the Autumn (Fall) of 2006 I was
asked to construct a brand new version of the Babylon 5 Station for an upcoming straight to
DVD release for the Babylon 5 franchise.
The guys at Atmosphere had a heck of a job to do - they had to
rebuild a huge amount of ships and sets for this DVD as it was to be dragged screaming into the present
digital age - to fully take advantage of new technology and techniques developed since the days of the
original series. They pretty much left me alone to develop and conceptualise the new station with its many
new areas of detailing. At every step of the process I presented them with variants of each section re:
detailing - they chose and I developed and refined. They had a lot on the plate and I wasn't going to let
them down either.
Besides - Babylon 5 was what started it all for me in this
business and to be asked to build this Iconic station was a privilege - truth be told and pretty much the
icing on the cake so far in my modelling career- Not to mention getting my first end of feature credit
Below you will find high resolution renders of the station then
followed by some shots from the DVD footage itself - kindly provided by Alec McClymont of Atmosphere VFX. Ron
Thornton has scrutinized renders of the model and given it his thumbs up! (Which is cool!) and students at Dave School have been provided renders to study as part of their
Sadly though the franchise is not going to continue - so fans are
not going to get the chance to see the new station in future - so maybe this page can show them some of the
detail that went into it that was not immediately apparent from it's fleeting appearances in the
The station took 3 months to build from scratch - nearly all of
it purely polygonal detail - except crucially for the detailing of the rotating section -for that I specially
created very high res bump maps - they themselves took a week to model render and prepare - I sincerely hope
you enjoy looking at the result as much as I did making it - cheers! Oh - I also provided a host of my own B5
models made over the years and they have featured in the DVD now becoming canon ships in their own right -
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