2001 : A Short Odyssey

Back in 2002 I started modelling stuff from 2001 : A Space Odysssey, because that's what all the cool kids did back then. Inevitably, this became a hopeless attempt to animate all the space scenes in the novel not featured in the film. It would have been about 30 minutes long; it got to just under 15. Most of it is terrible, but I did learn a lot about how to fake volumetrics.That gave me a still decent-looking star and the basic technique behind FRELLED, so it was not an entirely wasted effort.

When StockTrek images asked me if they could sell my renders, I could not bear the idea of selling images as primitive as the originals from this project. No-one in their right mind would buy them. So I remade most of the spaceships, sometimes just tweaking things a bit, sometimes remaking them from scratch. I got a couple of pretty nice animations out of this, but that's as far as it goes. The original project is long, long dead.

The new movies and images are shown below. Text links take you to the StockTrek hi-res images if you like buying things. The old animation and stills are on the next page, if you want to compare.





 Aries 1B lunar ferry

Chinese satellite

German satellite 1

 German satellite 2

 Franco-Bulgarian satellite

Franco-Bulgarian satellite in orbit

American satellite

Vertex count : 3.4 million

Space Station V untextured

Space Station V untextured, again



Space Station V orbit



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