For the second scene although not seen in the images within the video, I used a plugin called TurbulenceFD, which allows Cinema 4D to create smoke and fire effects. Not only was learning the plugin a challenge but learning the physics of the smoke particles and how they reacted with the world caused a lot of issues.
For the eighth scene, the main challenge was trying to come up with a way to get Earth to explode in a way that did not look cheesy, like the first two versions in the video below show. Creating smaller chunks of Earth that fly out at a slow pace along with extremely small chunks flying out at a faster rate really helped. With that adding secondary explosions and effects of glowing bursts help sell the effect of it being destroyed.
For the twelfth scene, I went for a clean and more modern look. Originally, I was going to have some type of humanoids working in the station but I felt a droid would be better suited because they are processing information on the universe. They are like the function of the Separatist Droid Army in the Star Wars films.
Roughly 80 hours of designing everything, about 250 hours or so for both test, rough draft and final renders, and finally about 35 hours for the editing. So about 365 hours in total. A lot of hours were not included in these numbers were learning how to create certain objects and scenes.
What programs did you use to make your movie trailer?
For all the 3D objects, I used Maxon Cinema 4D. I used Adobe After Effects to add all the effects to the scenes. Finally, I edited it all together along with the audio in Adobe Premiere.
Why did you make a movie trailer?
Originally this wasn’t my intention. I had planned on creating a short-animated film but after a few months of working on it and getting nowhere, I decided to change it to the trailer. I am a huge movie fan but instead of trying to create a full movie, my professor and I decided a trailer would be a more achievable goal.
Did you use any external resources that you didn’t create?
Yes - for the textures of the objects. I used images from texture websites to create a more realistic appearance. Also, the planets are images of planets grabbed from NASA.
Why the title Forsaken: The Unknown Sectors?
I went for the main title, Forsaken, because the main character within the story and movie is abandoned on a new planet. For the subtitle, I went for “The Unknown Sectors” because the Universe is broken up into sectors of galaxies and planets.
You mentioned this trailer was influenced by Star Wars and Star Trek. What makes this story different?
So, the trailer doesn't go into a great of detail of the main story or even the main character. Without giving the actual story away (I would like to continue to develop it) civilization on Earth is growing. The year is about 2050AD and the Earth is dying. The humans of Earth are aware of other planets in the universe that are habitable, but are unaware of any other humanoid or alien life. One hundred humans from different countries are sent out into different sectors of the Universe. The main character reaches his destination after years in cryo-sleep. When he reaches his planet, he soon finds out that there is advance alien life (like on Star Wars or Star Trek). He soon finds out that Earth has been destroyed but for a reason that is different than he thought.
Would you ever want to produce the full movie?
Possibly. I think the story if reworked could be an interesting one. I think if I were to produce this, I would do so as a short film and not a full feature length film.