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Its good to see model work like this regardless of design. The lighting shots on the moon look far more real than any CGI, so I have to say thats pleasing . If alot of it does look vaguelly Syd Mead or Ron Cobb in design , I'm not going to complain because it feels like they understand convincing sci-fi hardware. I'll save the bulk of my moaning until after I read the storyline.
Don't get JD started on multi-wheeled vehicles: it's 2008 and I've j-u-s-t got him to stop blathering about the Overlander from Terrahawks, then this comes along! :roll:. I dig the multi-axle steering on the rovers.
Must say, story-line unknown, this production looks very good - 'bout time a Moon-based production came along. :yes:
It does seem a bit 'by the numbers' sci-fi fare doesn't it? I too will wait to see what the story's like. I remember drooling all over designs for the Final Fantasy film 'Spirits Within' and then finding the actual thing pretty underwhelming...
The only annoying thing about this so far is I roughed out a loose story based on the harvesting of Helium 3 for a possible film pitch. Although that's where the similarities probably end, I've now got to come up with another reason for there being a base on the Moon and some of the action.
That's a bummer. That used to happen to us in animation all the time. We had a manager who'd shoot down any idea that was remotely like anything else out there... Either that, or I'd come up with a concept and then be shown something very similar from the 'spec script' files...
Very frustrating, still - it shows that you're 'tapping the right vein' anyway.