And straight on 'till morning...

ThatGuyBrian Posts: 2
edited May 2018 in Show off

Howdy, I'm a little new to using HitFilm and I noticed a lack of fanmade animations inspired by Star Trek's latest TV incarnation, Discovery...So I decided to scramble something together, and I'm kind of proud of it. Let me know what y'all think!


  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,096 Moderator

    @ThatGuyBrian Looks good!  Is that your model?  If so, it is really nicely detailed.  Even if not, you did a fantastic job dialing in the material settings.

  • Thank you! The model was made by David Metlesits, by the way.

  • GrayMotion
    GrayMotion Posts: 1,598 Enthusiast
  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Posts: 984 Enthusiast

    That's looking very good.

    One things... when it hyperjumps it seems to skew right a little bit.

    I am hoping to do some Star Trek stop motion parodies in the near future myself so have to read up on the CBS 'guidelines'.  I don't think your animation falls foul of any of them though.

  • WedgeOz
    WedgeOz Posts: 224 Enthusiast

    Nothing like a great looking starship beauty pass. Well done! :)

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,070 Ambassador

    Very nice shot. Like tddavis saud, you really dialed in your material settings. 

  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,433 Ambassador

     Very nice!  The art director in me wants to give a little push up and blue glow on the rear nacelles prior to the jump.  But I'm just nitpicking.  Good shot!

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,070 Ambassador

    @DafterThings I think the "skew" is deliberate. @ThatGuyBrian is doing a Next-Gen style "stretch" on the jump to warp.

    Brian I really do think you nailed this shot. That said, let me link an old Hitfilm 2 Ultimate tutorial that will help make this even better.

    Ok, to recap, Simon has created a "light pass" model with only the Illuminated areas on black. For your shot this would also let you set up an overlay layer to isolate things like the impulse engines to get a bit more glow on those.

    It's what I did in this sequence for the window and engine glows on both ships. It's also how I added running lights to the K'tinga, because the model I used didn't have the blinkers on the boom. I added a small sphere sub-model to the all-black K'tinga copy and keyframed the opacity of that layer. The Constitution also has a running lights layer, although those were on the model already, so didn't require adding spheres. 

    Personal note, not a fan of Discovery's design. To me she looks like the unfortunate love child of a JJ Verse Constitution and a Prime Universe K'tinga. Tell me that rear hull doesn't look like a traditional Klingon design. 

  • triforcefx
    triforcefx United StatesPosts: 1,297 Moderator

    I've seen too many 3D space craft fan scenes (Star Trek fan scenes in particular) that make me cringe hard and want to die when I see them. Yours looks like it could have been taken straight from the show, so I applaud you. It's also made me realize just how powerful HitFilm's 3D really is. Amazing stuff!

  • CleverTagline
    CleverTagline Posts: 3,316 Ambassador

    Wow!  That's one sweet shot.  And it was posted on my birthday, so it kinda feels like a late gift of sorts.  :D  I definitely want to see more from you.