>World Premiere: The Planet

>The PlanetTomorrow will mark the world premiere of my first work for the big screen, even though my contribution the The Planet is quite small. No use hoping for an IMDB bio, I guess…

I’ve used approximately 56 GB of satellite images to create 30+ animations for the 90 minute film, delivered in 1080p25 at 16-bit. To set the fly-overs apart from the now ubiquitous Google Earth look, I’ve also added clouds, haze and most importantly reflections in water and roofs. All-in-all I’ve delivered around 250 GB animations for the film, and over the next few weeks I’ll produce even more animations to be used in the 4×52 minute episodes for TV.

The Planet

There’s actually three of my geo-animations in the trailer (Windows Media or Real [Crappy] Player formats].

Brochure (PDF)

More info (in Swedish) on the TV series

Update: links fixed and you can see all four parts, with English speaker, online!
See the entire part 1 online (52 min. Windows Media or Real [Crappy] Player formats].

See the entire part 2 online (52 min. Windows Media or Real [Crappy] Player formats].

See the entire part 3 online (52 min. Windows Media or Real [Crappy] Player formats].

See the entire part 4 online (52 min. Windows Media or Real [Crappy] Player formats].


4 Responses to >World Premiere: The Planet

  1. nicklas (gc)

    >Reel nice trailer. Looks interesting. Please, show some of your footage, and tell about your work progress. I Think you had to work with quite big bitmaps? 3D, 2D? Or?

  2. Jonas Hummelstrand

    >Sorry for the late answer.

    I’ll try to put together some footage and do a post about it. The biggest challenge was to get this to work inside AE’s renderer, since it loads entire layers into memory, unlike scan-line renderers like Shake that only loads the pixels that are needed to render each pixel. Working with 4 GB images in Photoshop on a machine with 2.5 GB of RAM was another challenge. :)

  3. Albo

    >The show, and work that you’ve done looks amazing. I’m working on a similar series here in the US, for Annenberg Media, and would love to get details on how you put this together. For a start, where do all the amazing images come from?

  4. Jonas Hummelstrand

    >The images were bought from DigitalGlobe, and came as 16-bit TIFFs in sizes of around 2-4 GB for a 25 square kilometer area. The biggest problem was color correcting them, since over 90% of the data was GIS data that couldn’t be read in Photoshop. They came in all black, and had to have serious color adjustments to become usuable.

    I’ll try to write up a post about the process.