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The Many Faces of Mars

Various animation work I've done for a cheeky historical odyssey through mythology, science fiction, and genuine science behind the ever-increasing understanding of our planetary neighbor, Mars.

It was *a lot* of work for something done entirely in my free time, but it sure was fun 😅

Nearly everything was done in Blender, including simpler comps. More complex composites were done mostly in Fusion, and some in After Effects. Some environments were created in Gaea and finished in Blender.

Most of the assets were modeled from scratch, but some were bought, and some were sourced from Blend Swap.

The Many Faces of Mars

Some of the blood vessels are pulsating; no one would ever notice, but it was a fun thing to do :)

Slowly and surely they drew their plans against us

Slowly and surely they drew their plans against us

It took too darn long to render all the passes for this shot -.- The helicopter model is from Blend Swap (by helijah)

Teaser frame for the short! I love the composition, even though only The War of the Worlds fans would get the reference :)

Teaser frame for the short! I love the composition, even though only The War of the Worlds fans would get the reference :)

The face... Or a play of light and shadow

The diorama was created in Gaea and rendered in Blender (Cycles, to be precise)

The diorama was created in Gaea and rendered in Blender (Cycles, to be precise)

I'm a huge fan of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy :)

Blue/Green Mars

Blue/Green Mars

Thus the scary red dot becomes a planet

I love the simplicity of this image

I love the simplicity of this image

Explaining Wells' The War of the Worlds (note how the central image changes throughout animation)

The return of the creepy Martian hand :)

The return of the creepy Martian hand :)

This animation closely follows the narration so it seems a bit out of place without it, but I like the visuals

The Romans took Ares wholesale from the Greeks and rebranded it as Mars, a thieving bunch! Though, to be fair, the Greeks were also "heavily inspired" by the Babylonians...

The Romans took Ares wholesale from the Greeks and rebranded it as Mars, a thieving bunch! Though, to be fair, the Greeks were also "heavily inspired" by the Babylonians...

Just a simple cozy scene

The Martian environment was done in Gaea and rendered in Blender (composite of passes from EEVEE and Cycles); the astronaut model is from Blend Swap (by jgilhutton)

The fall of the Western Roman Empire