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Thesis Animation: Orbital Transfer Vehicle


Although my MFA Thesis focused largely on the 2D tile-based adventure experience, I created some animation "cut scenes" to enhance the sense of place. There were four stylistically-simple animations, done in about a week. All were created and animated with 3D Studio R4. The stills above show the OTV leaving the space station...Destination: Moon!

Framerates had to be kept very low because of the platform (Macintosh) had spotty disk performance. The four animations described the progression of the player: arrival at the space station, transfer to moon orbit, descent to the surface, and wheeled travel to the colony.