Context & Research
My goal for this workshop was to create the rocket flying off the space ship. However after the workshop I want to spend my own time looking into creating something with a bit more of a narrative that can work with textures and further After Effects techniques to create something more realistic and informative.

In the Workshop
Today was my final After Effects workshop with Sara. We was given a brief to work with Space characters and/or objects which would be compiled into a final piece that would be included into an animation of everyones work. I choose the narrative of a Spaceship taking off. Originally I was going to have the animation of just the spaceship. Below shows my first visual for this project:

I decided to design a spaceship and keep the colour palette very simple. When I started working with my project in After Effects, I felt like something was missing. I wanted the ship to take off of something, I decided a planet would look really cool. This brought me to my next visual.

The top of the world would only be seen therefor I decided to only add land at the top and nowhere else. I wanted only the top to be included so that the ship could leave the earth and travel away. I really liked where this idea was going however the animation looked really basic with the rocket just travelling upwards. I did some research into what happens when a ship took off and found some really cool visuals of real life space crafts:

Each one of these are visually beautifully and are most in our attention due to the gasp of orange fire and smoke. I wanted to create this somehow yet still keeping the sense of animation visible. I decided to look at creating my own fire with different colours of orange.

At this point I was really enjoying my visual ideas and illustrations, I kept the imagery looking slightly rough and not too perfect as I wanted to keep the ideology of the fire present. A fire has an uncontrollable fire and this is something I wanted to show. When I first placed this under the spaceship, I thought it looked really static and boring. I worked with the opacity and changed this from 0-100 using multiple key frames to create a sense of a real fire. I finalised this by adding some stars that had a sense of movement. Overall I worked with creating a bend in the spaceship when taking off and brought all my elements together to fit something creative and fun. Below shows my final piece.

After the Workshop
I really enjoyed creating this for my final piece using illustration and the techniques I have learnt over the past 6 workshops. However I decided to dive a little deeper with creating something with a similar narrative yet more realistic.
Research
I want to look into other habitable places similar to Earth that we can live on that I could show through a short animation. From research I have found four different planets very similar to Earth through water, the temperature, elements on that planets and others. The planets are:
KOI-7923.01
“The planet is roughly about 97 per cent the
size of Earth and has an orbital period of 395 days – the only caveat is that it is likely covered in a cold tundra, similar to Siberia. But the planet is still warm enough to maintain liquid water, a prerequisite needed for sustaining life.”

Proxima Centauri
“Proxima Centauri sits roughly 4.22 light years away from our sun, and is about the same age. The dusty belt surrounding the Proxima Centauri has roughly the same temperature as our solar system, of around -230 C (328 F).”

Proxima B
“The rocky planet, dubbed Proxima b, is about 1.3 times the mass of Earth and warm enough to maintain liquid water on the surface.
The closest star to us has a possible rocky planet in the habitable zone. That’s a huge deal
Olivier Guyon, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory The “game changing” discovery was hailed for opening up the possibility of habitable planets existing within our sight. “

TRAPPIST-1
“Lead researcher Michael Gillon said: “The sevenwonders of TRAPPIST-1 are the rst Earth-sizeplanets that have been found orbiting this kind
of star. It is also the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable, Earth- size worlds. The most interesting thing about TRAPPIST-1, is that the ultra-cool dwarf is so
cool that water could even survive on the planets closest to it – unlike Earth’s sun.”
Textures
KOI-7923.01
Koi
Koi
Proxima Centauri
Proxima Centauri
Proxima B
Proxima Centauri
Trappist-1
Trappist-1
Trappist-1
Combining Animation + Textures

Above shows my short animation using my textures and research in order to create a simplistic animation following the same narrative yet developing my After Effects techniques by using my own textures to wrap around a globe and have this appear 3D and spin. I found it hard in parts as I wanted each time the globe split to the next globe, it would appear to pick up from the same place so it looked like it was spinning continuously and changing at the same time naturally. I am happy with this outcome and how I created something more professional and commercial as I think it is a fun and  informative animation even though it was challenging in some areas.

Conclusion

I have really enjoyed the workshop and the space theme and I also liked going away and working on some techniques that we was taught in the class yet wasn’t needed on my animation in the workshop. This has allowed me to create a new animation yet use some techniques I didn’t need on my first space animation. I feel like I have created a professional piece of work which is something I do not think I have really done yet through these workshops. I am glad of what I have achieved and the challenges I have set myself and overcome.