Below are a few examples of a fictional planet in thr Alpha Centauri system I designed. I made the planets is Maya. The textures were made from satelite images of earth but
repositioned and cloned into unrecognizable land mass shapes. So the planet is familiar, yet still alien.
"A8" to the left, is the newest incarnation of the animation, with the 3D planets rendered in Maya and composited into space in After Effects. It's quick and dirty, still needs work but not
too bad. The only thing that is DONE with these are the sound FX.
I'm pretty happy with "A7" here, but I think the specular on the ocean is too bright, also the atmosphere layer is too pronounced when we're looking directly at the planet. Like the camera
This is "A2." It is actualy completely different land masses all together. This animation was done with just quick stills rendered from Maya and placed into 3D space. It's very
flat but has an intersting look. I really like the shattered moon there. That's big in Sci-Fi now, but it's aways depicted wrong. Unless the moon is vaporised on impact, it'd
actually recoalesce in a matter of months and look like a chunky version of it's former self. Interesting.