This work is a cross between a concept art and matte painting. I have changed several times the scene to study the changes of atmosphere and composition. It documents my study of tonal values, depth, lights, aerial perspective, and photo manipulation with insertion of 3D elements. I also documented the whole process of evolution, from the first ideas until the final scene. It ‘very difficult to manage and organize all of these elements. The most important and difficult thing was to look for a proper assembly procedure of the various elements which obey physical and optical laws. I hope to have created a photorealistic effect engaging and illusionistic. The shot was made in 4K Output Size 35mm 1.85: 1 (cinema) - 4000 x 2162 px. In this version, the resolution is 1600 x 865 px.
I imagined Paris in the year 2543 with an alien civilization that has taken possession of the land, and began to build their own architectural and strategic installations.
The shots that I present are different, I would say variations on the theme, which bear witness to the gradual changes and improvements to arrive at the final layout. They represent two different moments: Shot 1 - In the foreground a large hatchway that faces the monumental area of Trocadero, with a person who looks the arrival of a huge cargo spaceship, on the background stand the alien megastructures . Shot 2 - The point of view remains the same, but the action changes with a catastrophic impact of a space ship that hits the top of a gigantic tower, and finally dash on the monumental area of Trocadero creating a huge explosion of smoke and debris.
The mega-structures and the spaceship have been realized in 3D, rendered with V-Ray and later integrated with photo manipulation. Their design is inspired by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and illustrator John Berkey. The final look is inspired by the works of the painter Jean-Léon Gérôme.
Of course also Star Wars has inspired the composition of these shots.
The music really helped me to immerse myself in the right mood, in particular: György Ligeti - Lux Aeterna, John Adams - Harmonium, John Towner Williams - Star Wars, soundtrack saga, Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op 82.