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08 August 2009, 09:10 PM
My name is Stanley Von Medvey, I'm a concept artist in the video game industry by day, and a space exploration activist by night. I'm a recently joined member of the National Space Society, which is what brings me here.

I am creating a promotional video for the International Space Development Conference 2010.

This conference is being held in Chicago, IL at the O'hare Intercontinental Hotel in May. So far, every year, it's been largely a technical conference for people who work in the aerospace industry. This year however, we want to turn it into an expo, where companies like SpaceX, Bigelow, and Virgin Galactic would showcase their technology to the public... event where you can learn how to get involved in the growing field of private spaceflight.

This video is going to be a vision of a near future where we have achieved an interplanetary economy. The script is still being revised, but May 2010 is nearer than it seems, and we'd like the video circulating the internet well before then, preferably by winter this year. There are enough elements nailed down that we know what we need help with.

I am doing this entirely pro-bono on my own time, and on my own dollar in some cases. Why?

Because the American space program is being systematically gutted by lack of vision and lack of initiative from our leadership. It is up to us, the private citizens of the United States, France, China, India, Russia, Germany, Japan to create our future, to encourage innovation, and to take our destiny among the stars!

So what am I looking for?

I'm looking for 3D modelers to volunteer time to build models based on my concept artwork, or on descriptions/technical studies I provide.

These models will be highly realistic / based on real-world space technology, though much more attractive and grander in scope.

I'm going to work as fast as I can to provide any volunteers with concept artwork, but here are the ships/items that are needed:

Lunar Rover
Lunar Cargo Lander
Lunar Base Modules
Space Tugs
LEO Logistics Station
Asteroid Mining Cargo Vessel
Asteroid Mining Drill Vessel
Solar Electric Vehicle
MASER Light Craft
Two Stage to Orbit Vehicle
Space Solar Power platform
I am working now to accumulate concept artwork for this project, while building some (not-listed) elements myself. Here is a sample of the concept artwork I am creating for this project:

The look and visual development is to be unlike what you see with NASA. Think SpaceShipOne and Burt Rutan: private space exploration vehicles that are interesting, attractive, and colorful!

Imagine vehicles in brilliant and vibrant Arabian livery, sleek graphic design, or anything but black, grey, and white alone.

I am completely open to concept artwork assistance as well, if you have a better or more interesting take on a spaceship, great!

Models should be detailed, because the video will be available in HD.

I will be taking these models and animating/rendering them myself.

So what's in it for me?

I'm a space activist, that means that I deeply believe that humanities future belongs in space, and that it may well rescue our civilization. I am looking for people with a similar enthusiasm, who care about space exploration and want to do their part to contribute.

I have no monetary compensation to offer, however there is a possibility that any work done is tax deductible, since the National Space Society is a registered 501(c)3 charity. I cannot guarantee a tax deduction, but I will work hard to secure it for anyone who volunteers their time.

All volunteers will be credited, names displayed at the end of the video, and there is no non-disclosure, you can use this video for your reels, and show anyone you like.

So let's get to work!

The video has to be ready by mid-winter!

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08 August 2009, 09:12 PM
I'm putting these here as well, if anyone is interested in taking this up, more to come!

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08 August 2009, 06:04 AM
Do not make multiple posts in other areas of the site (This is not cg news) or I will have to close your threads.

09 September 2009, 02:06 AM
The asteroid mining derrick:

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09 September 2009, 08:50 PM
Kudos Stanley

Any ideas on how long the video will run and what the story line will be? Perhaps tripping from Earth to LEO to the Moon and thence to an asteroid base with the camera following different individuals on different legs of the journey.

By way of disclosure I happen to be a member of the NSS Board of Directors and digital artist to boot. And all work I've done for NSS has been on a volunteer basis.


09 September 2009, 06:48 PM
Hi Jim! Hope to see you again at the next meeting.

The video will be about 90 seconds, the script is still being hammered out and I will post the storyboards and animatics here when they are finished, but here is the premise so far:

The flying dinosaurs outlasted the ground dwellers after the asteroid hit, there are twice as many species of flyers and they live 60% longer than most ground dwellers. Nature is trying to tell us to look skyward, to bring space to life by bringing life to space.

The "birds" will be depicted as the space infrastructure, the rockets and vessels of an interplanetary economy. :thumbsup:

Here is the list of volunteers associated with the project thus far (open slots in bold and green):

* Lunar Rover - Justin Beach
* Lunar Cargo Lander - Simon Cheng
* Lunar Base Modules
* Astronauts
* Space Tugs - Leon (melak from scifi meshes)
* LEO Logistics Station
* Asteroid Mining Cargo Vessel
* Asteroid Mining Drill Vessel - Aeron Miles
* Solar Electric Vehicle - David Chipp
* MASER Light Craft - Charlie Williams
* Two Stage to Orbit Vehicle
* Space Solar Power platform - me

09 September 2009, 12:59 AM
More concept artwork!!!

10 October 2009, 06:16 AM
What do you need done, exactly? In what order? What do you need done that's priority?

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