Welcome to the Dune Special Edition Project

This is a project I have been slowly working on over the last few years with the goal of ultimately replacing many of the "outdated" special effects shots in David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune.
The project initially began as an endeavor to build a "proper" ornithopter - one with flapping wings, that neither the movie or the mini-series managed to achieve. However, with the advent of the "fan-edit" the scope of the project has expanded with the goal of updating the effects in all those places in the movie where I feel things could be significantly "improved."
Although I am currently working on this by Myself, it's a large undertaking and if there is anyone interested in helping this project along, feel free to contact Me - We might actually be able to get this project completed with a few more skilled and enthusiastic people!

Sasha Burrow

If you are curious about My professional work, I have been working as a VFX artist (Among other things) at The Asylum for the past 6 years, including visual effects on all 4 Sharknado films (Mainly stuff blowing up!).

DUNE Special Edition: Showreel March 2010

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Duke's Inspection

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With a little bit of help in the rendering department, I've finally finished the first version of this shot as Duke Leto pilots his ornithopter (followed by escort) over the city of Arrakeen and past the spice refinery before heading out over the shield wall.
There's still many things I'd like to do to this shot so hopefully it will continue to improve over time.
Any suggestions would be welcome!


  1. The thing I don't like is the very shiny Carryall, but the rest is looking great !!!

  2. Yeah... I agree... will have to tone it down a bit. The original model was silver, but with a matte finish so it didn't reflect the camera or the blue screen. I still have some detail work to do on it, plus properly texturing it, so will fix it up then.
    Thanks for you comments!

  3. It looks rather boring to me. Perhaps some Atreides banners hanging from a building here and there? Just look at the Atreides unfiforms: very Baroque Rennaisance, and with some color.

    I think it would really balance out Arrakeen. Plenty of time for drabness out in the desert later, right?