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is a project I have been slowly working on over the last few years with the goal of ultimately replacing many of the "outdated" special effects shots in David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune.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

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Atreides Soldiers

Now that Lightwave has instancing and I've been able to get a reasonable grip on it, I can now continue working on the "Atreides Departure" scene I had started a while ago but could never work out a way to populate the scene with enough "people".

Rather than waste a lot of time modeling from scratch I grabbed an old Imperial Officer model from the Jedi Academy game (An enhanced version modeled by HapSlash) - since he has almost the same uniform I needed. I then modified and hacked this starting point to more closely resemble the uniform in the film... and in doing so noticed a cool little detail I had never seen before... the wardrobe dept outdid themselves by creating a whole ranking system for the Atreides troops...

I also noticed one shot (the only one on Caladan) where there was an alternate uniform with a sort of greatcoat.
Still have to finish the hats, the alternate uniform and getting some different heads and head textures in there...
I also modeled a low rez pistol and rifle for the soldiers as well.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

3rd Stage Guild Navigator - Revised Design

Well, My Z-Brush skills are getting a little better so decided to tackle the 3rd Stage Guild Navigator... While I was at it, I decided to tweak the design a bit more. In the novel the Navigators are humans mutated through their addiction to the spice melange. The movie creature was interesting and I like the head, but the body basically said "alien" not "mutated human" and since you rarely ever see anything of him other than his head until the folding space scene, I thought that I could "get away" with doing a revision to the original design.

Here is the untextured, un re-topologized version as it currently stands...

I think I may "stretch out" the body a bit... still tinkering with it. Need to add more detail too.