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is a project I have been slowly working on over the last few years with the goal of ultimately replacing many of the "outdated" special effects shots in David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune.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

Saturday, November 13, 2021

 Updated Atreides Ornithopter with reconfigurable wing mechanism which allows for a number of dynamic poses.
While the new 2021 film uses a dragonfly as an inspiration, I am going more with ocean-going seabird (Like an albatross) that only flaps its wings when it needs to, before fucking them in when diving down low. This is also because in the novel, the wings are described as changing their shape depending on what the pilot is doing (Eg for take off).


  1. You said F**king instead of Tucking !

  2. Good to see you're still working on this. I come back to your blog whenever I have Dune on the brain and I am always hopeful to see progress.

  3. Now that I am thinking about your actual design, I will suggest, if it's still possible, to perhaps add some kind of ball-and-socket joint where the wing meets the hull. You correct, the novel says the thropters can tuck the wings in. So I assume that means the wings would twist around and pull in flat against the hull. Just an idea. I like your design as is.