Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Digital Production Arts
Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, Committee Chair
Dr. Donald House
Dr. Brian Malloy
This thesis presents a method for creating immersive, Hubble Space Telescope inspired space vistas using volumetric modeling and rendering techniques. Scenes of vibrant stars, space dust, and nebulous clouds are assembled using variations of implicit functions, pyroclastic displacement, and wisp algorithms. Scenes are then lit using volumetric light scattering and deep shadow maps. A production pipeline is used to efficiently distribute tasks, with pre-visualization in Houdini, scene creation in Python, rendering in C++, and compositing in Nuke. Camera movement is utilized to create a sense of depth and scope with the ultimate intent of taking the audience on a solemn journey through a vast and vibrant universe.
Weeks, Christian, "A Journey Through Space: Creating Vibrant Nebulae Using Volumetrics" (2017). All Theses. 2685.