Conquest of Europa | Scifi Short (2013)





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Published on Mar 11, 2013

Worldforgers are in process of terraforming Europa, one of the largest moons in our Solar System. Dr. Strauss observes the squidlike forges manipulate the icy moon. Comment or like if you like what you see.

Visual Effects Breakdown:


Conquest of Europa is a 2013 science fiction short, set in moon of Europa, year 2195. After finishing Red Skies, I wished to proceed with the science fiction theme and create a little more in the Red Skies "universe". I wanted to go light with plot and practice certain techniques instead. The were some visual effects I wanted to further experiment with, so I added many of them into this one.

Set extensions were a thing I had already experimented with in few videos last summer. This time I wanted to remove much larger portion of the background, thus creating the emptiness of icy moon. This was filmed on small field surrouned by forest and roads, so pretty much everything but the snow in which I stood had to be removed (deep snow, I can tell you that). It required some extensive rotoscoping, but I reckon it was worth it in the end. The second thing I wanted to experiment with was particle systems provided by Adobe After Effects. The smoke/steam coming out of the protagonist mask and snowfall are both created with particle effects. Thirdly, I wanted to get some fluid simulations out of 3d software to be used in a video. In the end that played much smaller part than I had originally planned, mostly because of very long render times.

The "Worldforgers" and liquid metal they emit were done in Houdini FX as part of "basics of Houdini" class of Metropolia UAS.

Should someone be interested in what writings have inspired this one, my favorite science fiction writers are (in no particular order) Vernor Vinge and Alastair Reynolds.

As continent of Europe and moon of Europa are both named after the same figure, I saw it fitting to equip the main character with clothes from various european countries instead of the Russian look of Red Skies. All clothing and props are from Varusteleka military surplus store:

Austrian snow suit
Dutch web belt
German dustglasses
German boots
Finnish M/61 gas mask
Swiss wool scarf



Virtutes Instrumenti by Kevin Macleod
Schmetterling by Kevin Macleod

Shot with Samsung HMX-H200 in Helsinki, Finland.


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