This year, the popular BBC television series ‘Doctor Who’ celebrates its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this year’s event, I’d like to build and upload 11 small Doctor Who MOCs – the last and biggest one in November this year.
About this creation
This creation is based on season 3, episode 3, where the Doctor and Martha travel to New New York in the far future, where they discover the remainder of humanity on the planet live in perpetual gridlock within the Motorway, an underground highway system.
Here is a screenshot from the episode.
And again, you can also watch it in full scale over at flickr .
For those of you who are interested … *cricket* … here is a brief insight how I created this picture.
01 & 02: Sunday morning, my living room. The first step was to test how much distance I’d need to create a convincing depth for the picture. The space occupied by my table was enough (125 x 125 cm, about 4 x 4 ft.).
03 & 04: I removed the table and created a net pattern with crepe tape.
05: After that I took over 200 photos (these are only a few of them), placing the hovercar in one field after the other. There were a little over 100 fields for each layer.
06: After the second layer, I realized that the whole effort was almost completely unnecessary. All I needed were about 3 – 4 rows of cars; the rest of them wouldn’t be visible in the final picture anyway.
07 & 08: I started again, this time, right in front of the camera. After taking one photo, I added it directly to a psd-file to see, if the position of the car is okay and how many more I’d have to take in that row.
09: For the hovercars over the eye level, I needed some LEGO Technic help.
10: And finally, the Doctor. The rest was digital work
11: About 12 hours of digital work. First, I had to knock out the background of each photo in the psd-file. After that, a rough colour, contrast and brightness correction followed.
12: Now I had to create separate layers for all the lights and lamps, because the cars were too bright, but the lights were perfect. After isolating the lights, I could continue with the fine colour and brightness correction. I also added the yellow smog clouds.
For the final poster image, I cropped about half of the picture. It was a pity, but necessary to focus on the Doctor. That is the reason why the cars in the second and third row on the left side of the photo are still too bright. There was no need to correct them anymore.
This comes at a very convenient time - only last night, the 50th anniversary episode of Doc Who was added to Netflix, allowing me to finish my campaign to watch every episode again! Plus, Season 8 (or whatever number it is) comes out this month! August is like an after-party for the 50th anniversary hype! Sorry, I'm getting overexcited.
THAT is one of the most awesome picture i've seen yet! Doctor Who is my second fav show (no offence to y'all but star Wars rules) I'm only on season 4 and David Tennant ROCKS but anywho, Can you do more of these thingy's where you show how you did it? Pleeeeease?
Certainly! You've tackled with great innovation a solution to similar Scenework I've had to consider before: layers generally bail me out. But it often means getting clever (if you'll pardon the Pun :D) with the work done on each. If you ever DO try out the former suggestion, Lighting on each layer can be altered too, but one faces double the amount of work involved. All that render-layer-Light-erasetobackground-merge. Arg. My brain hurts just thinking about it. Anyway - CHEERS!!!
Hate to say it, but; since you clearly are already comfortable with PS, (and it looks as if you were ok with all the hovercars' exteriors looking identical, true-to-episode) - you could have made one car (at several heights to preserve photo-perspective of course), then use the Image Resize in a series of decreasing percentages (even disappearing to a single point, if you chose), just creating as many Layers as you needed, then blending the Layers into a Flattened Image at the end. To create a receding perspective, just Free-Transform trailing cars to a more tapered shape, creating the illusion of distance. Not sure if that woulda be MUCH less Editing Time than 12 hours, but mighta shaved a FEW hours off that figure after the initial photo was cleaned and prepped for Matte background fill (or fills). Still I humbly tip my hat to both your creative solution, and the effort you made to honor this awesome episode, and amazing Series. 5/5, well-earned. "Now, everyone; the Doctor says 'fly UP'!" Cheers =P
Quoting David Wayne (Has a lot of School)
so one car HOW MANY TIMES? ... What do the Cars interior look like ...
Thank you for your comment and interest, David. I haven't counted the number of photos I took, but you can count the cars in the final picture - that's how many (apart from the first 200 that were all wrong). Since I never planned to show the interior, there is none.
Quoting Clever Crowe
Hate to say it, but; since you clearly are already comfortable with PS ...
Thank you for your detailed comment and ideas. The reason why I dind't do what you suggest is that it would look sterile. I made sure that I always vary the angle and the alignment in the grid just a little bit for each shot and position. That is more lifelike. In addition to that, I was using 2 fixed, close light sources during the whole photo session. The angle of entry would have been wrong for the copied layers. Nevertheless, I like that you gave it that much thought. ----- I've had 2 other ideas. One was to build more than one car, but the engine bonnets and the windscreen is too expensive. The other was to build the whole car and scene in 3d software, but that would have taken even longer.
I remember that episode ;) Thanks for showing us just how much work went into that main photo, I'm seriously impressed, getting the tripod out is about as far as I go! The actual vehicle is also very accurate, I love the detail on the underside. Impressive stuff!
so one car HOW MANY TIMES? very cool i suggest Daleks in the next set (I haven't seen your Daleks lately). What do the Cars interior look like. If you have any advice for me feel free to comment on my stuff. I heavily appreciate your input.
I love this episode. :) Excellent work on the hovercar, it's very accurate. The poster picture is a stunning. It really fits the mood of the episode very well, and it's very artistic. I can't wait to see your next Doctor Who MOC! :D
I like it
February 16, 2013
Haha that sounds like a hilarious episode! The techniques you have used to create the image are awesome, I have seen it done before who withdrew $158 then took many many photos, layered them, and made it look like his room was full of cash. Brilliant stuff as always :) ~Thoy
I like it
February 16, 2013
That was one of my favorite episodes,so nice job on recreating another great shot from my personal favorite TV shows.
What a feat of patience. How worth it. Amazing vision here, Dr. X. The hovercar build is really excellent, and I love the platform that the Doctor is walking out on. Being a lover of photo editing, I can't say enough of the artistry that has gone into the final product. I actually like how the inner rows are brighter. It gives the effect of some interior lighting. The yellowish fog is a fantastic touch. Thanks for letting us in on the techniques used to get this done.
Fancy! I love the hovercar design, and while my memory of the episode is almost as hazy as that atmosphere, your MOC is instantly recognizable. The angled trans-blue pieces work wonders, and I love the use of the tools as door-handles. Impressive piece of photo editing as well, I admire that you took so many photos - and your extra effort payed off. The poster is phenomenal, your placement of the doctor, platform, cars, and smoke is sheer perfection. Without a doubt you are a true master of composition, one of the most artistic builders around. Hat's off my friend, hat's off.