Creating a Planet and Clouds Lightyears Away

Laura Murphy, Joshua Jenny, Michael O'Brien, Colin Thompson


For Lightyear, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear's exploits take him on a journey around the planet, T'Kani Prime and its neighboring star. In order to create realistic planets as seen from his star ship, we built a new workflow for creating procedural planet terrains and volumetric clouds as seen from space. These techniques needed to produce realistic results but also be highly art directable to help the audience believe Buzz could get to Infinity and Beyond.

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Siggraph Talk 2022