Create a short film by yourself for your thesis in just eleven months? No problem for Shawn Wang with Cinema 4D as his tool of choice!
Shawn’s digital media arts studies were coming to an end and he was facing the same challenge as all students: choosing a topic for his thesis. At the time, cinemas were full of films about robots and artificial intelligence. Chappie and Wall-E were all the rage and the Mars rover Curiosity was exploring the red planet – all of which inspired Shawn to create his Thesis titled ‘Unknown Planet’.
The fact that Shawn was – and still is – an enthusiastic Cinema 4D user and wanted to use this opportunity to expand his skills with the software helped shape his concept: he wanted to portray two robots that were looking for life on a distant planet. Friendship was the motivating factor for the characters and an asteroid storm was going to put this friendship to the test.
Shawn worked on the project for eleven months and it was well worth the effort: his film has won more than half a dozen prizes at various international short film festivals and was chosen as Staff Pick at Vimeo where it’s received more than 140k clicks. Meeting and mastering the challenges that this project offered paid off for Shawn: his Cinema 4D skill level increased dramatically. “In the end,” he explains, “it’s part of the ice berg that you don’t see right away that really pays off: the tools and usability concept that never let you down when you’re working on a highly complex project!”