Project Announcement

I was just asked to design 6 space craft and 6 planets for a William Shatner project. Once the concepts are approved they need to modeled and have a little bit of animation done to them. The group asked if I knew anyone with 3D skills that might want to take on this part of the project. I told them I know where to find the best so Here is where I am posting the announcement. The models will get high visibility and it could be a great door opening project, the only down side is It is a cashless job so it would be a work for fun and exposure project,,, If anyone of you brilliant CG-amandaers are interested drop me a line.

103 Responses to “Project Announcement”

  1. 1 Freak
    April 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    If my modellling skill was up to the task I would jump at this, but alas not.
    However I say this would be perfect for deg.
    Would make a great place to start to get into the industry. πŸ˜€

    • 2 johneaves
      April 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      I already sent Deg a note about it and wanted to offer it out to everyone here as well,, maybe six guys will want it then everyone can each have there own ship.

  2. 3 DredZed
    April 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I would love to get involved in this too, if I was good enough, but I’m sure there’s much better modelers around here. Sounds very cool though.

    • 4 johneaves
      April 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

      if you want to give er ago too I would love to pass on a part of it to you,,,send me to where I can see your work and we can talk about it.

  3. 5 deg
    April 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    COUNT ME IN!!!!

    Whatta I gotta do? Just tell me, me do! And do real good!

    Build your designs, for a SHATNER project! Dude! I’ll pay them, LOL!

    I’m your model-monkey, eh! Let’s do this thang up! πŸ˜€


    • 6 johneaves
      April 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      I was waiting to hear from you!! I sent them 22 pages of sketches and they are picking 6 right now. I should have the chosen roughs back tomorrow… I love what you did with the saucer so perhaps we should design the details as a team.

  4. 7 deg
    April 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Not to hog, but if needed, heck, I’ll crank as many out as needed, eh.

    Just a matter of time to do it! I wanna test/form/hone my production speed modelin’ chops anywho. I was JUST talkin’ about this to my Mom in email when I got your email. Oh man, God is good, eh! Always amazed, never surprised, eh!

    Let me know more details as you gets ’em John. πŸ˜€

    Woo-hoo! Made me day buddy-boy, made me day! Thanks! πŸ˜€


  5. 8 deg
    April 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds a good to me, my friend. And thanks glad you likey. That was an ΓΌber-quickie job. Check out my finished Ryan design on my “on the bench…” area. That’s a whole other level of modeling than I did on your saucer design.

    With any luck of time, your designs will get the same treatment as that, eh. πŸ™‚


  6. 9 Don
    April 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Ah! What an opportunity! I’d love to be considered for this, John. You can see some of my stuff at http://www.neoworxstudio.com. FYI: I’m working on a SOTL piece for next year through Doug. This kind of thing would be awesome to be involved with! Please LMK what you think, and thanks!!!

    • 10 johneaves
      April 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      wow awesome work and loved the Pan am ship on the launch pad!!! OK I’ll have more info tomorrow

      • April 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

        Awesome. Thanks, John! 2001 was an early influence with me and that shot is kind of an homage. The Orion is an all-time favorite of mine.

  7. April 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t have any 3D skills. But if anyone requires tech consulting or needs something to be reviewed, count me in.

  8. April 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Yeah guys, don’t sell yourself short, step up and show your work and let John and/or the producers decide, eh.

    Fortune favors the bold, eh!

    Nice stuff Don! πŸ˜€


    • April 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks deg. This kind of thing would be right up our alley, I would think. (fingers crossed)

    • 16 Matt Boardman
      April 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      Hey deg! I just picked up a copy of LightWave 9 for $40 off of eBay (steal of the century if you ask me!). I’ve been using 3DS Max, so I may pick your brain sometime for some mentorin’ πŸ™‚

  9. 17 Dave C
    April 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’d be VERY interested in making space ships…Theyre pretty much the only things I love working on in 3D πŸ˜€

  10. April 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Personally, I loath the act of 3D modeling and avoid it at any cost. However, I do quite like rigging, scenography and animation, so if the “little bit of animation” you mentioned is anything more complex than just a little spin-around to show off the model, I might be able to chip in there.

  11. April 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm


    I’m head of the ST: Excalibur project, meaning i have a lot of experience with 3D for space ships, and i also work with 3d visualization every day (mostly architecture though)
    If you need to see any High poly CG models, i have a couple renders i can send you for a “personnal portfolio”

    There’s also a good deal of then at my CG Society portfolio:

    Just drop me a mail if you want to talk about it.


  12. 28 Matt Boardman
    April 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I’d be willing to give her a go, if ya’d have me! πŸ™‚ Here’s some samples: http://www.startrekunity.com/samplework.html

  13. April 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    If they need anything like character Animation I think I can help Im proficient in Maya 8.5
    and have done realistic & cartoony creatures/humans & vehicles here’s my demo!;)


  14. April 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Alright, great stuff. CAn’t see yours though Dave C on photobucket. 😦

    Nice ani reel, Perry! πŸ™‚


  15. April 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Matt Boardman: Hey deg! I just picked up a copy of LightWave 9 for $40 off of eBay (steal of the century if you ask me!). I’ve been using 3DS Max, so I may pick your brain sometime for some mentorin’

    Hmmmmmmm…… 40 bucks? Are you sure that’s not a cracked pirated copy, dude? eBay is infamous as an abode for selling illegal software, cheap, at “unbelievable” prices.

    And I personally can’t abide any type of pirating, be it software, or films, or music, as that just steals from other artists, hurts the overall industry, is illegal, and is just wrong, IMO.

    If it sounds too good to be true, chanced are very good it is, esp. on eBay.

    You best check that out first, and let me know, eh.


    • 38 Matt Boardman
      April 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

      I’ll keep you posted. Guy said that he only used it for 6 months. I’ve been bitten by eBay before…let’s hope it’s not a pirated version.

  16. 39 Jay
    April 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The only things stopping me are a complete lack of talent, skill and experience, and a limited imagination. πŸ™‚

    But what a terrific opportunity for people with all those things! And how incredibly gracious to reach out to folks via your blog, Mr. Eaves! Class! Class I say!

    • 40 DeanneM
      April 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

      I’m SO with ya, Jay! I won’t be able to get into CG software until the fall, at least. Even then…well, what you said! Yes, Mr. Eaves is a class act. πŸ™‚

    • 41 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:00 am

      your very kind Jay, and thanks. I have to say thanks again also to Doug Drex for pushing this blog,, it is turning out to be more than I was expecting and I love how it could be an open door to get everyone’s creativity and talent out of the garage and into some cool careers. Sure have met some great new friends here and so enjoy all the interest in the same silly things that I like.

  17. 42 Joe McMullen (PepeWan)
    April 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll throw my name in as well.

    Here’s a gallery with some of my models:

  18. April 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Well, there’s the whole process of license transfer with NewTek that has to be done, eh. That’s a sure sign right there if it’s legal. That, and if it comes in all the official packaging, and the dongle.

    Years ago, I bought my copy of LightWave 7.5 and modo 101 off eBay, but I made sure all the legalities were place and in process with NewTek and Luxology, and requested email confirms from the companies themselves, as to the seller’s proposed license transfer.

    If he has not spoken of any of this, chances are good he’s trying to run pirated software.

    Then again, maybe he just isn’t savvy as to all that needs to be done. But upon opening and installing any major software, it comes with a user agreement that everyone agrees to, just to get going, but never really reads, and that reading is to understand all the things you are agreeing to, and that includes potential transfer legalities and the processes needed thereof, if done.

    Maybe you’ll get lucky, and he’s just didn’t read the agreement and thus knows nothing about what needs to be done.

    Or, he’s a pirate, and you just bit it. We’ll see. Still, that sounds just like a “quickie” pirate price, too low for most folks to feel they have all that much to lose taking the chance.


  19. April 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Hey PepeWan! Alright dude, good to see ya! Your stuff always impressed me, eh. And it takes a lot to do that. πŸ˜€


  20. April 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Okay, what the heck. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t at least throw my hat in the ring on this one.

    John, you can see some of the modeling work I’ve done on the following projects:

    U.S.S. Grandeur – http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/3d-wips/638-uss-grandeur-final-version.html

    Modified TOS Enterprise – http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/3d-wips/37615-conjectural-trek-xi-enterprise.html

    I’ve got 3 or 4 others I can reference as well but I don’t want to bog down this post with a bunch of URLs.

    Ironically, one of the things I’m best known for is an April Fool’s sketch of a possible design for the new Star Trek movie that appeared on TrekMovie.com year before last. I figure it’s worth mentioning because I deliberately tried to imitate your style when I drew it and had more than one person fooled into thinking it might be your work, which of course was the whole point. πŸ˜‰

    • 51 Matt Boardman
      April 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm

      Jason is top notch! Love your stuff on SciFi Meshes, dude!

    • 52 Joe McMullen (PepeWan)
      April 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      I’ll be honest: I really like that April Fool’s ship, I think it’s a really well-done design.

    • 54 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:08 am

      That is one smoke-n nice Enterprise!!! love all the little extras you added with the dish detail and the addition of the torpedo ports and inset saucer hatches…. thanks for throwing your hat into the ring I’ll keep you up on what is happening

    • 55 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:12 am

      that’s a great lil animation and love the shadow play thru the mountains well done Vektor

    • 56 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:18 am

      That is one smoke-n nice Enterprise!!! love all the little extras you added with the dish detail and the addition of the torpedo ports and inset saucer hatches…. thanks for throwing your hat into the ring I’ll keep you up on what is happening

  21. April 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Damn… if I was any good at texturing I’d put myself forward, but I’m only experienced at modeling so far.

    Good luck to the others, sounds like it’ll be a great opportunity. Especially deg, I know this couldn’t have come at a better time for you. πŸ˜‰

  22. April 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks jpearse. πŸ™‚

    Indeed, and that is what I humbly and forever thankfully regard as, divine timing. Like I said; Always amazed, never surprised. πŸ˜€


  23. 61 Buckaroohawk
    April 28, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve been lurking around here for a while (and simultaneously haunting Drex’s and Mojo’s blogs as well), and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve written here.

    With great talents like deg and Vektor on the boards, my meager skills may seem rather pale, but I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t toss my hat into this ring.

    You can see some of my animations on YouTube at this address:


    Not hi-res stuff, but an indication of what I like to do, at any rate. I don’t have any photos of my work online, but if anyone would like to see anything, drop me a line and I’ll dig through my files.

    Thanks for listening. Hope you like what you see!


  24. April 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Vektor, alright dude. Good to see ya, eh! πŸ™‚

    NP Perry. πŸ˜‰


  25. April 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Matt Boardman: I’ll keep my fingers crossed. It was put up as an auction and not a β€œBuy It Now”, but that never means anything…

    Well, that’s a kinda good sign, eh. I’ll cross my fingers for you as well my friend. πŸ˜€

    And thanks Buckaroohawk! πŸ˜€ And yeah! step up, dude! Nothing to lose, and nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh!


  26. 67 Gep Malakai
    April 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm


    I’m a modeler for a software and game company and I’d be interested in assisting with this project.

    There’s images here: http://oregonstate.edu/~huffmanm/blueeidolon/gallery/stills.php of spacecraft and character work a coworker and I have done, and a gallery here: http://realflight.com/gallery/gpmz4116-gallery.html containing published work.

    No matter who you pick*, good luck to you and Mr. Shatner on your project.

    *(Please please please…)


    • 68 Gep Malakai
      April 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

      By the way, I can be reached at episodenull@yahoo.com, or through the TrekBSS with the username I have here.

    • 69 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:21 am

      is all of that your work??? wholly cow your incredible

      • 70 Gep Malakai
        April 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

        It’s about 50/50. On the spacecraft page, the Procyon, tool case and tools are 100% mine, from the design to the modeling texturing and lighting. The Sachoff is part mine, part my coworker’s–I did the basic design and roughed out the mesh, then passed it over to him for final modeling, detailing and texturing. The spaceman is a mixed design, modeled and textured by my partner, and rigged and lit by me.

        I also did the planets and renders seen all over the webpage.

        I’d have to think about it to recall off the top of my head who did what for RealFlight, but of note, given your love for the plane, I did do the ME 262. πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for the compliments, guys. I’m glad you both like our work.

    • April 29, 2009 at 10:54 am

      Love the design and modeling on the Sachoff there! πŸ™‚

  27. April 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Good to see you, too, Deg. See, occasionally I really do talk to other people. πŸ˜‰

  28. 73 James_M
    April 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    As much as I would love to have this type of learning experience, I don’t think my skills are up to it, I’m just too slow. I’ll leave it to the pros and hope we can at least see some of the projects in wip form. Besides, I made a new years resolution to finish what I start before jumping on to something new, wich is already out the door since I just shelved my Z-95 headhunter wip and posted your USS Ramjet wip over at sci-fi meshes. I’d really love if you posted on the process from design to cg.

  29. April 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Joe McMullen (PepeWan): I’ll be honest: I really like that April Fool’s ship, I think it’s a really well-done design.

    Ditto, Joe. πŸ™‚

    Vektor: Good to see you, too, Deg. See, occasionally I really do talk to other people.

    Ahahaha, Jason! πŸ˜‰ Well, you have your own blog now too my friend, so I guess you’ll get lotsa practice, eh. Time? Blogs can eat that right up quick, eh. Reason I’ll never start one. Never say never though, as famous last words, LOL. πŸ˜‰


  30. April 28, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Late to the party again. I dunno if Im up to snuff or not but most of my current work can be found at foundation3D http://www.foundation3d.com under the nick of Madkoifish. Id direct you to my website but it is offline for some time. You can reach me at SFM too. Attachment space is limited there so only the recent works are visible.

  31. 81 evil_genius_180
    April 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I’m game if you’ll have me. Mostly what I do is Trek but I can do other stuff. I’ve tried posting images of my work but this thing isn’t showing the posts and when I retry it says I already posted it but it’s not there. I dunno if you can get my e-mail from my post here, if not you can reach me at http://www.3dscifi.com/ My handle is evil_genius_180 over there also. I’ve got lots of work over there you can see or I can e-mail you some stuff.

    • 82 johneaves
      April 29, 2009 at 5:27 am

      I couldn’t get into your gallery but I know your work well.

      Thanks and if there is another place to view let me know.

  32. 83 suricata
    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hmm, I made a post with some images but the blog seems to of swallowed them.

    I’m defiantly up for this project, I can speed model pretty well and have the time to commit to a project right now as well. I can be reached at timdavies@hotmail.com, I can also be reached at SFM

    My website is down atm, so I can’t link to it, I’ll try and get a temporary one set up later (at work atm)

  33. April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    If you guys are posting messages with multiple links, WordPress may be flagging them for moderation as a spam control issue. Mr. Eaves or someone else with admin/editor privileges then has to approve them before they appear in the comments list. I put two links in mine and it didn’t show up for at least a half hour.

    • 86 Gep Malakai
      April 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm

      True. The posts I added earlier all said they were awaiting moderation; those messages went away an hour or so ago.

      • 87 madkoifish
        April 28, 2009 at 11:29 pm

        I have had posts give me “awaiting moderation” I know what that looks like. What Evil Genius and I are dealing with is totally different. The odd behavior means those posts will NEVER be seen on the blog, they are blocked or just vanish in the ether.
        This happened when I attempted to post WIP updates to the doughnut thread with a list of Imageshack urls, those posts NEVER showed up on the blog and that was weeks ago. To note too every time I get this at wordpress it is when Im in reply mode. Probably some sort of url limit or other odd restriction in some TOS listing somewhere on the WP site.

      • 88 Gep Malakai
        April 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

        madkoifish (I’m prefacing this because your post doesn’t seem to have a “Reply” link under it, so I don’t know quite where this post will end up):

        That’s really weird. I haven’t ever seen anything like that. When you hit the “Submit” button, what does the screen do?

      • 89 madkoifish
        April 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

        Yeah replay is only one chain deep, hit reply it acts like it normally does just loads the page. Back up or reply again with the same text (I have picked up the habit of copying anything I type) and it’ll give you a “you already said that” If you change your post but leave the urls it’ll just keep going. It could be a bug of some kind I dunno.

        Doesn’t really matter atm since both of us found other ways around it. Just frustrating.

  34. 90 suricata
    April 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I just mocked up a quick gallery in imageshack with what I have hosted there, but alot of it is just WiP stuff

  35. 92 DeanneM
    April 28, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    It’s been a treat to check out some of the links that have actually shown up so far. I must say I’m impressed and motivated…great stuff! Nice to see this opportunity for some very talented new friends I’ve made on this site. Actually everyone that posts comments on this blog has in some way been a teacher, bringing me new insights into the Trek Universe.

    Good Luck, all of you!! I look forward to seeing what this talented group can produce (if John is nice enough to post it). πŸ™‚

    deg, I’m waiting for your big success so you can stop in Phoenix and say hi on your way to the craziness that is LA. πŸ˜‰

  36. April 29, 2009 at 6:17 am

    johneaves: “That is one smoke-n nice Enterprise!!! love all the little extras you added with the dish detail and the addition of the torpedo ports and inset saucer hatches…. thanks for throwing your hat into the ring I’ll keep you up on what is happening.”

    Thanks! I don’t know if you browsed all the way to the end of that thread but the best and most up-to-date renderings can be found here: http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/3d-wips/37615-conjectural-trek-xi-enterprise-21.html#post408300

    That link includes my so-called “Richard Datin wannabe” shot. Check out the link and you’ll get the reference. πŸ˜‰

  37. April 29, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Lotsa fine talent, eh. πŸ™‚

    DeanneM: deg, I’m waiting for your big success so you can stop in Phoenix and say hi on your way to the craziness that is LA.

    Roger dodger D! I’ll bring one or two or my Estes rockets and we can do an October Sky launch out in the desert, eh! πŸ˜€


  38. 96 Fluxfire
    April 29, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Wow some of the work i have seen is absolutely amazing!….. As a matter of offering up some random crazy ideas i would like to offer up my current and old designs…. I maybe too late for this but ehh what the heck πŸ˜€

    Here is a link to my wips http://steptrollthe.deviantart.com/gallery/ …. a lot of the work is old stuff but the star trek gallery is my most recent work. I am still a novice when it comes to 3d modeling but i am always full of idea’s πŸ˜€

  39. 97 pottyj
    April 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Hi, I have done a lot of military vehicles (humvees, blackhawks, apache, stuff like that) I have been using blender for several years now. I am setting up a wordpress to post my work so that you can see what I do. I also am into texturing, not that it’s my favorite thing to do, I am best at modelling. But I love doing this stuff. I assume that we need 6 final sketches before we start the modelling right?

  40. 98 pottyj
    April 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

    My URL is shadowdd.wordpress.com πŸ˜‰ there are images up.

  41. 99 Jeremiah Warren
    April 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I’ve really never modled any real spacecraftish things, so I’ll have to pass on this one, but Ill gladly reccomend Pottyj’s work. He never ceases to amaze me with his work.

  42. 100 pottyj
    April 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

    lol, thanks Jeremiah. My real name is Keith so if you prefer to type that out rather than pottyj that’s fine πŸ˜‰

    JohnLeaves: Were you thinking more of a older star wars style spaceships (boxy) or the new star wars? If you look at my site, one if a render of a speeder I created that’s similar to the older star wars. But like the new ones are real flowing and almost, look like they’d be for underwater stuff….;) I was just wonder if you could give us some ideas of what style and type you are looking for.

  43. 101 Jeremiah Warren
    April 30, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Yeah, I knew it was you Keith. πŸ˜›

  44. 102 sojourner
    April 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Well, late by a few days to this party, but thought I would throw some images in. I don’t think I am anywhere near ready, but “what the heck!”. This first set of images is a current WIP. http://s479.photobucket.com/albums/rr153/seattle221/march/advanceproto/ All work has been done in Google Sketchup of all things, LOL. With renders done in Kerkythea. Yea, I know, I must be insane to be using Sketchup, but then again, I have only been doing this about 8 months. Here is the project I cut my teeth on, http://s479.photobucket.com/albums/rr153/seattle221/Seattle%20class/ you can definitly see the learning curve in those images. Any way. hope someone enjoys these, maybe in another 6 months I will be at a stage where I would actually be ready for something like this.

    P.S. Vektor’s stuff really is masterful. I take inspiration from everything he does.

  45. 103 Koji Kuramura
    May 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Hi John,

    If you still need modelers… I’m be more than willing to help out. I could do Ships or Planets. πŸ™‚

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