Poles create trailer for “The Martian”
A group of Polish graphic artists and special effects experts has helped create the latest trailer for “The Martian”, a film by Ridley Scott starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, a famous American astrophysicist. The innovative trailer has become an instant success with viewers – 2.5 million people in the United States watched it online just on the first post-premiere weekend alone.
“The company doing the special effects for the “Martian” film provided us with an incredibly heavy and detailed model of “Hermes,” which gives us a very precise idea of its geometry and texture,” Jakub Knapik, responsible for the trailer’s special effects, told Polska.pl. “In order for us to be able to work with the model, we had to reduce its weight without damaging any of the details. This took us a full three weeks,” Knapik said.
Throughout the process, the Polish team consulted with Nell deGrasse Tyson, so that the work they produced would be credible from a scientific perspective. “We were pretty anxious while waiting to hear the scientist’s opinion,” Knapik said. “Luckily when he saw our initial sketch for the animation, he only made two observations. First, he pointed out that we should make sure that the DNA spiral is wrapped and turns in the right direction. He also suggested that we don’t overdo it with the number of asteroids that we see flying around in a scene with the image of the sun. Now there are not that many but at first we included many more, to make it look more dangerous,” Knapik adds with a smile.