It’s a sad but true fact of the visual effects business that some wonderful designs are lost forever in the rush from one project to the next. Especially on TV shows that didn’t air a full season, some amazing vehicle designs were put on a shelf and promptly lost to the ages.
Such was the fate of many ships seen in tantalizing glimpses on Firefly. Luckily, we don’t know the meaning of the word “insouciance” (no, really, what does it mean?). We do, however, know the meaning of the word “surrender”. We’re just, you know, not really inclined to do it.
That’s why we’ve started a series of projects to recreate the CGI files of many of Firefly’s supporting cast of spacecraft. And we’re here to share our first success – my favorite ship from the show (after Serenity, of course): Jubal Early’s Interceptor.
Early’s ship is one that’s always stuck in my mind since I first saw it in “Objects in Space”. But it wasn’t until we had this restoration project well underway that I understood why – the design created by Jose Perez does that thing that all truly great spaceship designs do – it invokes a classic and functional feel while being a completely original look. Oh and it looks gorram hot! I mean, really, really hot.
The images below are of the ship in it’s “Factory Fresh”, unpainted vintage. The final version of the ship will have the exact same textures and paint you saw on the show. But when Sean Kennedy – the virtuoso digital artist working on this restoration – showed me the final model, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Special thanks to Jose for his support in the Early restoration project. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and we know with Jose’s direction we’ve been able to create the most accurate recreation of the original design possible.