May 14th, 2008

Back to the Beginning: Firefly Pre-Vis Sketches

To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, when we first got this job, we went back to the beginning – to where it all started. (Before anyone corrects me, I know the actual quote is: “You told me to go back to the beginning, so I have.”)

We figured if this was going to be the definitive replica of one of the most beloved ships in the history of Sci Fi, we had to do it right, and had to be as thorough as we could be in our research. Plus, um, it was fun – digging up all that original reference. And cool. Let’s not forget cool.

To go back to the beginning, we tapped Tim Earls, the designer who created many of the pre-visualization sketches that Zoic used to create the first CGI model of Serenity – the one you see in Firefly (there are differences between the Firefly and Serenity versions of the ship, which we’ll cover in future posts.) Tim worked with the head of production and Joss himself to come up with the general confirmation, functional design and look for Serenity, and so had valuable insights into the whys and wherefores of the Firefly Class Transport. (Hmm. Note to self: must publish Tim’s interview notes here at some point.)

Anyway, we did manage to acquire several of those pre-production sketches, some of which we’ve included here for your viewing enjoyment. They nicely document the evolution of Serenity’s design through the pre-visualization phase. And those with sharp eyes will note more than a passing resemblance of these sketches to the Series 1 and Series 2 designs Tim created for the Serenity Blueprints Reference Pack.


 

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