May 21st, 2008

TV versus Movie Serenity: It's All In The Details, Part 1

When we say that the movie version of Serenity is different than the TV version, it’s not just some of the details that are different, it’s also the amount of detail. Movie Serenity has about 100x more information in the 3D model, which, if you think about it, makes sense: The big screen has a lot more real estate to cover, so if you want your ship to look as convincing at 10 feet high as it did 10 inches high, you’re going to need a correspondingly more complex model (see engine comparison after the jump).

No where is all the additional detail more noticeable than in Serenity’s main engines. We’ve put this little animation together to show how the engine design evolved from the series to the movie. Not only did the shape of the engine change, but check out the extra detailing on the sides, around the front and even on the “turkey feathers”.

This is why it was so critical to get access to movie reference if we were to have any hope of making a screen-accurate replica. I know we’ve said it before, but it bears repeating here – thanks to Universal and Zoic for giving us fighting chance at doing Serenity justice.


9 Responses to “TV versus Movie Serenity: It's All In The Details, Part 1”

  1. Jim in St. Louis says:

    I have seen Firefly and Serenity countless times. Some mods are obvious like the landing gear, cargo ramp, bridge layout. I really didn’t realize the fine details though until seeing the side-by-side animation of the engine. Really amazing. If your planning on having that kind of detail on the replica,,,,,, WOW!

    OK, leaving work early now to go home and watch Serenity!

    Thanks for the update!


  2. Mike in Laramie says:

    I think the work and the attention to detail are fantastic, I’m really looking forward to getting my own Firefly. I would appreciate a rendering like the final frame of your animation, for painting purposes, for each part, probably on the website if you guys could manage that. Thanks for doing this. I’ve got all 4 of the ornaments, but really wanted a larger size model.

  3. admin says:

    Hey there Mike – Not a problem; we plan to publish *lots* of pictures as we go, although we’re still a little ways off from having pics of the paint master.

  4. tomatoe says:

    Ooohhh! Look at the pretties! This site is such a shiny piece of wonder. I’m looking forward to more pics and more so, the final ship! Thank you so much for puttin our BDS together.

  5. Tim says:

    Wow, the difference in detail is amazing! If you guys can pull this off, it will be absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to own one of these. :)

  6. darthviper107 says:

    Very detailed. By the way, there was actually 3 versions of the ship, during the TV show they had another version in the first two episodes that was a much more simple version of the ship, probably half the complexity of the final show model. It’s the version on the season DVD artwork.

    I was just wondering, are you still shooting for a $500-$550 pricetag or are you going to expect it to be more expensive than that now?

  7. Doug says:

    I’d really love to buy this when it’s finished, but I seriously doubt I could afford it… The shipping to the UK will be astronomical on it’s own!

  8. admin says:

    Hi Darth – that’s interesting. The production company only told us about two versions, so we’ll have to check in with Zoic and see about that. It might be that an earlier rendition of the TV model was used in the very first episodes; we were told they were adding detail to model as they went along.

    As for pricing – we haven’t announced any pricing for this replica yet.

    Hi Doug – yeah, sad to say, but shipping, resin materials, everything has gone up a lot in cost over the last year. It’s made it difficult for us to hold the line on shipping charges and product costs, but we’ll continue to try and keep things as affordable as possible.

  9. Harold Lewis says:

    Let’s get hot!!!! Work 24/7, Name the price. What you are creating is not just a replica, its a piece of movie history, something that will become a rarity.

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