Andrew Finch’s short film Others Will Follow tells the story of a doomed mission to Mars. However, far from being a lament on failure, the film is ultimately about the innate determination of humans to pass on their legacy to the next generation. After its Vimeo release on 16 October 2017, Others Will Follow swiftly gained a place in the video channel’s Short of the Week online film festival.
Visual effects enhance almost every shot in the film. Many combine traditional spacecraft miniatures and digital effects, with physical models sitting alongside CG assets animated in Autodesk Maya, rendered with Solid Angle Arnold, and composited in The Foundry Nuke. Others you won’t even know are there.
Watch the 9-minute short film Others Will Follow:
To introduce this visual guide to the making of Other’s Will Follow, here’s what Finch has to say about its creation:
“Others Will Follow was inspired by a speech written for President Nixon to give in the event that the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon. The Apollo program was an unprecedented exchange of inspiration, and I wanted to illustrate the mechanism by which manned space exploration can motivate entire generations.
I spent four and a half years making this short and attempted to do every aspect of its creation myself, from pyrotechnics to music composition. I had a lot of help from generous friends and cast during shoot-days, but beyond that it was very much a one-man labor of love.
Many of the disciplines were completely new to me like designing and building the space ship and constructing the space suit, others like VFX and cinematography I had a background in. This unique opportunity to understand the process as a whole has been invaluable, and I hope the end product feels authentic.”
Watch a short video on the making of Others Will Follow:
Here’s the full text of the speech that inspired the film, never delivered, but written for use in the event of an Apollo moon mission disaster:
“In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever.”