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08-02-2010, 05:53 AM
Hello everybody,

I plan to make a 3d image of a space ship launching out of sea water.

So, could you help me finding some references (pictures or image stills from movies)?

I remember some animes where this effect was reproduced, but not realistic movies.

Thank you,

08-02-2010, 06:05 AM
a high velocity exit or slowly emerging? (and roughly what ship type/shape?)

08-02-2010, 06:12 AM
Watchmen, when the Night Owl's ship emerges from the water is one out of the top of my head

08-02-2010, 06:13 AM
There's a scene in Watchmen where the owl ship does that.

08-02-2010, 06:14 AM

voila, last part of the breakdown movie

08-02-2010, 06:25 AM

Thank you for your very quick answers.

I've just watched your link to the Watchlen making-of.
It really helps a lot.

But the exact scene would be ; a roundshape ship (saucer) slowly emerging.
So I have to get the wavelength on the sea surface, some water falling down the ship, plus something like a crater where the thrust exhausts pull out water. .

08-02-2010, 06:35 AM
I don't remember (I know, I'm ashamed), but don't they show the ship in The Abyss emerge from water?

I only remember that you see it floating, not if they show it emerging. It's not round, it's triangular or rectangular though, IIRC.

edit: popped in the DVD, it's only shown floating, guess that's why I only remembered that part

08-02-2010, 06:38 AM
The Hunt For Red October, when the Dallas surfaces about half it's length out of the water. Made a hell of a splash and it was real!

Elmar Moelzer
08-02-2010, 08:30 AM
Great reference could be the launch of an SLMB from a submarine.
Here is a good reference video of a trident launch:

This is the launch of a cruise missile from a submarine (not such a nice closeup, but looks a little different);

here is another video with multiple launches:

Hope that helps

Elmar Moelzer
08-02-2010, 08:39 AM
Made a hell of a splash and it was real!
That was actually archive footage and pretty cool, indeed :)

08-02-2010, 08:47 AM
Thank you guys, I'll get a look at the forementioned movies.

So I think Hypervoxels is definitely the tool of the trade, and maybe there's no need to really consider water as a liquid, as it seems to be more like a "fume of water".

08-02-2010, 09:56 AM
For something, that isn't a ship, rising out of water you could check stargate atlantis, when the whole thing comes to the water surface. Possibly even made with LW ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o42N-y0XEb8&feature=related (about 1:30 minutes in)

08-02-2010, 10:51 AM
Look at whales breaching from the water, it's real and big.

08-02-2010, 01:14 PM
How about an old Polaris missile?


08-02-2010, 01:19 PM
I'd recommend lots of HV froth, steam and smoke, but I'd do the surface of the water with a subdivided plane with Cloth Effects, to get the waves to feel right.

08-02-2010, 02:37 PM
If you can find footage (& I bet you can) from the TV series
"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", there is a flying sub that is saucer shaped & there are lots of shots of it rising out of the water.

08-02-2010, 03:37 PM
I remember in the Gerry Anderson series UFO there was quite a bit of that sort of thing - UFO's going into and out of the water; Skydiver exiting the water. Miniatures, but real water and quite cool-looking as I remember.

peter gordino!


love the costumes!

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