ALMA Observatory Rendering and Model | Video Project

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile, is the largest astronomical project in existence. ALMA will be a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed initially of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile.

alma space telescope illustration

In the above image, I built an array of dishes that that I posed in various ways. I over did the modeling (as usual) and included the nuts and bolts on the dish arrays. I didnt know how close the camera would come to the dishes, but I wanted it to be able to come within a few meters with full detail. As always, I keep my maps above 4K to help ensure this.

Here is the wireframe view below, as seen from the same camera that I rendered from. Everything is composited and filtered in After Effects with some warming and contrasting filters.