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Back to the Future
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Published: April 8, 2009
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Two years ago I made a CG model of central London for a university project [link] and recently I was commissioned to expand it by about 10 times. Luckily they didn't want the new area to be quite as detailed as the original, so it took a lot less time, but it still came out pretty well.
You can kind of tell where the old stuff stops and the new, less detailed bit begins. :)

The model includes a few buildings that are planned for the near future, although thanks to the whole credit thing a few of them are delayed or on the verge of being canceled.

Here's a quick render. I'll deviate some better ones later, but I liked this one.
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feelynn38's avatar
feelynn38|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This isn't Back To The Future.
Where's Doc?
Where's Marty McFly?
Where's the Delorean?
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SURFER16's avatar
I GIVE YOU TEN EUROS IF YOU DO TO ME ONE OF SAN MICHEL VENECIA, WHAT DO YOU SAY?
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
I have a fulltime job, so I don't have enough time to work on commissions. Sorry. :)

€10 probably wouldn't be enough for most modellers, anyway. Though it depends on the level of detail you're looking for.
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morbiusx33|Hobbyist Photographer
It reminds me of the view of Oceania (a similar model of futurised London) in the 1956 sci-fi film "1984".
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to look that up. The only film version I was aware of was the John Hurt one. I made this model about four years ago, based on how the city really should look in a few years (all the buildings are proposed, under construction or have been built in the intervening years). One day I'm sure I will do a full on future version of London though, with lots of scifi influenced buildings.
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morbiusx33|Hobbyist Photographer
The black and white 1950s version of "1984" starred Edmund O'Brien, Michael Redgrave and Jan Sterling. The best part was the aerial views of Airstrip 1 of Oceania and the creepy "Big Brother is Watching" posters that were on a lot of college dorm room walls in the 1970s. As I mentioned, your model reminded me so much of it! All the ministry buildings in the sci-fi movie were shaped like the Pope's triple crown. Also, this movie is not widely available. Lear Media (online) has it on DVD. The studio never released it. Probably copyright free now.
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mr-1up|Student Digital Artist
what program did you use for this???, you probibly used a whole lot of refferance?
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
I used Cinema 4D and yeah, a lot of reference material. Google Earth helped a lot for the over all street layout though.
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mr-1up|Student Digital Artist
awsom!!! snap i would like to tru something like that with a more futuristic scene, but im bit t lazy at the moment
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
I know the feeling. :) Maybe one day I'll try to turn my model into a futuristic version with lots of skyscrapers, but it's a lot of work.
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ARTnoob|Professional Filmographer
Very nice.
=D
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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ARTnoob|Professional Filmographer
No problem.
=]]
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Fohnshaper's avatar
:noes: it's beautiful!! well done!
i really don't like the Walkie Talkie building.. and it's also near the tower bridge :\
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

No, I'm not a big fan of the Walkie Talkie either, although the garden on the top floors (which will be open to the public) does sound really cool.
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DriftMedia's avatar
That is AMAZING!!! Well done, Keep it up :)
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, and thanks for faving my work! :) I'll be posting more of this soon, actually.
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MagyarEagle|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spectacular Work.
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, and thanks for faving this and "London 2011". Much appreciated! :)
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slifer2534's avatar
you ever do requests or commissions like this?
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
Well, this was for a job, but it took about two week's of solid work, so if I did a request or commission it'd probably have to be on a smaller scale. Drop me a note or leave a message here if you have anything in mind, and I'll give it consideration. :)
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hey..wondering if i can still send some info about my e-12 london to see if ya still itnerested in taking a shot at it or so?
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Snazz84|Professional Digital Artist
It sounds like quite a large project, so I'm not sure I'd have the time, but if you have any images or maps that show the scale you're thinking about then feel free to send them to me and I'll have a better idea.
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well it would be a similar areial view of london, but with a different scenario...its for a alt. timeline im working on, (where the tudor line continued, creatign a larger, more technologicaly advanced empire, but still in its steampunk influence),where instead of rebuilding london to its original specifications after the great fire, the royal family decided to take everything from the tower of london to the river fleet and up north as far as cripplegate (got a map somewhere of the outer limits for it) and decided to build a huge park/royal residencies reminiscent of neo gothic stylings...course this is jsut a small piece of the design in my head, but i can note ya the rest and see where it goes
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