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Space Freebies and Tutorials to create your Science Fiction Film

Space Freebies and Tutorials to create your Science Fiction Film

I love space stuff, whether it’s the launching of a SpaceX rocket, solar eclipses and meteor showers, or the latest episode of The Orville. Here’s a nice collection of free space related items for your space short, feature, or documentary.

40+ Space References for Digital Artists

40+ Space Reference for Digital Artists

IA Mag has a collection from Thomas Pesquet, a French aerospace engineer, pilot, and astronaut at the European Space Agency. “Pesquet was selected by ESA as a candidate in May 2009, and he successfully completed his basic training in November 2010. From 19 November 2016, Pesquet is part of the International Space Station as a crew member for Expedition 50 and Expedition 51.” That’s pretty fantastic!

This collection includes some stunning photos of the earth from space, photos of satellites.

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Nebula: 19 Free 4K Space Background Elements

Rocketstock has some really nice high-quality background elements, all created with 100 percent practical effects and captured in 4K. The files are compatible with pretty much any NLE or VFX tool you use. You really must see how these were made, with liquids on glass and macro photography!

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3D Models from NASA

orion capsule

These are 3D printable and include things like satellites and orbiters, observers, asteroids, and lunar surfaces. They have a 3D model viewer too, with some elements broken apart.

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More Space Freebies & Tutorials

Here are a few that we’ve previously posted.

Space freebiesIn Depth: Creating Space – A Galaxy of Resources for your Epic Space Film

It’s no secret that I am a space geek and I’m a big fan of hard science fiction, so I’m always attracted to tutorials that show how to create realistic space scenes. Here are a few that you may find useful for your next Space Opera! (Star Wars is a Space Opera if you’re wondering).


This page includes:

  • Create an Epic Earth Sunrise in After Effects
  • Make a Realistic Moon and Night Sky
  • Solar Atmosphere Tutorial
  • How to Create a Simple Spiral Galaxy in Cinema 4D
  • Rebuilding the Interstellar Black Hole in After Effects
  • Create a Fantastic Black Hole in Blackmagic Design Fusion
  • How To Animate a Realistic Planet in After Effects (Short Version)
  • How to convert photos to incredible 3D scenes

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