Updated with new making of video
Futurama fan and 3D artist Alexey Zakharov took it upon himself to recreate the world of the beloved sci-fi show in gloriously detailed CG.
Q&A with Alexey Zakharov
Did you create this just for fun? Or was it a work assignment?
Yes, it’s just fan art. I made it in my free time.
Is this part of a larger project that you’re working on?
I hope it’s not the end of the project but just beginning. I made so much stuff for this, but the main problem is time. I don’t have enough time to do such a huge project.
How long did it take you to make this?
Its hard to calculate. It was not nonstop production, and I did it at my free time. And there are so much stuff: architecture, city structures, vehicles, characters, animation advertising, hi-detailed shuttle, etc. But I think its about 4-5 months in total, but not full-time working days.
What was the most challenging part of making this?
Hmm, I love retrofuturistic style very much, and the most challenging part for me was to bring this style to the famous cartoon story of Futurama. And also I just wanted to finish this project or at least part of it. It was such a big problem for me.
Official Futurama opener
The actual show open uses some 3D assets but they are flat-shaded to integrate with the show’s 2D look.
Created by Alexey Zakharov
Music: Alan Silvestri “Forrest Gump Suite”
Software: 3dsmax, Nuke, Photoshop, After Effects
Tools (scripts): Ghost Town, Poly FX