“Bringing Opportunity to Mars: The Visual Effects of ‘Good Night Oppy'” by Nair, Ellison and Clarke

  • ©Abishek Nair, Douglas Ellison, and Karen Clarke




    Bringing Opportunity to Mars: The Visual Effects of 'Good Night Oppy'



    ‘Good Night Oppy’ tells the inspirational true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey on Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and her humans millions of miles away. Join Industrial Light & Magic’s Abishek Nair, the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor, and NASA JPL Scientist Doug Ellison as they discuss the challenge of bringing the journey of twin Mars Exploration Rovers Opportunity and Spirit to life, crafting a photo-real Martian environment, merging it into a full-length documentary, and in the process, creating the most accurate visualization of the journey that has ever been committed to film.

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