Something puzzling me and I can't get my head around it. Can someone please explain how I film a rocket-ship travelling through space or towards a planet. I realise I need a backdrop but how does it fit with a black tar mac floor and how the hell can a camera follow it. Also how do I film another ship chasing the first ship and further how do I film one crash landing into a planet's surface. Any help please guys
Something I do is to use green screens and layer shots together. That will allow you to go outside MS. MS is good for puppets and sets for animation but for Nature shots, Space shots, Mountains, etc... is not really good. If you are going to rotate the camera around the prop then you need to use a background prim. Tracking green screens is very difficult and almost impossible within MS. The program Celestia is fairly good and I think it is available on the MAC. You could create a background spaceshot and then layer a green screen rocket shot on top.
An important question: do you have an outside editor? That will really make your life a lot easier. and of course allow you to chroma key the green screen on top of your background. BTW if what I am saying doesn't make sense just PM me.