Winner / Student > Solo Project

Planet Unknown / Shawn Wang

Category Description

Video project created as part of school studies by a single person

Project Description

At the end of 21st century, mankind was facing global resource depletion. Space Rovers were sent out to find potential inhabitable planets.

I had been working full time on Planet Unknown from July 2015 to June 2016. It was a passion project as well as my graduation thesis film. This 11-month journey was very challenging, but it was a perfect learning opportunity as well.

The idea started back in 2014 when Interstellar was released. I was deeply impressed by the movie and was inspired by the two robots TARS and CASE. The idea of intellectual robots exploring space developed from there.

Other inspirations include Pixar movies like WALL-E and Toy Story, as well as CHAPPiE, NASA documentaries about Mars Rover Curiosity, and short films by individuals like Alex Roman’s The Third & The Seventh, Richard Mans’ Abiogenesis, Erik Wernquist’s Wanderers, Alf Lovvold’s Dawn of the Stuff, and so many more.


Written & Directed by
Shawn Wang

Modelling, Texturing,
Animation,Compositing & Editing
Shawn Wang

Music & Sound Design by
Echoic Audio

Sam Foster

Sound Design by
Tom Gilbert
David Johnston

Special Thanks to

Re-recording Mixer
Will Norie

Executive Producer
Xinyuan Huang

Faculty Adviser
Yucheng Huang

Special Thanks to System Advisers
Sicong Wang
Jiawei Cao
Horizon Bian