Adobe Creative Cloud – “The Martian” Screen Graphics

Using Adobe Creative Cloud, Territory studio has created a range of screen graphics for the movie “The Martian”.

Territory studio specializes in a variety of creative projects ranging from graphic design to cinematic motion graphics. After working with famous Hollywood director, Ridley Scott on Prometheus, the London-based studio was commissioned to develop some screen graphics for “The Martian”. The film was nominated last Sunday for an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

Using Adobe Creative Cloud and After Effects CC, Territory developed numerous story-led motion graphics. They have a constant presence during the entire movie. They act as a visual feature, helping to explain or direct the dialogue and the action.

Matt Damon in "The Martian".
Matt Damon in “The Martian”.

With 8 main sets consisting of Mission Control, the Hermes spaceship, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mars Ascent Vehicle (M.A.V.), Habitat facility on Mars, Mars Rovers, NASA offices, and Pathfinder as well as some smaller visualizations for the Space Suit Arm Computers and Crew personal laptops. Using Adobe Creative Cloud and After Effects CC, Territory had to create hundreds of screen graphics for each set.

AR Director Marti Romances designed different visual templates to differentiate each set. With the help of Adobe Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, and After Effects, a team of designers, animators, and 3D artists developed the entire content based on Marti Romances’ design concepts.

Screen graphics by London based Territory studio used in the Oscar nominated film "The Martian".
Screen graphics by London based Territory studio used in the Oscar nominated film “The Martian”.

A big challenge was to combine real science with great design and animations in order to create dramatic visuals. On the one hand, all graphics show diverse information, helping the audience to understand and keep up with plot twists. On the other hand, they wanted to make these graphics credible to meet the standards of NASA’s real scientific information. All these user interfaces were created in Adobe Illustrator first. Later, the animations were done in After Effects. Knowing that most of the graphics required interactions and animations, they initially designed them with movement in mind.

Marti Romances says that Mission Control was the biggest set. It features about 100 individual screens, including a bank of LED monitors 18m x 6m. The result provides a very authentic look, but just see it for yourself! You can find further information about Territory studio on their website or do something great with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Using Adobe Creative Cloud, London based Territory studio has created a range of screen graphics for the movie "The Martian".
Using Adobe Creative Cloud, London based Territory studio has created a range of screen graphics for the movie “The Martian”.