Ok, so I haven't had much to contribute since I finished the organelle models, and now that I'm through with finals, I've decided to begin work on a new, high resolution, 90 second-ish intro for Thrive. After explaining my idea with a few of you on slack, I have a pretty good idea for how the intro will play out. @hawkstorm said my concept was similar to Civilization IV's intro, which is here.
The Idea is to have the camera pan across a luminous space scene, and follow a space ship as it travels towards a small planet. Once the planet is in view, the space ship will continue heading towards either a large space port or a violent space battle. Whether the intro is peaceful or violent will depend on the music that will play during it. The camera will then fly through the battle, or past the space port, and into the clouds of the planet.
There it will travel back in time, first through a city, perhaps a modern looking warzone, then into the forest where it will fly through a small tribal settlement, then off a cliff into a jungle, where all manner of predators, prey, vegetation, and anything imaginable could be fighting to survive.
After a quick fly through the jungle, the camera will plunge into the ocean, through a sort of coral reef or kelp forest, or something similar, evolution gives quite a bit of creative freedom.
After a quick look at aquatic life the camera will dive into the abyss, and after a second or two of black, a faint red glow will appear. This glow will become clearer, and eventually reveal either an underwater volcano or a hydrothermic vent. Here you will see cells begin to swim around, some soaking up the chemicals from the vent, others engulfing the smaller ones or spewing poison.
The camera will fly into a cell, most likely one that looks exactly like the default cell, it will pass a mitochondria and fly along a microtube, where it will barely miss a kinesin protein making its long journey across the cell. The camera will then fly into the nucleus and reveal the Thrive logo floating amongst the strands of DNA.
So far I have started with the space scene, here is an example of my first attempt at a starry background with 2 planets.
I'll continue to post my progress on this thread. Feel free to make suggestions or share your ideas.