You can do a tremendous amount with very little in Autodesk 3ds Max. I duplicated my model of a GULAG flying saucer three times, arranged the four models into position, rendered, and then brought the render into Adobe Photoshop. I added laser blasts and motion blurs to the ships, and stars to the background. On top of everything I dropped in the GULAG logo. Voilà!, an electrifying action scene from the dark side of the moon. – Joe Gast
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