Table of Contents

   Introduction
   The Movie
   Screenshots
   Requirements
   How It Was Made
   Contact And Feedback
   Links

Introduction

Thank you for visiting this page. What you will find here is my tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrist attack and also to the men and women of all faiths and all nations involved in the design, the construction, and daily "life" of what used to be the World Trade Center complex. Here is a 4 minutes long computer-generated movie that shows the Twin Towers the way they stood for 30 years in Manhattan, the way they should still be standing today.

The Movie

Click one of the links below to download the movie. (divx format) (See Requirements below for the software you need to play the movie).

Quality*

Format

Size

Download

High

divx

37Mb

download from mirror 1

Medium

divx

18Mb

download from mirror 1

Low

divx

13Mb

download from mirror 1
download from mirror 2
 (slow)

*This only reflects the picture quality. The sound quality was purposely left extremely low, since the music I used is copyrighted.

I want to thank www.werismyki.com for generously donating the space for Mirror 1. Please visit that site, which contains an excellent collection of September 11 tributes as well as some content related to the World Trade Center.

Screenshots

Images extracted from the movie (click to enlarge)

High quality renderings (click to enlarge)

Rendering (left) vs photo (right) comparison (click to enlarge)

Requirements

You will need the divx codec installed on your computer in order to view the movie. If you do not already have it, you can download it from www.divx.com.

How It Was Made

Modeling This project started as a simple experiment. I had the exact dimensions for one of the small prefabricated elements that composed the outer frame of the Twin Towers. I modeled that object pretty quickly, multiplied it to compose the overall shape of one tower. and rendered the result. It looked okay to me, and I started spending quite some time studying pictures of the towers to try to figure out the exact dimensions and characteristics of the buildings. This project was modeled using the Pov-Ray or scene language. I used a simple modeler (Moray) only for some of the most complex shapes (such as the "forks" where the columns split at the foot of the buildings).

Rendering The rendering was entirely done with Pov-Ray. Every second of the movie requires the rendering of 30 individual frames. Depending on its complexity, each frame took between 2 and 8 minutes to render (on a 1 GHz Pentium III running Linux). The total time needed to render all the sequences of the movie was about 450 hours.

Contact And Feedback

Please email your comments at .

Links

9/11 Tributes:
  American Memorial Tribute: Various contents. Very nice collection of tributes.
  "Can't Cry Hard Enough": Perhaps one of the most touching online tributes...
  America Triumphant: A patriotic message of hope.

The World Trade Center:
  WTC Life: A very touching short movie by Robert Lieblein.
  The World Trade Center Memorial Card Model: A paper model of the complex.
  The Sonic Memorial Project: A community dedicated to the preserving of audio traces of the World Trade Center.

3D graphics:
  The World Trade Center in 3D: This project lets you take a virtual tour of the site.
  www.povray.org: The homepage of the Pov-Ray project.

Award

The World Trade Center 3D Movie has received the "Awesome Tribute Award" from the American Memorial Tribute site.

Last site update: Jul 01, 2003

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