How did director Ridley Scott create the weightlessness sequences and alien dunes so beautifully rendered in The Martian? You already know: He took a cue from Mark Watney and scienced the shit out of it, with help from visual effects whizzes at Framestore and MPC. Growing food on a planet with no water might be tough, sure, but so is digitally adding glass space helmets into every scene and replacing every blue sky (you know, because the movie was filmed on Earth) with a orange Martian one. See how they did it in the Design FX video above.

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Here’s How FX Whizzes Made the Red Planet for The Martian