The first scene is currently rendering and should by done by morning. We are now officially in the production stage!
Here's two high resolution renders:
And an animation preview.
(Linked for large file size; there might be viewing issues if you're on Internet Explorer or have slow connection).
A note about the animation: the flashing light is far less intense in the rendered scenes, I know on the pre-vis it's a little distracting.
Also, the whole scene in general is very easy to tweak so if anyone has any problems with how it looks, these problems can be resolved easily and then re-rendered. We'll see what it looks like tomorrow.
Now we need retro / futuristic space shuttle designs and concepts for the second scene.