This is a project I did for a friends small film production company.
– XSI for the sun.
– Photoshop for some miscelaneos stuff
– After Effects for compositing, animating the glow of the earths atmosphere (via masks), the illumination of the planet, adding a lens flare and the text.
Things I would change:
– Make it faster
– Start Illuminating the earth sooner and more
– Play with the lens flare timing and shape
– And lots more if I had more resources and time