Thursday, September 5, 2013

Legendary Films Interview with PACIFIC RIM Concept Artist Guy Davis

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 1

 

Check out Pacific Rim concept art by Guy Davis!

I hosted an interview with Guy Davis on Pacific Rim before, but Legendary Films posted an amazing interview with him along with more early Kaiju concept art.

Guy Davis is a professional concept and storyboard artist who's worked on quirky projects like The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006) the upcoming Pinocchio film by Guillermo del Toro.

Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).


The whole interview is great, but here are some highlights.

On coming up with designs:
"...On Otachi I started with a series of quick sketches for different possible kaiju, the design Guillermo picked I worked up more with his input. Working up how she’d look with her wings out, head details and what not. Once we got that design down, Francisco Ruiz Velasco did a full concept painting fleshing out some other details like adding Meathead’s tail and from there David Meng sculpted the maquette to bring it to the final form." - Davis


On the various "nicknames" for the Kaiju"

"When I arrived early on the production, Wayne Barlowe’s Knifehead was locked in and I started working on different ideas for other kaiju. Without knowing what they would be called in the script or the scenes they would be used in, I just started giving the ones I designed fun names to remember them by. Just a way of giving the kaiju a quick identity if we needed to reference it or find the design." - Davis



On working with del Toro:
"It's always an amazing time getting to work with Guillermo, he's very encouraging and open to new ideas but also knows exactly what he's looking for and being an artist himself is able to work with the concept visually to get the finished design in the direction he wants." - Davis

Make sure you head to Legedary.com to read the rest of this fascinating interview!

As a bonus, here are some screencaps of Davis' dynamic storyboards from one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes on the young Mako Tokyo scene.






Note: All concept art images in this article are featured in Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters, the art and making-of book for the film.

See more of Guy Davis' work on the film at www.guydavisartworks.com/

Click on the links if you want to see more of Guy Davis' work and Pacific Rim on my blog.

(Via ComicBookMovie NailBiter111)

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Pacific Rim what did you think?

Official PACIFIC RIM Synopsis
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke, Diego Klattenhoff 
Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro
Production Design by Andrew Neskoromny, Carol Spier

Official Site: pacificrimmovie.warnerbros.com/

Release date: July 11, 2013

© 2013 Copyright Legendary Pictures

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Maurice Mitchell
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1 comment:

  1. I wonder what names he gave them?
    This is Bob, and this is Steve...

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