Tuesday, September 3, 2013

See How SPIDER-MAN 3 Changed in Concept Art by Phil Saunders

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 0


Check out Spider-Man 3 concept art by Phil Saunders!

The life of a concept artist can be a dream come true designing artwork for hit films that thrill audiences.

Unfortunately, like any job, it can be difficult because of the environment on the job. One film like that was Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007) for artist Phil Saunders.

Saunders is a professional concept artist who's worked on blockbuster films like Iron Man 3 (2013) Avengers and TRON Legacy.

See what he had to say about working on the film and check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).

Saunders joined the project after the production designer changed from Neil Spisak to Mike Riva a few weeks into principle photography.

He said, "I've never been on a movie where the script changed so radically so often. I wouldn't be half-way through a keyframe when someone would look over my shoulder and say 'Oh. Didn't you know? It's no longer Venom in that scene, it's Goblin...' This is why we paint in layers...

"It was also pretty political with the change-over in art department. Jim Carson and I kept getting asked to do pretty much the same work, which was really demoralizing, particularly for him since he'd been on the project for over a year already doing great work. I felt really bad, it just wasn't a fun environment. The construction site set ended up being struck and rebuilt twice more for re-shoots. Ahh, this is how movies are made these days. And we wonder why they're so expensive..."

Construction Zone Set


Sandman Battle (based on design by E.J. Krisor)


Trapped in Black Spider-Man's Web


"Spidey swinging to the rescue, back when it was Gwen Stacey in her sports car, not MJ in a taxi." - Saunders
MJ in Taxi


New Goblin Coming Out of the Shadows

"I can't even remember which way this went in the final film. I think it was venom coming out of the shadows and not goblin, but I can't be sure, since I painted it both ways." - Saunders


Spider-Man and M.J. at Sunset

See more of Phil Saunders' work at http://philsaunders.blogspot.com.

Click on the links if you want to see more of Phil Saunder's work and Spider-Man 3 on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Spider-Man 3 what did you think?
 
Official Spider-Man 3 Summary
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man's suit black, his darkest demons come to light changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains - the deadly Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and the New Goblin (James Franco) - as well as the enemy within himself.

Directed by Sam Raimi
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons
Release Date May 4, 2007 (USA)

Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/spider-man3

© Copyright 2007 Sony Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Columbia Pictures

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