We know not every piece of concept art makes it into the final film cut, but dang, even a taste of this amazing Elysium conceptual art by illustrator George Hull (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix: Reloaded) would have added a much-needed element of awesome. Hull took time out from working on art for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending to create these eye-popping images of the cavernous sub-strata environments of Elysium's spaceship hangar, the robot factory and massive deportation bay.
While the breathtaking aerial sweeps of the space station's lush landscape and Eden-like paradise were spectacular, it would have been cool to delve into the dark thrumming innards of that colossal structure as these inspiring images depict.
Here's what Hull had to say about the project:
I was about to start on the [Wachowskis'] film Jupiter Ascending but I had several weeks open — so I jumped at the opportunity to work with Neill again. I actually designed a massive robot factory for a Nike superbowl commercial for him years back.
So when it came to huge scale sets, I suppose that is why he turned to me. And even though Syd Mead designed the overall look of Elysium, there weren't any images for the sub strata/ cavernous environments, robot factory, or the deportation bay. All were really cool sets descriptions that I was elated to chew on. The great artwork by Syd and the Weta crew was inspirational as well.
Given the short time I had available and the speed of VFX in production, I only got 1 or 2 passes on blocking and layout of each set. Once Neil liked the direction, I was moved onto the next set piece! Kent Matheson and his team at Image Engine used my sketches as a starting point to evolve final models into their beautiful VFX shots. As always, things change, but the front end heavy lifting from a blank sheet is my favorite part of the process. I like seeing artists early sketches, hopefully people will enjoy my art even though it's mostly blocking work.
Would you have liked Elysium better with more sub-shots of the spacestation, or are you satisfied with the finished film?
(Via Concept Art World)