Though most folks would quibble over the quality of the trilogy, it’s hard to argue that the original Matrix wasn’t one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. The look was new and exciting and the story was perfect for the start of the modern tech revolution. But how did the Wachowskis nail down the style of that gritty, robot-ruled future?
To start with, they were inspired by the dark comic art of Geof Darrow, who had a great take on dystopia in Frank Miller’s graphic novel Hard Boiled. They were digging Darrow’s work so much, they asked him to mock up some ideas for their 1999 classic The Matrix.
Darrow’s sketches went on to inspire some of the most iconic shots in the film, including the human harvesting stacks and the look of the future-tech used by the remnants of humanity.
It’s amazing to look back and see how those massive effect shots were all inspired by a few black and white notebook sketches.
(Via Giant Freakin Robot)