In A Studio Far Far Away
It’s day 4, which means that tomorrow fans are going to see The Force Awakens. Now as a fan of this franchise one of the reasons I entered the creative world was because of the amazing art seen in the Star War films. During the time of Episode I it always amazed me how post production artist created worlds, characters and technologies from their imaginations. Perhaps the most influential studio and inspiring team to me was Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). This isn’t going to be about ILM’s work as a whole but their recent work when it comes to The Force Awakens.
In a few recent leaked photos of the film we have a moment to see what is in store for the next chapter of this epic movie franchise. Now personally I’m avoiding all image until I see the picture. In loyalty to my fans and fellow lovers of Star Wars I decided to share these few images with you in hope of appreciation.
As a concept artist the goal is to convey mood as well as design behind the visual of a film. As you can see to why ILM’s influence is has inspired me so far by illustrations such as these. They did what was intended because my mood has changed under the new style lead by J.J. Abrams.
Thats right. When your film needs a design director this is the man you call. Especially when your in the ILM team getting ready for a new Star Wars film. Who am I talking about? Well Doug Chiang of course. His work has been a part of ILM as far back as Ghost in 1990. In 1999, Doug was the Design Director and Visual Effects Production Designer for The Phantom Menace.
This year Doug’s work and other artist will be featured in a concept art book titled The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the date of the film release on December 18th 2015 (Buy Here). It’s a great time to enjoy Star Wars but also the opportunity to support the creative minds who bring fantasies to life for the world to see.