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Edge of Tomorrow: Pitch Art 1  (2010) by ukitakumuki Edge of Tomorrow: Pitch Art 1  (2010) by ukitakumuki
So in early 2010, director Rupert Sanders invited me to work with him on pitch material for a movie called All You Need Is Kill (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_… adapted from a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe.

I was never paid when the film got picked up (not that there were 'proper' contracts in place, but in my naivete back then assumed the best in people, and besides, even armed with contracts, pursuing international lawsuits that costs many times more than the work done doesn't make sense to me.) but I have to say that from a creative standpoint this gig that lasted maybe a week was thoroughly enjoyable. Some of the ideas discussed were truly fantastic, and moral discussions aside I found Rupert to be quite a visionary. From an artistic standpoint, I only wished that I could have been better equipped in skillset at the time to deliver more.

For the job, I was shown previz work by Legacy effects and was asked to put my spin on things. One thing in particular that was asked of me was to revisit the desgns of the powered armour, Rita's axe as well as the dropship and mimics, and hint at the ash covered LA in the settings I would portray them all in.
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The general direction of this image was to portray Rita and Keiji fighting "as though they are in love" even though they're pretty much submerged in sci-fi hell. One of my favourite parts of the image was showing a trooper getting flung about like a ragdoll, and his mind-controlled micro-missile launcher spewing rounds as it misinterprets his pain as a signal to fire.
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PaulV3Design Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Now that's impressive!
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DigitalZaku Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Man DAT exoskeleton so bad ass, u think they knew about the novle before they made the movie
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BattleBruvaVolks Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
This is way cooler than the shitty power armor in the movie.
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lkj0987654321 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Sorry to hear you weren't paid properly.

Don't suppose you know anything about the forthcoming Yukikaze adaptation?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Only the barest of facts, like Tom helming it.. :) Do you know anything interesting beyond the casting?
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lkj0987654321 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I wish! But everyone seems to like Edge of Tomorrow a bunch, so I'd say things are looking pretty good for Yukikaze getting made at the very least. I'm not optimistic that they'll keep the meditative mood, but here's hoping, eh?

They'll probably call it "Snowborne" or something.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha snowborne... yeah edge of tomorrow got pretty close to the meditative aspects for an action flick, or at least alludes to it despite the pacing. 

Whatever it is, Maverick dogfighting aliens and shredding nukes in a canyon while reverse vectoring floats my boat nicely, if that were to be preserved hahaha
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lkj0987654321 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Yukikaze seems more like a Tom Clancy kind of thing to me, where the feats aren't the result of human skill, but fantastic hardware. In particular the arms race with the JAM in the book, where they mention hypervelocity missiles and energy weapons, seems like it'd translate well to film. I get the feeling though that Yukikaze will be assisting Tom instead of the other way around. Instead of machines taking over the war from humanity, it'll be humans kicking alien butt all over the place. Oh well, as long as it feels strange and alien in some respect I'm sure it'll be a good watch.

I'll have to see Edge of Tomorrow at some point, then!
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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
one word.....awesome!!!
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Shohndon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this piece. No problems with it and ukitakumuki should have been paid for the work.

But I'm going out on a limb and say that I really did not have any problem with the armor style they went for in the movie. I don't think it was a matter of budgets but a conscious choice. As someone mentioned earlier, it looks once removed from our current technology. Same for the Osprey like drop ships they used.

I think the fact that they went with hardware that looks just familiar enough keeps the setting grounded and in a way made things feel like the present instead of the future. 
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