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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 (… 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.

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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Eefwee Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Reminds me of Halo: Reach concept art and feel...
DugatytheReaperX Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Artist
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am seriously disappointed that you weren't compensated for such and incredible pitch of spectacular concept art. Grrrrrrrr....
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your work still has me picking my jaw off the floor, even though I know that ok should expect it, yet I keep getting the same awe shock as if it was the first time I have seen your work :-)

Absolutely inspirational
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... this is just... wow! :O
I have come across your gallery many times before, so it is about time I say hi. I like both the movie and the manga, but I never read the novel. This would have been great, of course there is nothing wrong with adding different or extra stuff in remakes or reimagining's if done right. I still like the idea of Rita's axe, but it is cool that movie Rita made her's from a helicopter blade. No doubt as a result of improvising from her many loops. XD
StrangerthanOdd Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I wish the movie had been more in line with these concepts, particularly the books portrayal of Keiji's relationship with Rita. This concept art is pure awesome, both as interpretation and as art. That said I still enjoyed the movie, and its a shame you weren't compensated for your work.

You ought to see if some publishing company would use your artwork on the covers of future book publications of "All You Need is Kill". Might be worth a shot right?
gensanity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
cekblader Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture! actually led me to look it up, apparently the movie is edge of tomorrow! and now im reading the manga :P awesome stuff.
PaulV3Design Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Now that's impressive!
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