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Edge of Tomorrow: Pitch Art 2  (2010) by ukitakumuki Edge of Tomorrow: Pitch Art 2  (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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This one was quite interesting to do, I tried to portray Rita in a more humanised way, partially disengaged from her powered armour, and having the mechanical exo arm as both a framing element and an excuse to showcase the style of tech employed. That's Keiji on the ground, right before dying. The other troopers walk on by, cleaning up surviving mimics (we can see an exploration for a head in the left). The script suggested that these were a truly international force and one of the ideas here was to plaster nostalgic postcards from the cities they 'liberated' or failed to save on their campaign around the world.
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RVaisman Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Sorry you did not get paid for such great work.
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squarenuts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
The book was so much better than the movie. I don't think Tom Cruise was a good fit for this movie. But a lot of movies lately seem to feel the need for a big name to get people into the theaters. After the Star Wars / Disney movies at the end of this year, you will see more sci fi projects coming to the big screen. 
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Thaiauxn Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
"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."

Welcome to Hollywood. :p My first big director & producer gave me a great speech: "It's not about how much you're willing to do, its about how hard you're willing to get fucked." I should have quit right then. Ha!

I think it's better just to make your own art for private contracts, and never work for hollywood people. The glitz and glam is attractive, but it's skin deep. When you really get behind the exec's desk, you realize all that money is a facade for the complete disparity at work behind the scenes. Appearance is the currency of Hollywood, and we print its dollar bills.

I'm glad you're still here. I think all the best ones of us go through it. Those that stay become the great ones later.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really appreciate the words of wisdom shared here, Brandan :) cheers!
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Thaiauxn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha, I don't think it's wisdom so much as, "Hey Bro, we both rolled a 1 on that perception saving throw. We probably shouldn't do that again. XD"
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL, pretty much
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not getting paid sucks.  ;[ 
But I enjoyed the film a great deal.  ;p

Anjoying the personalization of the armour, all the little details, and the mimc head in the foreground.  ;)

There's a ")" on the end of your link, which is breaking it.  ;/ Shoul be en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_…
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
This looks awesome :)
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dori-san Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I read All You Need is Kill and immediately fell in love with the story and the world. It sucks ass that you weren't involved with the project but I would kill to see your take on the designs and the story. The movie was good but I felt it didn't do AYNIK justice. Please keep doing these!!
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Santosbzz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Muy bueno!!!
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
your work is just astounding work absolutely amazing
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quickpaws321 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
its amazing you got the opportunity to even be part of that project . i dont think this is your best work though
its very "dry"; the metal, the blood, the dirt all look like a dry brush technique but the setting is in the rain, while a character is giving the man a drink
the faces and angle seems very flat.  every character's head is facing the same direction with exception of keiji's and even then his seems positioned in a weird slant and it looks like you had trouble with the positions of arms and legs
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Mikhanator Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like Edge of Tomorrow is adapting the old manga hahaha, and it's a shame you didn't get paid for such work! 
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bbtomahawk12 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Actually it is based on a light novel that adapted into a manga then into a movie. But what the hell, it's still awesome! =)
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Mikhanator Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nonetheless, I agree!
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Jetrunner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Had to do a double-take on that arm tho, got confused for a bit. XD
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! I like that you and Obata came to some similar conclusions on how the Jackets should look. His manga was a nice adaptation of the novel, very faithful overall.

The Cruise movie looks to be a loose adaptation at best. They've definitely mucked with locations and characterizations, on top of the visual designs. I get the benefits of the practical Jackets they went with, but they're goofy as hell, not a patch as cool-looking as they could have been had they not just tossed practicality to the wind.

Still, I'm interested in checking out the movie, in part just to see how different it is from the source.
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Takashi-Kurita Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Oh man, the movie was frickin fantastic!  10/10 will watch again. 

It sucks that Ukita didn't get paid.  :(   But the final project is absolutely wonderful. 
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Who didn't get paid now?
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LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Great work!
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
all things aside. your did a fine job dude. 
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Nyyx21 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work brah
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WBattlemage Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"Edge of Tomorrow" reminds me of "All You Need Is Kill"
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hirowolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I love it. I finished teh book about 2 weeks ago. This really is how I see this, minus the water though. Shame the Jacket design was more simplified though, I am really enjoying yours.
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DESERTPUNK187 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
whats cool about this is i can feel the pain of the Spartans in this photo even after a few years of reading all the books the pain, the loss and struggle throughout the series great job on this i hope to see more
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Man the US needs a culture outside of the whole exosuit thing. 
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
I love your take on the armor, but the cover art for the novel was the best one for me( i guess since the book was my first exposure to this). Man I wish the movie used these sort of suits instead of the elysium-exo-suit-look alike but  I'm still excited for the movie.

more humanised portrayal of the Full Metal Bitch FTW!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
tell me about it! When I saw the novel cover I paused for a long time, then asked, "wait what was wrong with this one?". Probably not the most professional first impression to make but I had to do it as an artist :p Granted I never was afforded actual 'design' time on the suits, everything is more or less off the cuff with a few focus points like the torso/helmet. The idea was to homage the, imo, unbeatable version on the cover, but marry that with a more conventional /20-21st century aesthetic, nothing too space age.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Haha, I see. I think you nailed that goal of yours for this piece of awesome. 
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ElOblazewicz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've gotta say that I see a trend here when it comes to US adaptation of power armors from books. Like Starship Troopers: Book describes them as a heavy, bulky, almost a mech instead of a suit of armor, dropped in pods from orbit, but in the movie? Nope. Regular infantry in drop ships. Slap a silly helmet on them for good measure.

Anyways that's super shitty of them for not paying you man. Your work is wicked sick Keep it up!
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DaiGurrenDrift Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
"What was wrong with this one?" I kind of laughed at that. I have been reading the manga whenever new chapters come out, and I love the designs in there. I think you did an awesome job in your renditions as well. I am also glad you tried to keep the axe. It seems that they went with a sword in the actual movie, sadly. I thought the axe  was not only more bad ass, but because of it's size and weight it made sense that not very many people could use one.
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TinManSam Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Ever since the public got wind of the 1st Gen Raytheon exoskeleton designs they've had a hard on for it without considering people can use armor on this shit instead. At least STALKER got it right.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
haha, It's cool for what it is but the Exoskeleon just isn't what the book said the armor was gonna be. Haha, Regardless, I'm still quite excited to see the movie.
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
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Asmodeus01 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I heard that green tea is free after a meal in Japan... Is this true?"
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Fun
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SirRinge Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, this is the one with the Mimics, right?
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kain186 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow does not do your work justice.
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Ravis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is why I hate the art industry sometimes.. Even Hollywood-calibur people have no respect for visual artists.. I almost can't even call it an industry, more like a contest to see how many people you can con
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BlackAlbatross1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Awesome!
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Zamberz Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wa
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