Friday, February 17, 2012

'The Dark Knight Rises' Is A 'War Film' Says Concept Artist

Friday, February 17, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 2

Recently, there was an interview with concept artist Tully Summers where he described the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight Rises as a "war zone."

The French site CineWebRadio has a fascinating interview with concept artist Tully Summers (Men in Black 3, Thor, Avatar, Green Lantern) where he talks about many things, but gives a few nods to the upcoming Batman sequel.
You work mainly on the science fiction, fantastic, or fantasy film. But this year you work on The Dark Knight Rises. How does this change to work on the next Batman (with a realistic style) than your previous films?
The difference for me was Christopher Nolan’s visual style. One of the things that makes his Batman movies so compelling is their tone of plausibility. He will often prefer a raw, grittier design over one that is very sleek and product design pretty. It’s sort of a practical military aesthetic. This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers. The Dark Knight Rises is a war film. 
He also talks about the criticism of the costumes from the set pictures.
 Films like Batman are meticulously planned. Every shot is storyboarded, framed, lighted and choreographed to camera. Any photos taken that are not from the intended camera are out of context. In a sense it’s like judging Sesame Street or the Muppets from a set photo: “That’s ridiculous! There’s a whole guy hanging out that character!” Christopher Nolan is a consummate filmmaker. Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.


I remember Gary Oldman said the concept art for Catwoman is amazing, so I can't wait for it to be released.

Read the rest of the interview here here. See more of Tully Summers protfolio at http://www.tullysummers.com/ and http://redenginestudios.deviantart.com/.

What do you think? Will The Dark Knight Rises be a 'war film?"
Via Comic Book Movie

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Maurice Mitchell
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2 comments:

  1. I definitely think it could be war-like in its grittiness. I'm so looking forward to seeing it, though. I love Batman, especially the newer ones directed by Christopher Nolan. He's a genius.

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  2. He is a genius. He took the movies to a whole new level.

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