Thursday, February 2, 2012

See What 'Cloverfield' Monster Could Have Looked Like

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 2

The film Cloverfield (2009) by J.J. Abrams is one of the most unique monster movies ever made. Even after watching the film I didn't get a good look at the creature, but thanks to the Internet, we get a peek at how concept artist Neville Page (Avatar, Watchmen, Star Trek) designed the creature nicknamed "Clover". Read on to see some of the weird, wild designs and one of the many animals that inspired the designs.

Official Synopsis:
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.
Page said this about the illustrations below in his online portfolio:
What a treat to have worked on this. The only downside was how little time I had available to work on it. Part of the joy in doing this kind of work is the development and exploration. However, there was little time to do any finished sketches and no time for traditional rendering. I saw more finished artwork on the internet done by fans of the film. Oh well, it is a luxury sometimes to have that time while on a production. All that being said, scroll down to see some of the images used to develop the project. 

"The very first sketch while sitting with [Director] JJ [Abrams] and Burkey [Producer Bryan Burk] at a coffee shop. Clearly a joke."  - Page

"Some of the quicky thumbnails to see what might work in silhouette." - Page











 Page says the following heads were inspired by angler fish



 Here's a real angler fish for comparison.

The final product as seen in the on-screen digital models.


Head over to Neville Page's website at http://www.nevillepage.com for more juicy concept art and illustrations in his portfolio.

About the Author

Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

2 comments:

  1. To be honest, I never liked the Cloverfield monster. It was too freaky and disjointed. No cohesive theme that you could latch onto. Godzilla still rules.

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  2. Thanks for the comment Monkey. The alien was the exact opposite of what we expect a monster to look like. That takes real originality.

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