|Ender's Game concept art by Cenay Oekman|
Ender's Game was released earlier this month and I talked briefly with illstrator Cenay Oekman about working on the film. I'm also sharing some unseen concept art from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Captain America: The First Avenger
Cenay Oekman is a professional visual effects and concept artist who's worked on blockbuster movies like Inception (2010), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).
He started out as a concept artist for a game company in 1983 and switched to working in 3D. But Cenay felt that 3D visual artists are "only a number" and wanted to become a concept artist instead. His main goal in Ender's Game was to take the "visually stunning" work and add more detail and texturing to the final 3D models. Cenay was in charge of the 3D department guiding the build, especially the Eros landscape landing platform. It was designed mostly "free style."
Cenay said the most challenging part of the designs were the shuttles since they had "to be connected to things we know." The shape of the shuttle was based on an electric shaver. They then had to come up with engines and other details. The space station took a long time to do, but he says they're very happy with the results.
As a bonus, here are a couple of concept designs from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Captain America: The First Avenger.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Helicopter
|Image from the film|
Captain America: The First Avenger Red Skull's plane
See more of Cenay Oekman's work on the film at www.xotos.com
Click on the links if you want to see more of Cenay Oekman's work and Ender's Game on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Ender's Game what did you think?
Official Ender's Game Synopsis
"In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race."
Directed by Gavin Hood
Cinematography by Donald McAlpine
Production Design by Sean Haworth and Ben Procter
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
Release date(s): October 25, 2013 (United Kingdom), November 1, 2013 (United States)
Official Site: http://www.if-sentinel.com/
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