|The Fly (1986) concept art by Stephan Dupuis|
Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on The Fly (1986).
The mutated Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), known as "Brundlefly", make-up effects were created by Chris Walas and makeup artist Stephan Dupuis. The pair started with the final design of the creature and then figured out the seven stages to transform Brundle from his normal form to the mutated version. The pair won the 1986 Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Makeup.
Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis are professional make-up artists who've worked on Hollywood films like Gremlins (1984), 300 (2006) and I Am Legend (2007). Harold Michelson is a professional illustrator, storyboard artist, art director and production designer who's worked on major projects like Spaceballs (1987) and Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979).
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Here's what the transformation looked like on film
Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis
Now here are some of the storyboards from the film.
Some images via http://cronenbergmuseum.tiff.
Click on the links if you want to see more of Chris Walas, Stephan Dupuis and HaroldMichelson's work or The Fly artwork on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art and storyboards? If you've seen The Fly what do you think of the Brundlefly effect?
Official The Fly Summary
Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man.
Directed by David Cronenberg
Cinematography by Mark Irwin
Production Design by John Myhre
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, Leslie Carlson
Release date: August 15, 1986
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