|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) concept art by the Aaron Sims Company|
Check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) concept art by the Aaron Sims Company!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot is a hit and Aaron Sims Company has kindly sent me concept art from the film that shows the development of the four "heroes in a half-shell" and a press release that talks about the making of the film.
Though the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles names have changed - Michelangelo ("Mikey"), Donatello ("Donnie"), Raphael ("Raph") and Leonardo ("Leo") - the team worked hard to honor the original characters. Aaron Sims Company kindly provided an interview what it was like working on the film and some high-res illustrations from the movie design.
Aaron Sims Company is a design, previsualization and visual effects studio who've worked on blockbusters like G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
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"Aaron Sims Company (ASC) is grateful to have been able to work so closely with director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay to create these iconic characters, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo, who many of our artists grew up with, making it a dream come true for ASC. The way the Turtles and Splinter will look on screen is essentially one to one in terms of ASC’s design, as are the majority of the ancillary characters. The best part of this process was embracing the original characters to design the Turtles, their supporting characters, and nemeses from the ground up. It was a tough but rewarding challenge to be able to problem-solve and give each character his own personality, making them all look very unique in their facial expressions and body movements. The assets ASC created were eventually used for previs and animation, then in production, moving on to VFX at ILM to the final visual showcase you’ll see on screen. ASC’s team of talented artists, including Jared Krichevsky , Joshua Min, Luca Nemolato, Cameron Ward, Tsvetomir Tsenov Georgiev, Francesco Corvino, Kelton Cram, and others spent almost two years designing for this film and are happy that the designs seem to be translating well for many fans of the classic original TMNT.
"Later on this year, you’ll be able to see ASC’s designs in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Jupiter Ascending.
"In addition to concept design, Aaron Sims is getting into producing more original content through Apollo Pictures, his production company. As a follow-up to his well-received 2012 short “Archetype,” fans will be excited to know that Aaron will be directing another original sci-fi short by the end of 2014."
See more of Aaron Sims Company's marvelous work at http://www.asc-vfx.com.
Click on the links if you want to see more of Aaron Sims Company's work or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artwork on my blog.
Some images via Comic Book Movie (Nailbiter111) and Screencrush (Mike Sampson)
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles what do you think of the designs of the characters?
Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Summary
"The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan."
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Cinematography by Lula Carvalho
Production Design by Neil Spisak
Starring: Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg
Official Site: http://www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com/
Release Dates: August 8, 2014
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