|Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)|
The fourth Mad Max movie has roared to a huge opening weekend and io9 calls it "an astonishing work of art" which is just what production designer Colin Gibson said they were looking for. Every car and vehicle had it's own insane personality. “We wanted to find things that were iconic,” Gibson told Jalopnik. “Cars that had a particular resonance in Australia, and then design them as the boys would’ve.” Co-writer Brendan McCarthy helped create the look of the film and shared some of the early designs on his website.
McCarthy is an award winning British artist and designer who's worked on big budget films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Lost in Space (1998) and Coneheads (1993).
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"The original Mad Max trilogy was to me, the greatest of the 80s franchise movies." McCarthy said, "I loved George Miller’s highly original and surreal ‘post-apocalyptic westerns’ as they have been called — especially the second instalment, Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior. Co-writing and designing the initial storyline and visuals for Mad Max Fury Road was a great thrill. The movie has turned really well and was released to much acclaim. I’m very happy to have been invited to rethink and reignite this terrific film series.
"Featured here are some of my early concept images. You’ll see a lot of my design philosophy and original creations for the movie; from The Buzzards (the buzz-saw wielding spiked vehicles), the Pole Cats (boarding marauders on poles), the whole ‘retro hotrod’ look of the Armada and some character designs. I’ve also included design ideas that didn’t make the finished movie."
For comparison, here are some of the vehicles seen in the film
See more of Brendan McCarthy's amazing website http://artbrandon.com
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Some images via Premiere
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road what do you think of the car designs?
Official Mad Max: Fury Road Summary
"MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order...There's Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And... Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland."Directed by George Miller
Cinematography by John Seale
Production Design by Colin Gibson
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton
Release Dates: 7 May 2015 (TCL Chinese Theatre), 14 May 2015 (Australia), 15 May 2015 (United States)
Official Site: http://www.madmaxmovie.com
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