BRAINSTORM Concept Art by Christopher S. Ross

Check out Brainstorm concept art/storyboards by Christopher S. Ross.

Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on Brainstorm (1983).

The film is about a research team that creates a device that can record and playback experiences and sensations from one mind to another. The system is sold to the military who try to exploit it and the research team has to fight to destroy it. Along the way, Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) is trying to recover and experiences the recording of his wife's (Natalie Wood) death.

Christopher S. Ross is a professional concept artist who's worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Avengers, Batman Forever and G.I. Joe Rise of C.O.B.R.A..

Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).

Brainstorm was not successful at the box office and the film suffered from behind-the-scenes issues. The production was plagued with problems from the real-life death of actor Natalie Wood to efforts by the studio to shut the production down before completing the film. After working on Brainstorm, director Douglas Trumbull retired from Hollywood film-making saying, "I have no doing another Hollywood feature film...Absolutely none. The movie business is so totally screwed-up that I just don't have the energy to invest three or four years in a feature film."

The only true piece of concept art is the one I've highlighted above, but the fascinating behind-the-scenes and closeup images of the jerryrigged and militarized "Hat" make up for it.


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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Brainstorm what did you think?

Official Brainstorm Summary

Directed by Douglas Trumbull
Cinematography by Richard Yuricich
Production Design by Martin Whist
Starring: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Jordan Christopher
Release date: September 30, 1983 (USA)
© Copyright 1983 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. All rights reserved


  1. I wonder if any of those pieces are still around?
    Thirty years ago? Wow, I am feeling old...

  2. I wondered the same thing. They're so beautiful, but probably not.


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