Back in 2019, I worked a few weeks with director Chris McKay and production designer Peter Wenham on the film. To my surprise, I was told at the very end that other designers (some I know and admire) already had previously worked on various alien designs, and ultimately it was my design that got picked for the film.
The White Spikes had to be a powerful enemy. Director Chris McKay described the White Spikes to me as vicious creatures that attack and eat everything in sight. He asked for a compelling design that conveyed the hunger and intelligence of these creatures. Additionally, the White Spikes needed to have different abilities such as fast swimming and flying. It was important that they were agile and able to move extremely fast. It was my job to translate all this information into one cohesive design.
Because there was no clear description of the White Spikes, I gave Chris a few different options to choose from in the beginning. In this early stage, it was all about brainstorming and coming up with interesting ideas.
In order to make them more threatening, Chris felt they needed to have some kind of an offensive weapon, and asked for a plausible way of how the White Spikes could shoot at their targets. I came up with the idea of spike-shooting-tentacles and presented the idea in a sketch. Chris and everyone else loved that idea and wanted me to develop that particular design further. I think it became one of the more memorable features of the design.
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I’m currently watching the movie and I immediately looked to DeviantArt to find art on the fierce Whitespikes. I didn’t expect to find the designer himself here, but wow I’m glad I did. Great job!! Scary, vicious, and ferocious indeed. What’s unclear to me tho is if there are reasonable? I understand they’re intelligent, but it’s odd to me that they are devoid of emotion and only attack and eat….a very primitive way of being for an alien who was able to travel to earth and dominate it.
Literally just got finished watching the film not even 5 minutes ago. I am absolutely in love with their design and am disappointed that we did not get to see more of the. I'd have honestly loved a deeper dive into what they looked like within the film.
My brain immediately went into "How can I craft this into a cosplay" moments after seeing them. The sounds they make and the way they communicate was delicious to hear and I simply want to just know everything about them.
On another note, I was confused at their ability to swim at all let alone fast- unless of course they have some kind of webbing between all those digits and clawed toes. However, I will give a pass on the gliding as that seems plausible for what we were given during the film.
I love this creature and The Tomorrow War is now one of my top if not -the- top creature film favorite on my list.
Absolutely magnificent work.
Looks very cuddly and warm :')
A lot of spikes. Those are my only complaint. They'd get in the way of cuddling and I just can't have that. Gonna get those removed like a dogs tail when it's a pup. Don't know if the vets take that kind of critter tho.
I don't care what the critics say, I frikking *love* that design. There is literally no part of it that looks harmless. I can definitely believe these to be "world-ender"-class predators. Now if we were to pit them against xenomorphs....