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Edge of Tomorrow: Pitch Art 1 (2010)
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So in early 2010, director Rupert Sanders invited me to work with him on pitch material for a movie called All You Need Is Kill (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_… adapted from a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe.

I was never paid when the film got picked up (not that there were 'proper' contracts in place, but in my naivete back then assumed the best in people, and besides, even armed with contracts, pursuing international lawsuits that costs many times more than the work done doesn't make sense to me.) but I have to say that from a creative standpoint this gig that lasted maybe a week was thoroughly enjoyable. Some of the ideas discussed were truly fantastic, and moral discussions aside I found Rupert to be quite a visionary. From an artistic standpoint, I only wished that I could have been better equipped in skillset at the time to deliver more.

For the job, I was shown previz work by Legacy effects and was asked to put my spin on things. One thing in particular that was asked of me was to revisit the desgns of the powered armour, Rita's axe as well as the dropship and mimics, and hint at the ash covered LA in the settings I would portray them all in.
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The general direction of this image was to portray Rita and Keiji fighting "as though they are in love" even though they're pretty much submerged in sci-fi hell. One of my favourite parts of the image was showing a trooper getting flung about like a ragdoll, and his mind-controlled micro-missile launcher spewing rounds as it misinterprets his pain as a signal to fire.
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Kyle-666's avatar
That looks so much better than the exosuits in the movie.

Armor ftw.
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killfr3nzy's avatar
Urgh, that fucking movie, I swear every theme from the book was turned into its head.

Your image is a lot better and a lot more faithful to the source. Sorry you got screwed over.
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Box-Monster's avatar
God, that armor is sexy.

And also, you know, the murder-tornado.
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SeDevri's avatar
ok this is badass
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Athrakai's avatar
I would have loved for the movie to look more like this :O
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squarenuts's avatar
I think the studio wanted the aliens to look more mechanical and not organic like in the book. The "Climate Change" crowd can't let the public see movies in where Tom Cruise is attacking mother-nature. 
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BusterBuizel|Hobbyist General Artist
Why is there a Planetside 2 Liberator? XD
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Amalgam-Images|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! Sorry to hear that you got screwed though. Were you even credited?
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Eefwee's avatar
Reminds me of Halo: Reach concept art and feel...
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DugatytheReaperX's avatar
cool
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ChuckWalton|Professional Digital Artist
I am seriously disappointed that you weren't compensated for such and incredible pitch of spectacular concept art. Grrrrrrrr....
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ChuckWalton|Professional Digital Artist
Your work still has me picking my jaw off the floor, even though I know that ok should expect it, yet I keep getting the same awe shock as if it was the first time I have seen your work :-)

Absolutely inspirational
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S7alker117|Professional Writer
Wow... this is just... wow! :O
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ManhattonOctoberfest's avatar
I have come across your gallery many times before, so it is about time I say hi. I like both the movie and the manga, but I never read the novel. This would have been great, of course there is nothing wrong with adding different or extra stuff in remakes or reimagining's if done right. I still like the idea of Rita's axe, but it is cool that movie Rita made her's from a helicopter blade. No doubt as a result of improvising from her many loops. XD
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StrangerthanOdd's avatar
I wish the movie had been more in line with these concepts, particularly the books portrayal of Keiji's relationship with Rita. This concept art is pure awesome, both as interpretation and as art. That said I still enjoyed the movie, and its a shame you weren't compensated for your work.

You ought to see if some publishing company would use your artwork on the covers of future book publications of "All You Need is Kill". Might be worth a shot right?
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gensanity|Professional Traditional Artist
AWESOME
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cekblader|Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture! actually led me to look it up, apparently the movie is edge of tomorrow! and now im reading the manga :P awesome stuff.
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PaulV3Design| Digital Artist
Now that's impressive!
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DigitalZaku's avatar
Man DAT exoskeleton so bad ass, u think they knew about the novle before they made the movie
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BattleBruvaVolks's avatar
This is way cooler than the shitty power armor in the movie.
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lkj0987654321's avatar
Sorry to hear you weren't paid properly.

Don't suppose you know anything about the forthcoming Yukikaze adaptation?
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ukitakumuki|Professional Digital Artist
Only the barest of facts, like Tom helming it.. :) Do you know anything interesting beyond the casting?
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lkj0987654321's avatar
I wish! But everyone seems to like Edge of Tomorrow a bunch, so I'd say things are looking pretty good for Yukikaze getting made at the very least. I'm not optimistic that they'll keep the meditative mood, but here's hoping, eh?

They'll probably call it "Snowborne" or something.
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ukitakumuki|Professional Digital Artist
haha snowborne... yeah edge of tomorrow got pretty close to the meditative aspects for an action flick, or at least alludes to it despite the pacing. 

Whatever it is, Maverick dogfighting aliens and shredding nukes in a canyon while reverse vectoring floats my boat nicely, if that were to be preserved hahaha
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