Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Exclusive: Fascinating ENDER'S GAME Concept Art by Cenay Oekman

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 5

Ender's Game concept art by Cenay Oekman
Check out Ender's Game concept art by Cenay Oekman!

Ender's Game was released earlier this month and I talked briefly with illstrator Cenay Oekman about working on the film. I'm also sharing some unseen concept art from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Captain America: The First Avenger

Cenay Oekman is a professional visual effects and concept artist who's worked on blockbuster movies like Inception (2010), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

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

He started out as a concept artist for a game company in 1983 and switched to working in 3D. But Cenay felt that 3D visual artists are "only a number" and wanted to become a concept artist instead. His main goal in Ender's Game was to take the "visually stunning" work and add more detail and texturing to the final 3D models. Cenay was in charge of the 3D department guiding the build, especially the Eros landscape landing platform. It was designed mostly "free style."

Formics

Eros


Shuttle

Cenay said the most challenging part of the designs were the shuttles since they had "to be connected to things we know." The shape of the shuttle was based on an electric shaver. They then had to come up with engines and other details. The space station took a long time to do, but he says they're very happy with the results.

Space Station
Transporter

Car Station

As a bonus, here are a couple of concept designs from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Captain America: The First Avenger.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Helicopter
Image from the film

Captain America: The First Avenger Red Skull's plane

See more of Cenay Oekman's work on the film at www.xotos.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of Cenay Oekman's work and Ender's Game on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Ender's Game what did you think?

Official Ender's Game Synopsis
"In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race."
Directed by Gavin Hood
Cinematography by Donald McAlpine
Production Design by Sean Haworth and Ben Procter
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
Release date(s): October 25, 2013 (United Kingdom), November 1, 2013 (United States)
Official Site: http://www.if-sentinel.com/
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Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate. All rights reserved

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5 comments:

  1. Interesting that he started in the game industry.
    I love the idea of shuttlecraft as electric shaver!

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  2. Red Skull's plane - nice!
    There are video game artists, especially those working for Blizzard, who would create the most amazing animated movie ever if they ever had the opportunity.

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  3. Inspiration comes from many unlikely places Squid.

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  4. That's true Alex, since they have such a cinematic quality.

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  5. That's true Alex, since they have such a cinematic quality.

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