Nova concept art

We saw the Nova Corps. in Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Glenn Close’s character as they worked with Star-Lord and friends to fight Ronan the Accuser. But we did not see Nova proper, despite a plan once being in place to feature him in the movie. Nova, like so many other Marvel characters (especially on the cosmic end of things) has a few different conceptions in comics stories, but in general he’s a uniformed human man, Richard Rider, who is buffed up by power and authority. He’s somewhere between a galactic cop superstar and Xandar’s own Captain America. Now we’ve got Nova concept art, detailing one ideas for his on-screen incarnation.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art

We love concept art. Conceptual artists usually present the most stunning version of the ideas presented in a screenplay, and often are much more beautiful than computer generated imagery in the movies themselves. And sometimes concept art gets to reveal a version of the movie that we didn’t get to see on the big screen. For example, Tor tipped us off to some of Stephan Martiniere‘s amazing Guardians of the Galaxy concept art images.

One of the pieces of concept art visualizes a location not seen in the movie, an alien planet that was apparently in credited co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman‘s original screenplay for the film. The planet is very significant to the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book storyline and, potentially, something we could see in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. So if you’ve seen the film and are okay with comic book spoilers which could be adapted in future sequels, hit the jump.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art
Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post, which originally appeared on July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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martin scorsese 11 storyboards

Many of us, in our preteen years, conceived stories in crayon and pencil, but most of us did not grow up to be among the most significant directors to work in the medium of film. Martin Scorsese did, of course, and that makes his preteen doodles a bit more interesting than most others. Here we have storyboards created by a very young Scorsese for The Eternal City, a Roman epic about “royalty in Ancient Rome,” for which he dreamt of casting Marlon Brando, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness, and Richard Burton. Read More »

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I’m not sure if /Film readers are looking forward to The Maze Runner, as it might look like another young adult book adaptation. But the footage that was screened at Comic Con surprised those in attendance, and I think it will we will all be pleasantly surprised by the film when its released.

We’ve been following filmmaker Wes Ball since the release of his computer animated short film Ruin a couple years ago. (He has a deal with Fox to eventually make a big screen adaptation of the short.) Ball is part of a new generation of filmmakers who display a mastery of computer-generated imagery and know how to use it as part of the filmmaking toolset. Yesterday the filmmaker went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how he believes audiences are ready for a fully-CG computer-animated feature film for adults, and how he wants to see a “photographic” quality computer-animated feature. He even teased a project he’s been working on for some time. Check out some concept art, a poster and a concept pitch teaser trailer for Wes Ball‘s In Search Of Humans. Learn more, after the jump.

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the original leprechaun - Leprechaun: Origins Photo

WWE Studios has released a first look at the Leprechaun from Leprechaun: Origins, a reboot of The Leprechaun horror film series. reveal was made during a presentation at Comic Con this week. The B-level iconic horror villain is played in the movie by Dylan Postl, better known as WWE wrestler/superstar Hornswoggle. Hit the jump to see Leprechaun: Origins photo reveal.

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avengers 2 concept art

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Marvel has released the final two character posters, completing the image and bringing the total up to eight. One of these new ones features a character we haven’t seen yet: Vision. He’s not front and center in the poster that does feature him, but we see enough to know that it is a pretty classic rendition of the character’s look.

Marvel Studios often drops concept art for its movies as posters at Comic Con, and this year is no different. The studio has released the first two of what will obviously be a series of posters featuring concept art from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today’s posters show Iron Man and Scarlet Witch doing battle against a horde of Ultron replicas.  They’re by two different artists, Ryan Meinerding (Iron Man) and Andy Park (Scarlet Witch). We’ll update with additional posters in the Avengers 2 concept art collection as they become available.

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the maze runner story - The Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Concept Art

Earlier today we ran early reactions from the first screening of The Maze Runner, all of which were overwhelmingly positive. At today’s 20th Century Fox panel Wes Ball talked about wanting to make a sequel and continue the story of The Maze Runner book adaptations on the big screen. That of course all depends on how well the film does when it hits theaters on September 19th, 2014. But if all goes as planned, Ball says they want to start shooting on the followup in Fall 2014. He even released the first piece of concept art from the potential sequel. Hit the jump to check out The Maze Runner sequel concept art which was revealed in Hall H.
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