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    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
    The Dune thread got me thinking about Sci-fi movie design.

    We're not talking about the movie's merit's as a whole, just the design aspects. Bad movies can have fantastic artistic direction.

    Just thinking of a

    Event Horizon: Not a good movie, but the design on the ship based around the design of a gothic cathedral, it's engines, the black hole drive, were very pretty.

    Equilirbium: Here's it's mainly costuming. The tunic coats, the uniforms that at once had the look of the matrix and yet were still utilitarian.

    The Fountain: The space sequences were made using a form of "fluid painting" giving space an amazingly different look.

      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    I whole-heartedly agree with The Fountain--it was just beautifully shot, espicially the future bits.
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    Sci-fi has the great advantage in that the design for movies of that genre is limited only ot the designer's imagination.

    Ghost in the Shell
    Fifth Element for Gaultier's costumes
    Gattaca too

    But the Fountain was especially beautiful to look at, yes
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    Let's not forget "Sunshine". I loved the huge shield in front of the spaceship.
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    Sky Captian and the World of Tomorrow was a nice looking popcorn flick. I recall hearing somewhere that the director used a lot of Adobe After Effects Plug-ins to create the backgrounds in his own garage.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    @hmobius - and their budget :P

    Seconding 2001, Ghost in the Shell(and Innocence!), Blade Runner, and Fifth Element(the cityscape rocks as well).

    Anime-wise, I'll also toss up Paprika, gonna spring for it on Blu-Ray as it looked so nice.

    I also really like the look of the CG Appleseed movies(and related production Vexille), they've got a visual weight to them that seems to be lacking in most other 3D productions I've seen.

    While its pretty much just the one room throughout, I loved the design for the set used in Ryuhei Kitamura's Alive.

    Some of the Alien sets(namely the H.R.Geiger ones) were gorgeous as well.

    Even though the usefulness of the system is questionable, I absolutely loved the transparent multitouch UI in Minority Report
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    I loved the creature design by Ray Harryhausen. The stop motion monster and flying saucers in films like 20 Million Miles to Earth and It Came from Beneath the Sea are really innovative.

    The SF animation The Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage) is a great example of surrealistic imagination crossing the SF field.
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    As far as science fiction design goes there is always Dark City.

    I love the way hte city looks in that movie, especially how every age seems ot be blended into one time, loosely the 50's but not exactly. Just really well done and the design elements were almost gothic and steampunk...but then not. Hard to describe I guess, just like the movie.
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    My girlfriend has never seen any of the "Alien" movies. We watched the first one a few weeks back and since then she's been kind of obsessed with the creatures and really getting into Giger's work.

    Thing is, she doesn't see them as scary at all, she sees them as things of beauty. "Absolutely perferct design" she keeps muttering and sketching.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    Well, can't say as I disagree with her, they're a fantastic creation.
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    Sky Captian and the World of Tomorrow was a nice looking popcorn flick. I recall hearing somewhere that the director used a lot of Adobe After Effects Plug-ins to create the backgrounds in his own garage.

    Urban legend. What happened was that he spent four years crunching a teaser/trailer in his garage. To make the film, they had a hundred people on computers. Word has it that to actually get the film finished, they had another couple of hundred Mac-monkeys in warehouses all over California desperately trying to crunch the thing to make the release date.
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    Let's not forget "Sunshine". I loved the huge shield in front of the spaceship.

    Here, here. I picked this up on a whim. Beautiful, beautiful movie.
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    I. Loved. The Fountain.

    2001 is an obvious answer, but a good one. Paprika is another good choice.
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    The Sky Captain DVD showed the computer warehouse these guys were using to make that movie. Dozens of computers, servers and wires running all over. Not the clean lines and slick shit of Pixar. It was definately a labor of love, as alot of the people working on it were doing so on the cheap.

    Another great visual movie CASSHERN, Japanese superhero craziness.


      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    i think star wars deserves to go in there even if those new movies were a godawful abortion
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    Another great visual movie CASSHERN, Japanese superhero craziness

    With political intent to boot! Great fucking film.
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    @Orwellseyes & Pi8you: Thats what I'm talking about. H.R. Giger's alien design is a work of genius! Best. Creature. Ever. I have invested in H.R. Giger art books and consider him one of my favorite fine artists. Its a shame Giger hasn't been hired for anything in years. Its also a shame that many of the films he worked on went to development Hell.

    @muse hick: Agreed. Star Wars won over the hearts of millions with it's rustic sci-fi look.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Firefly / Serenity loved the ship and its big old engine - what I can't right now find a pic of

    Such a pretty design

    Also something about flying through space while dressed like a character in Once Upon a Time in the West is just fly.
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    i was smitten with the robots in casshern.
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008
    Huh, I always thought Casshern was Korean, I think my friend told me that and I just took him at his word. Things I need to remember not to do...