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The Concept Art Behind Cloud Atlas' Neo-Seoul

The Concept Art Behind Cloud Atlas' Neo-Seoul


The Concept Art Behind Cloud Atlas' Neo-Seoul

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 08:35 AM PDT


Conceptual designer/ artist, George Hull, the man behind most of the concept work for 'Cloud Atlas' has been talking about his work on the film, especially the city of Neo-Seoul which evolved from Skype chats with the film's makers, Lana and Andy Wachowski.

In an interview with io9, he recalls being contacted by the Wachowski's in 2010 when they needed some concept art to sell the script. The conceptual artist's job starts when the film's director needs to have certain elements of the script visualised, firstly because most directors are not experienced, proficient artists, as a visual tool to help bring in financing and to give the other creatives, Production Designers, Set Decorators etc, a heads up on what is needed. For films set in the future, other worlds and all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, aliens and robots, a conceptual artist is essential.

George just had time to draw up Neo-Seoul, the futuristic dystopian twin city of Seoul which sits next to the sunken ruins of the original city, before going off to work on another film. When that gig was up he was back with Cloud Atlas which was by now, up and financed, partly thanks to his stunning artwork.

George's influences as a kid were Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' and 'Alien' films, and it certainly shows in the amazing artwork for Cloud Atlas, and his other work, from starting out with the Wachowski's on the 2 Matrix sequels to the likes of The Island, V For Vendetta, Terminator Salvation, The Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Man 2.

George enjoyed working with the Wachowski's so much he's onboard with them on their next sci-fi epic 'Jupiter Ascending' and he assures io9 that he's having the most fun of his career.

To read the full story where George talks about working on Cloud Atlas with lots of his concept art for the film, head over to io9 for a visual feast.

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