Concept artist Meinert Hansen has posted some of the early concepts he created of the spaceship featured in Arrival, which is directed by Denis Villeneuve.
In February of 2015, I began work on “Story Of Your Life,” the Denis Villeneuve movie that would eventually be called “Arrival.” I worked with Patrice Vermette, the production designer to illustrate his and Denis’ ideas, and over the course of three months provided many variations of designs for the ship and its occupants. It was a real treat to be part of this film, and to work so closely with one of our most visionary directors, a real honour.
Here are a few samples of the various designs, beginning with the vessels which were called ‘shells’. There were many shape explorations, beginning with a sphere, some triangles, odd shapes, and eventually an ovoid. The lozenge shape seen in the final was designed by another concept artist; sorry, not sure who. No spoilers here, as most of what you see ended up in the trailer.
Some of the landscape images were taken by concept artist Noah Bradley while on his trip to Iceland, you can download his FREE photo reference sets here.
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