‘Dune’ Artwork Director Compares Movies to ‘Lord of the Rings’ Collection


Supervising artwork director Tom Brown additionally stated that Denis Villeneuve’s “seminal model” is one that will not be topped.

We’re nonetheless months out from the December 18 launch of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” and the filmmaker is presently racing to wrap up post-production on his epic, now-fabled adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi tome. Within the meantime, particulars from the below-the-line aspect of issues are trickling out, together with most not too long ago from the film’s supervising artwork director Tom Brown. In an interview with KIDS FIRST! Movie Critics, Brown teased the film and what audiences can count on from Villeneuve’s grand imaginative and prescient.

“The great thing about this is that it’s so realistic. It’s not like anything they’ve seen before,” Brown stated of the movie’s spacecraft. “The attitude that Denis and [production designer] Patrice [Vermette took] was, what would happen if these things could actually fly? Unlike a lot of spaceships that just sort of lift off and fly, these have an incredible realism to them. Even though some of the spaceships are the size of skyscrapers, others are two-seater vehicles.”

Brown additionally made a reasonably daring declare with regard to Villeneuve’s ambitions, particularly seeing that “Dune” is a film that even the good Alejandro Jodorowsky tried and failed to make within the 1970s, and David Lynch notoriously bombed with in 1984.

“I think what Denis Villeneuve is doing is what’s called a seminal version of this story. I don’t think it will be topped, to be perfectly honest,” Brown stated. “The sheer scale of it is going to be daunting. But I do think it’s going to be extremely special. I heard in the paper the other day that they’re looking at the new ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and I firmly believe that. I think it’s going to be up there with those kinds of films, really.”

Brown additionally stated that, as Villeneuve plans to separate “Dune” into two movies, “the film, for all intents and purposes for us, was complete” final yr. In a prior interview, cinematographer Greig Fraser assured that the primary film, debuting in December, will really feel like a standalone, full movie.

Villeneuve not too long ago spoke concerning the dash to wrap “Dune” amid quarantine in Canada and separated from the remainder of his crew. “The impact was that it crushed my schedule right now. It will be a sprint to finish the movie on time right now, because we were allowed to go back to shoot those elements in a few weeks…it meant also that I have to finish some elements of the movie, like VFX and the editing, being in Montreal as my crew stayed in Los Angeles,” Villeneuve stated.

Watch the complete interview with Brown on YouTube.

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