Friday, May 2, 2008

Ironman guts...

Some details of the leg and torso mechanicals...



This represents the final leg design. The original concept for the "suit-up" involved an expanding "sarcophagus" that would open up into a kid of mechanical wardrobe or steamer trunk. Tony would grab onto something like pull-up bars and lower himself into these expanded legs first, and they would seal over him. The scene was cut before shooting began, but thankfully reintroduced in post production, in the more dynamic fashion featured in the film. I'll post design sketches and storyboards from that sequence later...


The torso section would have been lowered over Stark's head, expanded like a watchband so that he could slide it on like a pull-over. The idea was to give the impression of micro-mechanical musculature, a low-profile layer of pistons and levers that acted like abs & serratus muscles with a thin shell of armor over top. The chest piece would clam-shell over as it does in the final scene. We ended up splitting this piece into front and back sections bolted together at the sides, which made for some cool detail shots. The folks at ILM really expanded on the details I'd suggested, referencing a lot of cool robotic and mechanical components for the suit-up. I can't believe what an amazing job they did.

10 comments:

Nigel Li said...

wow, thanks for posting these. They look really good. Hopefully I can catch the movie tonight. Congrats.

Nigel

Chris Bonura said...

Really nice designs. I just watched the movie with guys from work and your concepts translated very well on screen. Cool stuff man!

Joshua James said...

great works!

jjutt said...

Thanks again for showing this beautiful work. I love how conviced i am after looking at your designs. It must of been a dream come true seeing this animated and composited on screen with all those amazing sound effects and explosions. congrats!

Hao Wu said...

Its been 3 days since i watched the movie, though the after taste is still in my mouth. lol Gratz on the movie and Great designs. This is gonna stay in ppls mind in a long long time. =]

Bobby Chiu said...

super cool stuff Phil!

Rodney Fuentebella said...

Wow! These designs are awesome! Thanks again for posting these! I congratulated Ryan on his concepts and I'm glad I can do the same for you. Your work have always been spectacular and the translation from these to the movie are insanely good. I can't wait for your next project to be translated to the big scene.

kenjibliss said...

Very awesome blog and the suit design is incredible!! The film is amazing too. Cheers!

cljohnston108 said...

Thanks so much for posting your designs, Phil!
I'm still reeling from opening day, and it's so cool how EVERYBODY's talking about my favorite superhero now!
BTW, I love how you incorporated some NASA hardware into the design of the shoulder joint!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgynous_Peripheral_Attach_System

Chris

Alex Ramirez (Lex-ex) said...

Hi Phil your concept of ironman's armor is wonderfull, sorry my bad english, i too design my version of ironman armor...
Congratulations--> bytes!