film design

oblivion

OVERVIEW

Client: Universal Pictures  |   Time:  2009 – 2012   |   Credit: Vehicle Designer

 

Oblivion is a 2013 Universal Picture feature film, directed by Joe Kosinski, and starring Tom Cruise. Daniel is credited as Vehicle Designer, and designed the two main vehicles of the film: the so called Bubbleship and the Drone.

It was August 2009 when Daniel re-joined forces with Joe—with whom he worked previously on Tron Legacy—for the creation of a very unique flying machine and an army of drones. A short graphic novel and pitch to Disney Studios ( the project later switched to Universal ) was being developed for this original sci-fi story, and the main vehicle was described to as a blend of a dragonfly with a Bell 47 helicopter. The story in the making: Oblivion.

When Daniel began sketching, he couldn’t know that this machine would be one of the most elaborate projects he’d ever be involved in. Between the first drawings and the premiere in April 2013, three and a half years had passed, of which Daniel spent over one year working on the main ship, fostering its unique design all the way through the construction process to the final hand-off to Tom Cruise.

DESIGN

 

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BUBBLESHIP

 

The design brief for this ship was simple: combine a dragonfly with a Bell 47 helicopter. The dragonfly is clearly a metaphor for lightness, agility, elegance, and proportion. The Bell 47—an well-known icon in the aviation world—shares most of those attributes. Most notably the large glass canopy, resembling the head of an insect and offering unsurpassed visibility for both pilot and passenger. However, the stance of the Bell both on the ground and mid-air is rather laid-back. In contrast, the Bubbleship equipped with deadly weapons, needed a more aggressive character. This turned out to be the biggest challenge on the project: to create a vehicle with a large glass sphere cockpit and thin joints with bold and dominant looks.

Length: 7570 mm  |   Width:  7517 mm   |   Height: 3203 mm landed

DRONE

 

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Length: 2372 mm  |   Width:  1900 mm armed   |   Height: 1513 mm

MAKING

 

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