May 28, 2021 / 5 Comments
Thank you again to CW for giving me the opportunity to talk about my participation to the film X-men: Dark Phoenix and share my experience with it. I created some moods, props, and environments, but I was primarily employed as a concept designer to collaborate with a team on the new X-men plane known as the "X-jet," which took several months to develop.
To begin with, it's an incredible opportunity to draw and imagine a plane or a spaceship. Isn't it true that every child wishes to build something like this one day? (I recall making my first one for a MadMovies magazine challenge in the 1990s, using forks, plastic capsules, and other rubbish...)
Instead of attractive graphics, I can offer my experience working on this project and my working style now. One of the most significant limitations of this X-jet was its ability to evolve in space while remaining functionally plausible. As a result, from the beginning to the end, I concentrated on developing a solid design. From the outside, the X-jet must appear stealthy and exquisite, as though moulded by the wind to be aerodynamic. It needs to be extremely functional on the inside, with a military feel akin to a submarine and a DIY feel. So, to begin, three words, three pillars that must be combined into a single direction: elegant + military + do it yourself. At first glance, it seem difficult, yet opposition creates exciting dynamics. In addition, the plane must be iconic while also paying homage to previous ”X-men airplanes. However, finding a healthy balance and what is acceptable to both us and our fans remains a challenge. For example, the ‘'X" pattern of the wings seen in a top view camera, the seats that resemble bucket seats to cut weight and enhance the Jet's performance (yet these seats were not particularly comfortable for the actors), the cockpit, and any other features that benefit this aspect of the design.
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