Incredibly awesome G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra concept art online

I know there is mixed reactions about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and even myself, an unabashed fanboy, can find severe faults with it.  That being said, a lot of the technology designs and concept work was flat out incredible, and seemed to fit very well within a G.I. Joe vs. Cobra science fiction aesthetic.  Perhaps some pushed the boundaries a little bit, but there were still things to love about other elements.

Starbuck dug up some great concept work from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra designer Christopher Ross, and you can check it out at his website right here.  Included is some preliminary work for the Accelerator Suits as well as the nanomite rocket launchers, Scarlett’s crossbow…and well, a metric ton of stuff, honestly.  One really interesting piece was something called “The Warrior” which has elements from the Accelerator Suit, but beyond that is pretty unrecognizable as a used concept.

I’ve mirrored some of the images below, but definitely check out Christopher Ross’ website for more details.  Big thanks to Starbuck for digging this up.

Continuing the countdown – Reason #19 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great

As we break the three week barrier, Twitziller continues pumping out the reasons to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Well, you know, besides the fact that we’re all diehard G.I. Joe crazies.  He dips back into the film production side of things today.


Scene composition is a much trickier endeavor than people might think as the cinematographer must find a way to include just enough into any given scene, without giving away too much.  The scene above is a perfect example.  They could just do a tight shot on the helicopter as it moves towards Roadblock (and chances are, there will be some of those as well) but this scene with the helicopter in the background gives a much more precise impression of depth and puts Roadblock much more in harms way.  You actually feel like you’re right next to him, watching this deadly Cobra instrument of destruction home in on you.  Cobra Commander is barely visible on the side of the vehicle, but you know he’s there.  This already looks like a really fun sequence and it looks like it’s going to be one of many featuring Roadblock and Cobra Commander.

To be honest, obviously on a much smaller level, but I feel like cinematography is something I struggle with myself, with my reviews and Dio-Stories.  It’s not an easy thing to master, even with taking still pictures, I can’t imagine the skill and talent involved at the motion picture level.  Stuff like this is why I give fanfilm producers tons of credit.  It’s not just dressing in a costume and clicking the “record” button.  There is so much more involved.

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