Framestore's Art Department started work on Edge of Tomorrow in late 2011 on a mammoth 2-year project which saw them help design not just the soldiers, but also the Mimics: superfast, almost indescribable creatures with a tangle of tentacle-covered retractable limbs.
Initially working alongside the production art department they created visuals for the beach and beach landings, the design of the exosuit jackets and soldier uniform. The mimicks took nearly the whole of post to finalize. Browse through a selection of original concept designs for the project:
'There were numerous references for our art department. Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji made out of old tyres was one, but “Resonance / Deus Ex Machina” by SR Partners is a video that came to embody the random and terrifying kinetics of the Mimics.'Jonathan Fawkner - VFX Supervisor
'We had a sort of arms race between the aliens and the soldiers, because if the aliens can move fast then the suits have to make the soldiers move fast too, otherwise why would they have built them?'Jonathan Fawkner - VFX Supervisor