Project Info

Release Date: October 22nd, 2021

Client

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Producers

Cale Boyter

Mary Parent

Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr

Herb Gains

Production Company

Legendary Entertainment

Warner Bros

Production VFX Supervisor

Paul Lambert

Rodeo FX Crew

Concept Artist

Deak Ferrand

VFX Supervisor

François Dumoulin

VFX Producer

Wassila Lmouaci

Executive Producer

Isabelle Langlois

Turning a bestseller into an epic saga

On Dune, we were looking for something that’s never been seen before…

Deak Ferrand

Head of Art Department

As a die-hard fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune, it was only a matter of time before Denis Villeneuve decided to make it his mission to adapt it for the silver screen. For this task, he turned to one of his collaborators at Rodeo FX, artist Deak Ferrand, who had already worked on the critically acclaimed film Blade Runner 2049.

Deak Ferrand, along with Patrice Vermette, production designer on the film, spent a year working on the designs of some of the most iconic places and elements of Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece such as the Arrakeen planet, the Caladan castle, and the monumental spice harvesters—an incredible task that generated nearly 400 pieces of artwork.

Concept art is the crucial first step of every filmmaking process and in the case of Dune, the resulting images were so precise that the visual effects artists were continuously asked to refer back to them and recreate them. This was an even more complex task than usual since the original book was a worldwide bestseller and an iconic movie had already been made nearly 40 years ago. Yet, it was a unique chance for the studio to enter this saga and to collaborate again with Denis Villeneuve, one of the most recognized Sci-Fi directors of his generation.

Luckily, this is only the beginning, as Ferrand is gearing up to start designing for Paul’s next step in his fight against the Emperor for Dune: Part Two, slated for release in October 2023.

DUNE BEAUTY REEL

Concept Art

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