Method Studios Devises Advanced Alien Technology for ‘The Predator’
Artists at the former Atomic Fiction VFX house lend their talents to an epic crash landing and mid-air battle in Shane Black’s ‘Predator’ sci-fi adventure reboot.
Atomic Fiction, known as Method Studios since being acquired this past July, dug back into cinematic history to help guide their artists’ design work on director Shane Black’s sci-fi action adventure, The Predator.
Though the film may feature a familiar alien antagonist, the reboot’s murderous extraterrestrial packs seriously advanced technology – Method’s production team referenced designs and iconography from the original 1987 Predator, as well as high performance sports cars and military vehicles, to help realize key moments featuring the alien technology, including an epic crash landing and high-stakes mid-air battle as well as sophisticated hologram and UI graphics.
Working from provided concept art, Method artists designed, modeled and animated the film’s two main alien aircraft: the Arc ship cargo vessel and the Pursuit ship, built for speed and agility. The ships’ movements were grounded in physics, with creative variations to support the director’s vision. Design elements from the original feature also informed The Predator holograms and UIs. Artists began with a point cloud aesthetic, then pulled in significant text, fonts and features from the 1987 film, creating militaristic yet ergonomic designs that would appear too complex for human understanding.