Courtesy of entertainment news website Gizmodo, we have a brief interview with one of the usually unsung people behind big visual properties - concept artist Wes Burt, who worked among other projects, on the first Transformers trilogy! Check out the whole thing here, and see some relevant snippets and images below.
Wesley Burt is a concept artist who has worked on prestigious film and game projects like the Transformers films, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Lord Of The Rings: Online, Magic: The Gathering trading cards and Thor. In his 13 years of professional work, Wes has created some amazing art.
Burt has done some amazing work for big-name movies and triple-A gaming titles; his portfolio stretches from Dishonored to Silent Hill to League of Legends to Borderlands to the GI Joe films. A Cleveland Institute of Art alumni, he’s multi-talented, also working on graphite works and oil paintings in his spare time.
He’s presenting at the Melbourne International Design Week festival next week, at the Look Upstairs forum on April 2-4 on design, advertising, 3D and creativity alongside 40 other design professionals from 20 countries. Wes spoke to Gizmodo about his history and inspiration as a graphic artist, and about some of the amazing properties he’s worked on.
How did you get into concept art and design? What drew you to Massive Black?
I became really interested in concept art when I was an early teenager, seeing the Art of Star Wars books and other movie pre-production books. I started making my own drawings and designs of characters from my head and from books I was reading at the time.
What’s the largest, or most exciting, or your favourite project that you’ve worked on?
Working on the Transformers films was really fun and exciting — having a really direct input on what things could end up looking like, and working with the director and production designers who’ve worked on so many different films. I ended doing a whole lot of the preliminary work for the Dinobots in the new film, so it will be really cool to see that come to life!
I also really enjoy working on games that are more in the historical or fantasy realm — so designing factions and costuming for Lord of The Rings Online, and also a lesser-known title called Gods & Heroes, was right up my alley. I like researching different cultures, their way of dress and types of armor and all that, so that’s always fun for me
Ready for some updates from the Asia exclusive Transformers Cloud initiative? The TakaraTomyMall Twitter account has recently posted an image of the two most recent characters, Starscream and Brawn, facing off, in tank and robot mode respectively. On the other hand, eHobby have tweeted a comparison shot between the G1 Starscream and TFC-D02 Starscream figures, bothin jet mode. And finally, the TakaraTomyMall website has been updated with another chapter in the Guardians of Time story, and an illustration by Nagi Miyako; the chapter is in Japanese, and can be found here. Check out everything else below!
Fellow Seibertron.com user Sabrblade has pointed us once more towards the new Facebook page for one of the BotCon set characters, Tornado, who is apparently uploading datalogs about the StarSeekers leading up to show, as reported yesterday. Start reading it below, and keep on reading here or here!
Star Seeker Saboteur Tornado
Aboard the Tidal Wave
Personal Journal – Date index 284.756.13
As we all know, it’s just my nature to be...curious. Being a saboteur, I like to take things apart; I like to figure things out. The Captain speaks of this big bounty that he has planned (“The biggest heist yet!”), and that we will be informed about it when the time is right (i.e. when he’s good and ready.) While I normally don’t have any trouble distracting myself with work, this has got me more curious than usual. The Captain, while normally quite pleasant in his own sadistic way, seems almost… giddy.
I’ve been doing a little digging in the ship's computers. Too easily, really. (They're pirates, aren't they? Surely they know about guarding their loot, even if its digital.) A few nanokliks of effort, and I’ve gained access to the Captain’s Log. Hmm. Disappointing. Some rambling about transwarp that borders on the incoherent – at least for me – but nothing solid about the overall plan. He’s playing it close to the torso plate, as usual. Scrap. Oh well, might as well get something useful out of this. Let's see what he's got to say about the day that Ferak and I joined his crew. It'll be good to know what kind of impressions we made and if the Captain's welcoming smile was actually that...
TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set
Featuring All 51 Action-Packed Episodes
OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE 7-DVD SET ON MAY 6, 2014
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
This spring, get ready to relive some of the most exciting classic action battles of the AUTOBOTS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS ENERGON. In 2004, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS ENERGON, the second part of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. The heroic OPTIMUS PRIME, his legions of AUTOBOTS and their human friends are in search of the valuable substance Energon, which they find on Earth. A mysterious force has discovered the Energon as well and will stop at nothing to gain control all of it. It’s up to the AUTOBOTS to save the fate of mankind and planet Earth from total destruction.
On May 6, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves, featuring all 51 unforgettable episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD set. Whether discovering this series for the first time or reliving the childhood memory, this collectible DVD set is a must-have for every fan and collectors to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.
Ten years of peace have passed since UNICRON’s destruction, but all of that’s about to change. A mysterious enemy has unleashed the TERRORCONS on the AUTOBOTS’ cities, gathering energy for plans of total domination. Enter a newly revived MEGATRON and the universe is in for a war unlike any it’s ever seen between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS. And once again, Earth is caught in the middle!
Can OPTIMUS PRIME and his valiant AUTOBOTS — alongside their human allies — protect the Earth against this new threat? Find out with the complete series of TRANSFORMERS ENERGON!
About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
Thanks to the amazing, as usual, Mariel Romero over at IDW Publishing, we have a very very brief, to contain spoilers, iTunes preview of the upcoming finale to the Transformers crossover event Dark Cybertron! Are we ready for the ending, and the Dawn of the Autobots? Check it out below.
IT GETS EVEN BIGGER! Okay we lied when we were talking about last issue… but this issue is as big as they come. It’s all come down to this moment—every scheme, every lie, every moment of heroism, every relationship, every rivalry… if CYBERTRON falls, so falls the universe!
The team over at Behind the Voice Actors have dropped by with some good news. The animated series Transformers: Prime has been nominated in quite the number of categories in this year's 3rd Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards - and we can all join in to vote! To do so, follow this link, and check out the nominations below.
To allow you to pick what you consider is the best choice to win, we've collected sound clips of the nominees or an image gallery of characters/actors, where applicable.
You can ONLY vote ONCE per category. Choose wisely as you will NOT be able to change your vote once it has been cast.
Be sure to check back on March 19th 2014 when the winners will be revealed.
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a TV Series - Action/Drama
- Frank Welker as Megatron
- Steve Blum as Starscream
Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama
- Daran Norris as Knock Out
- Michael Ironside as Ultra Magnus
Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama
- Tania Gunadi as Miko Nakadai
Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama
- Gina Torres as Airachnid
Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Series - Action/Drama
- Transformers: Prime
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
- Will Friedle as Bumblebee (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Sumalee Montano as Arcee (Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising)
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Special/Direct-to-DVD Title
- Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising
Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host and idol of millions, Counterpunch, along with regular cast Rotorstorm, Scotty P, Seibertron, and even a little bit of Jon 3.0 sandwiched in the middle.
Episode 88 "Marky Mark and the Transformers Bunch" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.
The full blown flag wavin', dino slashin', Wahlberg actin' Age of Extinction trailer has hit the airwaves. While we break it down for America, follow along with the excellent gallery of still images right here on Seibertron.com
The Comics department didn't get all of the Livio Ramondelli fun - he stopped by the Twincast as well! We ask the questions everyone always wanted to ask, and have a ton of fun along the way. After you listen, be sure to check out Livio's Website and Deviantart Page for all the latest. Plus, post any questions you might have for Livio right here in this topic, and be sure to check out Va'als written interview with Livio as well.
Just in time to not be relevant, we discuss the Masterpiece Bumblebee silhouette and ponder what the final product might look like. We accidentally guessed a few features correctly, it's pretty rad.
Straight from the butt butt, Brawn and Starscream have arrived to confuse our shelves once again. Will the Twincast be flying high with these releases, or having them grounded?
Grimlocks everywhere! Hope you're ready for a whole bunch of Dinobots this summer, as we get to see one of the first exclusive releases for the Age of Extinction toyline in the Grimlock Evolution 2-Pack.
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We know that a trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction may be surfacing this Tuesday, but in preparation to that, Yahoo! Movies have posted a new promotional poster for the film, featuring Mark Wahlberg's character Cade Yaeger. He appears to be holding the gun/sword we saw quite a while back, with one of the ships seen in the teaser trailer hovering behind him, and a new tagline: The Rules Have Changed. Check it out below!
UPDATE: The trailer will definitely appear tomorrow, as the Shoot4theEdit Twitter account confirmed earlier today.
transformers4 trailer on http://t.co/DneDfwmdny tomorrow Tuesday March 4 8:30PM (Eastern Standard Time) (1:30 UTC/GMT March 5).
Entertainment news website Entertainment Tonight has uploaded a fairly lengthy video, rounding up its news about gossip and facts from celebrity and movie worlds. Why is this of importance to us? They teased, with parts of the Super Bowl trailer, a glimpse at the theatrical trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, due to air on Tuesday. How much will they show? We'll find out next week! Check out the relevant section from the video in the clip below, courtesy of site ComicBookMovie.com.
Fellow Seibertron.com user #Sideways# just spotted a new update regarding the Transformers Universe MOBA. The people behind the game have revealed a new character for Universe, through a Vine (short looping video), Meltdown, who appears to have Transformers: Prime Ratchet's mold in a gold and blue deco, and features a Boraya Beam Gun, Starstream Beam Gun, Protex Rocket Launcher and is also a medic. Check out some screenshots below, and click here for the Vine!
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