Check This Out: Cloverfield Monster's Design Progression
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2009
This is purely for my Cloverfield loving friends - since I know the movie really split audiences in the end. And it came out such a long time ago, there's almost no need to post this anymore. Anyway, found on personal website of lead character designer Neville Page (via our friends at io9) is an impressive collection of some of his early sketches and early models for Cloverfield. Neville has quite an amazing resume - he designed the Cloverfield monster, he was the lead creature and character design on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, and he was the lead creature and character designer on James Cameron's Avatar. Read on for the designs.
I love seeing this for so many reasons. First off, because it reminds me of the days way back when when fans were guessing what the monster looked like and every day there would be a new "fan art" drawing that didn't look like the monster. Secondly, it reminds me of the great article that J.J. Abrams wrote for Wired magazine about mystery and how that plays into the cinematic experience - which was the most important part of Cloverfield. Anyway, for those of you who did love that movie, I hope you enjoy checking out these sketches. We all saw his monster in Star Trek, but I can't wait to see Neville Page's work in Avatar next.