Iron Man (2007): Suit Up Sequence

Final keyframe and development sketches for Iron Man's suit-up sequence. Since principle photography had already finished, I was tasked with working out a sequence using existing plate photography of Tony Stark's workshop and minimal shots of Robert Downey Jr., as he had already wrapped shooting. ILM did a fantastic job of extrapolating from these rough sketches and singular keyframe to develop very believable robotics and an incredibly dynamic sequence that's one of the most memorable in the movie.

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Final post-vis paint-over of Tony's workshop plate photography.

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Suiting-up storyboards showing potential key shots in the suit-up sequence. (Pencil on vellum)

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Suiting-up storyboards showing potential key shots in the suit-up sequence.(Pencil on vellum)

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Suiting-up storyboards showing potential key shots in the suit-up sequence.(Pencil on vellum)

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Suiting-up storyboards showing potential key shots in the suit-up sequence.(Pencil on vellum)

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Concept sketch of the floor panel break-up (Marker)

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More concepts for the floor panel break-up (Marker)

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Working out how the panels would open around the boots (marker)

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Building up the upper legs. Note how the floor panels are actually part of the robot arms. (Marker)

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More boot securing greebly action. (marker)

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Boot-tightening-bolt-driver-thingy. (marker)

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Showing how the panels would break up into the robot arm. (marker)

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Section showing how elements would be folded up under the floor. (Marker)

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Torso attachment. (marker)

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Torso and hip attachment. (Marker)

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Hip attachment device. (Marker)

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Hip attachment exploration.(Marker)