The Monju Creation

You can watch the movie online:
https://www.monjuhunters.com

This is the creature design I've made for our short movie 'Monju Hunters of Sōfugan Island'. The film is a co-production with my buddy Karim Eich. We finished the project in fall 2016 after 1,5 years of hard work. It's my master's thesis at Bauhaus University Weimar.

As we were only two individuals who worked on that movie, it was necessary to switch between many different tasks and work on different film related projects at the same time. The design of the monju covered nearly the whole period of the movie creation. At the beginning I started with more alien form language, later I came back to a more grounded and earth-like design. I switched between 2d and 3d to try a few things.

Dirk wachsmuth 01 monju screengrab

Screengrab from our movie

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Early design in a more alien like direction

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Mutated dolphin sketch

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Early ideation sketches

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Dirk wachsmuth 03 monju model no1 designshots
Dirk wachsmuth 04 monju model no1 beautyrender
Dirk wachsmuth 05 monju model no2 designshots
Dirk wachsmuth 06 monju model no2 beautyrender
Dirk wachsmuth 07 monju model no3 design
Dirk wachsmuth 08 monju model no3 colorconcept
Dirk wachsmuth 09 monju model no4 5ansaetze
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The final direction was very whale like

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Dirk wachsmuth 15 monju finaldesign wip
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The acid-proof skin of the Monju

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A sign which can be seen in the marked scenes

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I've created a skeleton as a base for the final Monju

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The skeleton was also helpful for the hologram

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The final textured Monju model