Linh aimed at dirty, gritty visuals for ‘The Last Cause’ with production design that's grounded in reality. Weapons, mechs, military vehicles are functional and often even ugly. The beauty come from an uncompromising design approach which feels very industrial and progressive.
“I often show the artist references that actually have nothing to do with the asset. These can be pictures of camera design, cars, architecture or animals,” says Mai. “This is just to give the artist a feeling of specific shapes and style. Our air troop carrier called Mohawk is very edgy and feels military/industrial, while the overall shape reminding us of an animal if you view it from certain angles.”
Many studios have contacted Linh Mai, but everything is in such an early stage, “nothing is set.” “But if everything runs smoothly,” adds Linh, “we are scheduled to begin filming of the ‘proof of concept’ early next year in Los Angeles. It's still a long way to go. Before that happens we need to finish a lot of things like concept art, models, storyboard, the previz, the casting etc.”