Growing up Mad Max:

Growing up I loved the Mad Max movies.  Road Warrior left an indelible mark on my mind and was likely the source of my fascination with dystopian images of culture and environments.  The fascination was further fed by the table top game Car Wars.  

It didn't take much to be inspired by the new Mad Max movie 'Fury Road'.  The visuals are over the top and the car designs are on par with anything dreamed up thus far.  As a lark I spent a few moments streaming my idea of a apocalyptic car/aircraft carrier.  Two large mining dump trucks fitted with the top deck of a ship/oil platform serves as a delivery system for cars on the dystopian playa.  I highly suggest experimenting with a few Mad Max inspired sketches of your own.  Vehicle ideas and perspectives are easy to source  as well as textures and materials.    

Drawing Mad Max vehicles as a sketch exercise.

Drawing Mad Max vehicles as a sketch exercise.

Fury Road was a heck of a fun ride as a movie, and the effects were stunning.  I loved the mending of cg and practical scenes sets and props.  Not to mention Charlize's complete transformation into Imperator Furiosa.   The themeing of the vehicles were convincing and credible to the property.  I loved the wide range of textures, scales and re-appropriation of other vehicles.  If you have not seen Mad Max, Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior,  Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max - Fury Road, do so with haste.  Even though they are fairly independent of each other you should also watch them in chronological order.  Not only is it fun to catch all the story points in order, but the ability to appreciate the evolution of the film style is very interesting.

Filming extreme on the original Mad Max movie.

Filming extreme on the original Mad Max movie.

The original Mad Max movie was filmed in 1979 in Australia by George Miller, and Bryon Kennedy for a budget of,  $375,00 and a box office return of $100m .  They were inspired by the forming gas lines of the seventies, as well as the emergency room work that George was doing as a doctor.  The two believed that a heightened level of violence would be best presented in a dystopian setting.  Needless to say the results that are still returning are incredible.