Translating creativity

“Before I even knew how to formulate or even think about who I am, the need to express and create was by far the strongest recognizable impulse that was void of usual social constructs.” – Milena Zdravkovic

Interview Milena Zdravkovic: concept artist, art director, producer
Author: Natasa Dinic

Concept Artists for film help bring director’s ideas and visions to life with their artwork.

We had a great pleasure to interview film concept artist veteran Milena Zdravkovic, the Serbian born, based in Vancouver (Canada) who has worked on multiple Hollywood productions such as I, Robot (2004), 2012 (2009), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), RoboCop (2014), Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Star Trek Beyond (2016), Predator (2018), Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Lost in Space (2019)and recently and most notably the fourth installment of a groundbreaking The Matrix anthology.

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Duel With Your Own Shadow

Henry Hill’s legendary confession line from the beginning of The Goodfellas: “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”, to a large extent also referenced Martin Scorsese’s personality. It remains noted that his childhood spent on the sidewalks of New York could easily draw him to the crime world. He never hid his fascination with characters from that milieu. He was shown two more avenues of life – through the Catholic Church and through the cinema. Choosing the latter will result in one of the most widely acclaimed oeuvres in film history.

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Tracing a Renegade

Half a Century – The Wild Bunch

Look around you: the torrents of blood are being spilled so cheerfully as if it were champagne – a delirious and disturbingly accurate observation of the world of one of Dostoevsky’s characters, happens to be stereotypical and only partly applicable to Sam Peckinpah’s oeuvre, as violence in films of such an ingenious type is one of the central topics, yet not the most important one. The nonconformity of expressive individuals in transitory times and their disobedience to the modern rules that most often result in a loss – are the basis of the poetics of the melancholic Sam.

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Departure of a Fallen Angel

Roy Batty (2016–2019)

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity.” is the most striking line in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Its pomposity and grandeur is inevitably reminiscent of every most important character’s vocabulary in all of Scott’s films. This is, naturally, an allusion to Roy Batty, Rutger Hauer’s brilliant interpretation in the legendary Blade Runner.

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