David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Dune is an ambitious, sprawling, messy work of visual art. No wonder it's a classic — though it might not be a good movie in the strictest sense, it took Frank Herbert's vision of a feudal, Near Eastern-esque society with all the trappings of science fiction, and shot it for the big screen. Author Ron Miller served as production illustrator for the film, and amassed a sizable collection of sketches, production paintings, and photos of spacecrafts and sandworms.
In a post on io9, Miller wrote, "Everything eventually wound up in the drafting department, where beautiful plans were drawn up. Every set, spacecraft and prop had a detailed blueprint." Here's a small sampling of the work that went into this sci-fi classic.
- A sketch of the Arrakeen Palace, the seat of power of Arrakis.
- Water storage for a Seitch. Seitches were the cave dwellings of the Fremen.
- Artwork depicting the final battle of Arrakeen. Here, the Fremen are fighting against the Imperial Sardaukar
- A room on Caladan, the planet ruled by House Atreides
- A sandworm
- Judith Miller showing off a static electricity machine
Images courtesy of Ron Miller.