For the second goal the Axum Project will ultimately provide FREE training material based on creation of the this project. Available to learners is source HD footage, tutorials on matte painting, 3d projection, and compositing.
Here is some examples work on the current pre-production concept art, an Axum Project website is currently under production so keep an eye out for updates to this thread. RQuack, mordecaidesign, and I are the artist in this set of work, with the vast majority being done by RQuack.
VFX Supervisor, Axum Project