QUEEN OF THE ROCKETMEN: Video & Photo Reference


[color=white]Rob Note: I will be posting these PRE-PRODUCTION THREADS so we can create a cohesive vision of this universe.[/color] Good research will be key for the pieces created for this challenge. We will attempt with this challenge to recreate the spirit of adventure of a movie serial of the 1930’s & 40’s.

For more info of what a serial is go here:
[li]Captain Marvel movie serial (link)[/li][li][left]KING OF THE ROCKET MEN (link)[/left][/li][li][left]Flash Gordon (link)[/left][/li][/ul]BACKGROUND:

The next modeling challenge will be
“The Queen of the Rocketmen”

Imagine you have been comissioned to do video games based on the aviation world of the 1930
A world of danger advanture, air pirates, zepellins and crazy air machines… (similar to the Indiana Jones universe, but where Jet packs, giant air machines and robot hechmen are a reality)

Join us as the Queen of the Rocketmen and her band of merry men fight the evil air pirates in the air above the South Pacific.

[size=2]Post links of photos of [/size]
[li]1930’s , 1940’s fashions[/li][li]1930’s , 1940’s Womens Fashions[/li][li]1930’s , 1940’s Airships[/li][li]1930’s , 1940’s Movie stars (for referecne of the standards of beauty of the day)[/li][li]1930’s , 1940’s Locales[/li][li]Real life rocket packs (videos)[/li][li]Real life Airships (videos )[/li][li]Real life Crashing Planes (videos )[/li][li]Any sort of reference that might seem relevant[/li][/ul]


Here are some examples:

[li]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biplane[/li][li]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airship[/li][li]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin[/li][li]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_(aircraft[/li][li]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Trimotor[/li][/ul]Here are more clips for inspiration:

1930’s , 1940’s fashions
[li]wiki/1930-1945_in_fashion (article)[/li][/ul]1930’s , 1940’s Movie stars
[li]Rita_Hayworth (link)[/li][list]
[li]Photos: link[/li][/ul]
[li]Marlene_Dietrich (link)[/li]
[li]Photos: link[/li][/ul]
[li]Vivien Leigh :frowning:link) [/li]
[li]Photos: link[/li][/ul]

REAL LIFE Rocketman
[li]Swiss Rocket Man - Yves Rossy (link)[/li][li]Consumer Jet Pack 2008( link)[/li][li]HUMAN ROCKETS - Para Gliding & Wing Suits (link)[/li][/ul]


This is a fashion editorial from the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar which I find quite appropriate for this thread.

Also let’s not forget The Aviator


Google’s LIFE Magazine photo archive is a gold mine for vintage material.

Jane Russell
Charles Lindbergh
Amelia Earhart

Whoa just found this site: http://moviemaidens.com/
Slow but it appears to have everyone.


as bad as the movie was “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” is what we’re shooting for? or something along those lines?

oops forgot a link Google result for Sky captain images

also are we gonna be going for realism or is stylized open as well, to me the serial genre just screams stylized


stylized is fine…

Actuall it is a good idea.
If you want to do a stylized entry I would base the artwork of the entries on classic vintage airline posters of the time…

Here are some examples:


here are some clips from the film:
The Rocketeer
[li]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbpMigz97_g[/li][li]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJL9aVp_1jE[/li][/ul]And for more here is newsreel footage of the time:
[li]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH2XFMrA4Tc&feature=fvsr[/li][li]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duZDzQTZ1vQ[/li][li]Rocketeer - Nazi Propaganda Cartoon[/li][li]Stills[/li][/ul]


Here is some disney concept art from

Atlantis The Lost Empire:



I wish I had time for this as it’s SO up my street, but a couple of useful links for people:

Doctor Macro

Which is an excellent site for hi-res images of movie stills and stars, mainly from the Golden Age.



Which is a Republic serial and very appropriate. You can download or watch online public domain material from Archive.org including many Flash Gordon episodes.


James Cagney - Wikipedia

Spencer Tracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Clark Gable - Wikipedia


I posted this over in my thread, but this is a great site for some weird tech and research going on at the time. I think it could give people some great alt-future/past ideas

"Modern Mechanix is proving to be a pretty neat resource of the then-future of blimps, crazy crazy stuff but gives me great ideas:

Bicycle dirigible

300 MPH zeppelin

not sure if this is going up or down
gasless dirigible

atomic dirigible


The ‘making of’ for Sky Captain mentions a few main influences and the biggest one is Hugh Ferriss.

Google Search

From what I’ve read about the guy he is largely responsible for inventing the stylized architecture showcased in Sky Captain. Mostly in his renditions of New York that eventually lead to the Empire State Building.


I thought these concept ships by Mike Doscher were pretty interesting:



Douglas DC3 Photos



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