Martyn Pick- Warhammer Ultramarines 40k director and  Digital Artist
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Ultramarines: The Movie is Pick's first feature film as Director. Ultramarines: The Movie is a 76-minute CGI, sci-fi, thriller, set in Games Workshop's fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe and based around the Ultramarines Chapter of Space Marines (Warhammer 40,000). The film stars Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt. The screenplay is written by Black Library author Dan Abnett and it was produced by Codex.
By applying the old master painterly feel of Game Workshops artwork to the cgi universe it is a very appropriate use of Martyn Pick's dark textural approach to mixed media.
This rich universe has a range of tones, textures and subtlety of colours that have similarities to painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Goya. This demanded a cinematic painterly look to the film to set it apart from the general cgi movie.
The Ultramarines script is a great lean action film with a strong focus on a select group of characters. The script beautifully suggested and allowed for striking visual storytelling.
His approach to directing the acting was in part inspired by the work of directors such as Sergio Leone, John Carpenter,Peckinpah and Kurosawa. In these the acting has realism and restrained gravity. In his previous work he has brought live action actors in wherever possible to achieve this and the animation was used specifically to create atmosphere and express heightened emotions.
He was approached to direct his first live-action feature film: the supernatural thriller "Evil Never Dies" aka "The Haunting of Harry Payne". This was the opportunity to direct a fast intense pulp movie. He storyboarded the whole film and gave his a strong coherent look of tight closeups ,wide shots of the bleak East Anglian landscape and a strong play of light. There was extensive shooting across the countryside, centred on an abandoned Cold War Air Force base.
He is developing a range of projects that push this intense visual storytelling approach.

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