How to break into movie concept art

It used to be extremely difficult to find information about how to break in to the movie industry. Concept artists within the profession talked to each other, but rarely with anyone outside the loop, making it difficult to understand what distinguished film work from everything else.

Concept art as used in movies has many facets, and these tips are specifically geared toward emphasising clarity and narrative in your portfolio. The advice I give comes from my experiences and observations within the entertainment field (most recently on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Rogue One, Pacific Rim 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight, as you can see on my portfolio site), which is a fast-paced and continually changing industry. To stay relevant, concept artists must adapt quickly, and keep ahead of the curve in a challenging environment. 

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Finnian MacManus
Finnian’s explorations of – among other things – architecture, history, art, design and science fiction all inform his work. He has recently contributed to Star Wars: Rogue One, Pacific Rim 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight. Finnian is currently working at 20th Century Fox.