Jordu Schell

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Jordu Schell (born June 5, 1967) is an American sculptor and concept artist who has been working in the film and television industries for over twenty years.[1]


Jordu Schell began his career as a sculptor and Halloween mask maker. He primarily sculpts in clay and other physical materials, rather than in CGI or in 2-D drawings, although he works in those forms as well.[2]

Schell first started designing FX for Hollywood on Bride of Re-Animator, and went on from there to work with Stan Winston on such movies as Predator 2, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns. In television, he designed aliens for the opening season of Babylon 5.[3]

From 2005-2007, Schell was instrumental in the design of the Na'vi and other creatures in James Cameron's movie Avatar, shaping the designs of the characters with physical sculptures when Cameron felt that the CGI designs were not capturing his vision.[4] Schell sculpted numerous maquettes to help solidify the look of the Na'vi race, often working in the kitchen of Cameron's Malibu home.[5]

Films for which Schell has designed creatures and characters subsequent to his work on Avatar include The Mist, AVPR, Prince Caspian, Spike, Creature of Darkness, and Dragonball Evolution, as well as working in various FX capacities on several others.[6]

Schell also teaches classes in sculpting and design at his studio[7] and, in addition, sometimes works in the video game industry.[8]



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  5. ^ Neil Kendricks (2010-03-07). "Cameron, the Science Geek Who Became a Movie Titan for the Ages". Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  6. ^ "The Most Realistic Grand Moff Tarkin Bust Ever Made". At Tha Movies. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
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  8. ^ César A. Berardini (2008-11-07). "TriForce Releases Final Version of 1:1 Scale 'Gears of War' Locust Drone Design Maquette". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2010-04-16.

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