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Exclusive: Early Concept Drawings from 9





Our ongoing coverage of Shane Acker's 9 continues with two new exclusives courtesy of Focus Features: never-before-seen character design sketches drawn by Acker during the initial conception of the character 8. These sketches showcase the filmmaker's amazing progression from initial drawing to final rendered character as seen in the film.

8 is described as follows: Armed with a giant kitchen cleaver and half a scissor blade, the none-too-bright muscle and enforcer of the group, 8 (voiced by Fred Tatasciore), is created to help the others physically survive the dangerous post-apocalyptic world.

Click each image to view them in more detail. The final version can be seen below the two concept drawings.

The Character 8 from 9The Character 8 from 9

The Character 8 from 9

In addition, Focus relayed an exciting new development from 9. You may have been following the Scientist on Facebook as he documents his research leading up the film's opening sequences. As the battle against the machines grows increasingly hopeless, the Scientist has now created a Talisman to capture the last memories of the human race. The Talisman is one of the key new elements within the Scientist¹s lab.

The Talisman is a key component in the story of the movie 9 ... a device integral to the film's Stitchpunk characters. Now fans can create their own Talisman to share their pictures and thoughts with friends. Check out 9Experiment.com, and dive into the World Talisman, where user pics from around the world can be viewed in an "infinite zooming" gallery (you have to experience this to fully grasp the concept). Then, create your own Personal Talisman by uploading your own photos, which can then be shared via email, blogs, or social networks.

The Talisman holds the last hope for humanity and is a groundbreaking technology steeped in the world and storyline of 9.

9 premieres -- of course -- on 9.9.09. While you wait, watch the trailer below, and visit the film's official site for more.

- Debi Moore

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