The Art of District 9

The Art of District 9

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'District 9 is that modern rarity: an adventure thriller that's even better than its advertising campaign.' Telegraph

This book illuminates the incredible design process behind this ground-breaking film.

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 begins as a mock documentary about the imminent eviction of extraterrestrials from a pathetic shantytown (called District 9). Initially received by humans with compassion and care, the aliens are now mired in blighted conditions typical of long-term refugee camps unwanted by a hostile, host society. With their care contracted out to a for-profit corporation, the shantytown has become a violent slum. A provocative science fiction drama, with a powerful message, District 9 boasts an original story and seamless special effects.

Now comes a beautiful book that reveals the creative design process behind the film. Detailing two years of interaction between Weta Workshop's artists, the director Neil Blomkamp and multi Academy Award winner Richard Taylor, The Art of District 9 gives an unrivalled glimpse into how it was all put together, shining a spotlight on the intricate creations and artistic processes.

Content includes: construction of the creatures and special make-up elements, the alien weapons and special props, armour and custom vehicles and developed the language that defined the film's distinctive alien aesthetic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 246 x 311 x 21mm | 1,330g
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • 1869509021
  • 9781869509026
  • 356,706

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'What makes Blomfeld's film so radical is the clarity and force with which it proves that science fiction can tell us as much about the world we live in as any social documentary. '

'A towering achievement.'
The Times

'The digital effects are so great they make it look like a documentary from hell.'
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Author information

DANIEL FALCONER has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than a decade, prodcuing conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company's high profile projects. Daniel wrote and collated Weta's first two books, The World of Kong and The Crafting of Narnia, art books showcasing the illustrative work of the entire design department on King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia movies. He lives in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters.
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