on May 19, 2012
When i say forgotten, i mean it in the sense that there was little to no marketing done for this flick, but it rocked our world. Everyone knows what transformer movies are, not as many will think so quickly to District 9. Given that, one must look back at what became of older films that at the time were successful but not extremely popular, and looking back now they sort of helped revolutionize the cinematic world more than some of their bigger budget cousins.
Thankfully, due to the internet, District 9 didn't have to bomb at the box office like Blade Runner did, and rode on a wave of positive reaction of those who did go see it.
This book is a wonderful view, not so much into Weta, as to how the world was shaped for the flick. Its not too character centric and its very well balanced in content. Hard cover and for under $30, knowing the material that would have been included, its definitely a safe choice for the sci-fi fan to spend their cash on, and expand the universe within their art book collection.
on December 22, 2010
There's a lot of great stuff about the film District 9 that won't be necessary to go into here, but what makes the film work is how it feels visually, and exploring this book completely covers every single aspect of that. Unknown to me at the time when I first saw the film, is that they had planned on having 3 different types of aliens in the film that were refugees in South Africa, and within that slum area of District 9 existed a microcosm of society that would have weighed it down too much. What I love about these books are them displaying the process of world building for films, and that is exactly what you see here, from all the concepts of what the prawn aliens were going to look like, to the tests of what the man-in-suit aliens were supposed to look like, to the different types of technology and weapons, and their actual uses, are brilliantly presented here, all from the archives of the WETA workshop. Definitely a must have for any sci-fi fan, film buff, or art lover.