Book Preview: The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop

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The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop

Book description from Weta:

District 9 - one of the most successful movies of 2009. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson.

It features in the Top 100 movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com. Dealing with race relations through the language of science fiction, it touched people the world over.

The guns, the aliens, the vehicles, the graphic language - the world of District 9 was designed and developed here at Weta Workshop.

Richard Taylor, Weta's Creative Director and five time Academy Award winner, together with designers Greg Broadmore, David Meng, Leri Greer and Christian Pearce worked closely with Neill Blomkamp and have contributed hundreds of pieces of conceptual art to this book.

The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop tells the story from start to finish and illustrates the conceptual design process. How early sketches developed and evolved into the movie you saw on your screens.

Daniel Falconer, Weta designer and author of The Crafting Of Narnia and The World of Kong, has collected the material and written The Art Of District 9: Weta Workshop.

Cover Design by Leri Greer.

This beautiful 160-page hard-cover volume features:

  • Foreword by Director Neill Blomkamp
  • Introduction by Richard Taylor
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Commentary and quotes from the director and artists
  • More than 650 pieces of concept art
  • More than 200 photographs of conceptual sculptures and finished props
  • Two-dozen concepts and sketches from director Neill Blomkamp
  • Many images of props not seen in the final cut of the film
  • ...and much more...

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Not sure of the exact shipping date, but it should be between October to December 2010.

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Thanks to Youal from the forums for providing information on the book.

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