‘District 9’ blends effects, reality

Vfx crew faced with lack of budget, time

Dan Kaufman, visual effects supervisor; Peter Muyzers, digital production supervisor; Robert Habros, visual effects supervisor; Matt Aitken, visual effects supervisor

“District 9” creates a gritty, grimy shantytown world in South Africa, occupied by crustacean-like aliens. Vfx supervisor Dan Kaufman says, “The main thing we try to accomplish is to create something that doesn’t exist and blend it completely into that reality so it doesn’t stand out as a visual effect.”

Look for Kaufman and his team to highlight intimate closeups of alien Christopher Johnson, which had to show emotion on his inhuman features; also expect to see crowds of aliens and images of the mothership.

Kaufman notes, “The real challenge is describing our unique challenges in doing those effects, having to do it with a small budget in a short amount of time. The budget for the whole movie was just over $30 million. We had just over one year from start to finish.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Digital News from Variety