‘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.”

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