In 2009 Weta Workshop created a world so uncannily realistic that the special effects (in addition to an undeniably poignant plot) helped a low-budget film with an unknown cast become a blockbuster hit. Weta Workshop's artists created the special make-up effects and physical creature elements, the alien weapons and special props, armor and custom vehicles and developed the graphic language that defined the fiim's distinctive alien aesthetic. This book illuminates the creative design process, detailing two years of interaction between Weta's artists and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, including hundreds of images of concept art from both the designers and director, museum quality photographs of the props and sculptures, and insights in the form of quotes directly from the artists. Many of the images included have never been made public before, including some that were cut or barely glimpsed in the finished film.
Written by designer Daniel Falconer, with a foreword by director Neill Blomkamp and introduction by Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor, The Art of District 9 offers an unrivalled glimpse behind the scenes at the creative processes that shaped all of Weta Workshop's contributions to this amazing film.