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                           The Art of District 9
                           Weta Workshop

                           by Daniel Falconer

                           The ultimate collectible for fans of the visually and technologically stunning blockbuster film that
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                           In 2009 Weta Workshop created a world so uncannily realistic that the special effects (in
On Sale:12/21/2010
                           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
VIDEO / GENERAL            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
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                           aesthetic. This book illuminates the creative design process, detailing two years of
$34.99 ($38.99 CAN)
                           interaction between Weta's artists and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, including
160 pages; 9 1/2 X 12      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.

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                                                                       Author Bio

                           Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than a decade, producing
                           conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company’s high profile projects, including
                           The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the short-lived Halo
                           movie adaptation. Daniel wrote and collated Weta’s first two books, The World of Kong (Simon &
                           Schuster, 2005) and The Crafting of Narnia (HarperOne, 2008), art books that showcased the
                           illustrative work of the entire design department on King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia movies,
                           and has provided descriptive copy for movie-based toys and collectibles including The Lord of the
                           Rings and Star Wars. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife C atherine and two daughters,
                           reveling in his dream career of playing in imaginary worlds every day.
                           About Weta Workshop:
                           Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility
                           based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world’s entertainment and wider creative
                           industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse
                           range of disciplines all housed under one roof. These services include conceptual design and the
                           manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty
                           costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics, and public art installations or
                           displays. The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical
                           analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery
                           of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of
                           filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor
                           is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company’s
                           design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King
                           Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, and District 9, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and
                           television, offering services to creative industries worldwide.