Check Out Impressive Practical & Visual Effects in 'Elysium' Featurette

August 26, 2013
Source: Wired


Though the film might not live up to the provoking originality of District 9, director Neill Blomkamp still delivered some fun, sci-fi action just over a couple weeks ago with Elysium. It's definitely worth seeing on the big screen, even if it's a derivative story, because the action and special effects are damn impressive. Now you can see how impressive they really are in this new featurette which shows the combination of practical and visual effects, which include gray mo-cap suited stand-ins for the security robots, helicopters doubling as spaceships, and some real locations used for Elysium itself. It's a pretty cool featurette. Watch!

Here's the visual effects featurette for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium from Wired (via SlashFilm):

Elysium, directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (of District 9), focuses on Secretary Rhodes (Foster), a hardened government official, who will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. However, that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. The screenplay was written by Neill Blomkamp. Read more about the movie's composer Ryan Amon here. Sony/Columbia has Elysium now in theaters everywhere August 9th this week. See it!

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Blomkamp is such a good director! Needs to work on his narrative though! Peter won't always be there to save him!

Tey on Aug 26, 2013


This was one of the first movies that made me truly think, one day we'll tell our kids/grandchildren that when we were young, you could still tell the difference between live action & CG. Amazing f/x. See it in (non-3d) IMAX if you haven't already.

avconsumer2 on Aug 26, 2013


I still loved Elysium. And I have no doubts that Blomkamp will deliver films that reach the cinematic heights of District 9.

Chris Bob on Aug 26, 2013


Love this movie and the special effects were no exception! Simply wonderful I was a little annoyed with some of the shaky cam I miss the old days of nothing but clean shots through out an entire movie! Sure for some films it works and adds to it but most of the time it seems to get in the way. Thanks for the video guys!

Nathan Williams on Aug 26, 2013


Yeah the effects were just seamless in this film. The on set mo-cap just made the robots move so smoothly and realistically. I wasn't taken out of the film even once.

David Diaz on Aug 26, 2013


Narration narration and narration. And it was shit in this movie. Really I thought a wasted opportunity. Visually, of COURSE it was great. Flawless even tho the Elysium station at times (in background shots) looked very fake. Every time I saw Sharlto, I wanted him to have a light saber in his hand. 🙂 Blomkamp's style would be perfect for a gritty, dark SW movie. Too bad....

Buzzfunk on Aug 26, 2013


Awesome. I loved Elysium. One of my favorite this year.

Trey Wilson on Aug 26, 2013


It brings tears of joy to my eyes to see those wonderful miniature models being filmed.

cobrazombie on Aug 27, 2013


Man, if the people working on the next Star Wars could take a hint from this and bring back miniature models, then it would look as incredible as this!

LosZombies on Aug 28, 2013

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