Due to a lack of financing, the Halo adaptation was placed on hold. Jackson and Blomkamp discussed pursuing alternative projects and eventually chose to produce and direct, respectively, District 9.
Blomkamp had previously directed commercials and short films, but District 9 was his first feature film. The director co-wrote the script with his wife, Terri Tatchell , and chose to film in South Africa, where he was born. According to director Neill Blomkamp, during the winter season, Johannesburg "actually looks like Chernobyl ", a " nuclear apocalyptic wasteland". Blomkamp wanted to capture the deserted, bleak atmosphere and environment, so he and the crew had to film during the months of June through July.
The film took a total of 60 days of shooting. Filming in December raised another issue in that there was much more rain. Due to the rain, there was a lot of greenery to work with, which Blomkamp did not want. In fact, Blomkamp had to cut some of the vegetation in the scenery to portray the setting as desolate and dark.
Judgment Day , Predator and RoboCop as subconscious influences. Additionally, the post-production team was warned that the most RED Camera footage they could handle a day was about an hour and a half.
When that got to five hours a day reinforcements were called in and Terabytes of data was filled. The aliens in District 9 were designed by Weta Workshop , and the design was executed by Image Engine. Blomkamp wanted the aliens to maintain both humanistic and barbaric features in the design of the creatures. According to Terri Tatchell, the director's writing partner, "They are not appealing, they are not cute, and they don't tug at our heartstrings. He went for a scary, hard, warrior-looking alien, which is much more of a challenge.
Blomkamp established criteria for the design of the aliens. He wanted the species to be insect-like but also bipedal. The director wanted the audience to relate to the aliens and said of the restriction on the creature design, "Unfortunately, they had to be human-esque because our psychology doesn't allow us to really empathize with something unless it has a face and an anthropomorphic shape.
Like if you see something that's four-legged, you think it's a dog; that's just how we're wired If you make a film about an alien force, which is the oppressor or aggressor, and you don't want to empathize with them, you can go to town. So creatively that's what I wanted to do but story-wise, I just couldn't. The director then decided to choose a Vancouver-based effects company because he anticipated making films there in the future and because British Columbia offered a tax credit.
Blomkamp met with Image Engine and considered them "a bit of a gamble" since the company had not pursued a project as large as a feature film. Zoic Studios performed overflow 2D work. Director Neill Blomkamp wanted a "raw and dark" score, but one that maintained its South African roots.
This was a challenge for Shorter, who found much of the South African music he worked with to be optimistic and joyful. Unable to get the African drums to sound dark and heavy, Shorter used a combination of taiko drums and synthesized instruments for the desired effects, with the core African elements of the score conveyed in the vocals and smaller percussion. Sony's marketing team designed its promotional material to emulate the segregational billboards that appear throughout the film.
Hence the overtly obvious use of fake segregational propaganda. The website had a local alert system for Johannesburg the film's setting , news feeds , behavior recommendations, and rules and regulations.
Other viral websites for the film were also launched, including an MNU website with a countdown timer for the film's release,  an anti-MNU blog run by fictional alien character Christopher Johnson,  and an MNU-sponsored educational website. Humans are MNU agents on patrol trying to arrest or kill aliens. Aliens try to avoid capture from MNU agents whilst searching for alien canisters.
This breaking down, and circumvention of existing marketing structures follows postmodernist theory in cinema. Among comparable science fiction films in the past, its opening attendance was slightly less than the film Cloverfield and the film Starship Troopers.
The audience demographic for District 9 was 64 percent male and 57 percent people 25 years or older. The website wrote of the near-consensus, "Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic. No attempt is made to resolve the situation, and if that's a happy ending, I've seen happier. Despite its creativity, the film remains space opera and avoids the higher realms of science-fiction.
Letters of complaint were sent to the producer and distributor of the film demanding an apology. She also said the gang leader Obesandjo is almost identical in spelling and pronunciation to the surname of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
It's not like Nigerians do eat aliens. Aliens don't even exist in the first place. He suggests two possible explanations for Blomkamp's narrative choice: List of accolades received by District 9 District 9 was named one of the top 10 independent films of by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The film received four Academy Awards nominations for: A Filmmaker's Log" and the special features "Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus", "Innovation: Acting and Improvisation", "Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9", and "Alien Generation: During an interview on the Rude Awakening The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make.
I'm relatively new to this — I'm about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I'm starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you're currently working on. But it just doesn't work for me.