Neill Blomkamp


Neill Blomkamp Biography
Neill Blomkamp (born 17.9.1979)
Neill Blomkamp is a South African writer; producer and director acknowledged for his visual effect work and documentary style, handheld filmmaking. He is best known for his work on the Academy Award nominated District 9 and was named by Time as one of 2009's most inspirational figures.

Neill Blomkamp: Childhood
Blomkamp was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended Redhill High school.
When Blomkamp was 16 he met Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) who provided Blomkamp with the equipment and resources to allow him to pursue his passion and talent in 3D animation and design. In return, Blomkamp helped to create 3D work and visuals for Copley's marketing and pitches through various projects.

Neill Blomkamp: Industry Career
When Blomkamp was 18 he applied and enrolled to Vancouver film school. Blomkamp was hired for multiple 'photo-realistic' effects projects including aviation work with: Popular Science. Blomkamp worked on behalf of The Embassy Visual Effects and Rainmaker digital effects whilst being signed to Spy Films
Blomkamp's talent and passion for visual effect lead to him working on television series such as Stargate SG-1, First Wave, Mercy Point, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Dark Angel, 3000 Miles to Graceland and critical acclaimed Smallville.
Blomkamp was hired for promotion purposes by Adidas for which he wrote, directed and created the visual effects for short film Adicolor Yellow. This led to Blomkamp directing his own short, Alive in Joburg which obtained him with recognition from Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson. Jackson's aimed to produce the Halo movie (for which Blomkamp had previously created three short promotional videos, based in the same universe) with Blomkamp directing. When funding failed Peter Jackson went on to produce an adaptation of Blomkamp's short, Alive in Joburg which ultimately became District 9.
District 9 starred old friend of Blomkamp' Sharlto Copley and received critical and public success. The film maintained Blomkamp's documentary style filming, exploring discrimination which is seen throughout his short films.

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by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 23rd August 2013

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by Rich Cline | Movie Review | 22nd August 2013

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by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 14th August 2013

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'Elysium' Takes Top Spot At Box Office In Tame Weekend For Hollywood

by Joe Wilde | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 12th August 2013

Elysium finished the weekend as the highest earning picture at the US box office, making Sony Pictures a cool $30.5 million over the last few days, a number that is encouraging for the film, if...

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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’: Classy, But Is It District 9?

by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 9th August 2013

The year is 2154, two classes of people exist, the very wealthy – who live on a man-made space station called Elysium – and the poor, who live on an overpopulated ruined Earth. Neill Blomkamp’s...

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'Elysium' Reviews - Has Neill Blomkamp Done It Again?

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 7th August 2013

Having directed possibly the finest sci-fi movie of last decade, the pressure on Neill Blomkamp to perform in this follow up, Elysium, starring Matt Damon, is dangerously high. Unfortunately, an early look at the reviews...

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by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 1st August 2013

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Beyonce Enlivens Ailing Detroit with Sam Cooke's 'Change is Gonna Come'

by Michael West | News | Music / Festivals | 22nd July 2013

Beyonce injected some much-needed optimism into the city of Detroit on Saturday night with a swashbuckling show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Last week, Detroit became biggest ever city to file for bankruptucy, with...

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Video | 11th April 2013

It's the year 2154 and Max Da Costa is living in the densely populated, crime and war ravaged wasteland that is the planet Earth. Meanwhile, the rich and the privileged live on an orbital settlement...

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Will Matt Damon Starring ‘Elysium’ Better Blomkamp’s ‘District 9’? (Trailer)

by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 10th April 2013

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Jodie Foster Comes Out; But Is Her Movie Career Still Alive?

by Michael West | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 15th January 2013

"Jodie Foster comes out!" were the cries from the entertainment press following the actress' Golden Globes speech on Sunday (January 13, 2013) during which she cleared up any ambiguity surrounding her sexuality and made a...

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District 9

Video | 11th August 2009

Watch the trailer for District 9When an alien species lands on earth for the first time, governments and world leaders are all expecting a huge advance in technology to be gained. Nothing happens, the aliens...

Tags: Sharlto Copley - Jason Cope - William Allen Young - Neill Blomkamp

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