Elysium, out next week, is the latest from writer/director Neill Blomkamp, the man behind breakthrough South African sci-fi District 9.
Set in the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium (chandeliers and gravel drives), and the rest, who live in an overpopulated, crime-infested slum AKA Earth.
The story follows Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary Earth-dweller trying to nab some time on one of Elysium's health-giving sunbeds, but who finds himself carrying the hopes of the desperate Earth folk in the process.
Aside from its solid sci-fi premise, the film is memorable for some eye-bulging backdrops and visuals.
“People always say film is the combination of all the arts. Throwing music, theater, visual arts, and writing into a blender and composing a medley of all these things," says Neill Blomkamp. "To me the visual design element of this process is the most rewarding. I get the most kick out of visuals, and in film-making that runs from set design, to costumes, to props and cinematography.”
A new book from Titan, The Art of Elysium, features exclusive interviews, behind the scenes photos, and a wealth of stunning production art, including designs from Weta Workshop (District 9) and the legendary futurist Syd Mead.
Here's a selection:
Buy Elysium: The Art of Film here