Neill Blomkamp

Director, Director
Having been a professional animator and visual-effects artist since he was 16 years old, director Neill Blomkamp survived the indignity of having his first studio film taken away from him by turning the independently ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1979 in South Africa

Filmography

Director (4)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

District 9 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Alive in Joburg 2005 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

District 9 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having been a professional animator and visual-effects artist since he was 16 years old, director Neill Blomkamp survived the indignity of having his first studio film taken away from him by turning the independently financed sci-fi opus, "District 9" (2009), into a major box-office and critical hit. Born on Sept. 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Blomkamp grew up amidst the social divisiveness and government-approved minority white rule of apartheid, which had a profound and life-changing influence on his later creative vision. Meanwhile, his parents bought him a computer when he was 14, which led to his experimenting with 3-D animation, as well as practical effects and prosthetics. When he was just 16 years old, Blomkamp was hired by television producer Sharlto Copley to be an animator for the production company, Deadtime. Two years later, his family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he studied film at Vancouver Film School. He also earned some practical experience as a visual effects artist for The Embassy Visual Effects as well as Rainmaker Digital Effects, serving as a lead animator on the Kevin Costner/Kurt Russell vehicle, "3,000 Miles to Graceland" (2001).

Relationships

Terri Tatchell Screenplay

Wife
Co-wrote the screenplay for "District 9" (2009) with Blomkamp

EDUCATION

Vancouver Film School

Milestones

2013

Directed the sci-fi film "Elysium"

2009

Made feature directorial debut with the sci-fi film "District 9"; produced by Peter Jackson and co-wrote with Terri Tatchell; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay

2005

Received notice for his sci-fi short, "Alive in Joburg"

Worked as a visual effects artist at The Embassy Visual Effects in Vancouver as well as Rainmaker Digital Effects

Began working for animator Copley at the age of sixteen

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