Check Out The Futuristic Concept Art of ‘Elysium’ and a Word From Neill Blomkamp [Exclusive]

By  · Published on August 6th, 2013

If destroying a corrupt system of impoverishment was as simple as having a weaponized skeleton grafted onto our bodies and infiltrating the most secure fortress in existence, we’d all do it. That’s a given. Fortunately we don’t have to because Matt Damon is willing to take on the challenge for us in Elysium.

As Neill Blomkamp’s first project since District 9, anticipation is at insanely high levels (according to our applause-o-meter), and while the trailers have paraded a drool-worthy design, we can now exclusively share a few pictures from the forthcoming “Elysium: The Art of the Film” from Mark Salisbury (like a movie with pages!) that give us a glimpse of the future.

But first, a brief excerpt from Blomkamps’ foreword:

“People always say film is the combination of all of the arts. Throwing music, theater, visual arts, and writing into a blender and composing a medley of all of these things. 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.

Anything that approximated an “art of” book, or even behind the scenes photos, were always my favorite as a child because they had all of the wonders of cinema and the secrets behind its creation. It was like peeking behind the curtain, and seeing all of the ingredients that culminated together to manufacture the huge magic trick that is a final film.”

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Publisher Titan Books also has a pretty sweet limited edition that’s signed by Blomkamp, boasts a limited edition Syd Mead illustration and a ton of other goodies.

I’ll take one Versamex land cruiser, please.

All images from “Elysium: The Art of the Film.” Motion Picture Artwork and Photography © 2013 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All rights reserved.

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