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Chappie

Some of my concept art for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie (2015)
A really enjoyable film to work on, Neill always has the funnest design briefs. An ED209-ish flying bipedal war-monster and a chain-wearing infant gangster robot?! Come on! I'd be drawing that stuff anyway!
Watching the physical props being built - and then getting to play with them! - here at Weta was one of the raddest things ever. There's a short video at the bottom that shows a bit of that work.
As always, film design is a collaborative process and this stuff was created by building on the work of Greg Broadmore, Doug Williams, Leri Greer and others. But really it's all Neill Blomkamp's vision.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/23829/1/how-to-create-a-gangsta-robot

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Final design of Chappie pre and post Gang Lyfe. All dem little stickers are by the powerhouse known as Leri Greer

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Some of the very early head concepts from 2011. These were done over a sketch by your favourite Greg Broadmore!

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Resolving the head a bit more...

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Early colour passes

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Fairly late in the process, after Image Engine had begun modelling him. I started using their fantastic work as the basis for the little attachments and other bits

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Some bits that do things

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SpecOps attachments

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Pilot interface hardware for the MOOSE

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MOOSE concept based on a design by Neill Blomkamp himself! Seriously, that guy can do anything.

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MOOSE details and damage state

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The MOOSE full size prop built here at Weta Workshop. Pretty much the best thing ever!

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Robo-Yolandi sketches

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EMP weapon initial sketches

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EMP weapon final design and as waved about by Hugh Jackman

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Deon's little robo-pal Rory. Built as a working prop here at Weta Workshop

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Deon's little robo-pal Dexter. Built as a working prop here at Weta Workshop

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Rough photobashed storyboard images

Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: CHAPPiE (2015)