Neill Blomkamp Talks ELYSIUM, Deleted Scenes, Filming in Mexico City, How He Doesn’t Watch TV, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

Neill-Blomkamp-Elysium-interview-slice

Now playing in theaters is director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.  For those unfamiliar, the story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life.  The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner MouraDiego Luna and William Fichtner.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Blomkamp.  He talked about filming in a dump in Mexico City and what they had to do to make it work, deleted scenes, how he doesn’t watch TV, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed my video interviews with Matt Damon or Sharlto Copley, just click the links.

Neill Blomkamp:

  • What does he want to talk about.  Reveals he doesn’t watch any sports at all and hasn’t watched TV in eight years
  • Says his agent sent him the show Utopia because they were thinking about making an American version and it’s one of the best things he’s ever seen
  • How long was the assembly cut of Elysium
  • Deleted scenes talk
  • Since they filmed at a dump in Mexico City, did they ever get feedback saying they couldn’t film there due to safety reasons.  Talks about what they had to do for filming

elysium-movie-poster




Like Us


Comments:

FB Comments

  • Television is a Waste of Time

    Very cool to hear that Neill doesn’t watch TV.

  • Luke

    Utopia is an excellent if disgustingly unique program, really well made.

  • TV is S#!+

    It’s not a big deal of not watching TV. TV is full of crap now days. I have five (years and counting) that i don’t turn on my TV screen for any kind of show (except to put a movie or to tune my surveillance cameras at home). I got more interest reading, writing or “youtubing” videos, and recently doing some painting at home.

    • bidi

      is it lonely up there on your pedestal?

    • Raptor Jesus

      The best tv shows are far superior to most movies these days.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Completely agree. If you dismiss all the rubbish reality shows and noise of 80% of TV and focus on the scripted shows and say you aren’t watching those. That’s nothing to boast about as a person who works in the medium. You are literally missing the progression of film language and audience expectation for 8 years. TV is where some of the best visual storytelling happens. It’s also where the worst of it is, but the short form movie is only good for some types of stories.

        Elysium was okay, and I think Neil Blomkamp is very talented (District 9 blew me away) but Elysium is a good example of a story that is told in such a short and thematically simple way that it doesn’t really tackle any issues. It simply scratches the surface in a very shallow way and tries to be a cool ride (not a fun one that’s for sure.)

        This type of story would be much better served in a 10 episode series of some kind. Yes, you’d never have the budget to completely realize the visuals the way he did (and those visuals will be remembered), but the story and characters won’t stick with me in any way.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Completely agree. If you dismiss all the rubbish reality shows and noise of 80% of TV and focus on the scripted shows and say you aren’t watching those. That’s nothing to boast about as a person who works in the medium. You are literally missing the progression of film language and audience expectation for 8 years. TV is where some of the best visual storytelling happens. It’s also where the worst of it is, but the short form movie is only good for some types of stories.

        Elysium was okay, and I think Neil Blomkamp is very talented (District 9 blew me away) but Elysium is a good example of a story that is told in such a short and thematically simple way that it doesn’t really tackle any issues. It simply scratches the surface in a very shallow way and tries to be a cool ride (not a fun one that’s for sure.)

        This type of story would be much better served in a 10 episode series of some kind. Yes, you’d never have the budget to completely realize the visuals the way he did (and those visuals will be remembered), but the story and characters won’t stick with me in any way.

  • sam

    I love it when Steve really accentuates how badly he’s “getting the hook,” or “really gotta go.” It’s like he’s in a rush. It’s not like he’s doing it on purpose, I don’t know it’s just funny.

  • kilar

    TV is ass raping movies as far as entertainment go. There are so many great series on now (excluding reality tv BS) and the format allows for way more interesting character delevopment and stories than the confines of the hero’s journey movie structure can.
    I used to be a total movie fanboy, but I can barely sit through a movie these days, too formulaic and predictable.
    TV is where it’s at in terms of interesting story and characters. I dare say it’s because writters actually get to strech their creative muscles more with TV rather than the generic, paint by numbers spec script circus Hollywood pimps to the world in cinemas

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      Agree with you to a certain extent. TV is where adult programing is growing in contrast to the ever present family-friendly movies going mainstream now. But certain stories can’t always work as a TV series and viceversa. But the problem still is the audience: as long as people attends to predictable, by-the-numbers things studios put on production (see Grown Ups, remakes -even when a few of them are actually pretty good, and YA crap-Harry Potter-Twilight wannabes) instead of the increasingly few original movies that come out (Pacific Rim, Oblivion, Elysium -to an extent-, and others), studios will go for their safest bets. Damn! I still want the old days where the tentpole films were R-rated action movies.

  • Cog

    Everyone involved with this film….hopes to live in Elysium.

  • Chris

    I wish you could have asked more questions, man. Anyway, I had no idea what “Utopia” was until this interview, but I’m two episodes in and I must admit, Neill isn’t kidding when he says this show is “disgustingly good.” I was hesitant of him being a bit hyperbolic since he doesn’t watch TV. But this show is definitely awesome. So glad I have another series to look forward to in the coming years.

Click Here