Neill Blomkamp has a brand new movie popping out known as Demonic that goals to convey the realm of the supernatural to the forefront in a terrifying approach, however earlier than that there have been adventures like Chappie, District 9, and some live-action shorts for video games similar to for Halo and Anthem. Initially, Blomkamp was set to create a full Halo universe, however scheduling conflicts pressured him to tug out of the mission. With the Halo TV collection coming quickly from Showtime, he mirrored on his time on set and the way he needed to get emergency surgical procedure in an admittedly essentially the most badass approach. 

We sat down with Blomkamp to be taught extra about his new position at Gunzilla Video games creating a unique AAA shooter experience, his emotions on the movie trade in relation to gaming, and extra. That being mentioned, there was one story that stood out to me uniquely due to my love for Halo, and that included the unexpected working hazards of engaged on a property like this. 

When speaking about what future plans are shaping as much as be at Gunzilla Video games for different video games, he talked about that proper now one hundred pc of the main focus is solely on the present mission. That being mentioned, when requested if he’d ever revisit Halo, he responded, saying, “I don’t think I’d ever be able to revisit Halo from a game perspective, since that IP is so carefully controlled by Microsoft and how it gets made as part of an ecosystem. But I am just a huge fan of Halo.”

He added, “I obviously got really into it when we were going to make the feature film, so I was really, really into the world of it. But I am excited to see the Showtime show. I was part of that team that pitched the show to [the company] and I was involved in that but ended up leaving. At that time, I was working on a film and couldn’t stay, but it looks like they’re moving forward with it and they have an amazing lead for Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber), I’m such a fan of him as an actor. I think it’s going to be really awesome.” 

He additionally opened up in regards to the previous quick movie he made for Halo again with Bungie. “It was actually super fun to make, actually. I love shooting that. It was something to do with Bungie that I made this video like way back when Bungie was involved with the film and games, and you know what? I think I’m the only person that can say this, I honestly believe it’s true, that I’m the only person who has bled real blood on a Halo Warthog while in some form of combat.”

And that is the place it will get actually cool. OK, certain, it sounds a bit gross and grotesque, but in addition … give it some thought. What a cool story to inform. When speaking about bleeding that actual blood, he mirrored on the damage that lead him to wish to get his ear truly rebuilt with a prosthetic. Wild, proper? 

“I had to have my right ear re-built with a prosthetic with plastic surgery, it completely destroyed my right ear making these shorts. I was physically in the Warthog,” he reminisced. “There was the read gun on the mound, which was locked in place. Because it was a pin release, you can swivel it on its head. I remember it was locked because we had stunt drivers driving it and I was strapped down in the rear with a camera. And the director of photography was strapped on the other side with his own camera and we were filming pieces of that short film. Then the stunt driver hit a bump at really high speed and launched both of us up out of the back of the Warthog. Based on how we hit the bump, I was thrown right into the gun. So the lockdown rotating gun, which is solid steel gear, mind you, and it just offs a piece of my ear. So then the medic on set had to take me out, we finished shooting and that night I had to go get plastic surgery.”

He laughed, including, “Oh my god, yeah. It was quite intense. It was fun, though. I love those pieces, but there was a whole bunch of crazy sh*t that happened on those shorts, just a couple of really weird things.” After I requested him to inform us all the things as a result of I used to be loving attending to gush about Halo, he merely responded, “Let’s just sum it up to being able to say it was a really fun shoot. Yeah, it was fun…”

To be taught extra about Blomkamp’s new position within the video games trade and what’s subsequent for the artistic, try our previous interview with him right here!  You can too watch try his new film Demonic for your self when it arrives on August 20, 2021. 



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