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How a Video Game Engine Helped Build Neil Blomkamp’s New Movie | WIRED

Director Neill Blomkamp sits down with WIRED to talk about the innovative camera rig his team created for his video game-inspired horror film, Demonic. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► Listen to the Get WIRED podcast ►► Want more WIRED? Get the magazine ►► Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku,…

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89 Comments

  1. Luc Bloom

    September 15, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    This effect is quite ugly and unnecessary.

  2. youlittlerocket

    September 15, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    District 9 sequel please 🙏

  3. Finkel - Funk

    September 15, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Subscribers of LinusTechTips could have seen this video three weeks earlier!

  4. uncertainty principle

    September 15, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Should have staiyed a poc….looks fugly

  5. Tarek Karkash

    September 15, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    It’s not a bad film, It’s just a man limited by the technology of his time.

  6. Pedro Henrique Barros

    September 15, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    And one question still remains unanswered: Why?

    • Harsh Parmar

      September 15, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      because why not and it might give direction to some new techniques

    • kinomi🍒

      September 15, 2021 at 7:44 pm

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    • Anym

      September 15, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      why not? someone needs to be the first to try it

    • JeremySpeaks

      September 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      Did you finish the video at all? The possibility of not just watching a film but interacting with the characters (maybe even becoming one of the characters), walking into a set like in VR, immersive movies, there’s a future there.

  7. HEITAROSS gmg

    September 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    if this will lead to real open world vr gaming then you have my support 😂

  8. Victor Creed

    September 15, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    He was on vacation and happened to be filming a movie while he was there, just like Adam Sandler.

  9. Josh Starks

    September 15, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    That’s a shame because the movie is hot garbage.

  10. David

    September 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    this sounds like a postproduction nightmare

  11. Abell Seyfu

    September 15, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Narrative of Self is the result of a feedback loop between “Separate Self” & Cosmos 🎈

    • Tonya Richards

      September 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      Gibberish

  12. Projekt Brainstorm

    September 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    At 3:34, are those IDE hard drives?

  13. Dustin Hall

    September 15, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Watching this film, without being able to pause the scene and move around within it, then was all this effort just for vibe?

    • BattleModeBainbridge

      September 15, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      Yes and it was worth it 😛

    • JeremySpeaks

      September 15, 2021 at 11:44 pm

      But that data exists and future release can make it so that the film can be made interactive as he says towards the end of the video

  14. voice of peace

    September 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    *I invite everyone for quran recitation thank you* ❤❤💔💔🙏🙏🙏❤❤🌷🌹ف

  15. i p

    September 15, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    I had this idea a year ago. Happy to see it realied

  16. u2blr

    September 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Unnecessary technology. Motion capture can do most of those jobs.

  17. YOSSMAN

    September 15, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    making a model of her and then just using motion capture wopuld have achived the same effect? especially as the rendered image is displayed in 2d anyways and the audience has no possibility to change the angle or move around. Then just using cameras within unity to frame the shot…

    • J&H

      September 15, 2021 at 10:50 pm

      The new Unreal Engine would have been even better.

  18. Miquelangelo Pomeroy Coquille Mirador Rex

    September 15, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Garbage waste of technology. No talent production.

  19. J T

    September 15, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    That poor actor..

  20. EL NOODLE

    September 15, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Yeah okay… Your movies were pretty trash and the rating on this one is a 4.3 That’s beyond low. 5.5 is okay to good. Let that sink in.

  21. BobEckert56

    September 15, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Just what we need in this time, a horror film with a little bit of science fiction, to help us sleep even less at night. What is the matter with these people?

  22. tajma hall

    September 15, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    This is so cool I hope other filmmakers use this technique

  23. j b

    September 16, 2021 at 12:37 am

    This movie is a crap.

  24. blendwerk tv

    September 16, 2021 at 1:04 am

    This is how I did this low budget video :

  25. S.

    September 16, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Badly.

  26. Pixel

    September 16, 2021 at 1:34 am

    this was really terribly executed; and this guy is just attempting to ride of VR hype with mediocre content

  27. Matthew Gumabon

    September 16, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Funny how life and art are always imitating each other.
    High-production video games have been aiming to mimic the visuals of real life to imitate the look and feel of traditional cinematic movies.
    Now movies like this are aiming to imitate the look and feel of video games.

  28. Caffeinated Nation

    September 16, 2021 at 6:07 am

    I don’t envy the editing team.

  29. Da Island Gamer

    September 16, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Wow this is absolutely amazing. The why we keep advancing technology is amazing beautiful and scary.

  30. Bucatti

    September 16, 2021 at 7:26 am

    The movie was so bad my goodness!

  31. V A

    September 16, 2021 at 8:31 am

    This is trash 🤢🤮

  32. -

    September 16, 2021 at 8:56 am

    I know this is a very random question but I have a question aimed specifically at Americans. Does the guy in this video and the actor Bradley Cooper have the same regional accent?

    • Mary Rose Kent

      September 17, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Not to my American ears. Bradley Cooper has a tiny little lilt in his voice, whereas this man’s inflections are clipped.

  33. Semut Pink

    September 16, 2021 at 10:03 am

    insane !!!

  34. Jeroen

    September 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Okay no.

  35. Allen Wadenholm

    September 16, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I thought The Mandalorian and Unreal Engine were pushing the boundaries of virtual production but this is just an entirely new level of virtual.

  36. Ron Dgasz

    September 16, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I’m not sure where this is coming forem but this is really inspiring me to go do something cool

    • Mary Rose Kent

      September 17, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Go for it, dude!

  37. Chris Adels

    September 16, 2021 at 10:25 am

    don’t worry, we fix this in post

  38. Jaron Goh

    September 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

    This was just absolutely fascinating! I really liked the way how Neill talked us through the process and intricacies of filming in this format. Amazing kudos to the actress (sorry, I forget her name!) who had to act her scenes surrounded by cameras with minimal aides and reference points!

    • Bibi

      September 22, 2021 at 12:14 am

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    • Bibi

      September 22, 2021 at 12:14 am

      Šttdrz

    • Bibi

      September 22, 2021 at 12:14 am

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    • Bibi

      September 22, 2021 at 12:14 am

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  39. Alexander Crowell

    September 16, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Chappie 2 please

  40. Dursun Sahin

    September 16, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    this is mind-blowing 🤯
    i grew up with 8bit graphics and 2 bit sound… and now this !

  41. Arthur Oatley

    September 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    I thought Blomkamp was Afrikaaner, why does he speak with an American accent?

    • Mary Rose Kent

      September 17, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      That would explain a couple of pronunciations that sounded strange to my [American] ears.

    • Arthur Oatley

      September 17, 2021 at 11:27 pm

      You can definitely hear a tiny bit of Afrikaans accent here and there, but he’s definitely affecting an American accent.

      I’m just wondering why, it’s not like he’s an actor that has to be able to pass as an American in front of the camera.

  42. Ignacio Ramirez

    September 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    but… WHY

    • Mary Rose Kent

      September 17, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      just… BECAUSE

  43. Shtwaan E.

    September 16, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Meh, now in 3D.

  44. John Cusick

    September 16, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like a game with bad graphics

    • Zubair Ismail

      September 17, 2021 at 11:55 am

      That was the point though

    • John Cusick

      September 17, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      @Zubair Ismail well, make a game not a movie then…

  45. E Forrest

    September 16, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I like how in reference to Unity you cited 3 of the least-graphicly taxing games possible XD

  46. judy ann romena

    September 16, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Wow

  47. Lets Read!

    September 17, 2021 at 1:42 am

    This guy seems wicked shmart

    • krishna murli

      September 17, 2021 at 7:07 am

      ,

  48. ChrisCrond

    September 17, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I like how he has to convince people about why the graphics look “cheap”. People just don’t seem to understand anything anymore

  49. 3DaveP

    September 17, 2021 at 5:22 am

    He could have just walked around with a Kinect 2 and shot his movie

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  51. TxxT

    September 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Too bad the movie sucked

  52. DoJo Mast3r

    September 17, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Too bad the movie sucked

  53. Woeffi

    September 17, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    too bad the movie sucks lol

  54. BOOMDIGIDYable

    September 17, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Too bad the movie sucks.

  55. olajide paris

    September 18, 2021 at 12:53 am

    A lot of innovation for such a mediocre story and film.

  56. Dwayne La Rose

    September 18, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Wow this is really interesting. Looks amazing but WHERE IS THE DISTRICT 9 SEQUEL!?!?!

  57. Sweet Toother

    September 20, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Very cool.

  58. FB: Leejandro Alphonse

    September 20, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Neill blomkamp never fails to impress my goodness this is of the best horror I have seen this 2021

  59. L.A. Mateo

    September 20, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Neill blomkamp never fails to impress my goodness this is of the best horror I have seen this 2021

  60. Shannon T

    September 20, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I’m still confused exactly what this film is or how we view it

  61. Kyra Lavoie

    September 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This would be a rendering nightmarrrrreeeeee. I could barely even render a small 3D scene without it taking 12 hours. …. This would take… foooorever

  62. Jacob Carlson

    September 22, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I love this SO much

  63. Sal

    September 23, 2021 at 9:13 am

    The film bombed so hard

  64. Alin Cristian Militaru

    September 23, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    i love photogrammetry. i love to do some models, but this guy 🙂 he crazy about photogrammetry 🙂

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