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Weta Sci-fi Graphics Minor Update

Posted in Design with tags , , , , on May 6, 2015 by Staff Writer

Here’s a snapshot of my Weta graphics library: 160+ symbols!

Added the some logos and dataplates from Elysium today.

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An Encyclopedia of Weta’s Sci-Fi Symbols, Logos & Graphics

Posted in Design with tags , , , on April 11, 2015 by Staff Writer

In my spare time lately, I’ve been organizing my vector artwork from Weta’s sci-fi films. This includes District 9, Avatar, Elysium, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and Chappie.

Once the organizing was finished, I started double-checking the graphics I’d created. Everything was drawn by hand in Adobe Illustrator (usually because no artwork clean enough for autotrace existed, and rather than tweaking the autotrace settings and then cleaning up the result anyway, it afforded more control to simply re-draw from scratch). Whenever possible, fonts used in logos were matched. The team at Weta betrays a surprising fondness for such pedestrian fonts as Arial, though I suppose it’s fair to say that industrial labels are pretty utilitarian and generally free of ‘imaginative’ fonts. What fonts I did not own or chose not to purchase were redrawn manually.

Screencaps, ex post facto prop auction pictures, pre-production art and ‘making of’ books were inspected meticulously, and I was surprised to discover things I had missed the first time around. It was also interesting (to me) to discover graphics being tweaked and used again in other films.

Here is a snapshot of my Weta symbols library as of April 11, 2015. It numbers 147 symbols. I should note there are several symbols that are similar or are variations of the same parts; like the 5 RDA logos from Avatar or the 6 GKR symbols from Elysium.

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Chappie: Guard Key Case Identified

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags on March 21, 2015 by Staff Writer

Auction photos indicate that the clear plastic case the guard key is stored in is a clear Pelican 1010 Micro Case.

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Chappie: Guard Key Identified

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags on March 21, 2015 by Staff Writer

Thanks to close-up images of one of the guard keys from the auctions, I was able to positively identify the guard key as a Logitech Mouse Nano Receiver.

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Chappie: DIY Replica Vincent Moore ID Tag

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags on March 20, 2015 by Staff Writer

And now we get to the good stuff.

Here’s my replica of Vincent Moore’s ID tag. This is based on close-ups from the auctions and from promotional stills. Both sides should be quite accurate, if I do say so myself. I do wish I had a better mug shot of Vincent, but the original props look kinda washed-out themselves.

Same assembly instructions apply.

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Chappie: Tetravaal Visitors Pass DIY Replica

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags on March 20, 2015 by Staff Writer

This can be seen on a reporter in some of the publicity stills. And in the auctions.

What becomes apparent with a close look at the auction pics is that this a technician’s tag with a label applied reading “Visitors Pass” that covers-up the “Technician” info on the front. The back has a similar sticker, I think, but you can see it still says “T7” on it.

The same assembly instructions apply.

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Chappie: Replica Technician ID Tag

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags on March 19, 2015 by Staff Writer

Thanks to the auctions, we now have a pretty good look at the hero and background ID tags.

This is my replica of one of the background techs’ ID tags.

Print this out on paper, apply glue to the unprinted back side, fold carefully along the dotted grey line, then cut carefully along the solid grey line on the ‘front’ side. Round the corners (cheap corner rounders are available at most craft stores) and carefully cut out the light blue ‘slot.’ I would recommend using a small hole punch on either end, and then ‘connecting’ the holes with 2 straight cuts.

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