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

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: DIY Replica Vincent Moore ID Tag

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

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

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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Chappie: Replica and Fan-made Tetravaal Business Cards

Although there is variation among business card sizes internationally, my replicas are designed for the standard US business card size. This is close to the South African size. I doubt anyone would notice.

Thanks to the prop auctions, we know exactly what Vincent Moore’s card looks like. Michelle and Deon’s cards are extrapolations from that.

Not sure if this address means anything; it’s not Denel’s address (which I had put on my cards before we saw a real one up close). Kempton Park appears to be some ritzy suburb in Gauteng, but I didn’t see any results for “Rift Road.” The GPS coordinates are in the middle of nowhere, outside the city.

Michelle’s title (made up) is based on the title of the CEO of Denel, which was too long to fit, so I truncated it.

Yes, you can take these PDFs and go get them printed. Note that they are one-color but full bleed. Which will affect your price.

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Recurring Themes in the Films of Neill Blomkamp

Because I have no idea how to create a table in here, here is a PDF of my attempt to discern recurring themes in the movies of Neill Blomkamp. Please see the footnotes for additional information.

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Chappie: Fan-Made Posters

These aren’t as pretty as some of the other fan-made posters, but I didn’t have a lot of time.

One is obviously inspired by Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster. The other is my attempt at an ad of some sort (using the same art – shh!).

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