Watch 10 Minutes of Intense BTS Footage from Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

Some of the set pieces in the film are pretty wild, and every time I see these kinds of BTS reels it makes me appreciate just how much work and choreography it takes to create action scenes, which so often on screen end up being half as exciting as they are in these clips.

And here's the trailer for the film if you haven't seen it:

What's interesting is that the film, which opens this weekend, only cost $50 million. While not insignificant, it's a budget that's far closer to his first film District 9 than to the $115 million that Elysium reportedly cost. Regardless of the reviews, it's clear thatĀ Blomkamp is able to push the dollar a bit further, and he's been able to create some exciting worlds on budgets that are half of what they might be for other Hollywood directors.

It will be interesting to see what Blomkamp does with the Alien franchise, especially considering the rich worlds he's been able to bring to life.     

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By the way, are those real guns (find it very had to believe tho), cause I think I clearly saw bullet impacts on the ground and on the buses (flames at least) and there were visible bullet flares and all.. Would be great if anyone could help expatiate.

March 6, 2015 at 4:21AM, Edited March 6, 4:21AM


blanks, squibs and pyrotechnics. blank rounds fired through real guns (modified to just fire blanks), squibs are small pyrotechnics placed on actors to simulate gunshots (often packed with fake blood) and then pyrotechnics placed on the ground, where the director wants them, with some dirt or fuller's earth on top to give the dust cloud.

March 6, 2015 at 7:35AM

Michael Carney
Director of Photography, Commercial Video, Stills

They also use spark rounds fired by paintball gun to make those spark hits. you can see in the final shot the guy with a paintball gun shooting at the ground.

March 6, 2015 at 8:37AM

Dan Hoene

Minute: 3:15 Just like another day in Manhattan.

Now I want to see this movie more than never.

March 6, 2015 at 10:39AM, Edited March 6, 10:39AM

Edgar More

Damn. Hollywood production equipment is MASSIVE. Those sliders were basically on train tracks.

March 6, 2015 at 12:50PM

You voted '-1'.
Dantly Wyatt
Writer, Director, Content Creator.

I loved the bts shots. It reminds me of how dry the process of acting and filmmaking can be and the artistic talents that are displayed in the final work. I hate the bts extra features that are shined up for the dvd or are just interviews with cast talking about the experience.

I would love to see a documentary that is just the process of making a film without the interviews. The making of a scene from conception to procuring a site to setting up equipment, filming, cleaning up, post and final product.

March 14, 2015 at 6:22PM

Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker