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Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp

South African-born director Neill Blomkamp moved to Canada at the age of 18, beginning his career as a visual effects artist in the world of film and television. Garnering much recognition as one of the brightest young talents in the industry, Blomkamp was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding visual effects at the age of 21.

Shortly afterwards, he made the move into directing, serving first as a music video director and then transitioning into the world of commercials. Blomkamp quickly drew attention as a director with a unique talent for seamlessly blending computer generated imagery with live action, while infusing elements of emotion, humor, and mood.

Helming million-dollar commercials for Nike, Citroen, Gatorade, Panasonic, and Namco, Blomkamp also directed many celebrated short films, including the Wieden and Kennedy-financed short, Tempbot, which garnered the coveted No Spot Short Film Festival Best Overall Film.

In 2004, Blomkamp was recognized as one of the Top 5 Directors to Watch at the First Boards Awards, featured in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes, and short-listed at the Shark Awards.

In 2005, Blomkamp received the award for Outstanding VFX in a commercial for Citroen Alive with Technology at the VES Awards in California. He has since been featured in Shots, Shoot, Campaign, and Creativity magazines, and won three awards in London, England at the BTAA award show. Most recently, Blomkamp directed three Halo live action commercials for Microsoft.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Neill Blomkamp Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdaySeptember 17, 1979 (38)
SignVirgo
BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

Selected Filmography

Not available.