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Ryan Lambie Jun 7, 2017
From the earliest stages of his career, director Neill Blomkamp has used short films as a means of testing his ideas. The most famous example, arguably, is Alive In Joburg, a fake documentary about shunned alien visitors - a premise which formed the debut for Blomkamp's stunning feature debut, District 9.
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The success of that film led to the movies Elysium and Chappie, yet Blomkamp hasn't stopped making short films and commercials in between; there was the curious snippet of found-footage released by Wired Magazine in 2010, which depicted the discovery of a strange, porcine creature lying dead in a puddle. There was The Hire, one instalment of a series of shorts for the German car firm BMW. »
Whatever you feel about the more recent works of writer-director Neill Blomkamp, it cannot be denied that District 9 is an extraordinary feature length debut. Released in 2009, this apartheid allegory saw humans oppressing aliens in fenced-off slums, and it earned four Academy Award nominations. While his other films – 2013’s Elysium, and 2015’s Chappie – never again reached those heady heights, Blomkamp has developed a plan to further his creative career in a different way, after his Alien 5 project essentially died on the vine.
The director has founded Oats Studios with a simple mission – he’s returning to the methods that gave life to District 9 in the first place. The filmmaker intends to use this studio to make a variety of shorts and release them online in the hope that one or more of them will gain enough traction with the public to warrant them being turned into feature films. This »
- Sarah Myles
After filmmaker Neill Blomkamp revealed that his Alien 5 sequel was not happening anymore, many fans had wondered what the director would take on next. A few weeks ago, the filmmaker started teasing a new endeavor of his called Oats Studios on social media, which will be a series of experimental short films that will be featured on the studio's YouTube channel, and on the Steam streaming service as well. While it remains to be seen when the first films through this endeavor will be released, the director debuted a new trailer for Oats Studios: Volume 1, featuring a unique monster movie.
This trailer from Oats Studios YouTube doesn't reveal what the name of this film is, but during one of his tweets from earlier this month, the filmmaker referred to this project as Rakka, while debuting the first 15-second teaser. No plot details were given for this first short film, or »
Neill Blomkamp broke into the scene with shorts like Landfall and Alive in Joburg, a gritty sci-fi documentary that became the basis for his feature film debut and biggest hit to date, District 9. After making the modestly-to-poorly received sci-fi films Elysium and Chappie, Blomkamp may be stepping away from trying to live up to early praise of […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
Neill Blomkamp has teamed up with the new short film company Oats Studios to release a series of experimental shorts, the first trailer for which looks as crazy and epic as anything you’d expect from the “District 9” and “Elysium” director. The teaser trailer for Oats Studios’ “Volume 1” depicts a world where humanity is enslaved by aliens who “came here to exterminate us,” a narrator explains. The aliens themselves look reptilian, but walk on two feet and shoot weapons. Other footage in the trailer appears to come from separate short films, one of which depicts U.S. army forces fighting in the jungle.
Oats Studios will stream the short films via the online gaming platform Steam. Blomkamp has been dropping hints regarding the new venture for the past year on Twitter, revealing that »
- Graham Winfrey
Author: Zehra Phelan
District 9 and Chappie director, Neill Blomkamp has unleashed a teaser for his upcoming shorts series Oats Volume 1 from his own venture which looks, quite frankly, so pretty damn awesome these series of shorts could start a new wave of interest across wider audiences.
The short films are planned for a streaming only release on PC game distribution service, Steam and will come at a price. Blomkamp’s new project Oats Studios is behind the thrilling new set of shorts which was created to deliver experimental short films. Oats Studios will actively encourage budding filmmakers to make shorts of their own, with assets from Volume 1 – 3D models, footage, music and so on – planned to appear on Steam for “a nominal price.”
The teaser is crammed full with a variety of alien’s and zombie type beings, Beginning »
- Zehra Phelan
The last we heard of Neill Blomkamp, things weren’t going well for the South African director. His latest feature, Chappie, was the critical and financial hot people expected, and his proposed Alien 5 was canned as fast as it was green lit in favour of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. But you can’t keep a good director down, but his latest project is one I don’t think any one saw coming. Having made his name with short films like Alive in Joburg (the inspiration for District 9) and the Halo short Landfall, Blomkamp is heading back to that medium, but with a twist: this new series of experimental shorts, coming from the newly formed Oats Studios, will be going straight to online gaming platform Steam. Simply titled Oats: Volume 1, the first trailer for the project has come online, chock full of the usual fantastic visuals and unique concepts from the modern Sci-Fi master, »
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“District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios will experiment with selling short films on gaming website Stream as a way to develop feature film ideas. Many shorts will also be available on the Oats Studios YouTube channel, but a few will be exclusive for purchase as a way to see if the ecosystem works for film, Blomkamp said.
If I sold experimental short films on @steam_games as tests for potential full feature films, would people watch them?
— NΞill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) April 9, 2017
The director, also known for “Elysium” and “Chappie,” floated the idea on twitter: “If I sold experimental short films on [Steam Games] as tests for potential full feature films, would people watch them?” He added that concept art, 3-D assets, and Maya scene files would be available for download through Steam. “I want to have »
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Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017
It could have been the first blockbuster videogame adaptation, but instead, it fell apart. Ryan looks at the Halo movie that never was...
From Super Mario Bros in the 90s and on to the recent Assassin’s Creed, it’s fair to say that movies adapted from videogames seldom fare well. But there’s one movie, now sadly lost to history, that might just have bucked that trend: Neill Blomkamp’s Halo.
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In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that helped launch Microsoft’s first ever console, the Xbox. A first-person shooter with an absorbing sci-fi plot and a cool character at its core - the anonymous, armoured super-soldier, Master Chief - Halo »
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