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¥o-landi Vi$$er of the rap group Die Antwoord is showing that she’s not only a badass rapper and excellent actress (see Chappie) but that’s a dope filmmaker as well. The black-and-white short “Tommy Can’t Sleep” stars Ninja’s daughter, 16 Jones, alongside Jack Black, with music by The Black Goat. 16 Jones plays little Tommy, while […] »
- Brad Miska
David Crow Jun 22, 2017
Mondo is one of the last companies out there dedicated to proving that hand-drawn movie posters are still an art form, and you don’t need to look much further proof than this exclusive look at their gnarly work for Rakka. As an experimental short film that director Neill Blomkamp developed with Sigourney Weaver as his star when Alien 5 stalled, Rakka is an impressive bit of retro art unto itself, and the new Mondo poster just exemplifies the weirdness that comes with alien weeds burying a human skull.
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Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) is putting the power into the hands of his fans with Oats Studios, a just-launched creative venture that’s serving as a testing ground for maximum creativity. Rather than waiting for Hollywood to finance his visionary ideas, Blomkamp hopes to essentially fan-fund wacky and wild experimental shorts that, who knows, could […] »
- John Squires
A few weeks ago, Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) announced that he was launching the new company Oats Studios, from which he’d be producing a series of experimental short films with an emphasis on sci-fi and monsters.
Well, now we have a look at the very first offering, the Sigourney Weaver-headlined Rakka, which takes place on Earth following an alien invasion, and follows a group of human survivors who are resisting the extra-terrestrial occupiers. Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
Neill Blomkamp has premiered his new short film “Rakka,” described as “the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species.” It’s familiar territory for the filmmaker, who announced himself to the world with “District 9” and was briefly attached to an “Alien” sequel that never materialized.
He ended up working with Sigourney Weaver anyway, as the former Ellen Ripley stars in this new 20-minute sci-fi story. The project comes from Oats Studios, which Blomkamp recently launched as a means of debuting short films for free online — and potentially expanding them to feature length.
“At the end of making ‘Chappie,’ I wanted to try to figure out a different method for making films and expressing myself,” Blomkamp told the Verge about this new venture. “I felt »
- Michael Nordine
In recent interviews, filmmaker Neil Blomkamp hasn’t really hidden his frustration with the current Hollywood paradigm. After bursting onto the scene with “District 9,” Blomkamp has had a bit of a rocky go of it, with his films underperforming. The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back came with the release of his film, “Chappie.” That film was released to poor reviews and low box office.
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- Charles Dean
The first effort from filmmaker Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios has been released online. This short film venture finds Blomkamp directing a series of experimental short films that may serve as the foundation for feature film adaptations. The first, titled Rakka, is now available and it imagines a post-apocalyptic world dominated by an alien species that has nearly wiped out humanity. They terraform with methane factories, experiment on human bodies, and have essentially destroyed all vestiges of civilization. Rakka features a pretty big A-list star in Sigourney Weaver, who co-starred in Blomkamp’s last feature film Chappie … »
- Adam Chitwood
A new video from Oats Studios, the production company from Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie), has released a new video that attempts to answer the simple question, “Why Oats?” Alas, the surreal sci-fi clip doesn’t really address that so… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
Ryan Lambie Jun 15, 2017
We’re used to seeing textured, gritty future worlds in the films of director Neill Blomkamp: his Oscar-nominated debut District 9, Elysium and Chappie. Rakka, meanwhile, is perhaps his darkest piece yet: a 20-minute tour of an Earth ravaged by aliens. Called the Klum, these lizard-like beings aren’t content with subjugating the human race; they’re actively committed to doing the most grotesque, twisted things imaginable to us.
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Rakka is the first short film from Oats Studios, part of an opening salvo of 20-minute shorts and brief, off-the-wall sketches that are all united by Blomkamp’s taste for the futuristic, rough-edged and bio-mechanical, and collectively titled Oats Volume One. »
Neither Elysium nor Chappie garnered the sort of praise which District 9 received, but for Neill Blomkamp, it's the failure of Chappie which stings the most. The sci-fi flick followed an artificially intelligent law enforcement robot, nicknamed Chappie, as he was captured and taught by gangsters. While speaking with Den of Geek, Blomkamp opened up about the critical and commercial failure of the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
When “Chappie” arrived in cinemas two years ago, it was yet another bold, wholly original vision from the endlessly creative Neill Blomkamp, and for whatever reason, critics and audiences just couldn’t wrap their minds around it. Reviews were mostly negative, and the box office performance was poor ($102 million worldwide, most of that overseas; the film only did $31 million domestic). It’s a shame because “Chappie” is loads of fun, surprisingly moving, and features one of the most bonkers scores of Hans Zimmer‘s career (he’s never really made anything quite like it).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Every director has their hits and misses, and Neill Blomkamp is no exception. After exploding on the scene with his revelatory 2009 alien movie District 9, all eyes were on Blomkamp. He followed up with rumors about Halo and Alien movies, and two middling sci-fi films in 2013 and 2015, Elysium and Chappie. Both were […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Ryan Lambie Jun 8, 2017
"Part sci-fi action film, part crime thriller, part existential drama" was how we described Chappie when it came out in 2015: a genre piece that, beneath its off-beat tone and designer violence, said something quite pertinent and moving about the human experience.
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Its central character, an innocent robot installed with artificial intelligence, is as vulnerable to his surroundings and upbringing as any human child; little wonder, then, that in the space of a few days of living with a pair of gangsters, Chappie (played by a mo-capped Sharlto Copley) goes from budding young artist to gun-toting outlaw. For us, this was one reason why Chappie was such an effective, absorbing sci-fi movie - though, to our surprise, »
The offerings from Neill Blomkamp‘s Oats Studios looks more bonkers by the minute. The experimental short film studio from the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie dropped a second teaser trailer Monday, and it’s chock full of new footage of creepy aliens, gory bodies, and Sigourney Weaver. Hey, since we’re not getting Blomkamp’s Alien […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
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
It’s been a couple of years now since Neill Blomkamp‘s (underrated) “Chappie,” and the director has been keeping his head down on his own projects. Of course, his name bubbled back into the conversation when he posted concept art for his mooted “Alien 5,” a film that would take place after “Aliens” and spinoff into its own storyline. Ridley Scott pretty much kiboshed those plans as he continued down the path made by “Prometheus” and last month’s “Alien: Covenant,” and as the godfather of the franchise, has made it clear Blomkamp’s movie isn’t happening.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yes, I know, it’s like we have a serious case of infinite deja vu, isn’t it? It was only last month that we reported that Alien 5 was dead. However, film fans are a persistent bunch, and it certainly doesn’t help that Hollywood is one of the most fickle industries out there. There’s always a chance for something to take off, even long after it’s been confirmed as dead.
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, before Ridley Scott went to work on the now-released Alien: Covenant, Chappie and District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp was doing some preliminary work on Alien 5, a film that was going to undo Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and go off in a completely different timeline. However, before we knew it, Alien: Covenant started gaining momentum, and Alien 5 was put on the back burner.
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- Joseph Medina
Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” sequel may not be happening now that Ridley Scott has taken back the reins on his franchise, but the “District 9” director is busy all the same. His next project is more ambitious than just another movie, as he’s forming Oats Studio as a sort of testing ground for short films that will be released for free online — and, if all goes well, perhaps even expanded into features.
“At the end of making ‘Chappie,’ I wanted to try to figure out a different method for making films and expressing myself,” explained Blomkamp to the Verge. “I felt that if I could sell smaller pieces directly to the audience, the sale of those small experimental pieces would keep this machine alive so that it became an ecosystem that was self-sufficient. »
- Michael Nordine
After leaving his mark on the sci-fi genre with the incredible District 9, director Neill Blomkamp followed up his debut pic with Elysium and Chappie. Admittedly, neither film hit quite the same heights that his first effort did, but they were still impressive enough to catch the attention of same pretty important people in Hollywood. As such, Blomkamp quickly found himself attached to Alien 5, which would reunite him with Sigourney Weaver after working with the actress on Chappie.
From what we heard, his plan was to reboot the franchise, with the fifth instalment in the iconic sci-fi/horror series looking to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. While it never truly got off the ground, the project did take some significant steps forward and seemed to be on the right track for a while, with impressive concept art surfacing last year. Things were looking pretty good for the film then »
- Matt Joseph
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