Blomkamp’s Oats Studios make experimental short films and they are VERY good. He has funded a playground whereby he can create his own stuff by his own rules and while everyone got excited by the hype around him putting his hands on the Alien franchise THIS seems infinitely cooler.
Blomkamp’s background is in visual effects and 3d graphics, he’s big on gaming culture and he’s big on interacting with his audience. He grew up with the same games and movies a lot of us fat 40 something man children did and he gets us.
He’s trying to build a relationship with his audience that is going to fuel further creativity and potentially identify collaborators. He’s reaching out to his audience and who knows where this ends up? Making assets available to a community to remix, mash up or even mod his content.
Because this is what filmmaking needs, something original and exciting. Similar to Weta and the path Peter Jackson took before he broke. There’s something so right about Blomkamp and his approach with Oats Studios.
His work with Oats is science fucking fiction splatter awesomeness that harks back to the days when special effects artists like Tom Savini and Stan Winston owned the craft with practical effects and were cutting edge. It has me frothing! I can’t lie!
It’s like the live action equivalent of a 2000AD comic where the audience helps drive the content creation.
The first film Rakka, stars Sigourney Weaver, in my opinion the undisputed queen of sci-fi, and is about an alien takeover of Earth, it is amazing!
The second short, Firebase, is Vietnam war era sci-fi gorefest! Oh my!
Get onto it and support it. By the looks of things, there’s loads more to come.
You can find more about it here: http://oatsstudios.com