Before he directed District 9, Neill Blomkamp got his start directing several acclaimed short films including Alive in Joburg and Tetra Vaal, both of which directly inspired District 9 and Chappie. Since then, he has continued to dip his toes in the world of short films with projects like Halo: Landfall and BMW’s The Escape, and now this week he has announced an intriguing new project that will once again rely on short form media as a way to tinker with different ideas and technologies. The project is called Oats Studios and they have also released a trailer for their first official release, Oats Vol. 1. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Blomkamp’s recent statements on Twitter, the studio plans to release their short films on Steam and YouTube, giving away the first volume for free while exploring the possibility of charging for the next installment. They are also considering selling “3D models / Vfx assets/ concept art/ all the raw footage / all music etc” on Steam for a “nominal price.” However, the real motivation behind this studio seems to be to provide a pipeline and a proving ground for producing feature-length films.
It sounds like a lot of their plans are still up in the air and they will be communicating with fans to see what they respond to. At the very least, it allows Blomkamp to focus on what he does best: impressive visual effects and cool sci-fi scenarios that lack fully fleshed out stories. We don’t know if anyone else will be directing these shorts, but we do know that Sigourney Weaver seems to have a role in Oats Vol. 1. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.