Neill Blomkamp has just released the first trailer for Oats Studios, an ambitious new production company through which is making a series of ambitious short films about... well, aliens, but other than that it's a little hard to tell. The voiceover in the trailer hauntingly explains, "We were once mankind, we were humanity, they came here to exterminate us ... a new world altered everyone". A new trailer, released today, for a short film now named "Volume 1" will stream on Steam "soon".
If you're eagle-eyed, you'll catch a quick flash of Sigourney Weaver in the trailer. Both Blomkamp and M. Night Shyamalan had incendiary directorial debuts that, despite being ostensibly genre films, managed to reinvent their respective genres in exciting ways, Shyamalan with horror and Blomkamp with science fiction.
Oats: Volume 1 is coming soon.
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Now a trailer for the first anthology series from Blomkamp's Oats Studios indicates a return to themes of home planet incursion. The idea is to sell his short films on digital video game retailer Steam as tests for potential full feature films.
The projects will delve in the supernatural, from aliens to monsters, which isn't entirely surprising given Blomkamp's history, especially as he got his start with a short film about aliens, Alive in Joburg (Later District 9). Other footage in the trailer appears to come from separate short films, one of which depicts US army forces fighting in the jungle.
The Oats teaser says that the studio's shorts will be "streaming" somewhere in the near future.