Neill Blomkamp, the visionary director behind District 9Elysium, and Chappie, has found a way to get his ideas onto big and small screens without necessarily involving the sometimes ponderous Hollywood studio system. Enter: Oats Studios, Blomkamp’s indie production company that aims to churn out some unique properties delivered to you, the viewing audience, in a most modern way.

The aim for Oats Studios is to release free short films over YouTube while also offering a paid version of the same film over Steam, which would include more assets like concept art, 3D models, VFX content, etc. The idea has been percolating along beneath the surface for some time, but Blomkamp recently released the first teaser trailer for Oats Studio: Volume 1. The story, what little we glimpse of it, fits right in Blomkamp’s wheelhouse and this early teaser leaves you wanting more. Just how much more you want will determine what Oats Studios will offer in the future. And if there’s enough demand, you might even see these short films on the big screen as full-fledged Hollywood productions in the future.

There’s no official confirmation at the moment, but it looks like Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, and Dakota Fanning were involved in this production; we’ll update if and when more information becomes available.

You can see the trailer below.


By Craig Suide

A genuine (OCD) enthusiast of Sci-FI and fantasy. Addicted to stories. a life-long fan of movies, TV, and pop culture in general. Purchased first comic book at age five, and never stopped. Began reading a lot early on, and discovered ancient mythology, and began reading science fiction around the same time. Made first attempts at writing genre fiction around age 12 Freelance writer for Sci-Fi Nerd (Facebook), retired professional gourmet chef. ex-musician, and illustrator

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