The first sci-fi short film from Neill Blomkamp’s production company Oats Studios has been released online.
Titled Rakka, the 21-minute short film gives us a look at the year 2020; aliens have taken over, altered our atmosphere and enslaved humanity. The short is split into three parts – ‘World,’ ‘Amir & Nosh,’ and ‘Siege’ – and uses each to depict a different point of view of this invasion.
It’s slick stuff, showing off some strong designs and visual effects, and it’s pretty potent to boot. Plus, Sigourney Weaver. Watch this…
“The original idea was to make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that,” Blomkamp said in an interview with The Verge.
“I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There’s these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighbourhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.”
Blomkamp acknowledges that Rakka feels like it’s a small part of a much, much bigger story, and says that it’s going to come down to audience support whether it all expands into larger projects, such as a movie or series.
“Rakka feels like it could almost be more of an episodic thing, because there’s a lot of avenues to explore. The footage is too unconventional and weird [for a mainstream feature], and the audience has to think of the footage as a snapshot into the window of this world,” said Blomkamp.
“It’s the same for the film we’re going to release in a couple of weeks. When the audience understands that this isn’t the complete, final story, and they choose to get behind us financially, we can then figure out if this is an episodic thing, or if it’s one big feature film. There are other ideas that we have in Volume 1, and some that will be in Volume 2, that are explicitly feature films.”
The basic business model behind Blomkamp’s Oats Studios is to create content backed by audiences, with shorts they pay for only if they want to, while also selling a range of assets – such as 3D models, VFX elements, concept art, raw footage and music. And like Blomkamp said, the shorts also have the potential of being turned into feature films in the future. So, if you enjoyed what you’ve seen thus far, you can head on over to the official Oats Studios website and Steam account and direct some monetary support their way.