A new trailer has been released for Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi-producing endeavour, Oats Studios.
That first trailer provided seriously enticing snippets of some of the sci-fi shorts the District 9 and Elysium director is making with his newly crafted studios, and this one takes it all up to a new level.
Featuring a list of actors that includes Sigourney Weaver, Dakota Fanning, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Kellan Lutz, the filmmaker has made three 20-minute shorts. And here’s the kicker: they are going to be released for free on YouTube; the first will be released on June 21. Oats Studios will also be making a range of assets – such as 3D models, VFX elements, concept art, raw footage and music – available for aspiring filmmakers.
The sci-fi shorts look seriously crazy – in a good way. Being independently produced shorts, Blomkamp and his team don’t have to worry about major studio interference or ratings and can let their imaginations fly, which is great for us. Furthermore, Blomkamp has said that these shorts have the potential to be crafted into feature films.
In an interview with Glixel, Blomkamp explained a bit more about what business models they have in mind for the ideas-driven studio:
… One model is that you put out District 9 scale films in theaters that we make entirely in house. The traditional model of going to a movie theater and buying a ticket pays for the insanity of the rest of the shit that we’re doing here. The incubation of all of the other ideas is piggybacked on the bigger release stuff. In that scenario the stuff we’re about to release would just be free forever and you’d have some sort of relationship with the audience where they understand that if they go to see the proper film in the theater, based on one of the ideas that was selected, it pays for more of the other ideas.
A separate version would be if the community did actually buy some of the pieces online that were shorter, and it became self sufficient in that way, then you could just scale up online and do two hour films if you wanted to.
So it’s either of those but the outcome is the same in terms of what the goal is. The goal is large scale feature films, built on ideas created in the incubator that is Oats Studios. While the bigger films get made, more and more testing and playing around continues to happen.