Blomkamp Enters The FIREBASE With Latest Short Film

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Blomkamp Enters The FIREBASE With Latest Short Film

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp returns with the second short film from his new Oats Sudio released for free online. And after the alien invasion story of his first Oats effort, Blomkamp this time turns to the past with a story set in the midst of the Vietnam War with mysterious forces at play deep in the deserts.

Once again the scale here is truly remarkable - this is a freely released short film featuring helicopter work and extensive visual effects of both the practical and digital variety - and while I prefer the story of the first released short (Rakka) to the script here the visual talent of its creator is on obvious display. Check it out below!

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rustdogJune 29, 2017 11:01 AM

Any idea where the funding is coming from?

Todd BrownJune 29, 2017 12:38 PM

Nope.

FinnfangfoomJune 29, 2017 1:10 PM

Wow. It's completely beyond me how he pulls this off (again). I love it. I've never understood the hate Blomkamp gets as a filmmaker. As far as I'm concerned he scored a three out of three. Sure, District 9 was fresh and different and I see that he moves around within the confines of the genre (that he obviously has an infinite love for) with his consecutive films, but so what?
All those so called film aficionados that are out to destroy his reputation as a director by claiming Elysium and Chappie are shitty movies should be ashamed of themselves. If that is truly their definition of what a terrible film is, they either have impeccable taste in movies or, and I think that's more likely, are simply trolling around on the net to get the approval of likeminded idiots. It's always easy to shout from the sidelines, but I doubt those people ever created anything themselves. In the words of Lloyd Kaufman I'd say to them: "Make your own damn movie." I think Neill Blomkamp is a filmmaker that has a very distinct voice and should be applauded for that. I would have loved to see him make his Alien movie. I think he would have put a lot more heart in that one than Mr. Scott did with his last one. And that completes my rant of today...

MehliensJune 29, 2017 2:44 PM

Everything Blomkamp does looks like a bad trailer for a much better video game. This is not experimental its just juvenile fan fiction

FinnfangfoomJune 29, 2017 3:03 PM

That is not a fact. It's just your opinion.

MehliensJune 29, 2017 3:06 PM

Stop being obsessed about Blomkamp and you will understand. Btw, I saw your post before you took it offline, it dripped in blind fanboyism

Unflinching_EyeJune 29, 2017 3:50 PM

Some terrific imagery in this one!

FinnfangfoomJune 30, 2017 3:20 AM

Is it really necessary to slam the keys on your keyboard THIS hard? Relax, man. You'll just damage it.

MehliensJune 30, 2017 8:25 AM

Still better than the man crush letters you type 😌

Andrew S MackJune 30, 2017 2:09 PM

I read something the other day, now cannot find it. But here is something else about it. http://lewtonbus.net/news/n...

"Here’s the deal: Blomkamp and Company will release a series of short films for free on YouTube. While I’m sure these films will bring in some money via YouTube’s advertising model, what differentiates Oats is that movie watchers will also be able to pay for the films through the game distribution network Steam. Why would anyone pay for something they can get for free elsewhere, aside from the pleasure of being a patron of the arts? The Steam version will come with bonus features, something that I know I’ve missed in the age of streaming, including concept art, effects footage and even 3D models. Neat!"

Andrew S MackJune 30, 2017 2:18 PM

The other thing I read though was about some kind of crowdfunding co-production thing - like Kickstarter has with their new microventures (totally nailing that name down right now, i know, jeesh) and that supporters have to realize how long it will take for them, at the bottom of the ladder, to be compensated for their investment. Not a controversy as much as whomever is handling the investing process has probably not explained it so well.

FinnfangfoomJuly 4, 2017 9:52 AM

Wow. It's completely beyond me how he pulls this off (again). I love it. I've never understood the hate Blomkamp gets as a filmmaker. As far as I'm concerned he scored a three out of three. Sure, District 9 was fresh and different and I see that he moves around within the confines of the genre (that he obviously has an infinite love for) with his consecutive films, but so what?
All those so called film aficionados that are out to destroy his reputation as a director by claiming Elysium and Chappie are shitty movies should be ashamed of themselves. If that is truly their definition of what a terrible film is, they either have impeccable taste in movies or, and I think that's more likely, are simply trolling around on the net to get the approval of likeminded idiots. It's always easy to shout from the sidelines, but I doubt those people ever created anything themselves. In the words of Lloyd Kaufman I'd say to them: "Make your own damn movie." I think Neill Blomkamp is a filmmaker that has a very distinct voice and should be applauded for that. I would have loved to see him make his Alien movie. I think he would have put a lot more heart in that one than Mr. Scott did with his last one. And that completes my rant for today.

kidlazarusJuly 4, 2017 11:29 AM

With the connection to Steam, are these shorts related to video games that are on the drawing board? I enjoy some of the ideas and visual concepts with these shorts. The acting in Firebase is cringeworthy. As are some of the "river god" cgi effects. The retro futuristic tech is interesting, as if it were drawn up by Mike Mignola or Guy Davis for Hellboy, Bprd, Nevermen, etc.