Neill Blomkamp's New Short Film 'Firebase' is Released by Oats Studios

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 9:01PM
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 9:01PM
Neill Blomkamp's New Short Film 'Firebase' is Released by Oats Studios
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Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) recently started a studio for experimental short films called Oats Studios - if you're familiar with it, then chances are you saw their first film Rakka, a haunting story about an alien invasion starring Sigourney Weaver, a couple weeks ago. 

Oats Studios' first batch of short films is being called "Volume 1," and the second film in that volume just came out today. This one's called Firebase, and while it's unconnected to the story of Rakka, it has all of the same elements - sci-fi horror, humans hopelessly struggling to survive, impressively creepy monsters - all while taking place in 1970 during the Vietnam War.

Without giving too much away, let's just say if "war story which includes a horrifying monster" sounds fun to you, this is your lucky day. Even if it doesn't sound like your type of movie, you should watch it anyway because Blomkamp's level of polish makes this bizarre story really pop out (and because it's only 25 minutes long). Just so you don't get caught by surprise, the film does begin with a warning about graphic content, and lordy, does it need one. See the whole thing below:

Now that you've gotten to see the film and don't mind spoilers, Blomkamp recently spoke with The Verge about how Firebase came about. While it's never explicitly brought up in the film, Blomkamp was inspired by the idea that we're all living in a computer simulation, and sometimes when nature "glitches" out and creates something unspeakable (like the River God), it has to create something else to self-correct (Hines, the soldier). Also, he hardly ever sees sci-fi movies set during the Vietnam War and wanted to make one. He continues: 

Opening quote
"We came up with the idea of someone who accidentally breaks through the program and is able to see and understand that there's more to reality than the level they exist in. We wanted someone who could play with the laws of thermodynamics, time, and space. In the case of the River God, he's acting almost subconsciously. He's more of an error or an anomaly. Plus, the idea of a science fiction story set in Vietnam is interesting, and a concept I haven't seen that much of.

In this film, the River God starts tampering with the fabric of space-time. This universe corrects that by sending in people like Hines, who don't understand why they were drawn to these anomalies, or what their purpose is. They just know they have to stop this thing from happening. On a higher level, he's almost like an antivirus program."
Closing quote

As with Rakka, the whole thing is up on Steam as well as YouTube, with the movie's assets on sale for a few dollars. And if you missed it, Oats Studios quietly released an odd informercial parody called Cooking With Bill - Damasu 950 last week. This one is just a few minutes long, and if you've properly braced yourself for something that gets a tad disturbing, then have at it:

There's currently one more short film (and possibly more fake commercials) in Oats Studios' Volume 1, and that final film should come out within a couple weeks.
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