Oats Studios' Short Film 'Praetoria' Could Become a Grand Intergalactic Series

Sunday, 05 November 2017 - 4:52PM
Sunday, 05 November 2017 - 4:52PM
Oats Studios' Short Film 'Praetoria' Could Become a Grand Intergalactic Series
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For the past half-a-year or so, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has been steadily building a following around Oats Studios, his experimental studio which releases surreal, often terrifying, short films about various science fiction concepts.

Their newest short Praetoria is one of the less insane videos they've released since the studio's creation, lacking the alien battles of their short film Rakka, or the hideous body horror of their later short Zygote. But that's mostly because this is a vague one, showing only a stoic military commander with cool armor and some sort of sci-fi sword, and a whole bunch of personal baggage.

Oats Studios says they're "testing the water" with Praetoria and that it's a potentially huge sci-fi story, in the hopes that they can expand this into a much bigger project if it gets a good response. You can see the whole thing below:

Much like their previous short, ADAM: The Mirror - which is now Oats Studios' longest series with two episodes out - it appears to be rendered in the Unity engine (although unlike their ADAM announcement, they didn't confirm this one was made in Unity), and as such, it looks a lot like a video game. The shifting, Halo-esque armor doesn't hurt either, although Oats Studios has never talked much about making games just yet.

But they do have some connection to the gaming community, as ever since launching this past summer, they've always released their videos and graphical assets through the video game platform Steam. So if they chose to move from animation to developing, it wouldn't be quite as big of a leap for them as other studios might face.

Blomkamp has also hinted that they have a much bigger world in Praetoria that's fleshed out and ready to go, should they choose to do more with it. 

Still, this is now the fourth, fifth, or possibly even sixth conceptual idea they've put out over the past few months, with the claim that they hope to expand on it in the near future. Of course, this isn't a bad thing by itself - Blomkamp has been fairly upfront that the studio's throwing a ton of things at the wall to see what sticks, and they're waiting to see which gets funded by investors first.

But if their "Volume 1" is all concept videos, it's not clear how much longer Volume 1 is going to last before they actually start a full project. Don't get us wrong: we're not slamming Oats Studios for having too many ideas without moving forward on any of them. 

But hopefully they'll move forward on at least one idea soon, because they've all been pretty cool ideas and it'd be exciting to see them turned into actual features/series.
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