Watch: Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios is on Fire with Newly Released Vietnam Short

Less than two weeks after the release of 'Rakka,' you can now watch the second Oats Studios sci-fi short 'Firebase' for free.

Just a couple weeks ago, we excitedly shared Rakkathe first short film to come out of Oats, Neill Blomkamp's new, experimental indie studio-slash-sci-fi-playground. True to its mold-breaking form, the studio has already released a second—and even more complex—27-minute film. Firebase is a dizzying new take on the Vietnam movie, with some supernatural creatures mixed in to make the warfare even more grotesque and visceral. 

Also per the studio's unconventional mission, the film is available free but has several valuable assets available for download to anyone willing to contribute $4.99 on its Steam page.

We spoke with the film's VFX Supervisor, Chris Harvey (Tron: Legacy, Fast and Furious 6), who emphasized that the 3D creature components in the digital assets package "would normally cost a studio to pay a facility tens—if not hundreds—of thousands of dollars,", and that making them available is part of the studio's attempts at "open-source filmmaking." 

Watch Firebase below, and check back tomorrow for our full interview with Harvey, where he discusses creating the practical effects in the film and why he left Hollywood to join Blomkamp on this adventure in genre filmmaking.

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Pretty interesting! The story was out there, but LOTS of awesome special effects.

June 29, 2017 at 5:15AM


You probably meant: Pretty uninteresting with a lot of special effects?
I mean, you can actually get into a story like that? This is the stuff moronic male teenagers feed on, but do you actually see any other humans interested in that? This is the triumph of the form over substance. Nice visual, as you said nice special effects, but absolutely nothing interesting to say. A future Spielberg, I guess.

June 29, 2017 at 8:03AM, Edited June 29, 8:03AM


Agreed. I was pretty bored during that. Yeah, the effects are cool, but it's like the story and acting were merely props to show us VFX. If metaphysical war porn is what you're looking for then this is your ticket.

June 29, 2017 at 10:43AM

Scott Wild

I think Neill Blomkamp is a great world builder and filmmaker. However, he's not the best storyteller. If he could find a really great writer to collaborate with who could help give his films a better narrative flow and focus then he would be cranking out classics. I find him to be one of the most frustrating filmmakers to watch, because he obviously has a lot of talent... There is so much potential there, he just needs the right person to help him tell better stories.

June 29, 2017 at 6:41PM