Once upon a time, in the year 2017, filmographer Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie fame) decided that Hollywood was looking for new ideas the wrong way. To rectify this matter, he resolved to start his own indie film company.
How does it work? The plan is to create short films that establish new worlds that are just waiting to be explored, distribute them around via YouTube and Steam (oddly enough), and determine what short film is viable enough to be made into a full-fledged feature film. And if viewers like what they see and want a Volume 2, they can buy the Oats Studios - Volume 1 Assets on Steam.
- Rakka: Earth has been overthrown by creepy and very aggressive reptilian creatures from space. Told in three acts and featuring Sigourney Weaver. Watch here.
- Cooking with Bill: A series of paid programming featuring the overly eager Bill and very bizarre gadgets. Black Hilarity Ensues. (Damasu 950, Sushi, PrestoVeg, Smoothie)
- Firebase: "This world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." Watch here.
- God: In which God is a dick...and he has a butler. Featuring Sharlto Copley as God. (Serengeti)
- Zygote: The tale of the last two employees of Cerberus Minerals and their not-so-great encounter with... something indescribable. Watch here.
- Kapture: Weapons company Kapture test some of their high tech weapons. Notable for being in 3D CG rather than Live Action (Fluke)
- ADAM E2: The Mirror: Follow-up to ADAM E1, a tech demo short for the Unity engine. Watch here
- Praetoria. Watch here
Tropes associated with Oats Studios include:
- Boxed Crook: Kapture use prisoners as guinea pigs for their weapons with the promise of a reduced sentence should they survive (not that any do).
- Denser and Wackier: The Cooking with Bill and God shorts are considerably more absurd than the other shorts.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The gadgets that Bill use on his show ends either not working as they were intended or malfunction.
- Meaningful Name:
- The Damasu 950 gets its name from the Japanese word "damasu," which means "to trick."
- Mood Whiplash: The heartwarming scene of "God" enjoying seeing the humans on the board getting rain takes a darker turn when he orders his butler to release the plague on the humans.