It’s weird that short films aren’t a bigger thing in the digital age. Who needs any minimum length for movies when they’re mostly being watched online? And how is it shorts aren’t more popular at a time when people seem to have less free time and lower attention spans? Netflix has been successful with the occasional documentary short, including the recent Oscar winner The White Helmets, but surprisingly they’re not also banking on short fiction works outside of Disney collections and other kiddie fare.
Appreciation for shorts could change soon enough, however, as Disney’s Pixar is going back to experimental animation projects like those the studio started with 30 years ago. And now Neill Blomkamp has retreated from feature filmmaking to also return to his roots. The director helmed such interesting sci-fi shorts as Tempbot, Tetra Vaal and Alive in Joburg, which was the inspiration for his Best Picture-nominated feature debut, District 9. His new Oats Studios project will deliver new shorts through gaming platform Steam.
There aren’t a lot of details about what we can expect from this endeavor, but there is a new teaser trailer for a collection titled “Volume 1,” which offers peeks at alien creatures (see image above) and apocalyptic visuals and Dakota Fanning, whom Blomkamp worked with on the recent BMW Films short The Escape. Watch the teaser below and let us know if you’d be interested in buying or at least seeing new shorts from the director of Elysium and Chappie.