Oats Studios – Volume 1 – “Zygote” from Neill Blomkamp & Downloadable Steam Assets
Been a huge fan of the work Blomkamp has been putting out through Oats Studios. First was Rakka followed by Firebase. Perfect length science fiction novellas translated to screen. He just gets an idea out there and runs with it, and as with all of Blomkamp’s works the visuals are just fantastic.
The teasers for the new short titled Zygote filled me with anticipation and terror as the gore level is pumped up to 11. It involves two stranded survivors within a mine fighting for their lives hiding from a new kind of creature. The short stars Dakota Fanning & Jose Pablo Cantillo.
This has to be the most disgusting of the lot, and the scenario is reminiscent of The Thing. In an interview with The Verge, Blomkamp briefly touches on the creature design:
“I posed the idea of a creature that would be made out of many humans, and that it’s specifically stitched together — it’s not an organic growth thing — so the circulatory and respiratory systems and everything had to be combined into this sort of horrific Frankenstein job.
Doug Williams, a two-dimensional illustrator, came up with a sequence of different looks and then took it into 3D. We ended up with this bipedal design. I went to him asked how many people it took, and it was actually more than I thought: he needed 46 people to make the creature that you see. That’s how many limbs and eyes and stuff merged into that creature.
It’s much heavier, and it can’t really be mimicked by humans. We had a stunt guy on stilts, who was simply a timing and visual reference for the camera operators and the actors.
Once we get the piece together, we give those shots to the visual effects animators, who basically animate what they imagine is a heavier, slower, and stronger creature than what a human would be.”
And as with the other shorts, you true nerds can purchase & download the Steam files including 3d models, concept art, behind the scenes shots, surround mix, and high quality version of the short.