And Speaking of the Internet…

Day 115. 116 pages, 53,254 words.

Just another quick note today, although if you haven’t seen these films and want to sit and watch them all, it’s going to take you more time than it took me to write this.

I don’t even know what these are or where it’s all heading, but this whole series of concept films – I understand Neill Blomkamp of District 9, Chappie and Elysium fame is responsible for them – is just stupendous. According to Wikipedia, he’s producing and releasing the short films on YouTube and Steam, and encouraging people to purchase the DLC content as a means of gauging which stories are most viable as full feature films.

As far as I’m concerned, they all are – and they should all be merged together somehow. Okay, maybe not – but damn.

Everything coming out of Oats Studios looks incredible. I want to give them money and take this digital offer of theirs (even though I wouldn’t have much use for it), but I haven’t got the time or resources right now. Will have to look into it further. $4.99 on Steam seems pretty reasonable.

Just amazing.

And don’t even get me started on the Cooking With Bill series.

It’s like Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared had a baby with Stranger Things, and it is horrifying.

Just … watch the shit out of these videos and then throw your support around.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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5 Responses to And Speaking of the Internet…

  1. stchucky says:

    Ooh, since I last checked Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared, it looks like they released a 6th video. Not sure where they go from here though…

  2. dreameling says:

    Blomkamp’s feature-length film career has been pretty uneven, with District 9 the sole really good movie, for my money. But these short films are pretty awesome, I agree. (Not sure if Blomkamp directed them all.) Plus the business approach is a really interesting variation of crowd-funding.

    Dat zygote monster, tho.

    • stchucky says:

      Blomkamp’s feature-length film career has been pretty uneven, with District 9 the sole really good movie, for my money.

      Hmm, that’s kinda true, isn’t it? Elysium and Chappie were good, in my opinion, and had a lot of cool concepts and visuals, but they were sort of all over the place. District 9 suffered from the same thing, but it maybe held together better.

      Maybe Blomkamp (or his studio, or whatever) is more gifted at this shorter, more visual-and-idea-intensive medium, rather than feature films?

      Shit, this might be the dawn of the film-novella / film-shortstory as an artform. I know, short films are already a thing, but not in the same league as features.

      Dat zygote monster, tho.

      It was the sound of it that freaked me out. Very Thing. Although being in Antarctica already got me there.

      • dreameling says:

        For me, District 9 was a solid, lean, visually impressive action piece with good character development, an interesting backdrop world, and interesting ideas smoothly embedded in the storytelling. Elysium sported great concepts and visuals, but the story and characters were kinda boring and the world-building was just way too allegorically black-and-white to be believable in the otherwise realism-oriented sensibilities of the movie. Chappie was tonally all over the place with no idea what it wanted to be, but the ideas and visuals were again cool.

        So, yeah, you might be absolutely right: Blomkamp is clearly good with ideas and visuals, and short form might be the right format for him to execute them. Because he can clearly get lost in the long form.

      • stchucky says:

        To be fair, all his stories have been very heavy-handedly apartheid-related with a downtrodden class and a degenerate caretaker class. But that’s … not really a bad thing. And yeah, Elysium was way more primary-coloured about it and Chappie had a lot of other junk in the trunk.

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