Oats Studios: Zygote
Article by Aaron Haughton
Blomkamp's latest experimental short film hit YouTube yesterday, and wraps up the Volume 1 anthology. The short is titled Zygote, which means "a diploid cell resulting from the fusion of two haploid gametes; a fertilized ovum."
Each short comprising Volume 1 is a bit different and seems to be a part of something bigger. With Zygote, it feels like the third and final act of a larger film, minus the conclusion. It's reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing, but less discreet -- there is no anonymity surrounding the creature; it looks like a version of The Thing that's already morphed into a hideous amalgam.
The film is set in the Arctic Circle and plunges right into the aftermath of some strange, catastrophic event. We are introduced to the two remaining survivors of a large mining company; a woman (who describes herself as "someone born to die"), and a wounded man with a blindfold over his eyes. Their supplies are spent, and the pair are being pursued by something that "knows what they know" by extracting knowledge for its victims and will get to them eventually. Falling in line with other shorts, it's loaded with bizarre and monstrous effects, and a healthy dose of viscera and gore.
The creature doesn't top the River God from Firebase, but it is really, really fucking strange -- full of various limbs and appendages and what appears to be a head covered in several eyeballs. Like the other two shorts, Blomkamp isn't doing anything new storywise -- these are all narratives we've seen before -- but the visual flair is definitely unique, cutting edge and welcomed.
You can obtain the downloadable content for each short via Steam for $4.99 apiece, or for $11.99 as a bundle. The purchase of the downloadable content will surely come with some extra bells and whistles, if not a fuller, more complete project. Be sure to support the experimental studio in their efforts or there may not be a Volume 2 to look forward to. In the meantime, check out the short for free on YouTube:
What do you think? How does this stack amongst the previous two films? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and be sure to stay in the viddy well loop...because an untied knot is just a string!