Oats Studios' God: Serengeti
Article by Aaron Haughton
Blomkamp's on a roll, and he's really heating up. His third short film, God: Serengeti, just hit the interwebs on the 6th and is his shortest and funniest to date -- we're not counting the cooking shorts, which are really uninteresting and not worth mentioning other than to tell you to not really waste your time.
Like the name implies, the short follows the man upstairs himself, God (played by frequent Blomkamp actor, Sharlto Copely). In Blomkamp's short, God isn't an angry fella, but he's not exactly nice either. The short is literally Blomkamp's most minimal -- and I do mean that in the kindest way. God just sits in a chair reading a massive book, which is "too technical" for his liking, claiming to enjoy "the chaos" more. He overlooks a model table of the Serengeti, only the model pieces are real, breathing plants, animals, and humans.
God's butler does the dirty work here, blowing out the cavemen's fire, sending them to their cave, and spraying them with rain, amongst other things. Let's just say, the whole "God giveth and God taketh away" thing is taken quite literal. Over a short span of time (nearly 4 minutes), the emotions stem from outrage to mild amusement to grave with ease. If you've got the right sense of humor, it'll have you laughing throughout.
What did you think? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well.