Oats Studios - Kapture: Fluke
Article by Aaron Haughton
Neil Blomkamp and Oats Studios are at it again with another bite-sized short, akin to their earlier short God: Serengeti both in length and darkly comedic tone. This short has one sneaky difference, which isn't exactly apparent at first glance.
It wasn't until the second viewing that I realized that this piece is entirely CG built. It's like a gorgeous cut scene from a video game, and is truly a testament to their convincing capabilities with regard to computer generated effects. It's very natural and human, which is why it didn't stick out immediately to me, and the found footage approach and added film grain help to mask the effects.
This time around, Blomkamp takes on a trial run for a new, revolutionary weapons test from military-grade arm's corporation Kapture called The Fluke. The weapon is a small transmitter that can be loaded into a shotgun and fired at the enemy. The weapon is described as a "a self-contained enemy combatant capture and repurpose system," which is a fancy way of saying they can take control of the enemy and "make them do pretty much whatever the hell you want."
Since Kapture has struck a deal with the Department of Defense and the "loan out program with the prison," they're able to test their military-grade weapons on convicts under the notion that should they survive, they'll receive a reduced sentence. Emphasis on should. The test on the live convict using The Flute weapon allows the researchers to control convict's neural pathways and awkwardly maneuver him around. And, of course, it wouldn't be an Oats short without a little viscera.
As we've mentioned before in our earlier write ups of Oats' material, it's very important to support them, as they're entirely self-funded, and you can do so by purchasing the Volume 1 assets via Steam. This is no ordinary purchase of the media, either. No, it actually comes with everything from the video file, script, concept art, and even the 3D assets, which they allow you use in your own projects via a licensing email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As Blomkamp has mentioned in many interviews, each of the longer shorts cost several millions of dollars to produce and are by no means cheap. Their goal is to potentially turn one of the more successful pieces from Volume 1 into a feature, so that the proceeds from the film can fund the studio and its Volume 2 and 3 endeavors. And, basically, they can keep repeating the process.
The studio plans to release one more film as part of the Volume 1 series titled Lima, which Blomkamp says is "a bit more like a current-day thriller," and doesn't yet have a planned release date.
In the meantime, enjoy Kapture: Fluke:
What did you think of the short? Did you realize it was computer generated right away? Are you excited to see what Oats will churn out next? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!