The OP Mother of Non Spoiler Reviews is on the hunt for the next big thing. Short films are on trend and there are plenty to choose from.
What is Adam?
Trying to explain how this film came about and why it's important led me down a rabbit hole of sorts. What I saw first was an amazing short film unlike anything I have ever seen before. It is special because it's an animation film made with software technology that makes the picture so realistic that my head almost exploded.
Adam was made using a game engine by Unity Technologies to show off just how far the software has come. This software runs in real-time with fancy graphic applications that give it that extra movie-feel.
When Adam was released in 2016, the short film won a Webby Award.
What is Adam About?
The story of Adam is straightforward. He is a prisoner who wakes in a robot body. The story continues through 3 short films, all available on YouTube. I watched them and immediately wondered how this new online world had not crossed my path before.
After the original 5:43 minute episode, Unity reached out to Neil Blomkamp, who is the founder of Oats Studio and has now pumped out short films of his own. He is also well-known for movies such as District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015).
Blomkamp worked with Unity and made episode two, Adam: The Mirror, in October 2017 and then Adam: The Prophet in November 2017. Judging by the comments on the YouTube channel, people seemed to have the same reaction as myself and were screaming for more.
Adam: Episode 1, June 2016
More About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is a game development company. They not only make games, they also provide tools for other developers to help with business requirements. Their website boasts that over 2 billion downloads of Unity games played on mobile devices just for 2016.
With too many games made by Unity Technology to list, a few more commonly known ones for iOS in the genre of shooter are:
- Call of Duty Strike Team
- Dead Trigger
- M.U.S.E and
- Hitman Sniper
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The company boasts to have 35% of the top 1000 free mobile games credited with their software. Its customers are no small fries either, names like Coca-Cola, Disney, NASA and Nickelodeon are among those listed.
It's probably a given if you like your mobile, X-Box or Playstation games that you have probably played one made with this amazing software engine.
This means, if I was particularly handy with software and developed a game or an application using this free software, I wouldn't have to pay royalties or revenue share. The description does mention that it's easy to use and great for hobbyists so perhaps it's time I learn!
Adam: Episode 2 The Mirror
Adam: Episode 3 The Prophet
What Else has Oats Studio Made?
These latest film making abilities allow people like Neil Blomkamp to make these photo-realistic images in half the time and less than half the cost of what it does to make cinematic film. It's an exciting time for studios wanting to break into this area.
When Oats studio got involved with Unity Technology's software, the result was realistic digital humans in an even more realistic world. If you look at any of the videos in this article, you will notice things. The clothes characters wear move in the wind, there are shadows and depth to faces and backgrounds the lighting looks the way it should if scenes are inside or outside.
Oats created the worlds within these universes by shooting more than 35 000 photographs of all the elements that make up a scene. The development of these new short films mean that this software engine has now entered the realm of cinema better than we have ever seen before.
Not all of Neil Blomkamps' shorts are made with software. Many of his latest releases are a taster which he hopes will show him which ones to make into full feature movies. They are all very cool though.
Take a look at the table below for an extensive list of Oats Studio short films.
Short Films made by Oats Studio and Neil Blomkamp:
|Name of Short||Completed||Starring||What's it About?|
Adam: The Mirror
Part 2 of the Adam series.
Two survivors are lost in an Arctic mine trying to fend off a alien-like creature that seems to be reading their minds.
Sharlto Copley and Jason Cope
Geoffrey and God play with a new civilization.
Steve Boyle, Nicole Goliath and Robert Hobbs
It's the Vietnam War and both sides of the apposing army find a new threat to fight.
A post-apocalyptic story where the world is overrun by an alien species.
Last film. Not Released yet.
Robocop style film involving a soldier.
Ken Lawson and Tony Hargrave
Scientists develop a weapon that they test on a prisoner.
A Robot Knight wants some gold.
A medi-evil giant who loves to kill.
Adam: The Phrophet
Part 3 of the Adam series.
Clive Owen, Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal
Technically and advertisement for BMW tells the story of FBI raids on a scientific facility.
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