Pay to view sites dominate the internet. However, one new streaming service deserves a significant piece of attention. Their unique material is a decisive niche that suits the sci-fi and visual graphics market. Most other sites are attempting to expand their audiences so everyone will look to them for entertainment. Oats Studios is something different.
Neill Blomkamp, who attained fame from directing apocalyptic sci-fi films such as District 9 and Elysium has formed Oats Studios. Think of this as a workshop for burgeoning visual effects artists to create experimental shorts with no large studio pulling the strings. By combining great storytelling elements with mind-blowing computer animation, Oats attempts to advance the genre of sci-fi to the next century.
Essentially, they are integrating the use of Agisoft Photoscan for the Photogrammetry technique. Think of this as the next step for green screen. The effects are more seamless and the result is a more integrated jump in illusion. When shooting in-house, they use 32 Nikon D3300 with various lenses. They sync them for shooting with a strobe for simultaneous capture. These experiments are showing what can be done on a limited budget for potential learning for future filmmaking.
There are a few definite videos worth watching videos on the Oats Studios YouTube channel. I would like to show you a 4 minute one God: Serengeti as it displays the use of Photogrammetry syncing in a short video with a highly intellectual subject. Notice the large characters who speak versus the tiny characters on the table. The tiny characters move around with incredible detail. They show fire, water, and plant growth. All of this is within the same realm of perception as the larger room. The subject matter questions human existence in a cruel universe.
Oats Difference in Business
Besides the breathtaking and experimental visual effects, Oats Studios has a different approach to business. Most other premium streaming services charge the viewer to subscribe and then allow them to watch all of the available programming. These businesses rely on new programming to keep viewership. Oats is offering free pilot videos to everyone and then charging for the rest of the season. They want to specifically isolate the interest of each show to give viewers exactly what they want. Somehow these subsequent videos are not viewable on bootleg sources like most shows on Netflix are. This might change in the future but that would also mean Oats has become much more successful.
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