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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Say what you will about director Neill Blomkamp’s recent feature work (Chappie, Elysium), but the shorts he has put out through his Oats Studios have been nothing short of inspiring. They’ve been poring over their slate of shorts, trying to figure out what to do next. Now, it sounds like they know, and it is a follow-up to one of their sci-fi shorts: “Firebase.”

Oats Studios released a new video, and in it, he pleads to fans to help this next project be a reality. As of right now, they hope to raise $100 million to fund a Firebase trilogy, but Blomkamp’s ambitions are much greater than one film franchise. He hopes to create a studio completely detached from the Hollywood system that is 100 percent funded by fans.

“If you imagine a completely self-sufficient, 21st century, small studio that has the entire infrastructure to execute high-level Hollywood work, but exists entirely funded by fans online, That is completely what the goal of Oats Studios is.”

Blomkamp is quick to point out that this isn’t them going this route because Hollywood simply won’t have them, but is them actively seeking out a new way to do things. So what kind of perks will something like this come with? Well, they are pretty limited. Here’s a list of them on their site. You get:

• Your name in the credits as a backer.

• Three “behind the scenes” updates over the duration of the production of the film, Pre production, production and Post.

• A private link to the final film or access to a members portal where you can view the film.

• A PDF of all the concept art generated for the film.

For now, that seems about it, but Blomkamp is adamant that there is a reason behind this, and it’s because they want to put as much money as they can on the screen, and not get bogged down in perks.

Here is Oats Studios’ overall statement and description:

We want to build a 21st century studio that is funded directly by fans. The more people online that support us the more content we will put out. We want to create an ecosystem where we are directly fueled by the community. Our goal now is the next FIREBASE film. Help Fuel us here (https://fuel.oatsstudios.com). We want to grow and expand, but we need the communities help. We will create the FIREBASE film tailored to the incoming dollar amount. If we raise $40 dollars we will film a firebase “Cat” video. If we raise $100 million we will shoot a FIREBASE feature trilogy.

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SOURCE: Firebase

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.