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Neill Blomkamp hosting marathon livestream of his short films on Twitch, plus Q&A

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Apr 10, 2018

Sci-fi wunderkind director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has more recently turned his imagination to short films, which his Oats Studio has been producing over the last few years.

These films include the Sigourney Weaver-headlined Rakka, the prehistoric God, the Dakota Fanning horror film Zygote, the CGI weapons drama Kapture, and the Vietnam War alt-history Firebase. Now, fans of his work have a chance to pick the director’s brain about the projects while tapping the knowledge of some of the other experts who worked on the film.

Making an announcement in a video and in a separate release, Blomkamp will be livestreaming the aforementioned short films at Twitch.TV/OatsStudios on Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. ET.

According to a release, each of the shorts will “be followed by a Q&A with Blomkamp, Art Director Rich Simpson, and VFX Supervisor, Chris Harvey.” This access to the filmmakers — during which they will respond to questions posed by members of the chat — hopes to encourage viewers to donate to a fundraiser for a feature-length version of Firebase. “Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studio event marks the first time a film director has taken to Twitch to showcase a slate of movies,” says Twitch’s SVP of Content Michael Aragon.

This could lead to the first film funded by a Twitch community, which has previously banded together to complete entire video games just by inputting control commands into a chat window. Harnessing the power of these audiences is the goal of many social media companies — and combining with established creative industries might be the way to do it.