Adding a new, terrifying monster to his short-film subjects, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has released Gdansk, about a medieval giant that has no time for anything but killing. Blomkamp created Oats Studio in order to test out feature ideas in a safe, relatively inexpensive medium, and has thus far created a plethora of odd, scary, and otherwise exciting short films.
After films like Firebase, Zygote, and even a BMW commercial, expectations for Blomkamp’s output have never been higher, despite his last few features failing to reach the critical or commercial peaks of his early efforts. So with Gdansk, “the first in a series of shorts about medieval giants” according to Bloody Disgusting, the bar is high for gore, grossness, and overall CGI effectiveness.
Concept artist and illustrator Jakub Rozalski inspired the massive maniac, and it's nothing like the behemoth in Roald Dahl's famous book The BFG. This one takes the "F" right out of “BFG”: no friendly giants here.
The animation of this film certainly conveys ample terror as the creature approaches with its lumbering back-and-forth gait, ready to target its victim — and with appropriately bloody results.
Aside from that, this storyline could carry over through to the rest of the series — or, an entirely new giant may surface and an entirely new murder could take place when Oats Studio releases its next piece. Whatever happens, it'll certainly be something to look out for.