"Monster made of men," are the words District 9 director Neill Blomkamp wrote on a scrap of paper when conceiving his forthcoming film Zygote. Out tomorrow through his experimental independent film factory Oats Studios, Zygote stars Dakota Fanning as one of two survivors of a mysterious mining disaster. The horrifying truth of the massacre is revealed in a claustrophobic 20-minute slow burn. It's Frankenstein's monster for the anxieties of humanity's bio-hacking, space-colonizing future.
Deep world building is a hallmark of Blomkamp's films. Oats Studios's business model is to release an avalanche of short films, anticipating viewers will want to continue exploring those worlds and fund the next one. A big component of Zygote's world are "synthetics," or artificially-created humanoids designed to perform dangerous and menial tasks unfit for humans. Today we have an exclusive peek at Oats Studios's concept imagery detailing how synthetics work.