Mixing cinéma vérité-style footage of a Johannesburg township and CG footage of what could be a tougher protocol droid cousin of C-3PO, South African born director Neill Blomkamp makes a compelling short film called Tetra Vaal.
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Directed by 27-year-old Neill Blomkamp for the Embassy Visual Effects Inc., the short — a pseudo–corporate video for a fictional robotics company — shows a robot cop policing the streets of a Johannesburg township. The effects go beyond the extraordinary (even the robot’s relaxed-alert cop posture is stunningly lifelike), and the combination of the documentary-style footage and computer-generated images is convincing enough that you might find yourself wondering if you were on vacation during the announcement that robots are indeed now among us.
Blomkamp also directed a short called Yellow for the Adidas film series about a Blade Runner-like replicant who’s escaped a top-secret military facility and is on the run amongst us.
Blomkamp’s work as a 3-D animator can be seen in such TV programs as “Smallville,” “Dark Angel” and “Stargate SG-1.” He’s currently directing the film adaptation of the hit video game Halo.