Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
Alive in Joburg
A documentary-style short film about the arrival of an alien spaceship over Johannesburg, South Africa.
“We don't want to be here, this place doesn't want us... we have nothing, nothing.”
I feel like Neil Blomkamp has been receiving a lot of criticism lately for Elysium and Chappie, but there is no doubt in my mind that much of that has to do with how much expectations we put on him after delivering one of the better sci-fi pics of the decade, District 9. His style hasn’t changed much, but of course the social commentary from that film hasn’t had the same impact in his most recent films. In 2005 Blomkamp made an interesting short that would later be the basis for his feature film District 9. In Alive in Joburg he already had the social…
A really fantastic example of low budget film making, this time the short that formed the basis for District 9. Neill Blomkamp uses new film containing practical effects for the aliens alongside CGI and stock news footage from South African television to create an amazing vision of how the world would cope should alien refugees end up landing on Earth.
The thing that really struck me about this, is that it really hit home to me that this is exactly how the world would react should aliens crash land in South Africa. Once it had been established that there was little to learn from them, and that the aliens were just needing somewhere to live following broken down space craft,…
"I am glad, I don't belong to Johannesburg."
"I am Glad this was fiction"
It was so realistically shot that you fear the thought of aliens.
Alive in Joburg, a short film directed by Neill Blomkamp, is the groundwork for his academy award nominated District 9 . Here you can already see Blomkamp's unique vision as a director using a documentary style of shooting, and also his nuanced take on an alien invasion. subverting the norms of alien invasion movies by immersing them within the world around us, and humanizing the aliens with realistic problems. great stuff.
I absolutely love District 9 and I am really not sure why it took me 3 years to check out the short film on which D9 is based. Neill Blomkamp is either very talented or one of the best One-Trick-Ponies ever but it is clear that he was very passionate about this project.
Alive in Joburg is a very interesting little flick that features some impressive visuals considering the budget and very neat use of prosthetics, rather than CGI prawns.
There is not an awful lot to say about it as it's only 6 minutes long but I would definitely recommend checking it out.
Probably the best short film I've ever seen. Even though it's only six minutes in length, there are so many things to like. Why they didn't carry over the power-cable idea to District 9 is beyond me.
A well made short that splices together both fictional and non-fictional footage. Was the basis for what eventually became District 9.
Hmmm, it was alright I guess. It would have been nice to see, prior to watching District 9 for sure, would definitely peak the interest.
La idea principal de Distric 9 en un corto de 6 minutos y medio. Interesante como introducción al cine de Neill Blomkamp, pero le falta mas Sharlto Copley y menos de todo lo otro.
District 9 is looked upon as one of the great Sci-Fi Movies of the modern era - in it, aliens didnt come to our world to eliminate humans, or mine the planet or resources, or to study us... instead, they came here as refugees, seeking a home with their damaged ship. Also, they didnt choose New York, or Washington as their port of call... they chose Johannesburg, South Africa, a country rife with racial problems and uprising following the end of the apartheid era.
Being a South African, and knowing all to well about the bad times that our country has endured, and the questionable current leadership, it was easy to relate to the story being told in District 9.…
Alive in Joburg, the basis for Blomkamp's lauded feature debut District 9 is a briliant sci fi short with convincing special effects and a documentary footage style that makes it all so believable.
Too big of an idea for a short, which I guess is why they made it into a feature.
An interesting watch if you're a fan of District 9, cool to see the origin of a lot of the concepts, and better than everything Blomkamp has done since his first feature.
Before there was District 9 there was Alive in Joburg, an interesting and entertaining and above all highly imaginative short science fiction film that would be fully adapted in a full length feature that would be District 9. Already here, we have the ideas for that film expressed on-screen, and the film features some terrific effects and Blomkamp delivers a short that is among his finest shorts. I very much enjoyed this film, and thought that it had some effective and brilliant ideas when it came to its story and concept. That’s one thing that makes Blomkamps work so unique, his elaborate original ideas that have reshaped the genre. With Alive in Joburg, he would craft his most interesting short…
I checked this out just for the heck of it since it's on YouTube and it was the jumping off point for District 9 as a feature. It's no Bottle Rocket (the B&W short) and really doesn't give any indication that its creator are capable of something as impressive as District 9.