A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…
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.
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.
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.
as a polar opposite to district 9, this starts off dull then gets interesting. doesn't do anything that isn't also done in district 9, but still mildly interesting to see the origins, the initial design for the prawns, etc
Alive in Joburg is only really be of interest to fans of its feature-length remake District 9, which I certainly am. It's not anywhere near as good as District 9, however, and whilst there's reference to the analogy of Apartheid it's not properly developed as it is in the feature film and the special effects are also much ropier. If you saw this first you would see some interesting things in there, but I suspect you would be similarly underwhelmed.
In a complete inversion of District 9, this has a lame first act and a really powerful third.
Pretty great to see the short film that eventually became District 9- improvements were definitely made but the point is still just as clear.
Overall Enjoyment 5/10
A nice little preview of what was to come with "District 9." It plays a little more directly into the documentary style that was seen in that film with its seamless CGI and offers a brief but powerful glimpse into a world occupied by aliens.
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.
I tried to exclude found-footage horror movies and mondo films, which are sometimes also clumped in with mockumentaries.