ADAM explores a world where human prisoners have their consciousness forcibly transferred into mechanical bodies. It was important that their underlying humanity came through in the animation. To achieve true-to-life performance, Oats cast real actors to play their corresponding robotic avatars. District 9 and Chappie filmmaker Neill Blomkamp directed two animated short films in the ADAM franchise - ADAM: The Mirror, a follow-up to the original ADAM, which was released in 2016 as a short film to demonstrate technical innovations on the game engine Unity. Blomkamp used Unity 2017 to create two new animated short films, ADAM: The Mirror and ADAM: The Prophet.