Hellyfish is a 12-minute comedy/horror about radioactive mutant killer jellyfish. The story is inspired by the potential confluence of two real-life events on Tybee Island, GA – the unexplained rise in numbers of jellyfish and the missing H-bomb that has been resting in the coastal waters since 1958. The short also serves as a proof-of-concept for a feature film about giant jellyfish monsters taking over the world!
Watch 'Hellyfish' trailer below
Director - Patrick Longstreth, Robert McLean
Screenplay - Patrick Longstreth, Kate Fitzpatrick
Producer - Patrick Longstreth, Robert McLean, Katie Schuck, Alex Gangi, Kristen Hall, Pikey Holdredge
Director of photography - Bob Jones
Character Studio - Munk studios
Full credit listings here - http://hellyfish.com/credits/
Munk was responsible for the rigging and animation of the mutant killer jellyfish. In various scenes these jellyfish are seen galloping along the beach, jumping on peoples faces and severing limbs.
The film was shot on location in Savannah, GA and Tybee Island over the course of 16 days. The incredible support and enthusiasm of the local film community and The Savannah College of Art and Design was essential. Filming took place on the beach, a boat dock, a green screen stage, and a scuba instruction facility. The devoted cast and crew faced many challenges including stormy weather, rising tides, horse-shoe crabs, and actual jellyfish stings. A successful $10,000 Kickstarter campaign helped push the film into post-production. Visual effects and animation took two years and included over 20 digital artists.
Watch VFX breakdown below