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Hello Monster Maniacs! Check out the new poster...

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Festival circuit, here we come!

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Hellyfish is an official selection in the DC Shorts Film Festival! We are excited and honored to be part of the biggest short film festival on the east coast. Our film will screen Friday, September 11th at 7pm... http://festival.dcshorts.com/hellyfish/

We have our fingers crossed for several other big festivals in September and October. We should be hearing back from most of them by mid August.

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Oscars 2013 for Dummies

by Pat Longstreth

Hello again movie lovers! The Hellyfish team has been chiseling away all winter on the post-production of Hellyfish, and I must admit that this monster is a tough one to REEL in. When tackling any large problem, it’s important to take a break, have a little fun, and learn about what else is happening in the world. So here goes.

Following Sunday night’s spectacle of the Academy, some of you may be asking yourself “What just happened?”. Well, following the Mayan calendar reset, the evolution of our entertainment pop culture has shown the mighty Ben Afleck to be the current leader of the left coast bearded wonderboys. However, the Family Guy guy was offensive and he left many questions unanswered. You may be asking yourself, “why didn’t Les Miserables get more attention with all it’s vibrato and sweeping camera moves?” or “Life of Pi was so much prettier than Argo, why didn’t that one win?” or “why does Leo Decaprio get to say the ‘n-word’ so many times?” As a person who lives in Los Angeles and spends too much time watching movies, allow me to explain.

You see, Hollywood is a social darwinist jungle where back slapping narcissists claw for attention and money like lobsters in a bucket, while the real million dollar decisions are made over lattes and fancy pizza. Directors and producers cling to their money and power for good reason (seriously, do you know how hard it is to find a staff job with benefits in this town?). Yet, amid all the political strife and 24/7 disaster broadcasting in the real world, Michelle Obama said it best, “these 9 movies taught us that love can endure against all odds.”

The triumph of Zero Dark Thirty proves that Kathryn Bigelow’s divorce from James Cameron was possibly her best career move. The portrayal of mankind’s greatest manhunt teaches us to respect the power of the mama grizzly, who, in the pursuit of protecting her own, is also capable of extreme destruction.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is also a movie. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Every human is simply another piece of flesh in this shifting world of insurmountable odds. We are just small pieces of “a big big universe.” As change descends upon us, we must come together as a family, even if that entails cremating the remains of our great forefathers and foremothers.

Silver Linings Playbook showed a glimpse at what is really going on with struggling 25 to 35 year olds today. But most potential grandparents are too busy tripping on their own cough medicine to notice that prescription drugs are not the answer. Our problems are not what they used to be. We don’t have time to feel sorry for alcoholic airline pilots or heart-broken old french couples. Bright young adults are the ones most in need of love and encouragement from their elders. A gentle nudge in the right direction can bring the family back together in ways we haven’t imagined. A little love goes a long way.

One thing is for sure, the American dream is no piece of Pi, and Lincoln’s dream has already come to pass. Also, the sky is not falling. In fact, Skyfall made a billion dollars.

Lastly, Django Unchained showed that the spirit of Mark Twain lives on in the sick sick mind of Quentin Tarantino. In the words of his acceptance speech, “2013 will be the writer’s year” and that is one prediction that fills me with hope.

On the topic of Visual Effects

There appears to be a ground-gurgle in what some are calling the “greenscreen revolution”. Many workers with families have honed their crafts and technical skills to gain a foothold in show business. By and large, many of these people deserve better pay, although there are some talented ones doing very well for themselves financially. Unfortunately, many studios and VFX companies have mismanaged their resources and made hasty business deals. Some of these entities will disintegrate. Jobs and health benefits will be lost. A VFX union similar to the Animation guild would be nice for some workers, but there is little energy from the leaders of the industry to support such an effort. Ultimately, America and the international markets will continue to demand entertainment and advertising. The show will go on, and the creative entrepreneurs of the bunch should not see this as a time for protest, but an opportunity to start their own shops on their own terms. It ain’t easy being green.

Summer Update from Hellyfish

Hello again Beach Bums,

Take a break from the summer blockbuster heat with the NEW Hellyfish trailer. WATCH IT NOW! and tell your friends!

The local creative community has proven once again to be very supportive of new artists. We are proud to be featured in Savannah Magazine's "Life on the Water" issue. Our favorite quote from the article: "the biggest danger of the film may have been the over-consumption of cheesy puffs". Read up and learn more behind-the-scenes Hellyfish trivia http://savannahmagazine.com/2012/07/01/creature-feature/

While the rest of you are out there enjoying the sun and treating jellyfish stings, we're diligently chipping away at our film one shot at a time. The exciting process looks something like this:

To help us get through this challenge, we’ve found inspiration in this year’s latest beach horror flicks like Jersey Shore Shark Attack. It was incredible to see how the writers were able to seamlessly amalgamate the plot lines of Jaws and MTV’s Jersey Shore into a single cohesive masterpiece. Any apprehensions over combining cinema classics with their trashy reality show counter parts have certainly been laid to rest. We can only hope that the popularity of this guido picture show will spawn similar classics (Real Stepford Housewives?… The Hills – Have Eyes?).

Also, “good” omens continue to follow the Hellyfish team. Just of the coast of my balcony in Marina Del Rey danger is lurking. An 800-lb shark was caught on July 5th. If only they’d have caught it on July 3rd, my view of the fireworks would have been as clear as a January morning.

We hope our fans are enjoying their t-shirts and stickers. Stay tuned for more blog updates and behind the scenes goodies!

Arrivederci!
Pat