Hellyfish is a 12 minute horror-comedy 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 film also serves as a proof-of-concept for a feature film about giant jellyfish monsters that take over the world. We aim to capture the same fun spirit of films like Piranha, Tremors, and Big Ass Spider!. We are not associated with Roger Corman, The Asylum or SyFy channel, although they are major influences on our work.

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.

Hellyfish was an official selection at DC Shorts Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival. Watch it online at the Goldleaf TV Youtube Channel.

- Pat & Rob


Director bio

Patrick Longstreth and Robert McLean met at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The directing duo persuaded friends and colleagues to assist in the creation of a beach monster movie unlike any of its predecessors. Patrick is currently freelancing as a visual effects artist for commercials and film in Los Angeles. Robert is working as a production manager at a software company in Charleston, SC.


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