Watch: ‘Sea Critter’ – Homemade Faux Documentary VFX Short Film
by Alex Billington
January 14, 2022
“If you ever come into contact with the creature, you’re somehow connected – ‘one with it?'” Have you ever meet this kind of sea monster before? Sea Critter is a VFX short film made on a tiny budget by a batch of up-and-coming filmmakers. It takes a while to get going, running long at 17 minutes in total, but there is an intriguing concept in here. A documentary crew uncovers the strange story behind Wilbur’s encounter with a tentacled sea creature. This is made by filmmaker Eric Smigiel, and stars Scot Scurlock as the grizzled sea fellow named Wilbur. The film premiered at the Burbank Film Festival last year, and is available online to watch now. It’s not the most impressive short film, a bit rough around the edges, especially with how long it spends interviewing him in the chair in the first half. But the ending is cool. Meet the “Sea Critter” below.
Thanks to Dan for the tip on this short film. Original description from YouTube: “From campfire story to vfx spectacle. A documentary crew uncovers the story behind Wilbur’s encounter with a tentacled sea creature.” Sea Critter is both written and directed by filmmaker Eric Smigiel – who also runs Allusive Pictures (visit their official page on Facebook). You can follow him on IG @smigielman or check out his other short film A Figment of My Imagination. Allusive Pictures is a New Mexico-based production company that specializes in creating high quality films. This short is produced by James Liakos, Dan Marcus, Justin R. Romine, and Eric Smigiel. Featuring cinematography by Joseph Simonson, and visual effects by Seth Deming. For more info on the short, visit Allusive’s site or YouTube. To discover more short films, click here. Your thoughts?