(PRWEB) July 23, 2015
Pod Intermedia LLC, a virtual global transmedia company, and the creators of the short film Hellyfish have entered into a partnership agreement to develop and produce an original live action feature film based on the wildly popular property. The partnership was announced today by Pod Intermedia producers Courtney G. Jones and Matt Berlin (CEO and CSO respectively) and Hellyfish creators Patrick Longstreth and Robert McLean.
This announcement marks another step in Pod Intermedia’s commitment to build a portfolio of franchisable properties with global appeal. The short film serves as a proof-of-concept for the feature film about giant jellyfish monsters that take over the world, and the coming visual effects extravaganza will stick closely to the original short film’s story-- with a few more surprises. The film will capture the same fun spirit of films like Piranha, Tremors, and Big Ass Spider!.
“I found out about the short film on the Maxon Cinema 4D website and had to reach out to these guys to see if the rights were available. That’s how impressed I was. Matt and I saw the potential of Hellyfish right from the first frame of the short, and Patrick and Robert were open to getting it made into a feature. We all speak the same language: high-concept on a budget. To us, this is a no-brainer!,” said Jones, Pod Intermedia’s CEO.
"We were very excited to learn that Pod Intermedia shares our vision for Hellyfish the feature and we've had a lot of fun developing the concept with them. This partnership is exactly what we need to capture our big fish story in all its absurd outrageous glory,” says Patrick Longstreth, Hellyfish co-creator, “Honestly we couldn’t be happier. Opportunities to create something like this are why we get into filmmaking. We had A LOT of fun making the short film, and can’t wait to channel that same ridiculous energy into a feature length epic.”
Hellyfish has already garnered several film festival awards and continues to amass critical acclaim. Festival accomplishments include:
- Best Short Film - Scare-a-con 2014
- Best Georgia Short Film - Buried Alive Film Festival 2014
- Best Sci-fi/Horror Short - Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2014
- Best Comedy Short - Buffalo Dreams Film Festival 2014
While press reaction to the short film is overwhelmingly positive:
"Screams SyFy in a good way" - Hellhorror.com
"I was laughing out loud through the entire film" - DC Shorts
There is no set start date, but according to the Pod team, everyone is eager to roll cameras in late 2015.
About Pod Intermedia
Pod Intermedia, based out of the Seattle area, is a transmedia company with many intellectual properties in development ranging from film, television, comic books, and games. The company’s CEO, Courtney G. Jones, has almost 25 years in the entertainment industry, most as a producer, director and technician.
Matt Berlin, the company’s CSO, has a background that includes operations management and creative production for companies such as Sony, NBC-Interactive, IDG World Media, and Anschutz Entertainment.
About the Creators/Filmmakers
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.