Watch Animated Short 'The OceanMaker', Learn How a Tropical Retreat Made This Film

Watch Animated Short 'The OceanMaker' and Learn About Its Unique Production Process
This animated short is so good, Pixar even hosted a screening on its campus for its creatives.

Just over two years ago, NFS introduced you to the animated short The OceanMaker as writer/director Lucas Martell and producer Christina Martell launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to complete the film. We've also shared Lucas' creative process, using an ideas tournament to filter and refine his best story concepts, so we're definitely fans. Today for Earth Day, The OceanMaker is now available for free on YouTube. Check it out below and keep reading to learn more about the unique creative process behind the making of this animated short.

Making any film is a labor of love, but putting together an animated film of this caliber with a small team of dedicated collaborators outside of a studio takes that labor to another level. Recognizing this, Lucas invited his friends and collaborators to join him on a retreat to tropical Belize to work on the project, merging work and play on what would end up becoming a multi-year journey. The hard work certainly paid off with an extensive festival run (including SXSW, Clermont-Ferrand, and Montreal World Film Festival among many others) and an invitation to screen the film on Pixar's campus for their creatives.

If you want to learn more about the film, you can purchase it on Vimeo on Demand and get access to four commentary tracks. Mighty Coconut has partnered with Earth Day Network, and for every purchase, they will plant a tree through the Canopy Project.

You can also watch a 13-episode behind-the-scenes series of 2-3 minute videos below that Mighty Coconut put together to see how everything came together.

Thanks to Lucas, Christina and Mighty Coconut for sharing the film and their creative process.

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Here I am in NY, sitting in the living room with the lights turn off rendering my 3D animation movie, while watching a 3D animated movie made on the island I was born. ...Irony.

Still the short was great.

April 22, 2015 at 6:25PM, Edited April 22, 6:25PM

Edgar More

Pretty good movie, beautiful graphics and character animation. Really inspiring! Ended up looking at all 13 behind the scenes episodes.

April 23, 2015 at 4:45AM


Movie was fun and behind the scenes was really interesting. Glad they did the BTS series.

April 23, 2015 at 6:01AM

You voted '+1'.
Brandon Kelley

Really a well done short. I liked it quite a bit. And I'm glad you guys had fun making it in such a beautiful work location.

April 23, 2015 at 12:10PM, Edited April 23, 12:10PM


So freaking awesome.

April 23, 2015 at 12:49PM

Steven Bailey