Island Zero

By Donkey Universe Films

Island Zero was the first feature film Eric Miller Animation Studios worked on, so we were very excited to be a part of the movie.  Our part was very small, but it was still very important for the success of the film.  We were asked to do the visual effects for the creatures which only appear in a few shots in the film.  

As with many independent horror films the budget was limited, so the challenge was to create a very realistic effect without going over the budget.  While our obvious choices would have put us over the budget we were able to come up with an approach to achieve the desired look while keep the costs down.

While we can't show any of our work on this project yet we were still really excited to have the opportunity to work on it with the amazing Donkey Universe Films team.

Check out the Island Zero website to find out where you can view the film.


Inhabitants of a fishing island off the coast of Maine find themselves mysteriously cut off from the outside world after the ferry suddenly stops coming. All the phones have gone dead and every boat sent to the mainland fails to return. When dead bodies turn up along the water's edge, the hardy band of survivors must find out who, or what, is killing them.

Thanks to the excellent work of Eric Miller and his team the Creature in our creature-feature really came to life in ways we didn’t think possible at our budget! With Eric Miller’s ability to be flexible and collaborative we were able to get polished, vital vfx that fit our aesthetic and fulfilled the director’s vision. Working with the team was a pleasure and their ability to respond to and work with our ideas, however fantastic, was impeccable and their input on how to achieve them was priceless.
— Mariah Klapatch - Producer | Island Zero

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