Many people were being sent home to work in the US as of March 2020, and that meant the team behind The Sea Beast had to reevaluate a few things. Chris Williams explained that the home office order came at a really bad time because they were just starting to get things off the ground in terms of production. As a result, the director let this little tidbit fly: “I haven’t personally met most of the crew on the film. I’m looking forward to it because I want to personally thank them for all their hard work.”
Next came the pros and cons of creating an animated film remotely. Williams admitted that newer technology has made it much easier to work on these projects separately. But it also creates a sense of separation, as he continued: “The hard part has always been that sense of connection and the ability to work together, because animation is the ultimate collaborative art form. You have to be able to brainstorm and solve problems together as a group. It’s a bit trickier, as everyone now knows, if you’re doing it via Zoom.
But as anyone who has worked on a film will tell you, there are always challenges to overcome. The COVID-19 pandemic has been just another challenge, and the finished product of The Sea Beast on Netflix really speaks for itself.
The Sea Beast is available now on Netflix.