Netflix’s The Sea Beast, one of the newest animated films coming to the streaming service, will be released on July 8th. During the long lead press day for the film, director Chris Williams discussed many details surrounding the making of the movie, the detailed animation, the ropes, and even his inspiration for the story. Check out all of The Sea Beast’s interviews and where director Chris Williams found inspiration.
The Sea Beast: Director Chris Williams Inspiration
The Sea Beast‘s director, Chris Williams, has always loved old sea monster maps. He shares that he always had an urge to make those areas seem more exciting and more dangerous. Williams would stare at those maps and think they could be transformed into an awesome world for an animated film. So he made one.
For Williams, he had a vague idea of what he wanted the story to be and a brief description of the characters, but as he began to fill in a script and fortify the story, research had to be done. And where did director Chris Williams go to find inspiration for the script? Williams shares, “I spent a lot of time talking to a guy named Gordon Laco, who was one of the consultants on Master and Commander. That movie‘s held up as one of the best examples of an accurate depiction of life at sea. And I was just so inspired by Gordon’s knowledge and his passion and I really wanted to do right by Gordon and a lot of the people that we talked to who really cared a lot about these ships in this era.” Williams also shared that he learned a lot about naval tactics and armaments, which helped the team build the big action set pieces.
Director Chris Williams Finds Inspiration Through Paintings
Director Chris Williams states he also found inspiration for The Sea Beast through the paintings of N. C. Wyeth, as he wanted to capture the dynamic feeling of his work and the sense of an expansive wide open sea. He goes on to discuss, “His paintings always felt just so inviting to me and I really want to be in his paintings. And I myself am prone to being seasick so it’s better for me to be watching these paintings than hanging out to sea myself. And this one in particular captures how I feel about them. I want to be in these fantastic and imagined and idealized worlds.”
The Sea Beast hits Netflix on July 8th!
Netflix’s The Sea Beast Synopsis
In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.