Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Russell U. Richards' “Fiji Mermaid” Movie

Dear friends and supporters,

For over a year I have been devoting my creative energies almost exclusively to a movie project. “Fiji Mermaid” is a surreal short film based on historical depictions of mermaids as sinister seductresses, and it's practically bursting at the seams with special effects and art, including a hideous sea hag, a beautiful naked mermaid, a mysterious peep show box and a sideshow banner that comes to life! With my small but well-chosen cast and crew we've filmed scenes on the Chesapeake Bay, and underwater in a pool, and now we're preparing for a green screen studio sequence, followed by a big shoot on Coney Island in early 2011.

Please take a moment to watch the above mini-documentary about the making of “Fiji Mermaid” at

The four-minute video includes lots of cool behind-the-scenes production footage, and you can learn how to support this cinem-aquatic adventure and get a gorgeous 18 x 24" movie poster, DVD or Blu-ray, an original etching- I'll even make you a one-of-a-kind Fiji Mermaid! Kickstarter is an innovative fundraising tool for creative projects that is very popular in the art and film community right now, but there is no commitment to pledge if you want to just go to the site and check out what I've been up to.

Please contact me here or (434) 825-0557 if you have any questions about my film, special effects or design work, or about the Kickstarter campaign. You can also read about the movie, and see some fun production photos on my blog

Thanks again for your support and interest in my work,


Russell U. Richards

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