Sandy Collora is a longtime special effects artist who helped create some of the more renowned and revered creatures in modern cinema. He produced and directed the fan film Batman: Dead End, hailed by filmmaker Kevin Smith as "possibly the truest, best Batman movie ever made". Collora has announced his long-awaited return behind the camera with an anthology of "long shorts" - 20 to 30-minute original genre films. His first entry in the anthology is Shallow Water, a gritty and intense film that unleashes a new cinema creature unlike anything seen before. To help fund it, Collora has launched aKickstarter campaign.
Shallow Water combines Collora's three greatest loves - horror, the ocean, and the environment. "The underlying theme ofShallow Water is simple. Humans repeatedly disturb the ecosystem, and the planet gets pissed off." In the film, Collora introduces the Tiburonera - "he who hunts sharks", which he promises will be "terrifying and different".
Shallow Water will be the first of a series that he plans to combine and release as an anthology feature, in the vein ofCreepshow and Heavy Metal. Collora believes Hollywood has dropped the ball in introducing fresh new genre concepts. While he attributes it to pressures faced by studios to prioritize safety in meeting their bottom lines, he also feels sequels and remakes are now excessive, and have compromised the art.
Laments Collora: "I love genre films. I grew up on the originalAlien and Predator, and they are awesome. But it's too long since we had something new, unique and powerful in that space."