From the Episode: Creature Comforts


| April 3, 2013

CalArts / 2012 / 13 minutes / English / Color


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The fisherman is old and tired. Each day he toils and whisks lobsters out of the sea, banding their claws and prepping them for delivery. His nights are sleepless and his days dreary. He is missing something, or someone. In the midst of a long and grey morning, a lobster captures his attention. For reasons even the fisherman doesn’t seem to understand, he takes the lobster home. Then, the unthinkable happens when his rescued lobster physically manifests into a larger, more humanoid form. Could its newfound sweet eyes and tuft of hair remind him of someone else? A short film by Ian Samuels. Principal Cast: George Murdock.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer