Ocean Child movie films at Plymouth Beach


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PLYMOUTH — Once the whales began exhibiting up in the waters off Manomet this summer, it was predictable because the tides that mermaids would soon comply with. 

And they did.

Only they swam somewhat further up the coast to Plymouth Beach a couple of month after their fellow, though – no offense – less adorable, mammals had moved on. 

Their arrival didn’t go unnoticed. 

Several mermaids chilling out on massive rocks with their colourful fins and embellished faces is sufficient to attract attention, however with considered one of them taking half in the saxophone, their cover was bound to be blown.  

“There have been so many individuals gathered at seashore to look at us movie,” filmmaker and Plymouth resident Marilyn Swick stated. “I think we obtained the final great weekend in September.” 

The surprising sight was certainly one of a quantity of scenes filmed in Plymouth for the upcoming brief film “Ocean Child,” which Swick co-wrote with Laura Koons, her inventive collaborator of seven years she met whereas residing in Texas. 

Other scenes and surroundings have been filmed in Oahu, Hawaii. 

While Hawaii and its seashores are indisputably beautiful and heat, Swick said filming at Plymouth Beach was excellent for what she had in thoughts. 

“We chose Plymouth Beach as a result of the rocky beaches would greatest serve to showcase our mystical mermaid cove, and we liked the rocks,” she said. 

Marilyn Swick, co-creator of "Ocean Child"

The solid of “Ocean Child” traveled from Hawaii, around New England, Texas and Virginia for the shoot. 

The storyline follows Hope, a younger “merhuman” (part mermaid, half human) attending the underwater School of Mermaidology and Neptunism, an enchanted school for individuals like her.

The film follows one other in want of theirs from 2017, “To Wish Upon a Starfish,” which first established Hope’s character and background. 

On the primary full moon Hope’s 10th birthday, she is gifted with information of her mermaid heritage. She is furthering her mermaid education requirements, which includes studying spells, by attending the college.  

“They’re solely good spells, solely joyful issues and enchantments,” said Swick, who noted romance comedies, fantasy movies and household motion pictures are more to her style than horror or motion flicks.

On the eve of her 18th birthday, she should choose to either reside with the merpeople or remain human for all times.  

Swick said the preliminary quick was filmed as a “proof of concept” piece, highlighting the characters and key components of the concept to current for further development as a full-length film, or as Swick and Koons hope, a sequence on a streaming service. 

“Ocean Child” characters embody Queen Amara of the Seven Seas and Aria, the school’s music trainer who sings and performs a magical saxophone. 

Marilyn Swick in her role as Serena, the original Queen of the Seven Seas, in her and Laura Koons' upcoming short film, "Ocean Child."

Swick plays Hope’s grandmother Serena, who was the original Queen of the Seven Seas. She is also a merhuman, as was her son, Hope’s father, but she gave up her mermaid life when she fell in love with a sailor on the Navy ship The Blue Ghost.

“The finest part of writing the concept was researching the fascinating mermaid legends and folklore from all over the world,” Koons mentioned. “It was so fascinating to learn how many stay enchanted by mermaids and the way these tales transcend us universally.” 

"Ocean Child" co-creator Laura Koons.

The newest screenplay has already been profitable nominations and awards throughout the movie festival circuits for the past several years, as have numerous her different initiatives. 

Several New England-area actors and crew members were introduced in for the challenge, and Swick and Koons are happy by each the quality of who they found and what their work on the film represents. 

“As feminine screenwriters, administrators and producers, it was essential to us that our New England-based crew was primarily female,” Swick stated. “I’m super enthusiastic about our mostly female crew. It’s not all the time easy to discover a feminine cinematographer, sound engineer, gaffer and grip.” 

Editing has began already started, she stated, including it is on time to be accomplished by Dec. 1.  

“Ocean Child” will start its journey within the Academy Award-qualifying film pageant circuit in 2023 with the hope it’s optioned by one of the networks. 

"Ocean Child," which was partially shot in Plymouth, will hit the film circuit next year.

While Swick is a SAG-AFTRA actor, screenwriter, songwriter, director and producer, in addition to serving on the Board of Women Songwriters Hall of Fame,  that’s not her day job, nor is it her solely ardour.

She and her husband, Dr, Todd Swick, a neurologist specializing in sleep disorders, have been lured north by the state’s host of pharmaceutical companies and research laboratories. They every work within the field for firms based in Boston and Cambridge. She is a senior challenge supervisor at Clinilabs, and he’s a senior medical director at Takeda. 

She additionally raises present horses in Texas, where they continue to be year spherical.

“It’s too chilly up right here for them,” she said.

She is equally devoted to her two retired grand champion Dobermans, Zoey and Lexi, the latter of whom performs Hope’s trusted companion, mermaid tail and all.

Swick stated she and Koons are ready for the work forward, if for no different purpose that they consider their story of self-learning and acceptance is just the best treatment for the times

“It’s an attractive mystical mermaid story that spans generations, ethnicities capacity, ages and genders,” Swick said. “We feel like it’s time for a story like this again.”

Besides, she asked, “Who does not love an excellent mermaid story?”


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