"It's an animal! If it exists, it's an animal that evolved and has an ecological niche like any other."
"Michelle and I really struggled at first to decide how to approach the creatures. At the time we were writing this there were a large amount of Bigfoot style films being released like “Exists” and “Willow Creek”, so we knew to avoid that route. I had always wanted to see creatures that were almost more tree-like and blended with nature."
To create The Ningyo, Ortega and Ma turned their living room (see below) into the primary sound stage, while their bedroom doubled as a Victorian-style college professor’s office.