Q. I have heard a story about the Fejee Mermaid you created for the movie. That it was created in a very short time?
A. That?s one of the most interesting stories that only comes around once in a life time. This was one of the most difficult but humorous things I have ever gone through while working on a production. Greg Gibbs, the art director on the movie, wanted a mermaid, I think it may have been an after thought. They had written this mermaid into the script with the name Aqualina. He told me that this was going to be featured prominently in the movie. I can only assume that it played into to the script more than it did in the film because it only appeared on the screen for a few seconds. There was this other character the Fish Boy that was made into a mermaid so I can only assume that Aqualina had a bigger part in the script. Anyway, they needed the Feegee Mermaid in a really big hurry they said it was very important, they were going to shoot that scene so he asked me if I could supply them with one. I knew that I didn?t have the time to make one. I had just sent one to a customer on the East coast so I was thinking I would call him and see if he would send it to me. Then I could replace it as soon as I could make one or get it back and send it to him at the end of the filming of the movie. I got in touch with him and he agreed to send it to me, he was going to overnight it to me. It needed to come to me so if I needed to do something to it before it was sent to the art director I could do it. So he dropped the ball and didn?t send it out overnight, I think he sent it priority. The Feegee did not show up so this guy's on the phone with me asking me "where?s the mermaid where?s the mermaid?" I thought what am I going to do, I didn?t want to blow this job or leave a bad taste in anybody?s mouth. I didn?t want people to think that I was unreliable and not able to do what I was supposed to. I looked around my studio and found that I had one fishes tale rear end, you know the back part of the fish. It was perfectly mummified and ready to go. I had a little skeleton that was the perfect size to fit on it. When I realized I wasn?t going to get that other mermaid within a twenty four hour period, I made one of the best Feegee Mermaids that I have ever made. I overnight'd it to them and they were just thrilled, I was thrilled, everybody was happy. It is in the movie and looks terrific, that is the story of the twenty four hour mermaid. It worked out great!