H2Originals is the creation of renowned Hollywood effects artsit, YURI EVERSON. Yuri's talents have been seen in over 75 motion pictures, including the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, Independence Day 2, and Maze Runner 3. After 25 years of designing and refining fantasy creatures, he has come home to the ones nature gives us.
YURI's love of aquatic life began in childhood. A native of bayside Tuckerton, New Jersey, he spent summers on his grandfather's boat and marveled at the odd beauty of what lived below.
"Locals complained about certain fish like sea robins and oyster crackers, who could scare away a good catch," Yuri recalls. "They were a nuisance to fishermen, but to me they were fascinating."
Moving to Hollywood in 1988, YURI turned his attention to a different kind of creature-movie monsters for Sci-Fi and Horror films. He felt at home with these grotesque beings, for they shared many qualities of the marine life he loved. A physical feature such as a jaw of "The Predator" or the weapon-like tail of "Alien" would remind him of coastal New Jersey's bounty.
And when his film crews traveled to distant locations- the Carribean, Fiji, the islands of Vancouver- YURI got a special perk whenever he had time to explore new varieties of sea life. The most inspiring locale, though, has been Hawaii, which he first visited with his wife in 1992. Never befoere had YURI seen such an abundance of ocean life in such a beautiful environment. "Hawaii's ecosystem is completely unique. You sense it's balance and feel it's purpose," he says with awe. "Everything has a function. And the natural beauty is so amazing that even a shocking thing like a predatory kill seems strangely graceful."
He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.Read More