Set against the haunting backdrop of the Santa Barbara Oil Spills, “Echoes of the Sea” follows the journey of two students who discover an oil-stained bird—a dragon in disguise—on the beach. This encounter takes them on a journey to uncover the myth hidden beneath the ocean and in their hearts.


  • Zizheng “Boris” Liu: Director
  • Zizheng “Boris” Liu: Writer
  • Adam Bloodgood: Producer
  • Lenti Liang: Producer
  • Izzy Goihman: Producer
  • Stacy Chu: Key Cast
  • Alec Wang: Key Cast


  • Project Type: Short
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime: 8 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date: December 7, 2023
  • Production Budget: 10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.6:1
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project: USC