Murky Water

Final Draft of Emily Isaacs's animatic, Murky Water, for her senior HTC thesis creative project at Ohio University. The film focuses on a young girl, Muriel, recovering from sexual trauma and explores the nuanced topics of healing, anger, and self-forgiveness.

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Love at First Bite

A short film about lovers reuniting after death. This campy zombie film was written and directed by Maria Gian, produced by Natalie Artz. Cinematography and lighting designed and shot by Emily Isaacs.

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Purgatory Drive

A short film about the afterlife. This film was written and directed by Maria Gian, produced by Natalie Artz. Cinematography and lighting designed and shot by Emily Isaacs.

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Water Color

A short film explores youth and the stigma surrounding menstruation. Follow young Arianna Poole during swim practice, as she experiences her first period. This film written and directed by Emily Isaacs.

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Featured Work

Below are select projects I have worked on. Use the buttons below to filter by project type.

woman in wave
Murky Water Animatic

Short Film

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tv with static
The Midas Effect

Film exploring a reinterpretation of the story of King Midas
(Length 1:20)

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abstract painting

12in x 18in acryllic painting

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woman in water
Water Color

Film project demonstrating directing, cinematography, and writing skills.
(Length 4:43)

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stylized Alice in Wonderland
Under Wonderland

12in x 18in digital image

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Model-T Robot
Metallic Marshmallow Midnight

7ft x 8ft mural

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cookie with skewer in it
If Tim Burton Baked A Cake

Film project studying Tim Burton's style of filming
(Length 1:07)

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flowers on cake
Animal Portraits

Watercolor animal portraits — various sizes.

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woman in wave
The Fairest

12in x 18in photograph

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“Emily Isaacs has taken three semesters of post-production courses with me, including a year of intensive skills-training on Avid Media Composer in the Ohio University School of Film. Her performance in those courses was outstanding. She is a good listener and a quick study, aka a velcro head. Show or tell her something and it sticks to her head. She is serious about building a career in the business and she’ a fun soul. I have full confidence that she has the interpersonal skills, fundamental Avid skills, and career consciousness.”

Tom Hayes
Associate Professor
of Instruction

School of Film
Ohio University

“Emily is a gifted drawer and painter. She is an incredible filmmaker and writer. She could be a cinematographer, a screenwriter, or a Production Designer if she chose to do so. Her interests and talents span mediums. Emily deeply understands the writing process- character development, story structure and writing visually. She clearly showed this through her original screenplay, Water Color. Her previsualization work for the film not only beautiful, they served her preproduction process greatly. Her storyboards, her Director’s Vision and visual presentations perfectly communicated the film she wanted to make. If you have a chance to see the film, please watch it!”

Lindsey Martin
Assistant Professor
School of Film
Ohio University

Additional work

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About Me

Photo of Emily Isaacs

Emily Isaacs

Athens, OH/Los Angeles, CA

“You can’t go down anybody else’s [road]. It’s your dream; it’s your life. You don’t have to be told by other people what you make of yourself. You decide.”

- Linda Woolverton

I am a creator. Art and writing has been a centerpiece in my life for many years, and has brought me a number of great opportunities to express myself. I enjoy works of fiction, both as a medium to interpret and to create. For me, art, writing, and film have become platforms to delve into an exploration of the definition of “darkness” in myths, fairy tales, and stories, as well as what the word means for me personally.

Aside from art, film, and literature, I enjoy a good cup of coffee and an excellent internet meme. I perform stand-up comedy on occasion with the comedy club at my university. I recently graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College with a BFA in Film, and intent to pursue a career in the film industry.


“Baby steps.”

- Bob Wylie, What About Bob?

Much like the endearing Bob, I am babystepping my way into the film industry. Feel free to take a look at more of what I have to offer through the links below.