Hello, backers! I'm sorry it's been a while since the last update, but I'm hoping I can catch you up on what's going on with "Monster of the Sky".
First, much has been happening with my puppets and films this year, and I have YOU to thank for propelling my work forward. Through your support on Kickstarter, many wonderful things have been happening (read on for details).
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me catch you up on "Monster of the Sky" - we are now in post-production on the film. Summer was busy finishing the puppets, props and sets and in September we shot the last of the scenes, both in L.A. (Sky battle and aftermath) and Portland (Sky and Prince Tanab's wedding and wedding crashing). Now I am editing the shots together to see how the film plays assembled.
I will be meeting with my post-production supervisor in January to discuss how to break up the shot assignments and push toward finishing the film. The goal is definitely to finish the film in 2015.
I've also talked to one of our composers and he's expressed his support in creating new music to round out the current soundtrack (which is a few minutes short). So instead of looping music over and over, he will expand the soundscape to fit the cut! Very exciting!!
As for how YOU have helped this project, in addition to enabling me to make all the puppets, sets, buy software for the facial motion capture R&D, pay a small part-time crew, your support has raised interest in the work overall. As I'd announced at last November's puppet filmmaker's symposium in Brooklyn, we now have the funding and backing of Dark Dunes Productions to make the "Yamasong" feature film!! THIS IS HUGE NEWS!
You may not be aware, but a (non-Muppet) puppet feature film hasn't been made in North America in a decade (not since "Team America")! Your support of "Monster" has helped us to get support for "Yamasong". And that's a win-win for us all.
I'd love to share developments with both projects in the year to come, and please jump over to Facebook and like the "Yamasong" film page. There are amazing puppet photos posted already with many announcements ahead!
There is much happening between the "Yamasong" and "Monster" worlds and I hope you'll continue to follow developments in both projects! Many exciting things are coming for 2015!
Thank you again, and have a safe, joyful winter season.
Sam & "Monster" Team