I hope this update finds you all well. I wanted to let you know that as "Yamasong: March of the Hollows" marches forward through post-production (yes, pun intended!), I am working on strategies to continue "Monster of the Sky" moving forward too. Now the important part of making the short film is assembly and the creative combination of music and visuals.
I've asked my friend and amazing editor Margaret Lily Andres to take over editorial. Not only have I worked with her previously on short films with Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams series (Toby Froud's "Lessons Learned" and Heather's "Crane & Tortoise"), she's also a superb studio editor with experience at Pixar and Laika (her credits include "Finding Nemo", "Cars", "Ratatouille" and "Coraline").
I have the utmost confidence she will help me move this project forward even as I balance my directorial duties with "Yamasong: March of the Hollows."
Last Sunday was a bit of a personal milestone for me artistically. I was invited to be a panel speaker at Monsterpalooza to talk about puppets in film. Among the panelists were the Chiodo Brothers, my puppet filmmaking colleague Kevin McTurk, Muppet director Kirk Thatcher, Muppet and Henson puppeteer Alice Dinnean, and puppeteers Scott Land and Bill Diamond. I premiered a new "Yamasong: March of the Hollows" trailer, which was very well-received (and which I hope to share in the near future!).
That evening, I attended the world premiere of Sumiko Braun's "Master of the Sky: The Life and Art of Sam Koji Hale", a documentary short she made interviewing me as an artist of mixed heritage and how my puppetry and art express my personal journey. It was part of the Asian Pacific Film Festival. I was touched by the outpouring of well-wishes from the audience and support for my puppet film projects!
You may recognize Sumiko's name - she's also my lead performer for "Monster of the Sky" (as well as Kickstarter backer and producer) and in addition to juggling family and auditions, is finishing her masters at UCLA (and soon going to USC film school). She's a great supporter of my projects and a wonderful friend.
I am blessed to have all of your support and we will continue working on "Monster of the Sky" and post more updates through the summer. Thank you!