A new year, new perspective, fresh start!
I hope everyone is getting a strong start to the new year! Post-production continues with "Monster" and I have some news to share - but in order to... Read more
New York City for ANNY Best Of Festival!
Hello backers and friends! I wanted to let you know I am in New York City this weekend to talk about the digital facial tracking innovations we are using in... Read more
Progress on Monster of the Sky
Hello backers! Thank you for sticking with the project and your patience. We've received some recent inquiries and thought it was best to reach out to all of you with... Read more
Moving Forward & MAFFY Festival
It's been a while and we know many of may want to know what's happening with "Monster of the Sky" and related news:
As of last month, Sam... Read more
OUR PROGRESS: Editorial moving along nicely
Hello clockwork fantasy friends!
We are moving along in editorial with our friend Margaret Lily Andres! She has helped tighten up all the footage we shot into a compact, visually... Read more
"Monster" and "Yamasong" Updates
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!),... Read more
Fresh Perspective on “Monster” as “Yamasong” enters Post
Hello everyone! I wanted to write you to give an update on “Monster of the Sky.”
As most of you know, I have been consumed with directing the feature film... Read more
Amazing Developments over the past year!
Hello Backers! It has been a busy year for a number of reasons and we wanted to update you on what's been going on.
Regarding "Monster" we've finished all the... Read more
What we've accomplished so far!
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,... Read more
Filmmaking Symposium at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Hello backers! I hope this message finds you well!
I wanted to update you all about "Monster of the Sky" and share some exciting news!
"Monster" is now in post-production.... Read more
Cool News! - UNIMA Citation of Excellence
Hello "Monster" backers! I wanted to share some news - not about "Monster of the Sky", but of my first short film "Yamasong." It received the UNIMA Citation of Excellence... Read more
Summer is here and it brings - progress!
Hello Backers 333! It's been a crazy, but productive summer. A lot is happening with "Monster of the Sky" and I wanted to catch up you on the film's progress:... Read more
"Monster" Shoot Day 4 - Los Angeles
Hello Backers! Last Saturday was a BIG day for “Monster of the Sky”. We’ve returned to the studio, Lodger Films in Silver Lake, to shoot new footage of the film.... Read more
I wanted to keep you updated on the project. As many of you know, I've been on an Amazon Children's production now since September - which has required... Read more
“In the blue depth of the waters,
Where the wave hath no strife,
Where the wind is a stranger,
And the sea-snake hath life…”
-The Third Spirit, from “Manfred” by... Read more
Face Test and Palace Progress
I just got back from doing a presentation and screening of "Monster of the Sky" and "Yamasong" to the department of Cinematic Arts at Cal State University Monterey... Read more
BRING ON THE MONSTERS!
We're going to Monsterpalooza! Puppets will be on display all weekend and we'll be screening short films, including my first short film "Yamasong"! Check out the schedule:
Saturday, 3/29 at... Read more
I wanted to share some of the faux marbling our amazing set designer/builder Charles in Portland is doing for the film.
Check out the samples he's sent me.... Read more
Progress - Sets and Facial Motion Capture!
Hello beloved 333 backers!
My apologies for not posting in a while. I've been working hard to keep things going with "Monster of the Sky" while working in production on... Read more
Prince Tanab's Palace in the Clouds
Hi all! Sorry it's been a while since I last posted - the holidays intervened as well as full-time production work on a new animated show for Amazon. Please be... Read more
24 HOURS TO GO!! We are almost there friends!
I've gone through lots of scenarios how this can happen, but let's look at one. Our highest requested pledge is the... Read more
This is a Squijj (Pt 1)...
...many like him go around fixing broken clocks and gears on Sky's world. Her job is to wind them up when they wind down. Their job is to follow her... Read more
Appreciating the Artists
Hi all! I wanted to share this update to talk about some of the amazing people who have helped me along the way in making "Monster of the Sky". I... Read more
I wanted to let you know about this, just added to the site:
REWARD ADD-ONS: If you pledge at the $25 level, you will receive:
The 2-DVD pack... Read more
TEN DAYS LEFT!! (and BANNER ADS)
Quick update here - things are getting tight and time is running out. We have 10 days left on the second Kickstarter to raise $9,105. It's going to... Read more
New Rewards Added!
I just wanted to send a quick update to let you know we've added more Kickstarter rewards to the Phase 2 Kickstarter!
Tell your friends about it and... Read more
Lord Byron, Stereo Alchemy, Monster of the Sky
I'm hoping to capture both the feel of a decayed world, beyond modern, beyond civilization, and sense of the ancient with the glyphs representing our female lead Sky and male... Read more
Influences for "Monster of the Sky"
This post originates out of a conversation I've been having by email with one of my backers (thanks Sjoerd!). I thought I'd share, as some of you may take an... Read more
Won't You LEVEL UP with us?
We've got some great new rewards for the second phase "Monster" Kickstarter campaign - and STARTING TONIGHT, we're launching a 48-hour promo special called "Level Up"! If... Read more
Is it Steampunk? Clockpunk?? Mythpunk???
I've been reading posts/responses on blogs about this project and some people questioning if this story is "Steampunk" or not. I thought I'd respond with my own thoughts... Read more
Join the conversation! Sticker design and playing card backs!!
We love sharing the artwork of "Monster of the Sky" and having peeps join in the creative conversation. This weekend, Kickstarter backers, old and new, help us pick a design... Read more
Hi all, I wanted to share this fantastic news! The pop culture website Topless Robot posted this articled about "Monster of the Sky" yesterday:
Love it! Hope you do... Read more
Kickstarter Round 2!
Hello wonderful backers! I wanted to let you know I've launched the second Kickstarter, this time to raise post-production funds for the film. Things are going well - in fact... Read more
Great new article on GEEKDAD!
Hey everybody, check out this great, IN-DEPTH article by GeekDad on our "Monster" shoot in Portland. I'm so happy he interviewed many of my crew!
Enjoy over a cup... Read more
Hello backers! Yesterday was my birthday, and every year I take a moment to look back at the previous year and highlights of that year. Of course, 2013 has been... Read more
HIVE Gallery Show featuring "Monster of the Sky" Puppets
Hello backers! I wanted to share some special news - I'm a featured artist at the Hive Gallery this month in their biggest annual show "Master Blasters of Sculpture!" For... Read more
Facial Motion Capture test!
As promised, here is an advanced test for the facial motion capture for Sky, side-by-side with actor Sumiko Braun, whose facial movement drive the facial movement of the... Read more
Shots in the can, Post-production underway
Hello dear backers!
Wow! Has it been three weeks since my last update? I've been so deep in down the rabbit hole of editing footage since we shot in Portland... Read more
What a week!!
Hello beloved 333!
What a week it's been! We kicked things off with a fantastic Hive Gallery event and then followed up with a facial motion-capture demo at Motion Analysis... Read more
Tomorrow night - HIVE Gallery - WIP#2
I just wanted to remind you that the next "Works-In-Progress" event, which includes our film "Monster of the Sky" is tomorrow night at the HIVE Gallery! Tuesday,... Read more
Things Going On!
Hello, Beloved 333!
Well, it's been a while since I last posted, and been meaning to catch you up with what's happening with "Monster of the Sky".
First, I... Read more
Hey all! This may be quick as I am boarding a flight in Phoenix to Philadelphia. Headed to the National Puppet Festival (r)Evolution to teach a Paperclay workshop and present... Read more
New Work-In-Progress Event at HIVE GALLERY!
Hello backers! Sorry I've been a bit quiet on the update front. I'll explain more tomorrow - there is some exciting news brewing!
Speaking of which, we have a new... Read more
Hello backers! I wanted to let you know I just got back from a fantastic weekend of prep for the Act 1 shoot of "Monster of the Sky" - met... Read more
Last set of boards for "Demolished World"
Dialing in things for my first shoot, including storyboards for Act 1 or what I'm calling "Demolished World" (based on the Lord Byron inspired line in the song... Read more
Double Update Tonight - STORYBOARDS!
...Continuing from Update #52, I'm taking Charles' sets and integrating them now inside my head to synch up with the story and visuals that have been with me over a... Read more
Sets are coming together THANKS TO CHARLES!
I wanted to give you a special update tonight (actually expect TWO tonight) this one about sets!
One thing I love about production are the amazing people... Read more
New Milestone & Looking Forward
Well, Friday marked the last day at the BixPix studio and a shift in gears for the project. While we took a moment to celebrate how far we've... Read more
One week left in the studio! <sniff!>
Hello Backers 333!
It's been a very packed week of activity and I thought I'd share some progress pics with all of you. I've got most of the main puppet... Read more
First batch of mailings!
Hello beloved 333 backers!
I've spent the last couple nights prepping rewards and will be mailing off a bunch tomorrow! If you ordered the women's or men's t-shirts or vinyl... Read more
Sam Koji Hale to be featured on FilmSnobbery.com!
HEY EVERYBODY! I wanted to let you know I am being interviewed on the Film Snobbery video podcast tomorrow night (Thurs 6/13) at 7pm PST. FilmSnobbery.Com is dedicated to spotlighting... Read more
Hi all! It's been a few weeks and I apologize for not reporting in as frequently as usual. Been working in the studio building the puppets!
I promise a more... Read more
Men's T-shirt Design - NEED YOUR INPUT!!
Hello Backers! I hope to post a more detailed report this weekend, but I need YOUR feedback NOW!
I'm finalizing the design for the guys' t-shirt, and wanted to... Read more
Female T-shirt Design ready to go to the printer
Hello backers! Attached is the finalized design of the female t-shirts for "Monster of the Sky".
Backers, if you haven't sent me your t-shirt info, please do so ASAP!
This... Read more
STICKERS!!! (and more)
Hey all! I wanted to send a quick update to let you know the first round of rewards have arrived - VINYL STICKERS! I got a nice little box via... Read more
Puppets taking shape/Some great press/News on rewards!
Hello Backers! It's been a very busy couple weeks and I wanted to let you know everything is moving full steam ahead! (Get it? Like "steam" as in Steampunk?)
PUPPETS:... Read more
Goings on (and a little tutorial!)
Hello Kickstarter peeps!
I wanted to update you on the latest - things have been rather chaotic this past week, with me gaining and then losing a great puppet... Read more
News from the Burbank "Monster" Studio!!
Hello beloved 333 backers!
We have moved our operations in to a beautiful full-service studio in Burbank and moving full speed ahead on puppet design and fabrication! It's so exciting... Read more
Some quick updates!
This week I've been working on new concept art, finalized my work space (move in next week - WOHOO!) and sent off the official stickers to print (check... Read more
LOTS of Developments!
What a full week this has been! Where to start...
FIRST, I believe I HAVE A STUDIOfor the duration of puppet fabrication. There's a full animation studio in... Read more
Vinyl Sticker Options...
Hey all! I'm working on vinyl sticker designs for my first round of Kickstarter rewards. I have five choices here, but can probably only print up 2-3. Please take a... Read more
NEW ARTWORK and more on the way!
Hello all! This week has been filled with more logistics (please logistics GO AWAY! Let me just do the CREATIVE WORK now - LOL!) and a wonderful outing to the... Read more
Facial Motion/Performance capture
I'm excited because I just finished a two hour session with my actors Sumiko Braun and Jeff Torres.
I painted them up with motion tracking dots and... Read more
Character Concept - Clockwork Spirit
Hello again, backers! I'm excited to be moving forward - I'm getting together with my painter and costumer and working on more character stuff in the coming weeks.
Robyn... Read more
Hello Backers!! And thank you again for supporting "Monster of the Sky!"
It's taken me a bit of time to wrap my head around things - as some of you... Read more
Hooray! "Monster of the Sky" FUNDED!
Great news, backers!
With 333 backers, we crossed the finish line and have been SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED!!
Thank you all for your support and I'm looking forward to moving to... Read more
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS BEFORE THE END...
Hi all! As you may know, our Kickstarter campaign is winding to a close. There are about 15 hours left of the "Monster of the Sky" fundraising. By tomorrow evening,... Read more
Design Throwdown Reminder
Hello all! I just wanted to remind you about the Monster Creature Design Throwdown - which ends tomorrow night at midnight PST. This is another fun way to be a... Read more
Valentine's Day (Revised Artwork)
Good morning backers and friends! I kind of rushed out the new artwork last night and left off a layer of shadow and highlights. Here is the correct EXCLUSIVE "Monster... Read more
Valentine's Day Promo!
Today is Valentine's Day, a time to celebrate the love we have in our lives. Exactly one year ago, Stereo Alchemy released their album "God of Love." It celebrates love... Read more
I thought I'd share these new drawings of the Clockwork repairmen, called Squijjs. The Squijj are one-part steampunk robotics, one-part organic face/head and one-part mystery. We don't know... Read more
What a Day - Happy New Year! And "Creature Throwdown"!!
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!! I can happily report I spent the day relaxing at the park with my kids, appreciating the fresh air, blue sky and a weight lifted... Read more
Like in soccer: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!
Wow, wow, wow! What a glorious day! We are very pleased to announce that we reached our $25,000 funding goal (and still have 11 days to go!)! Such a wonderful... Read more
Many of you may have already noticed that we are teetering on the brink of reaching our $25,000 goal! Yay!
But that means I've got to ask the next... Read more
More Creative Talk... Less Financial Talk
Hello Backers! I don't know about you, but I feel like I've been thinking about, worrying about, fretting over, etc. the financial side of this Kickstarter project. And while it's... Read more
Forward Forward Link Link
Hello Backers! We had our 200th backer today and are quickly approaching the 75% mark of funding - each day brings us closer to that wonderful, shiny goal and the... Read more
NEW design PROMO - "Monster" Creature Design Throwdown!!
Hi peeps! I thought it'd fun to put this idea out there and see if you'd want to pitch in:
I'm calling it the "Monster Creature Design Throwdown!" What... Read more
"Monster" featured on TechZwn website!
Good morning, backers! I woke up this morning to discover that "Monster of the Sky" made it on to the front page of TechZwn's website, which is a great source... Read more
Sumiko Braun interviewed in Shooting People blog
The indie filmmaking blog Shooting People interviewed my lead actor Sumiko Braun about "Monster of the Sky". Great to hear about the project from another perspective!
How does an all-puppet... Read more
New flyer to promote "Monster" film!
For those of you who want to help spread the word, here is a new flyer combining a bunch of concept art for the show into one page... Read more
I'm here at Famima (think Japanese 7-11) in downtown L.A. waiting to drop off my "Monster" painting for the February show. It's SOOOO sunny, I can't believe how sunny it... Read more
THIS IS GRASSROOTS, PEEPS!!
WHAT DO YOU CALL "GRASSROOTS"? This film project - THIS is grassroots. When I look at the numbers so far, most of our backers have supported at the $15, $20... Read more
NEW REWARD ADDED! "Monster" & "Yamasong" on BLU-RAY!!
To mark the mid-point of our Kickstarter campaign, I'm happy to announce a new reward:
BLU-RAY "Monster of the Sky" and "Yamasong" Compilation-
Pledge $70 and receive "Monster of the... Read more
New (revised) piece of concept art - Mansions in the Clouds
Hello backers! Here is a piece of concept art I've been working on for one of the set pieces. This is one of three "mansions in the clouds". The Winged... Read more
HIVE Gallery Artist Talk, presented by Graphation
Hello Backers! - You've seen the L.A. Weekly article (Update #10), now enjoy a transcription of the "Monster" presentation (up to the audio recording ending).
Highlights include: Kickstarter / Music... Read more
Successful Week & More to Come!
Hello backers! I am very pleased to announce we have reached $15,000 or 60% of our goal. This is a VERY IMPORTANT landmark - according to Kickstarter's statistics page, "of... Read more
Director Sam Koji Hale in exclusive interview with Sci-Fi Review
CHECK OUT the Sci-Fi Review Podcast - it features me talking about "Monster of the Sky" - lots of tidbits about the film, my artistic influences, and maybe a little... Read more
"In the Sky" Cross-Promotion!
I’m a big fan of cross-pollenization ANYTHING – as an artist I feel we learn from others when we open ourselves to new ideas and forms of expression.
So in... Read more
L.A. Weekly Blog features "Monster of the Sky"!!!
Check out the great article for the HIVE Gallery event from last night:
We're Up to $10K!
GREAT NEWS! "Monster of the Sky" broke the $10K mark today!! Wohoo!! That's one BIG milestone along this road toward $25K.
Please help us keep this moving forward - help... Read more
Great Event at the HIVE Gallery Last Night!
Hello Backers! I wanted to tell you about last night's AWESOME artists' talk at the HIVE Gallery.
The event, titled "Works-In-Progress" #1 featured new film works from artists Meirav... Read more
TONIGHT! - Works-In-Progress Talk at HIVE Gallery
For those of you local to L.A. - Things are buzzing at the HIVE GALLERY:
WIP (Works-In-Progress) #1
– Making Films with Puppets
Featuring HIVE Artists – Meirav... Read more
Took some time today to talk creative instead of marketing/promotion on Monster of the Sky. Met with my friend Michelle Zamora (welcome to the team!), who worked with me... Read more
"MONSTER OF THE SKY" DVD at $30+ level
Hello everyone! We are chugging along adding more backers each day. Please help me spread the word - time is ticking away!
AND I've been asked numerous times about if... Read more
For this latest update I wanted to get in to story concept a little.
I’m a big fan of folklore and mythology. I love building worlds. One of the exercises... Read more
"Monster" to be featured at Gallery Talk!
Hi everyone! I'm happy to see the response for "Monster of the Sky" - your support will help us make this amazing and sublime film. We are currently at 30%... Read more