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Yamasong Soundtrack

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Back in 2010 a good friend and super talented puppet filmmaker Sam Koji Hale put together a short film for our track ‘Yamasong’ off of the album ‘Ume in the Middle’.

The first moment I read one of Sam’s ideas for ‘Yamasong’ I knew he’d be the perfect person to put visuals to our music. Fast forward 5 years and Sam has now taken the world of Yamasong and developed it into a feature length film! The full length film will follow events of the short film and greatly expands the world of Nani and Shojun. Sam has gotten an amazing cast of vocal talent for Yamsong including: Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Abigail Breslin (Maggie), Whoopi Goldberg (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Peter Weller (Robocop), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), George Takei (Star Trek), Ed Asner (Up), and Bruce Davison (X-Men). I’m such a huge Firefly and Star Trek and Star Trek TNG fan and when I heard that Mal, Mr. Sulu and Guinan were going to be a part of Yamasong I almost fainted. I’ll be posting more about the music that I’m creating for the film soon but in the meantime enjoy the awesome trailer!


YAMASONG: MARCH OF THE HOLLOWS TRAILER from Dark Dunes Productions on Vimeo.

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Yamasong screening at Hive Gallery

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Graphation Film Festival No. 1 Trailers from Graphation on Vimeo.

Yamasong is screening at the Graphation Film Festival at 8:00pm on Thursday March 16th at the Hive Gallery! There will be a Q/A panel with myself and Sam after the screen then a showing of one of the Jim Henson masterpieces that inspired Yamasong, The Dark Crystal!

Graphation @ the Hive
Thursday, March 17th, 8:00pm
The Hive Gallery and Studios
729 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA

Yamasong the movie nominated for two awards

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Yamasong the movie had it’s premiere at the Florida Film Festival and has been accepted to several other festivals including: “Plastic Paper” Festival of Animation & Puppetry in Winnipeg, Canada, the World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague, Czech Republic, the San Francisco United Film Festival, the Fear No Film Festival in Salt Lake City and the World Music & Independent Film Festival in Washington DC.  We also just received word that Yamasong was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Original Sound for a short film at the World Music & Independent Film Festival in DC!

Yamasong Trailer

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A year and a half ago I met with Sam Koji Hale a talented puppet maker and visual artist over a bowl of ramen and we talked about doing a short film based on one of the Ume in the Middle tracks. I had seen a table top bunraku production that Sam was involved with and was really taken by the artistry of the performance. When we got together it was clear that creatively we had much in common and that we should try to do something together. Sam then pitched the project to Heather Henson and she agreed to produce a short film through her production company IBEX.

After that it was off to the races. Sam put together a great crew and it was amazing to watch the whole thing come to life from initial character designs and sketches to models to puppets to the shooting and the post production work. At every step of the way my excitement grew as the film came together and now it’s finally finished! Sam is submitting it to film festivals now and we are also producing a DVD of the film with making of features and commentaries.

We’ve also built a website for the film at: OnEnsemble.org/YamasongMovie

Yamasong the film!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Sam, the director we’ve been working with, has finished “Yamasong” a short animated film based on our track of the same title.  He’s started submitting it to film festivals and it’s already been accepted to the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC and the Florida Film Festival.  We’ve also set up a website for the film and will be producing a DVD soon!  We’ll be posting more news about “Yamasong” and where it will be showing soon!

Yamasong clips

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

We’ve been working with puppeteer director Sam Koji Hale on a short film set to Yamasong. I just saw the rough cut and it looks amazing! Sam has posted some short clips of what his done on his facebook page. Check it out!

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