Veil of Ruin

MONSTER OF THE SKY - A Mythic Tale of Love & Revenge

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Sam Koji Hale

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A Clockwork sci-fi film of forbidden love and revenge, inspired by a 19th-century Lord Byron poem and told in hybrid puppet animation
Backers: 333
Average Pledge Per Backer: $88

Funded: $29,370 of $25,000
Dates: Jan 15th -> Feb 21st (38 days)
Project By: Sam Koji Hale
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Latest News

News from the Burbank "Monster" Studio!!

April 6th - via:
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 to go in to work each day and create, create, CREATE!!  Thank... (Read More)

Some quick updates!

March 30th - via:
Hello, backers, 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 out the order template below - cool!).   Next up, T-SHIRTS!  Watch for surveys... (Read More)

LOTS of Developments!

March 23rd - via:
What a full week this has been!  Where to start... FIRST, I believe I HAVE A STUDIO for the duration of puppet fabrication.  There's a full animation studio in Burbank that was introduced to me by my painter and awesome fabricator friend Robyn and... (Read More)

Vinyl Sticker Options...

March 17th - via:
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 look and post comments here or email me privately at... (Read More)

NEW ARTWORK and more on the way!

March 16th - via:
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 L.A. Garment District with my costumer Ayumi Moore.  We saw SO much fabric - it was a... (Read More)

Facial Motion/Performance capture

March 5th - via:
Hey all! 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 then sat them in front of the camera to emote for a while.  This was just a test (which... (Read More)

Character Concept - Clockwork Spirit

March 2nd - via:
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 is going to paint more heads, including Sky's head and Ayumi is going to... (Read More)

Moving Forward!

February 26th - via:
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 know, I was special guest of a film screening in San Diego right on the heels of finishing the... (Read More)

Hooray! "Monster of the Sky" FUNDED!

February 21st - via:
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 the next phase of this production.  You are all VERY IMPORTANT to making... (Read More)


February 21st - via:
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, this will all be behind us and THE CREATIVE WORK CAN RESUME!  Huzzah!!   But... (Read More)

Movie Probe : Beyond Words, Scopia, Monster of the Sky : Review

February 7th - via:
Movie Probe finds web series, Kickstarters, and short films for your viewing pleasure. Links are in the titles. Enjoy them at your convenience. Or else. (Read More)

Monster of the Sky

February 5th - via:
What could throw a proverbial wrench in the works of an elegant Clockwork Universe? Love can. And not just any love, but a forbidden love. Can mechanical, predictable worlds survive the chaos of romance and betrayal brought on by two young lovers? (Read More)

Sci-Fi Film That Will Rock Your World: "Monster of the Sky"

February 4th - via:
There's a bunch of independent films out there in metamorphosis: the ideas and talents are there, waiting to break free from busy studios and Kickstarter pages. These films that are fueled with masterful direction, creativity, innovation, mind-blowing visuals, soothing music, and an epic story that's worth bringing to life on screen. And many of them deserve more attention than some brainless MTV reality shows or artless Hollywood crap embraced by the masses. (Read More)

Crowdfund comics about science and scientists, Ralph Bakshi shorts, and Space Invaders chess

February 3rd - via:
If you love science—and laughing both at scientists and with them—there's a great new Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal looking for crowdfunding. Plus, animator Ralph Bakshi has a new independent animated project, a crew of laser cutters is building Space Invaders chess sets, and a puppeteer is working on an intriguing steampunk short. (Read More)

“Monster of the Sky” Redefines Puppets’ Roles in Storytelling

February 2nd - via:
Monster of the Sky is an upcoming sci-fi film by award-winning director Sam Koji Hale. The movie about forbidden love, betrayal, and revenge, is something truly unique for audiences, as Hale is taking a new approach to using puppets. (Read More)

Monster of the Sky Q & A with Actor Sumiko Braun

February 1st - via:
I’ve been quizzing actor Sumiko Braun in this Q&A on her next role in the hybrid puppet-animation film Monster of the Sky. Directed by Sam Koji Hale, Monster of the Sky is an eclectic mix of Dark Crystal, Spirited Away and the Count of Monte Cristo. Put those films through a blender and you would get Monster of the Sky, a puppet led sci-fi fantasy about forbidden love, revenge and everything inbetween. (Read More)

Help Kickstart Monster of the Sky

January 30th - via:
In a few short years crowdfunding has revolutionized funding for filmmakers and artists. Puppeteers and puppet filmmakers alike have fully embraced the crowdfunding model and several impressive-looking puppetry-related films like An Attic Full of Puppets, I Am Big Bird and Cicada Princess have been funded in whole or in part by supporters on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. (Read More)

Sam Koji Hale Archives

January 27th - via:
When you’re done listining to our King of Kong episode, here’s our interview with Emmy nominated director Sam Koji Hale. We talk about his upcoming short movie Monster of the Sky. After listening, click here to checkout his Kickstarter campaign and contribute a few bucks. (Read More)

Inside the World of L.A.'s Puppet Filmmakers

January 25th - via:
A movie must be completed before its screened, right? Not according to Graphation. Last night, in Downtown Los Angeles' Hive Gallery, the independent film group kickstarted their first installment of Works In Progress by presenting three unfinished films to an audience. The focus of the WIP series is less on product and more on process. (Read More)

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