Darwin's Journey

MONSTER OF THE SKY - Mythic Steampunk Film Post-Production

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Sam Koji Hale

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Motion-capture animation and traditional puppetry in a mythic Steampunk revenge story!
Backers: 230
Average Pledge Per Backer: $92

Funded: $21,100 of $20,000
Dates: Nov 13th -> Dec 14th (31 days)
Project By: Sam Koji Hale
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December 13th - via: kickstarter.com
 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 DVD, by far!  Which warms my heart, knowing that's first and foremost on... (Read More)

Quick Announcements

December 10th - via: kickstarter.com
As you know, the Kickstarter campaign ends Friday at 11:30 PST.  Please help us spread the word - we are at 80%, need 20% more.  It's a stretch, but not impossible.  Tomorrow and Friday left to go.   Please tell people about "Monster of the Sky"... (Read More)

This is a Squijj (Pt 1)...

December 7th - via: kickstarter.com
...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 around and help her out (when not fixing stuff).  There's a great symbiotic relationship between... (Read More)

Appreciating the Artists

December 7th - via: kickstarter.com
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 couldn't have gotten this far without them (and so many others too!). AYUMI NAGAI MOORE Ayumi and... (Read More)


December 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers! 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 of "Monster of the Sky" AND "Yamasong" The digital download of "Monster of the Sky" The... (Read More)

ONLY TEN DAYS LEFT (and banner ads!)

December 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, 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 be an uphill climb, but I'm hoping everyone is helping our team out by telling your friends... (Read More)

It starts with an idea...

December 1st - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)


November 28th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

New rewards added!

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all,  Just a quick update to let you know we've added more Kickstarter rewards!   Tell your friends about it and share to help us build momentum for this film (little over 2 weeks to go!).   Some of the new rewards added - color vinyl stickers... (Read More)

Lord Byron, Stereo Alchemy, Monster of the Sky

November 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Sky's Words on Rust 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 Tanab - an earth maiden and sky prince.  Striving... (Read More)

Influences for "Monster of the Sky"

November 21st - via: kickstarter.com
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 interest in the influences behind my work in general, and "Monster" specifically. Right at... (Read More)

Won't You LEVEL UP with us?

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
"Gear" Ts in three colors - blue, teal and turquoise! Hi Backers! 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 you pledge... (Read More)

Is it Steampunk? Clockpunk? Mythpunk??

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers,  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 here (and this may meander a bit, but for those of you... (Read More)

Join the conversation! Sticker design and playing card backs!

November 16th - via: kickstarter.com
"Entwined" Sticker Designs 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 for the color sticker and playing card backs. ... (Read More)

Monster of the Sky - the Steampunk/Mo-Cap/Puppet Movie You Didn't Know You Needed

November 15th - via: toplessrobot.com
Of course it's a Kickstarter (Nobody greenlights puppet movies). But it's a second-phase Kickstarter, as the movie has been shot, but the filmmakers want your help to do something that's never really been done at this level - motion-capture facial animation on the puppets. (Read More)

GeekDad in-depth coverage of "Monster" shoot!

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
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! http://geekdad.com/2013/11/monster-sky-qa/ Enjoy over a cup of coffee or lunch! Sam  (Read More)

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