Posts Tagged ‘Handmade Puppet Dreams’

The Making Of . . . Yamasong, part II

Friday, November 13th, 2009

You may remember my post about Sam Koji Hale and On Ensemble making the most epic music video/puppet short film ever. I’ve been able to take some photos here and there along the way and this was actually the fourth time I’ve been over to visit Sam at the Chiodo Bros. studio. Every time I go, I’m even more blown away by this project. Last time I went in, they were starting filming and it was fun to see the puppeteers working in all green suits bringing life to the puppets. We also go to see a test clip of what this is all going to look like and, I kid you not, I got chills!

This last time , all the On Ensemble members were able to make it in and it was fun taking some shots of them and their boulder counterparts. Again, I have to reiterate how inspiring it is to see this project and its process. Sam (and the whole crew working on this) and On Ensemble are so amazingly talented it’s difficult not to be blinded by their creativity and left feeling totally and utterly mediocre. However, they are such great and warm hearted guys that it really just leaves you feeling. . . inspired.



The detail on the characters is AMAZING!!! I know I’m overusing this word but I don’t know what else to say!

And of course… here are the On Ensemble members in all their boulder glory!

Shoji . . .


Kris. . .


Maz . . .


Kelvin. . .


On Ensemble ROCKS! sorry I couldn’t help my cheesy self!




On Ensemble + Sam Koji Hale: The Making Of. . . Yamasong

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

On Ensemble + Sam Koji Hale = Epic Music Video Beyond Your Wildest Imagination. I am constantly amazed at the creative nature of On Ensemble and the ways they collaborate with other amazing artists. When I first heard about this project from Shoji, I heard something about puppets, a music video and it being really cool, but really I had no idea how to formulate in my mind what to expect. Shoji and asked me about taking some photos of the process and I was happy to get involved since he IS my favorite brother and all.

Not knowing what to expect, Brent and I met Sam and Shoji at the Chiodo Bros. studio where Sam has been working on the puppets that will star in the Yamasong music video produced for Healther Henson’s “Handmade Puppet Dreams” film festival.  I wish I was a stronger writer so I could describe to you how amazing this project is. I am so excited to see On Ensemble’s music collaborate with Sam’s talent as a puppet maker, illustrator, animator, director, designer, storyteller, and all-around-nice-guy artist. Since I am not that writer, I’ll go ahead and just post the photos cause I’m pretty sure it will give you an idea of just how cool this is. I’m looking forward to taking more photos of this beautiful and inspiring process! Brent and Shoji also blogged about this day, so check their posts here and here.

On a separate note, I rented a Canon 17 – 35 mm F/2.8 L lens for fun and really liked it. A lot of these were taken with this lens.