Check out this Behind The Scenes Peek into Yamasong: March of the Hollows and my Interview with Producer Mallory O’Meara
You may remember that a while back I posted the trailer to an upcoming epic film that features a clockwork army called Yamasong: March of the Hollows. As a result, I was contacted by the folks behind this incredibly ambitious, full-length movie featuring puppetry and fabulous voice talent, so I would know about the new video they put out. It’s a nice little taste of what is to come, and what it takes to make this adventure come to life.
I also had the opportunity to interview one of Yamasong’s producers, Mallory O’Meara. Read our conversation after the video for more behind the scenes info.
If you had to choose just three words to describe your experience working on this film, what would they be?
Invigorating, exciting, challenging
What is Yamasong about?
The heart of Yamasong is about overcoming an oppressive force and the importance of preserving free will, at any cost. The heroes of Yamasong bypass tradition and differences to save their world and through them, the audience deeply explores empathy and intention.
Why puppets rather than CG or live actors?
Yamasong was always going to be a puppet film. Sam Koji Hale is so passionate about storytelling in this medium and Dark Dunes Productions is dedicated to celebrating practical special effects, so it was a great fit.
What was it like trying to recruit to voice talent for something so different? Was it hard to get people to understand the vision, or were they eager to be a part of it?
Recruiting voice talent for Yamasong was sometimes a challenge because it is such a unique and trail blazing project. It doesn’t fit neatly into any film category. But as we went forward, we found actors that were excited about puppetry and wanted to be involved, like Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Fillion.
From the beginning of fabrication to the final splice in the editing room, how long does a project like this take? Is it hard to keep up enthusiasm over a long production period?
Every project is different, but the entire process to create Yamasong will end up being a couple of years. Keeping up the stamina of enthusiasm can definitely be a challenge, but during those moments, I try to step back and marvel at the things that drew me to the project in the first place – the originality and magic of the world of Yamasong.
Do you have a favorite character or setting in the film?
Geta the Ovis warrior is definitely a favorite character of mine. Her warrior’s journey is incredibly inspirational.
Have there been any surprises or challenges the cast and/or crew have overcome?
Yamasong: March of the Hollows is the first feature length puppet film made in America in over a decade, so Dark Dunes had to be innovative with the way it was created. Our crew needed to do a lot of creative problem solving to conquer the physical challenges of shooting puppets. Having most of your actors be a foot tall can be a blessing and a curse! We were surprised, but thrilled, by how much there was to learn.
Thanks so much to Mallory for answering my questions!
What do you think? Are you going to see Yamasong: March of the Hollows? Comment below why or why not!