Sanpo (n.) A Walk. Michi (n.) A path.
Sanpomichi – A Path walked regularly, habitually, thoughtfully. It is the story of two mice, Hiroko & Yumi living their lives in a Tokyo apartment, as they have done for decades. Yumi is a middle-aged mouse, slightly frenzied in her caring for Hiroko, her mother, a methodical, slightly stubborn mouse. Sanpomichi is inspired by Japan and the music of Yuzo Kayama.
The story has shades of a functional Grey Gardens, with elements of Richard Scarry and Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it is truly a unique film, that promises to delight in a quiet, lingering way.
It’s been almost two months since our Kickstarter ended successfully. It was an incredible, scary process - and thanks to our 103 supporters we are able to fund the continuation of the film!
In September we all traveled to Japan together - wandered the streets of Tokyo, experienced a typhoon, ate okonomiyaki with Yumi, paid our respects to Hiroko, toured the temples in Kyoto, worshipped the Tanuki and burnt our mouths on homemade takoyaki. It was an amazing trip.
Since then we’ve been fairly quiet, but for good reason! The script is almost final and we’ll begin building puppets very soon. Seriously, there are some amazing shots. This film will be a huge challenge to pull off, but it will be so worth it, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.
Thank you everyone!
xoxo Mari, Brianna, Tony, & Brody.
We are so happy this festival exists, and have submitted Sanpomichi’s Teaser Trailer. Acceptance is announced October 30th & winners December 30th.
There is also a People’s choice award, so please click on this link & give us a vote! Thank You!
A Path walked regularly, habitually, thoughtfully. It is the story of two mice, Hiroko & Yumi, living their lives in a Tokyo apartment.
Thanks to everyone for showing your support at our kick-off party last night. Lets make this happen
We created a lovely behind the scenes video on the making of the Sanpomichi Teaser Trailer.
After 2 months of puppet making, set building, props creation, and long nights of animating (for a final 2,500+ frames) we have created a beautiful teaser to introduce you all to our characters, Hiroko & Yumi.
This evening we will launch a fundraising campaign for the film, so while the event is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
Porchlight Coffee & Records will be our gracious host, and Rats In The Grass will be performing for your entertainment!
Family Friendly! Coffee Drinks & Beer Drinks, + Art by Little Oze! (AKA our fantastic Director/Animator, Mari) We will also have puppets, sets & props from the teaser on display.
We hope to see you there with your friends, kids, co-workers & Family! Seriously, invite everyone.
www.hearbysound.com (Sound Design)
After 2 months of puppet making, set building, props creation, and long nights of animating (for a final 2,500+ frames) we have wrapped photography for Sanpomichi’s teaser…and if that wasn’t enough, promptly climbed a mountain!
The teaser is now being passed along into the capable hands of Tony, for composing, Brody for compositing, and HEARby for sound design!
More details on the release VERY soon!