It’s a big universe. There are so many great stories to tell that it explains some of why there are so many Star Wars fan films. This is one of those great stories.
Hoshino is the story of how one overeager padawan becomes a Jedi master, but pays a horrible price to get there. It’s the work of Stephen Vitale, and in seven short minutes the film tells the tale of Jedi Master Ko Hoshino (played by Anna Akana), as taught by her Jedi master Master Jaan-Xu (played by Tim McKernan). The Sith accolyte Darth Oriax is played by two people, Eric Carrasco, with Patrick Sullivan providing his voice.
Hoshino is the story of one padawan’s journey from light into darkness – and from darkness, into light.
Here is the “Making of” video. You can see the juxtaposition of animatics and final footage, and how the elements of computer animation blend together to create the finished footage.
The film is a work of art, and Vitale, already an accomplished filmmaker, pulled out all the stops on this one. In addition to the expected computer animated effects, some of what you see was created on the workbench, as makeup effects and appliances. The minocks could have been computer animated, but weren’t. They were practical puppets, built by Tom Spina Designs, and done with the understanding that sometimes old school is the best approach.
We’re the world’s leading sci-fi geek culture radio station, so of course we noticed the sumptuous musical score, and it turns out that it was recorded by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, and composed by Joey Newman. The sound design is amazing and flawless too, and that was done by Jamie Hardt, MPSE.
So many other talented people worked on this that we felt it best to just give you the entire credits dump here, with links to everybody’s web sites and Facebook pages so you can follow up on them yourself.
Director/Producer/Editor STEPHEN VITALE
Writer/Executive Producer ERIC CARRASCO
Co-Executive Producers JOHN SCHICK // MIGUEL JIRON
Starring ANNA AKANA as Ko Hoshino
Starring TIM MCKERNAN as Master Jaan-Xu
with ERIC CARRASCO as Darth Oriax
and PATRICK SULLIVAN as the voice of Darth Oriax
Cinematographers RYAN BROOMBERG // ALYSSA BROCATO
VFX Supervisor JOHN SCHICK
Composer JOEY NEWMAN
Associate Producers MARK ROBERTSON // MICHAEL J. WECHSLER
Sound Designer JAMIE HARDT, MPSE
Storyboard Artist MIGUEL JIRON
1st Assistant Camera DANIEL AJEMIAN // ANDY HUYNH
2nd Assistant Camera MAX SIEGEL // LAURA JANSEN // STEVE KAN
Steadicam Operators PASCAL COMBES-KNOKE // CHRIS LOH
Key Grip DANIEL RINK
Gaffers MAX SOMES // NICHOLAS FEDEROFF // DEREK VAAS
Colorists JOHN SCHICK // SEAN RYAN
Mynock Creature by TOM SPINA DESIGNS
Mynock Puppeteers DAVID SERVER // JACKSON LANZING // COURTNEY PERDUE
Mutant Mask by IMMORTAL MASKS
Special Effects Makeup Artist JESSICA-LEIGH SCHWARTZ
Casting Associate DAVID GIRONDA JR.
Assistant to Anna Akana MAYA FERRARA
Production Assistants ROBERT CARRASCO // DWIGHT MOSS
ADR Engineer OWEN SHEARER
Stock Footage Provided by VLADIMIR KURILOV // POND5
Music Recorded and Mixed by OREN HADAR
Music Editor SETH KAPLAN
Score Supervisor MATT HUTCHINSON
Star Wars Themes by JOHN WILLIAMS
Music Performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra
Music Recorded at EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, California
Special Thanks TOM SPINA // DAVID BOLEN // CASEY WONG // JAKE NORDWIND // JENN O’DONNELL // GEORGE FRANGADAKIS // MARIE VITALE // PAUL VITALE // GREG MORRIS
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