Daniel M. Kanemoto | Writer & Director

Daniel M. Kanemoto is a writer/director whose 1999 debut, A LETTER FROM THE WESTERN FRONT, won the Gold Medal for Best Animated Short at the Student Academy Awards. For the past decade, Dan’s diverse body of work (from feature films to national commercial campaigns) has been featured on Nickelodeon, MTV, the Discovery Channel, and film festivals around the world. 

Dan was raised in northcentral Wisconsin and is a 1998 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program. He hates writing about himself in the third person, but pretty much loves everything else about making movies.

Ryan Shore | Composer

Ryan Shore’s diverse background of classical, jazz and contemporary music, combined with his ability to be highly collaborative and to deliver music on time and on budget, has quickly moved him to the forefront of the most sought after film composers today. His recent scores include PRIME (Universal Studios) starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, HARVARD MAN (Lions Gate) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Adrian Grenier, SCOUT’S HONOR starring Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin, and VULGAR (Lions Gate) produced by Kevin Smith. He also composed original on-camera music FUR (New Line Cinema), starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr., for which he was seen in the film performing his original music. Upcoming releases in 2007 include NUMB starring Matthew Perry and Mary Steenburgen, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, based on the best selling novel by Jack Ketchum, and JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, for which he recorded and conducted his score with the 91-piece Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to scoring for film, he plays saxophone, clarinet and flute and has performed with Matchbox Twenty on tour of the U.S, including a special street performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. For more information, please visit www.ryanshore.com.

Joe Pleiman | Sound Design

Joe Pleiman is from Kensington, MD. After graduating from NYU's film school, he turned his attention towards music and sound design. He currently works as a sound designer and freelance composer in Boston, MA, sound designing shows like ASSY McGEE and WORD GIRL. He has written music for SESAME STREET, various Freeverse Software video games and other independent projects. His most recent album project is with a band called “The Fall Leaves” and can be heard here: www.thefallleaves.com 

He is also responsible, as part of “The Rabbit Joint,” for the creation of the Zelda song widely and hilariously misattributed to System of a Down.

Jeff Yorkes | Editor

You might know Jeff Yorkes from his appearance in Detective Comics issue #787, where he fought Batman - for real. 

He is also a NY-based editor and filmmaker who's cut for the likes Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, MTV, Coca-Cola, Gold Circle Films, Columbia-TriStar, Fancy Feast, Goya Foods, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the Oxygen Network and ExpoTV. He's garnered some internettention for his Cinemashups, splicing together cool movies with cool songs. Upcoming projects include the web documentaries, “Disturbances in the Force,” for the upcoming Weinstein Company movie FANBOYS.  

Robert Vargas | Storyboards

Robert Vargas’ career in the entertainment industry includes work in feature films, network television, and commercial production. He has served as director, producer, writer and artist for both traditional and CG animation. Former employers and client list includes George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, MTV Networks – Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Blockbuster Entertainment, The History Chanel, MCI/Worldcom, Sony and Arista Records. Film and television work includes Clint Eastwood’s SPACE COWBOYS (Warner Bros.), the all digital feature FRANKENSTEIN AND THE WOLFMAN (Universal/ILM), Bill Cosby’s Emmy Award winning LITTLE BILL (Nick Jr.) and the new Nick Jr. series THE WONDER PETS! Robert has worked extensively in the field of children’s television, producing and developing innovative programming for pre-school audiences. He is the co-creator/producer of Nick Jr.’s LOLLY AND THE PIPSQUEAKS and a freelance staff writer for the PBS Kids series WORD WORLD and SEEMORE’S PLAYHOUSE. Robert attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (MFA Computer Animation program) and The University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Composition.

Warren O’Neill | Drawn Animation & Character Design

Warren O’Neill has done classical animation for Chuck Jones Film Productions and Dreamworks Feature Animation. He has done character designs for shows on MTV and Spike TV, as well as segments on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. He’s done illustration work for Christina Applegate and Rita Wilson, and he was selected by Jerry Seinfeld to design all the heads for his line of “Comedian” action figures. His latest character design work can be seen in the PBS TV show WORD WORLD and the accompanying line of WORD WORLD toys.

Clay Adams | Voice of ‘Jim’

Clay Adams has provided lead voices for the hit TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: FAST FORWARD (FOX) as well as Cartoon Network’s YU-GI-OH! GX. Most recently, he performed the lead in award-winning animator Daniel M. Kanemoto's ARTICLES OF WAR. When he’s not a cartoon, he can be seen in his recurring role as Lloyd, the Lakeview bartender on AS THE WORLD TURNS (CBS) or on stage with Gideon Productions, the 24/7 Lab, and the New York Neo-Futurists.  An actor since the age of eight, he has appeared in numerous plays, commercials, and industrials.  Other credits: TV: ONE LIFE TO LIVE (ABC) and ALL MY CHILDREN (ABC).  Web: ALMOST THERE. Film: PERCEPTION (upcoming), BLOODLINE and THE SHADOW WALKERS (both from Lionsgate).


Orchestra Conducted By Ryan Shore

Performed By The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

Recorded At The Skywalker Scoring Stage

Recorded By Leslie Ann Jones

Mixed By Lawrence Manchester

Mixed At Avatar Studios

Orchestrated By Paul Cristo

Music Preparation By Matt Buckenmayer

Orchestra Contracted By Janet Ketchum


Sound Re-Recorded At Sound One • New York, NY

Film Transfer By Alphacine • Seattle, WA

Sound Re-Recording Mixer • Martin Czembor

ADR Engineers • David Boulton & Bobby Johanson

ADR Recordists • Krissopher Chevannes & Brian Gallager

Additional Field Recordings By Steve Gabeler

Letter Handwriting By Joe Pleiman


‘Dakota Zephyr’ Nose Art Based On ‘Ill Wind?’ By Don Allen

Air Navigation Chart Reference By Robert H. Dodd

 South Dakota Photo Reference By Michael Kanemoto

 B-24 & PT-17 Study Models By David Meiklejohn

 The New York Public Library Picture Collection

 Heber Valley Aero Museum

 The Collings Foundation


Brad Buckwalter 

John Canemaker

Sharon Eagan

Dan & Stacey Erdman

Jim Gardner

Muriel Hardy

Tom & Lee Hardy

Jane Holland

Markus Horak

Henry & Bonnie Kanemoto

Michael Kanemoto

Rose Liebman

Steve Loftus

Ruth McKee

Jennifer Oxley

Naree Song

Charles Thorpe

Andrea Tieng

Richard Vague

Brian K. Vaughan

Dedicated to Elizabeth Kanemoto

 This film was made possible by a generous grant from the Richard Vague Film Production Fund (New York University)

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