I’m taking a break from directing my next project, so I slapped a fresh coat of paint on the site to make it way easier to watch my film online.
=Now fully optimized for screens of all sizes, from giant desktops to tiny little phones, the new site also features ARTICLES OF WAR in glorious high definition, along with tons of artwork, behind-the-scenes stories, and more.
As always, thanks so much for watching!
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Anchored by the iconic “Bates Motel” sign, the title sequence for A&E’s contemporary PSYCHO prequel television series transitions from shattered black-and-white to color as a distant storm approaches the house where Norman Bates spends his formative teenage years.
This 15 second title sequence was originally created by Daniel M. Kanemoto before the Season 1 premiere at the request of executive producer Carlton Cuse (LOST), who invited the public to submit concepts in an online competition to design the opening titles.
This was the winning concept.
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Get “the story behind the story” in this animated short film from the creators of the blockbuster Cinemax action series BANSHEE.
Recently aired on Cinemax to promote the 2nd season of the hour-long action series BANSHEE, this exclusive short film features artwork from the “Origins” graphic novel written by series creator Jonathan Tropper and executive producer Greg Yaitanes.
Featuring the voice talents of series regulars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ben Cross, and Hoon Lee.
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Follow the evil that roams through the dark bowers of man’s domain in this balls-to-the-wall animated tribute to the sights, sounds and unforgettable characters of Sam Raimi’s iconic EVIL DEAD trilogy!
The time: Late 80s. The place: A supermarket video store in the middle of Northcentral Wisconsin. The prize: A beat up copy of EVIL DEAD 2, in a format that’s just as long-gone as the store it was rented from.
As a teenager stuck in the middle of middle school, all I wanted to do was make movies, so naturally I spent all of my free time watching them. I stalked the aisles of the Super 29 video store, and decided to rent every movie in the horror section… alphabetically.
I wound up stuck in the Es, because after I watched EVIL DEAD 2, all I did was pop it into the rewinder (remember those?) and watched it again. And again. And then about a million more times after that.
It was scary, hilarious, gross, and insanely inventive, especially when it came to all the abuse suffered by Bruce Campbell… and all of the creative ways Sam Raimi found to propel his camera through the walls of that blood soaked cabin in the woods. (My favorite part is still any moment where it feels like the camera itself is about to beat the shit out of poor Ash).
So this is my cinematic love letter to three hugely influential films that made me want to be a filmmaker: EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2, and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
I created all the artwork in the sequence, but the final image is directly inspired by an incredible EVIL DEAD poster created by Olly Moss. The moment I saw it, I only wanted to see it move – which is how I feel about all great posters. The new wave of artists working with Mondo have made movie posters worth collecting again, and that’s a great thing. I hope to someday join their ranks.
Special thanks to the cast and crew of the EVIL DEAD trilogy, Jeff Yorkes (who found me a print of that sold-out-in-an-instant Olly Moss poster), and Joe Pleiman, the most talented sound designer in the world.
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“This trailer really shows off how our artists have managed to take the 2D art style of the comic books and create a 3D world, allowing fans to truly interact with Robert Kirkman’s world for the very first time.”
– Dan Conners, Telltale Games Co-Founder and CEO
Robert Kirkman introduces this trailer for the first video game set in the apocalyptic world of his legendary comic book series THE WALKING DEAD.
Created by animator and director Daniel M. Kanemoto for Telltale Games, the trailer blends 2D and 3D imagery in stunning fashion as homage to the art of the original comic book world on which Telltale’s game is based. Kanemoto was asked to create the trailer after his spec WALKING DEAD title sequence went viral, and he jumped at the opportunity to work with the undead on an “official” basis.
THE WALKING DEAD video game was released in April 2012 and won over 90 “Game of the Year” awards. Visit Telltale Games at thewalkingdeadgame.com.
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“We are arriving at that unique moment in time where the term “fan-made” becomes moot. This is extraordinary.”
– Damon Lindelof, Executive Producer, LOST
“Kudos to Daniel Kanemoto for his terrific fan version of THE WALKING DEAD opening titles — they rock big time!”
– Gale Anne Hurd, Producer, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, THE WALKING DEAD
My favorite “exclusive” from the 2009 Comic-Con convention was a beautiful painting by legendary artist Drew Struzan, featuring a horde of zombies from THE WALKING DEAD. Frank Darabont adapted the apocalyptic Image Comics book created by Robert Kirkman, and man, it looked really, really great.
As I was admiring Struzan’s work of art, I wondered what the opening titles to this terrifying new television show might look like… so I animated a spec title sequence using artwork ripped from the pages of the comic, originally illustrated by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.
Just so there’s no confusion, I’m not affiliated with the production in any way — I’m simply a huge fan of both Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman, and this is my attempt at creating a cinematic introduction to one of the all time great “continuing stories of survival horror.”
THE WALKING DEAD premiered on October 31st, 2009 on AMC and is currently the highest rated basic cable series of all time.
After a year-long festival tour that sent my 35 MM print of ARTICLES OF WAR zipping across the country more than a few times, I’m excited to announce that the entire film is having its online premiere…
Just click the front page of www.articles-of-war.com to launch the film (it’s hosted on both Vimeo and YouTube).
Finally, on behalf of my myself and my insanely talented crew, I’m asking everyone I know a small favor: If you enjoyed ARTICLES OF WAR, please pass the word (or Tweet, or MyFace, or… you know, use whatever new awesome, vaguely baffling verb that’s busy transforming the way we talk to each other).
Truth is, word of mouth is everything when it comes to promoting these movies (and the people who make ’em), and I’d love for ARTICLES OF WAR to be seen by as many people as possible.
In the time it took me to make this film, the Internet became the world’s most amazing film festival, and even though I’m busy writing my next project, I can’t wait to hear what the world thinks of this one…
I’m proud to announce that ARTICLES OF WAR will be racking up the frequent flier points this fall, as the film is headed on an epic cross-country tour to screen in a wide variety of excellent film festivals:
First up is the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, where I’ll be making a personal appearance on Saturday, October 17th when the film screens as part of the popular Animation Program at 2:30 PM.
ARTICLES OF WAR then heads East to the Windy City, where it will have its Chicago premiere on Saturday, October 24th at 5 PM as part of the “Cutting Hedge Animation” program at the 26th Annual 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Then it’s off to the 6th Annual Big Apple Film Festival, where the movie will have its New York premiere on Friday, November 6th at 6 PM at the Tribeca Cinemas (just one subway stop away from my beloved West Village, where I spent a couple of years making the movie!)
Finally it’s back to the Midwest when the movie screens on Saturday, November 14th at 5 PM as part of the 18th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival.
I’m very proud to announce that ARTICLES OF WAR will make its Canadian debut at the 2009 Montréal World Film Festival (also known as the Festival des Films du Monde).
The film is paired up with a feature film, ONE WAR (ODNA VOYNA) and is screening on Friday, September 4th at 7:20 PM at the Quartier Latin Cineplex in Montréal.