DreamStalker Films

Schoolyard Ninjas

Enemy ninja warriors must face each other for the fate of a sacred artifact on the battlefield of… a schoolyard.


Koga Ninja: David Stevens, Peter Haverson (voice)

Sakana Ninja: Kevin Winslow, Matt Torrez (voice)

Schoolyard Babe: Jen Koeler, Shannon Griffith (voice)

Extras: Jill Jensen, Alanta Noel (voice), Derek Lookingbill (voice)

Writer/Director: Jay Montoya
Producer/Cinematographer/Camera Operator/Editor/Visual Effects Director/Sound Designer: Joseph M. Benzer
Composer: Scott Kos

Production Notes:
“Schoolyard Ninjas” was shot on 16mm film in 2001. The film was transferred to video to be edited on computer to save on post production cost. The film was dormant for a time until the director got in contact with Joe and gave him the original footage files.
Joe put together the cut rather quickly. While at DreamStalker Films’ Phoenix Comicon booth in 2010 he completed the one visual effect for the film.
The film was then put on the backburner again while production continued on the Slayer Wars Trilogy.

The fire was finally put on the film in early 2012 to make deadline for the Phoenix Comicon submission and was completed with Scott Kos’ score in late March.  Due to a mix-up the film was not viewed despite making the submission deadline.  The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival staff, were, however, nice enough to squeeze it in unofficially.  It premiered on May 26th, 2012 at 11pm kicking off the Comedy block to a full room and was well received.

This film is featured on the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol II DVD and Blu-Ray.

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