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Fictionville Studio


Welcome to a world of imagination and delight!

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Fictionville Studio


Welcome to a world of imagination and delight!

Here is what we are up to:

Feathers of Fire is starting it's 2017 tour this January.  Join our mailing list to stay up to date on the schedule and ticket info.  

  • Chicago - Jan  25-29 - Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival - Tickets
  • Krakow, Poland - Feb 19-21 - Materia Prima. 4th Int’l Festival of the Form Theatre
  • Toronto - Mar 10-12 - Tirgan Festival - Tickets

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About Us


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About Us


Husband and wife team Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard are dedicated to producing artistic projects that positively affect the way people look at the world around them. They have produced award‐winning documentary and fiction film, graphic design, photography and literature for over two decades. Their films have received international awards and screened worldwide at festivals, theaters and on television.  Their latest project, the Shahnameh Project includes a 600 page illustrated edition of the 1000-year-old Persian epic poem, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings which was published in 2013.  It has been well received by readers and critics around the world and has made multiple bestseller lists.  In 2016 they premiered the stage production of Feathers of Fire, based on a tale from the Shahnameh.  This cinematic live production premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and is currently touring around the world.  

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Books


We have created a website specifically for our Shahnameh Project that includes our book, Shahname: The Epic of the Persian Kings, Feathers of Fire and more. 

Visit Kinorama.com

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Books


We have created a website specifically for our Shahnameh Project that includes our book, Shahname: The Epic of the Persian Kings, Feathers of Fire and more. 

Visit Kinorama.com

For the past eight years, we have been working on the Shahnameh Project, a multi-disciplinary project revolving around the classical Persian mythology, Shahnameh by Ferdowsi.  

The works include the best-selling illustrated translation and adaptation, Shahnameh The Epic of the Persian Kings.  This 600 page tome comes in regular and limited editions.   The book was illustrated by Hamid Rahmanian and translated and adapted by Ahmad Sadri and published by The Quantuck Lane Press.   

The recently debuted shadow play, Feathers of Fire, currently on tour, is a feast for the senses.  The love story of Zaul and Rudabeh comes to life in this breathtaking cinematic  live theater performance.  

We have also created a 20 minute shadow play that retells the story of one of Shahnameh's great villains in Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King that is making it's way on theater stages around the country.  

A beautifully designed pop up book is coming out in 2017 that will be published by Fantographic Books.  And we are working on audio and electronic book versions of our Epic Shahnameh.  

You can learn more about our Shahnameh Project on our website, Kingorama.com.  You can order our books, prints and other merchandise and keep up with our performance schedules.

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Theater


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Theater


FEATHERS OF FIRE

The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Rahmanian's graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen. The play also features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali. Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016.  

VISIT KINGORAMA.COM FOR MORE INFO


Mina's Dream

Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance by the Onassis Foundation.  This 15-minute shadow play tells the story of a young girl whose dreams are bigger than her community’s social pressures and decrees. A young actor performs behind a screen that displays animated characters and objects, representing those who try to keep her from pursuing her dreams. A soundscape of live music, voices and effects create a tension and struggle that the young protagonist must fight against. (2016)

A shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian
Performed by Maire Vigliotta
Animation: Naghmeh Farzaneh
Music: Nima Farzaneh
Sound Design: David Wilson
Storyboards: Syd FiniVoice overs: Elmira Rahim, Sedate Threatt, Danielle Larson and Tarah Pollack Assistant Directors: Anita Maghduri and Neda Kazemifar


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Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King

Persian legend comes to life with live musical accompaniment and intricate shadow puppetry. From the Shahnameh or Book of Kings - an epic narrative penned in the 10th century by Persian poet Ferdowsi—this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King.

VISIT KINGORAMA.COM FOR MORE INFO

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Films


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Films


For the past 20 years, we've been making films that take audiences on journeys into unique and rarely seen worlds, offer new perspectives and challenge stereotypes.  
Watch our films right here on our website or buy the DVDs.  

Also, visit our sister company, Fictionville Media where you can purchase educational DVDs, learn more about DIY distribution through our blog and discover other great films through our cooperative filmmaking platform.

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Graphic Design


To explore the graphic design portfolio

Visit www.hamidrahmanian

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Graphic Design


To explore the graphic design portfolio

Visit www.hamidrahmanian

For over 25 years Hamid Rahmanian has been working in the graphic design field.  He owned and managed a top firm in Tehran and In 1992, he was awarded recognition as the youngest professional designer in Iran.  He has received numerous awards for his achievements and his work has been exhibited in international festivals and competitions. He has been commissioned to do work for cultural organizations and commercial companies such as The United Nations, GQ Magazine, Lincoln Center, Pacifica Radio/Democracy Now! and Aramex Shipping Company.  Visit www.hamidrahmanian.com for more info.