This is an exclusive video interview with one of the 5 creators whose film was featured in “ANIMATIONISM -All Creativity Welcomed-.”
The interview, filmed in the animator’s studio, reveal the creator’s perspectives on filmmaking, how the short film was created, and much more.
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Other featuring creators:
nuQ (Director) / “The Last Episode” (2019)
KAWAJIRI Masanao (Director) / “A Japanese Boy Who Draws” (2018)
Part 1 : https://vimeo.com/444116652/81ab82a515
Part 2 : https://vimeo.com/444118199/de04de6c15
Part 3 : https://vimeo.com/444119676/c2e4af5d85
YASHIRO Takeshi (Director) / “NORMAN THE SNOWMAN -The Northern Lights-” (2013)
1)UEDA Akinari (1734-1809) and KUWAGATA Keisai (1764-1824) were both active in the Edo period, when Japan was unified under a single leader but not yet open to the wider world. UEDA’s Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of Moonlight and Rain), which includes “Muo no Rigyo” (“A Carp That Appeared in My Dream”) was published in 1776.
2)The “illustrated books” by KUWAGATA Keisai discussed by director YAMAMURA are known in Japanese as kibyoshi. These books, produced in the middle of the Edo period, were recognizable by their yellow covers. Some people consider them the world’s earliest comic books. Keisai was also known for his ryakugashiki, or rough sketches.
3)The Manyoshu, the ancient book of poetry mentioned by director YAMAMURA, was compiled in the 8th century. It is the oldest existing collection of Japanese waka poetry. The title translates as “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves.”
4)“Choju-jinbutsu-giga” (“Animal Caricatures”), the manga and anime antecedent mentioned by the director, is a set of four picture scrolls depicting anthropomorphic animals from the 12th century and 13th century.
5)Keisai was also known for his ryakugashiki, or rough sketches, known in English as “Ways to Sketch.”
6)Director YAMAMURA refers to a Jorge Luis BORGES quote. The quote, which comes from BORGES’ story “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” reads, “all works are the creation of one author, who is atemporal and anonymous.” The story, published in 1940, deals with a fictional world called Tlön, in which a school of literary criticism analyses multiple works as if they were written by a single author.
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