Bow down…

I am most definatly most stuck with the big question of what I want to get into when I leave Leeds Art and finish my degree and all that jazz.
I’m running along the lines of either animation or some form of concept art/illustration sort of area… one thing for sure though is that I don’t need to look far for inspiration.
The legend that is Hayao Miyazaki must be mentioned when ever I think about animation and that old school look of drawing the frames by hand. Although the god like figure that is Hayao Miyazaki, or other people may more know more as to do with Studio Ghibli, creates those beatiful films and he himself comes up with the majority of the films, draws the initial ideas and then creates all the characters and draws them all down, he still needs a great team to make these animations come to life.
Hayao Miyazaki is truly out of this world in his level of skill and creativity but his brilliantness is pushed even further thanks to people such as Isao Takahata (co-founder of Studio Ghibli, animator and much more) Yoshiharu Sato (Supervising animator for ‘My Neighbor Totoro and animator in a few of his films.) Kazuo Oga (Art Director and background artist for many of his films) Michiyo Yasuda (colour design for many of his films) Toshio Suzuki (Producer) and someone on par with Hayao Miyazaki in terms of creativity is the music master Joe Hisaishi, who has been doing pretty much all of the Studio Ghibli films music and every time they hit the marker, truly breathe taking work that matchs the imagery and moment perfectly. There is tons more people that I could list down that has helped bring the most memorable animations to life but this list could go on for a very long time.
It’s more interesting to know what sort of people work for such a man and what sort of areas of work are needed and created to make sure the film is made to the high standard that Studio Ghibli has set themselves.

Here’s a link to a nice little program about Studio Ghibli… I can’t seem to find the ones on the DVD’s sadly.
Ponyo has some brilliant special features if you get the chance watch them because it has loads of information about the main people in Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. Part 1 of 6.

Here’s a nice little video of some of his beautiful films.
They are in mixed languages but still… enjoy.


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