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Saturday, January 7, 2006

10:44:30 am , 84 words, 1557 views     Categories: Animation

Akagi ending

Norimitsu Suzuki has been establishing a name for himself of late animating and directing TV series ending sequences entirely by himself. I don't know how many he's done so far - I know of at least 4 or 5 - but his latest comes with the second ending for Madhouse's Akagi, which is rather interesting, with a stylized look and unique feeling to the moment. It kind of reminded me of a sequence in Millennium Actress done with a similar look, with simple, thick lines and moving panels.

Saturday, January 7, 2006

10:35:42 am , 992 words, 961 views     Categories: Animation

Mononoke hime breakdown

Here's a list of who did what in Mononoke Hime, from what I could gather from the Ghibli diary. It looks like the first 600 or so shots aren't covered, but I've heard Miyazaki extensively corrected most of the early part of the film anyway. The storyboard has been released, so that could be used as a reference to locate shots.

95.7.10 - 134 shots of storyboard done. First animator meeting held. 14 key animators onboard.
95.7.15 - Mimi wo Sumaseba opens
95.9.18 - Shinji Otsuka goes to the Todai farm to study cows
95.10.2 - Kondo Yoshifumi joins team as animator after finishing his film
96.2.17 - Kondo finishes his part
96.3.1 - Futaki joins team, meeting for shots 730-745, 748, 754-771 (35)
96.3.2 - Moritomo finishes his part, meeting for shots 702-729
96.3.8 - Meeting for Kuwana - shots 778, 780-781, 783-784, 786-787, 789-791 (10) and Yamamori - shots 772-777, 779, 782, 785, 788, 792-793 (12)
96.3.9 - Meeting for Shimizu - 680A-791 (22), Konishi - 608-630 (30)
96.3.19 - Shinohara - 794-826 (33)
96.4.16 - Michio Mihara - 827-854, 857, 864, 866 (32)
96.4.23 - Takeshi Inamura - 858-863, 865, 867-872 (14)
96.4.30 - Atsuko Tanaka - 877-934 (58) (supposed to be at Ghibli from May 1 to October 1996 - 10 shots a month - but stayed longer)
96.5.13 - Shinji Otsuka - 589-607 (19)
96.5.25 - Minowa - 951-970 (20), Shimizu - 977-998 (22)
96.6.3 - Yamamori - 901-911, Yamada - 1013, 1024-1033
96.6.4 - Endo - 999-1023 (24), Sasaki - 942-950, 971-976 (15), Moritomo - 912-941 (29)
96.6.19 - Yoshida - 1034-1062 (30)
96.6.24 - Kurita - 1086-1119 (35), Ohtani - 1120-1140 (21)
96.6.27 - Shinohara - 1063-1085 (23)
96.7.19 - Kagawa - 1182-1225 (44)
96.8.29 - Tanaka - 1151-1181B (33)
96.9.5 - Otsuka - 1233-1268 (35)
96.9.10 - Minowa - 1224-1232 (9)
96.9.11 - Sasaki - 1269-1284 (16)
96.9.21 - Shimizu - 1318-1338 (21)
96.10.4 - Mihara - 1285-1301 (17)
96.10.8 - Inamura - 755-758, 760, 754 (6) - taken from Futaki because she was not going to be able to finish them
96.10.17 - Kuwana - 1421-1436 (16)
96.10.21 - Yoshio - 1302-1317, 1362-1363 (18)
96.10.22 - Yamamori - 1365-1379 (15), Konishi - 1380-1403 (23)
96.10.24 - Inamura - 1336-1351 (15)
96.11.07 - Shinohara finishes her part
96.11.8 - Shinohara - 1352-1361, 1364 (11) - meeting recorded on video by Uratani of TV Man Union
96.11.13 - Endo - 1404-1418 (15)
96.11.22 - Kondo Katsuya joins the team - 1466-1500 (34)
92.12.2 - Kondo Katsuya arrives at Ghibli for his animator meeting
96.12.10 - Tanaka finishes her part, gets more - 1501-1520A (20)
96.12.12 - Kenichi Yoshida's motorcycle accident - Kondo Yoshifumi takes up the 14 shots Yoshida had left
96.12.13 - Minowa - 1542-1555 (14)
96.12.16 - meeting for Kondo Yoshifumi's Yoshida part - 1041-1043, 1052-1062 (14)
96.12.21 - Otsuka - 1520A-1541 (23)
97.1.10 - 15 extra shots, they call around to "I", Kanada and "T"
97.1.15 - rush decision to bring in pinch hitter "A" for 1611-1619 (9)
97.1.16 - Inamura - 1651-1660 (10)
97.1.18 - Kanada comes to Ghibli - 1590-1601 (12)
97.1.27 - Ohtani - 1628-1638 (11)
97.2.11 - Tanaka goes back to Telecom
97.2.20 - Mihara takes 1630, 1632, 1637, E7, 8, 9 from Ohtani and "I"
97.2.20 - Inamura takes 1425, 1427, 1430-1432 from Kuwana
92.2.21 - Endo finishes his part, takes more - 1601-1610 (10)
97.2.24 - Otsuka finishes, decide to have him help correct completed genga
97.3.15 - Mihara finishes his part, leaves to ride his bicycle around Kyushu
97.3.16 - Kagawa and Ohtani finish their part, move to help inbetweening
97.3.18 - Yoshio finishes, Miya gives him 2 of K's part because he's too slow
97.3.20 - T finishes his part, was helping from outside
97.3.21 - Kurita finishes
97.3.24 - Futaki finishes

E7, 8, 9 - Michio Mihara
589-607 - Shinji Otsuka
608-630 - Kenichi Konishi
680A-691 - Hiroshi Shimizu
702-729 - Moritomo Noriko
730-745, 748 - Futaki Makiko
754-758 - Takeshi Inamura
759 - Makiko Futaki
760 - Takeshi Inamura
761-771 - Makiko Futaki
778, 780-781, 783-784, 786-787, 789-791 - Ikuo Kuwana
794-826 - Masako Shinohara
827-854, 857 - Michio Mihara
858-863 - Takeshi Inamura
864 - Michio Mihara
865 - Takeshi Inamura
866 - Michio Mihara
867-872 - Takeshi Inamura
877-934 - Atsuko Tanaka
912-941 - Noriko Moritomo
951-970 - Hiroko Minowa
977-998 - Hiroshi Shimizu
999-1023 - Masaaki Endo
1034-1040, 1044-1051 - Kenichi Yoshida
1063-1085 - Masako Shinohara
1120-1140 - Atsuko Ohtani
1151-1181B - Atsuko Tanaka
1182-1225 - Megumi Kagawa
1224-1232 - Hiroko Minowa
1233-1268 - Shinji Otsuka
1285-1301 - Michio Mihara
1302-1317 - Hideaki Yoshio
1318-1338 - Hiroshi Shimizu
1336-1351 - Takeshi Inamura
1362-1363 - Hideaki Yoshio
1380-1403 - Kenichi Konishi
1404-1418 - Masaaki Endo
1421-1424 - Ikuo Kuwana
1425 - Takeshi Inamura
1426 - Ikuo Kuwana
1427 - Takeshi Inamura
1428-1429 - Ikuo Kuwana
1430-1432 - Takeshi Inamura
1433-1436 - Ikuo Kuwana
1501-1520A - Atsuko Tanaka
1520A-1541 - Shinji Otuska
1542-1555 - Hiroko Minowa
1590-1601 - Yoshinori Kanada
1601-1610 - Masaaki Endo
1628-1629 - Atsuko Ohtani
1630 - Michio Mihara
1631 - Atsuko Ohtani
1632 - Michio Mihara
1633-1636 - Atsuko Ohtani
1637 - Michio Mihara
1638 - Atsuko Ohtani
1651-1660 - Takeshi Inamura

Shinji Otsuka - 589-607 (19), 1233-1268 (35), 1520A-1541 (23) [77]
Masako Shinohara - 794-826 (33), 1063-1085 (23) [56]
Noriko Moritomo - 702-729 (28), 912-941 (29) [57]
Megumi Kagawa - 1182-1225 [44]
Kenichi Konishi - 608-630 (30), 1380-1403 (23) [53]
Masaaki Endo - 999-1023 (24), 1404-1418 (15), 1601-1610 (10) [49]
Hiroshi Shimizu - 680A-791 (22), 977-998 (22), 1318-1338 (21) [65]
Hiroko Minowa - 951-970 (20), 1224-1232 (9), 1542-1555 (14) [43]
Michio Mihara - 827-854 (29), 857, 864, 866, 1285-1301 (17), 1630, 1632, 1637, E7, 8, 9 [55]
Atsuko Ohtani - 1120-1140 (21), 1628-1629, 1631, 1633-1636, 1638 (29)
Takeshi Inamura - 858-863 (6), 865, 867-872 (6), 755-758, 760, 754 (6), 1336-1351 (15), 1651-1660 (10), 1425, 1427, 1430-1432 [50]
Hideaki Yoshio - 1302-1317, 1362-1363 (18) [20]
Makiko Futaki - 730-745 (16), 748, 759, 761-771 (11) [29]
Ikuo Kuwana - 778, 780-781, 783-784, 786-787, 789-791, 1421-1424, 1426, 1428-1429, 1433-1436 [21]
(Kenichi Yoshida - 1034-1040, 1044-1051 [15])
Yoshinori Kanada - 1590-1601 [12]
Atsuko Tanaka - 877-934 (58), 1151-1181B (33), 1501-1520A (20) [111]

Here are also a few bits of interest from the Yamada-kun period.

98.11.14 - Hashimoto - Scene 14-4, 26 shots
98.12.5 - Ohira arrives from Nagoya on the Shinkansen. Meeting for Scene 9-2. Goes to eat dinner with Tanabe and never comes back. Apparently they were out drinking all night in Asagaya.
99.2.3 - Otsuka - Scene 3-2, shots 79-83

It will be particularly nice to be able to pinpoint Yoshinori Kanada's work in the film to see what kind of work he did in his last Ghibli film. While he never stopped beefing up his individualistic style full of crazy perspective, patented deformation and geometric animated effects over the years right up until the present day in other work, I gather he must have provided work of a more orthodox vein for this film, as he has in the past for the studio, ever since Nausicaa. It will also be nice to locate Shinji Otsuka's work, as his work is alway worth studying.