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Monday, October 25, 2004

04:20:16 pm , 251 words, 3125 views     Categories: Animation

Digital Stadium

Kosuke Kawase: Long Autumn Sweet ThingShingo Abe: Tokyo StationMaya Asakura: Tarachine6nin: Chalkdust
Yusuke Shigeta: ScienceUshio Tazawa: Life no ColorAtsuko Ishizuka: GravitationNorihito Iki: A Ghost Story

NHK, Japan's PBS, has been showcasing digital shorts by young artists on a show called Digital Stadium since 2000. Several of the creators I talked about recently -- Atsuko Ishizuka, Ushio Tazawa -- in fact first appeared on the scene via this program. For each week's show, a "curator" is appointed to come up with a theme for the show that will be used as the selection criterion for recently submitted films. Koji Morimoto has been a regular curator, and Isao Takahata and Satoshi Kon have curated recently. The curator selects his films, the films are aired, and afterwards curator and guests bring their experience and wisdom to bear in discussing each film's merits, finally electing one of the entries to the "hall of fame". At the end of the year they then vote on a year's best in various categories from among the films that were elected to the hall of fame; last year Ushio Tazawa won the grand prize for Life no Color. Every one of the films that was elected to the hall of fame can be viewed online in whole or in part. Further, the Digital Art Festival Tokyo that was held a few months ago (where Masaaki Yuasa and Koji Morimoto presented a talk about Mind Game) held a contest called the DigiSta DAF Selection, where they allowed people to vote for their ten favorite films shown so far that year on Digital Stadium that didn't make the hall of fame; those films are also available for viewing online.

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iamNataku
iamNataku [Visitor]

I was extremely pleased to catch an airing of Digital Stadium when I was in Japan last year. All I could remember was Ushio Tazawa being in absolute tears when they presented his film Life no Color with the Hall of Fame selection.

With the collage of behind-the-scenes footage, you really got a sense of how hard these guys work on their films. I’d be in tears too! I also thought the round table discussion format was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Never in my life had I seen people (both male/female, young/old) talk so seriously about animation!

Definitely one of my favorite Japanese programs. I only wish I had the chance to see it more often.

10/26/04 @ 07:58
Tsuka
Tsuka [Visitor]

Yes, Digital Stadium is a wonderful TV program (and hopefully for me an internet website) in order to discover independant artists and animations :)

If you like it, I also invite you to discover OpenArt (animation area) :
www.nifty.com/eArtist/openArt/

Last year in french festival “Nouvelles Images du Japon” there was special events dedicated to Digistal Stadium and OpenArt

10/26/04 @ 11:05
Tony Mines
Tony Mines [Visitor]

That appears to be the best program ever. Incredible. And I thought Japanese TV was all Bob Sapp talking to Ayumi Hamazaki about cakes. Anyone know if they take entries from gaijin?

10/27/04 @ 04:33
jay smith
jay smith [Visitor]

apparently! :)

“Anyone may apply, regardless of sex, age, nationality.”

10/27/04 @ 08:44
tim_drage [Member]

Argh, they have exclusive rights for over a year though! :(

“NHK has the exclusive right to broadcast your submission until the end of the year following the year you applied. For example, if you submit artwork in July 2004, NHK has broadcast right until December 31, 2005.
- During this period, any profitable activity using the work or to use of it In any other media is not permitted.”

Sounds like a great programme otherwise.

10/27/04 @ 12:21
Pedro M. Polanco
Pedro M. Polanco [Visitor]

Seems like a great show! i might submit something once, but the rights thing is a bit annoying, ohwell, free publicity! ^^

10/28/04 @ 05:15