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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

08:33:44 pm , 402 words, 3094 views     Categories: Animation, Misc

Moving Picture

Just watched Devouring Buddha on the Canadian Documentary channel, among the many great and obscure films this station has shown me. A narrator speaks a short prelude in Cambodian, after which plays out a poetic and beautifully shot walk through the streets of Cambodia around the imfamous prison where the girl was among the many killed. I've seen my share of self-indulgent artsy DV shorts, but this one worked very well. The ambient soundtrack melds with the various hues the footage is tinted to create a ghostly atmosphere. I've seen numerous films on the same material over the last few years, but beyond a point you almost don't want to know any more of the facts. This film makes you feel. A model example of the sort of guerilla filmmaking I like to see.

A while ago they showed a film called Moving Picture, which was made in Canada almost two decades ago. It's incredibly dated and embarrassing to watch, but of interest to animation fans, so I was rather happy to see it. It tells the story of a guy who becomes interested in animation to try to win the attention of a woman he likes. It's mostly wordless, depicting his metaphoric journey of discovery through the history of animation by way of lots of incredibly sappy pantomime that's rescued by being peppered with interesting clips from many of the major animation figures - from Cohl to McKay to McLaren. It's a sort of paean to the form. A cheesefest, but kinda heartwarming, though only to an animation buff. It's great to see that a film like that got made in the first place, and twenty years ago at that.

There was a scene I liked in Hosoda's One Piece film done by a female animator I'd never heard of named Ayumi Shiraishi, the one with Usop and Kappa. The timing of the movements was great, meshing well with the dialogue. I noticed she did work on one of the two IG ventures that just came out, including animation and prop design, so I'm curious to see those. There aren't enough interesting female animators these days. No surprise, the films seem well endowed animator-wise, featuring all of the usual suspects, including Ohira and Hashimoto. It's interesting that they got Tsutomu Mizushima to direct one of the films. I don't know how he went from doing Shin-chan films at Shin'ei to IG.



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Random person [Visitor]

I think Tsutomu Mizushima became independant after his Guu stuff because he went on to take part in the shows Genshiken and Dokusatsu tenshi dokuro-chan which are by Palme Studio and Hal Film Maker respectively.

I don’t know anything about the original content but while it looks dark and serious-ish, there definitely are some slapstick/comic moments because 1. I remember seeing it in the trailer and 2. I can’t imagine Tsutomu Mizushima doing a dead serious show… no way!

I’m looking forward more towads his feature than the other one… talk has also favoured the former.

09/02/05 @ 06:09
A.O. Scott's Mom
A.O. Scott's Mom [Visitor]

NYT reviewed Mind Game – its showing at the museum of modern art this week.

09/02/05 @ 22:25
Manuloz [Visitor]

Ayumi Shiraishi :
I think she is from Gainax(since Konomi at least). She has done some illustrations for the Gainax Homepage,

like this cute one :

recently, she has done all the eyecath animation for “He is my Master",

and some animation for Pretty Cure Max heart #1 (but i have never seen it).

There’s a link for the trailer of Noein :

09/05/05 @ 00:47
Ben [Visitor]

> eyecath animation for “He is my Master”

Thanks for the info on Shiraishi. I didn’t know about this eyecatch stuff. Apparently (according to the interview) it was her idea to draw a new eyecatch (part A) for each episode.

09/08/05 @ 05:13
Manuloz [Visitor]

*Good to know, it was her idea.
In my last comment i forget to post a screenshot of one of these eye catches :

As for girls, i think there’s another 2 at Gainax, who must be good Yuka Shibata and akemi ayashi.
I never managed to spot there work but the 3 of them worked as key animator on Gunbuster 2!

*Last time, I forgot to ask which part on the Naruto Movie was animated by Takeshi Honda?
My take is that the best part i have seen was the one in that Bar, near the beginning.

*After one of your post, i came to seek that SciFi Harry op featuring Shinya Ohira and Shinji Hashimoto.

I got it here :

So if you want to use it, on a next post, feel free to do it.
Originaly i posted it here :
but i don’t think a lot of people are passing by there ^^’

09/08/05 @ 07:47
Ben [Visitor]

That’s fantastic that you found Astro Kyudan. I’d been wanting to see that since I heard it was done by Nishio. Thanks for posting it, and also the SciFi Harry op, which I’d only seen in bad quality before. I’ve already watched it probably almost twenty times already, but this time I noticed all the little details I hadn’t seen before. It was like seeing it for the first time. I love that thing. I’ve already watched it three times back to back. Makes me hungry for Wanwa. So thanks.

And you’re exactly right for which part Honda did in the Naruto movie. It’s by far the most interesting scene in the film, animation-wise. I can’t get enough of the scene - the folds, the details, that awesome swagger. Very nice rewatch value. The scene he did in Beck has a lot of the same feeling as the Bar scene, but shorter.

And I’ve also heard about those two female animators you mentioned, but I also don’t know details about what they did. If I ever find out I’ll do a write-up about all the good female animators.

09/08/05 @ 11:59