Friday, August 27, 2010

well, I must be leaving now. Satoshi Kon.

Satoshi Kon 1963-2010

I have been meaning to make a post of this ever since it happened but I wanted to be sure on specifics and obtain more info before I did. However, after reading what I'm about to share with you, I feel that now is as good of a time as ever. I would like to apologize for how jumbled this may seem, but it is hard to think straight at the moment.

On Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, in my eyes, one of the greatest animation directors of our time passed on into the next world. Satoshi Kon was at the young age of 46 when he died, to the surprise of many, due to pancreatic cancer.

I could go on an on about why I love his films, and which one is my favorite (Millennium Actress), and how Perfect Blue was one of the films that inspired me to do what I do today- but instead I would like to point your attention to his farewell letter. Before he left us, Satoshi Kon wrote a rambling letter (which has been so generously, and nicely, translated by to his friends and family.

Perfect Blue

Millenium Actress

I urge- even beg all of you to read this letter as it is a beautiful look into the mind of someone who has come into the realization that they have so little time left on earth. About half way through I began to cry, it felt like I was watching him slowly die (as it is a long letter) but cruelly sitting back and doing nothing to stop his inevitable fate. The letter was posthumously posted on his blog for those of you who can read Japanese. But if you need an english translation, you can go here; Makiko Ito has also provided some translation notes for things that may seem confusing.

My classmates and I were incredibly fortunate to have met Satoshi Kon when his film Paprika appeared a couple of years ago, and listening to him speak was like admiring a vast amazing landscape; all you can do is stare, and hope that you remember every last detail when it's time to leave.


For those of you who are wondering what will happen to his film due out soon Dream Machine, we can only sense a bittersweet emotion in that if it is completed will it truly be his work? But if not, we can only speculate as to what wonders it would have shown us.

Dream Machine

In the end he chose to gracefully leave us and this world behind him. And while his final sentence may read to be a casual goodbye, it hits you as profoundly and sturdily as the gravity that draws our feet to the ground:

Well, I must be leaving now.

Mr Kon,

(You can read a nice brief obituary at the NYTimes website)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

seasonal wardrobe

Taking a bit of a break from the Do You Dream In Color? work; thought I'd do some more clothing concepts for the two main characters in my next short, Arrival.

There's one sequence in the film where they go through a whole slew of different events so I've been thinking of having their clothes change with the seasons. With that being said, I haven't decided if I want their clothes to constantly be changing even outside of this sequence or if I want them to have that standard one outfit. It's a tough one! I love drawing clothes but I also understand the practicality of having a main style. This also justifies why I didn't go to crazy with some of the ones shown here.

Almost done with rough animation on DYDIC?!!! :D

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

sleeping with the sea

New sketches based on that other film idea I have, which by the way now has a name!

Vai Moana: Sleeping with the Sea

I probably won't be able to do anymore actual work on Arrival until the end of the year, unfortunately. Things are happening!! But expect for the new year an ABUNDANCE of story board shots and maybe even some...dare I say...ACTUAL BACKGROUNDS??

The Do You Dream In Color spots have to be done by Nov-December ish so I'll be consumed in that (Rough animation 70 percent done! wahoo!!! Can I finish by my deadline for next weekend?? Fingers crossed...). So since I won't be able to really work on Arrival for the time being, I figure I can just play around with whatever ideas I feel like; I'm really running with the direction the story is taking with this one and can't wait to really get it moving (in about...oh say... 6 years?)

So just as an idea- here are my projected completion dates dates (worst case scenario haha) -_-;

1) Do You Dream In Color?: Fall 2010 (released in 2011)
2) Arrival: Fall 2012 or Summer 2013
3) Vai Moana: 2016

So... ya'll are just gonna have to wait patiently. Animation is werk!! ::hands on hips::

I've been advised by some people to make shorter funnier content with faster turnaround periods- But I have to say I love this whole process, and while of course I would love these things to be done tomorrow, I wouldn't trade any of the time I spend on it for the world....

What do you think? Short and funny- Fast! Or- slow and heartfelt with a little patience?