ANM230 – Wk04

This week there was a screening of a 2D animated film called Grave for The Fireflies. As it was produced by Studio Ghibli, I was immediately excited about the film. However, what I saw left me with mixed feelings of awe and devastation. The story presented by the beautiful animation is a heart breaking one about the fates of two children during World War II who lose both their parents. The two central characters are Seita and Setsuko; rather, Seita is the main protagonist of the story who is the older brother taking care of his younger sibling Setsuko. From the beginning of the film, the grim mood is set as Seita is shown dying of hunger at a train station from which point the story goes back in time to show how he was brought to that point.

The style of the animation and the amount of detail put into it really corresponds to the theme and gives the story so much impact. Some scenes were drawn so vividly that it gave almost the amount of graphic and tragic content as an actual movie. The war environment was very well established through the background art and animation of the characters.

 

Bibliography

Anderson, Kyle. “Takahata Textbook: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES | Nerdist”. Nerdist. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 July 2017.

Ebert, Roger. “Grave Of The Fireflies Movie Review (1988) | Roger Ebert”. Rogerebert.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 July 2017.

ANM230 – Wk01

New trimester, new project; the break provided a breath of relief and relaxation from the workload bestowed upon us by the previous project but it is time to get back on track and excited for the new trimester!

During the first week, we were divided into new teams and briefed on the requirements for the studio 3 project. While we brainstormed the theme of our environment (which will be the main component of the project), as well as ideas for the character and story, we had a few variations. The first idea involved a clocktower and a steampunk kind of environment while the story centered around a character trying to restore the balance of time in his world. This idea also pushed forward our final idea to which I will arrive shortly. The second idea was set in Al Hamra; a city in Spain and revolved around an ancient Andalusian fountain, however story was not fully developed.  Finally, our main idea is set in a cyberpunk futuristic setting and inspired by the trailer of Cyberpunk 2077.

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To give it a unique look we decided to set it in the futuristic Dubai and incorporate some traditional Arabic elements such as Mashribiya patterns. Our character, who was initially derived from the Emirati tale of Umm Al Duwais will also feature clothing and artifacts reminiscent of the Arabic style. Here are a few conepts which I made for the Mashribiya designs.

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