Days While Making Children Society

Last Saturday, I went to Barbican to watch a ballet performance, Elizabeth. It explores Elizabeth I’s life and loves which weaves dance, music, text, and song into an opulent performance.

There is a nanny or butler stands in the stage to read the monologue and leading actors dancing follows the line. In this way, the body language is more understandable and quite inspiring for animation. For instance, people show arrogant, affection and other different emotions with dancing. One movement leaves me a deep impression which is a man walks confidently but he actually feels so humiliated.  The background is very simple, just one brown wall with wood texture. The background offers the stage an emptiness which is good for lighting. In some scenes, performers’ shadows appear on the wall.

I found watch different kinds of arts are very useful and inspiring. And the backyard of the Barbican is a really nice place to grab a beer.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a feature film written and directed by Isao Takahata who just past away this month.

I randomly saw a documentary online. It is three hours long about how the movie is made. I watched it for five minutes and paused it.  “I need to check out this director’s works. ” I was thinking. Then I spent one afternoon to watch this movie. The beautiful line quality, the colors have been chosen, those things have been mentioned too many times. I wouldn’t discuss more at here. It is an absolutely stunning piece of work.

Princess Kaguya’s story is like a life cycle of human being. We come to the planet and leave in the end. For Princess Kaguya, she is an outsider to the earth. Takahata leads us to see the world with her point of view. Many things become not judgemental at all. What’s right and wrong? Is it really a moral standard for everything?

In the documentary, Director Takahata used seven years to finish this film. When he was at work, he was so calm and wise. Sometimes, he even made some jokes about his own age. “I may die at the premiere day due to anxiety, ” he said, which is quite sad to see him made jokes about his own death now. I start to think about what makes him so calm? There are many issues with this film, money, time, and not enough people for animation.

I’m currently working on the children society project. The schedule is a little intense, each of us has two months to finish a minute animation. In the beginning, I also feel anxiety as my classmates and I couldn’t stop thinking about the schedule and animation at night. However, one day I just said to my friend “It doesn’t matter. Whether we will finish it or not with what level of quality. Those things are all not important. ” It is meaningless to be worried, the right thing to do is find the solution. By thinking about solutions, you can find calmness and be more efficient.

That’s Mr. Takahata’s impression to me in the documentary. He seems like a total outsider.