Monday, 21 August 2017

CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI!

Ghibli! pastel and pencil, 50 x 70cm

As part of the month-long Celebrate Studio Ghibli, I've been invited to create a special poster for the event by both Madman Entertainment (the Australian distributor with whom I worked on The Lost Thing) and Studio Ghibli in Japan. The brief: create anything you like in the spirit of the studio's films, but in your own style. Too much inspiration to choose from! Well, if I have to choose, I've always been fascinated by character Kamaji, who stokes the bath house boiler in Spirited Away: I imagined he would be the ideal multi-tasking projector operator in a Ghibli universe, assisted of course by a young girl – a favoured protagonist of so many Ghibli films – and a few hundred archivist soots. 

I also love the working drawings of Ghibli studio artists, from concept art to loose storyboards, and how the liveliness of hand-rendering lies at the heart of so much Ghibli animation, and so wished to pay tribute to this craft in my own way, keeping the image fresh and sketchy.

CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI is a month-long event that will show screenings across cinemas in Australia and New Zealand, from August 24th to September 20th, 2017, and I will be briefly introducing one of my all-time favourites Totoro at the opening night in Melbourne. A rare opportunity to see all the studio's work on the big screen.

For more info, and also how to acquire a poster, visit Madman's site, https://www.madman.com.au/news/madman-presents-celebrate-studio-ghibli/


15 comments:

  1. Hey Shaun, long time fan, thanks for keeping up this blog really enjoy it! Also, just wanted to give you a heads up, looks like your website is currently down, FYI. -Stephen thehabitoseeing.com

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  2. Hey Shaun!Hoping everything go fine your way!Years ago I've read that some people in the movie business in Hollywood were interested bringing "The Arrival" on big screen but also you not wanting this movie being "processed" as the usual Hollywood movies with an happy ending and stuff...what happened since about this project ? I was dreaming "The Arrival"being directed by someone working closely with you and having a very strong personality,someone between Federico Fellini and Terry Gilliam , what do you think ?

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    1. Hi Demiguel, yes, there has been discussion of The Arrival as a film for many years, and that remains active. I agree that a visionary and unique director is the way to go, and also a certain restraint, which is lacking in many big studio films; the need to privilege ideas over budget. So far the development is promising, we will see what evolves.

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    2. Thanks for the answer Shaun.Yeah,Emptiness between things is a tricky business in Hollywood ...kind of a research for a new Yasujiro Ozu trying to make a new "Star wars"movie.

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  3. And yes the Hayao Miyazaki 's sketchy drawing line style espacially for his storyboards remind me the one I scrutinized in your sketchbooks .

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  4. Sort of makes good sense if Totoro is your all time favourite.
    Personally I am inclined to name 'Whisper of the Heart' as my favourite-movie of all the great movies from Studie Ghibli.

    Sidetracking a bit: Do you like the movies of Makoto Shinkai?

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    1. Am familiar with 'your name' which was very impressive, should look at more. I also think the Tale of Princess Kaguya is one of Ghibli's best, more emotionally engaging than most live action dramas on similar themes.

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  5. I am your fan in Japan!I like 千と千尋の神隠し(Spirited Away).how nice this picture is!

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  6. Shaun! Thank you for your amazing poster and your words at the Melbourne opening last night. You put in to words what I know about Miyazaki movies but have never known how to express - they are most definitely a mindfulness experience. Just being present and watching every minute detail without expecting anything of the film is what I love so much and you helped me find the way to express that. I am attending a screening of each of the movies in the Celebrate Studio Ghibli festival and last night's opening was the best way to kick it all off. Thank you!

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  7. Thanks, much appreciated. It also clicked with me to hear Miyazaki speak of the concept of 'ma', or emptiness between things, which characterizes the texture of real life and thought. It also explains the appeal of picture books and quiet comics, I realize. Doesn't preclude a nice explosion either! But gives you time to react, with more than just reflex. Enjoy the festival! Such a great chance to see these films on the big screen with enthused fans.

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    1. Studio Ghibli co-produced the almost silent animated film "The Red Turtle"...

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  8. Hi Shaun,

    I have been a very enthusiastic fan of your work for years, your books are such a powerful source of inspiration for what I'd like to share as an illustrator.
    Last year I showed the red tree to a friend as we were discussing depression ; I recently found out that he got a copy to a friend of his who's studying drama therapy in New York. She was so touched by it that she brought it to school and now all of her promotion got a copy for their future cabinets!
    Thank you immensely for the work you put out there, it makes a difference. I thought you'd be happy to know that your stories travel and get shared!

    - Louise

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  9. Thanks, that's terrific to hear about.

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