(Tales from Earthsea)
|Goro Miyazaki's Blog Translation (Page 30)|
3nd February 2006
Number 30 - A voice I shouldn't be able to hear...
Actually, yesterday I took half a day off.
Thinking that if I didn't take a rest now I'd never get over it,
I spent all morning sleeping at home.
Since I only wrote the other day "I can't possibly rest now", I feel ashamed of myself.
When I arrived at work at about half past two, completed key animation together with the layouts Mr. Momose had drawn were piled up on my desk.
Looking askance at this mountain, I sat down, and right away, I was called out because Mr. Okui, the cinematographer, was waiting for me. When I got back I was called out to an animation meeting with the key animators, and then next after that by Mr. Takeshige, the art director. Then I was called by the ink and paint division...
When all of the checking for each of the divisions was finished for the time being, I finally made a start on excavating that massive pile on top of my desk. I checked about fifteen cuts of completed key animation with Mr. Yamashita, the supervising animator, then checked 10-15 of Mr. Momose's layouts and then finally this tempest of a day was over.
Today we showed the rushes. The rushes are where every week on Friday, the whole staff view the completed footage, still without any sound, cut by cut.
I was thinking that I really had to write about last weeks rushes, and then I completely forgot about it. Because the rushes are like a final check, everybody watches them tensely, but last week a rare laugh occurred.
It was a scene where two old women are gossiping, but it was amazing.
Watching the movement, even though there were no lines attached, I could hear an old woman's voice whispering. "Hey, have you heard...?"
I felt that I had seen the starting point of animation: "Watching the pictures move is fun in itself"
The person who drew the key frames for this scene that made us feel that we could hear voices was Shinji Ohtsuka.
Mr Ohtsuka, there"s one more scene I definitely want you to do.
Please, I'm counting on you.
: or possibly "with a key animator". Japanese lack of plurals makes this hard to be sure.
: Veteran Ghibli animator. Key animator on just about every film since Totoro. Animation Director on Kiki's Delivery Service and Pom Poko.