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NHK Arrietty Documentary

Raw unsubtitled footage from NHK's Arrietty documentary is available on the web.

Chapter 1: Director's Chair

(2:56) (The two are checking Yonebayashi's animation of Gran Manmare in Ponyo)
Miyazaki: She is not sexy enough. You know the God in the fresco painting of the Sistine Chapel. (he seems to be suggesting that Yonebayashi should draw her like this painting.)
Yonebayashi: I don't know it.
Miyazaki: Do study. (laughs)

(8:30) Examples of Yonebayashi's work at Studio Ghibli.

(10:05) Megumi Kagawa (Chief Animator) asks: Did Miyazaki-san check this?
Yonebayashi: No.
Kagawa: Really?!?

(12:34) Miyazaki: I did not check the e-konte (storyboards) because I asked, "Do you want me to check it?" and he answered "No".
Yonebayashi: You said, "I don't want to check it".
Miyazaki: Though I don't know how power Maro has, I entrust him with all of Ghibli.
Yonebayashi: I am troubled.

(18:20) The first rush film check. But Yonebayashi cannot judge it.

Chapter 2: Strong Pressure as A Director

(14:23) An editing staff member points out a mistake to Yonebayashi. A character is halfway up a ladder during a camera change and in the next scene is standing on the upper floor. Yonebayashi decides to add a scene of Arrietty climbing the ladder and he will draws it.

(16:45) Yonebayashi: All failure is my responsibility. I'm always sorry. But I cannot but believe that I'm making an interesting thing.

Chapter 3. The Death of The Coworker - The title refers to Yoshifumi_Kondō

(1:00) Miyazaki: It is my moderation that I do not hold out a hand to him. You can't understand how much I must endure it. As a director one's judgment is the final decision.

(6:20) Miyazaki: After that (Whisper of the Heart), he got old suddenly and died suddenly at 47. I feel I handed the end to him. I'm sorry...

Chapter 4: Each Final Stage

(1:48) Miyazaki understands that out of the staff Yonebayashi is the most tired. Miyazaki talks to Yonebayashi but they do not discuss the film.

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 14:05, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Ghibli's and Miyazaki's Next Feature Films

The September issue of "Cut" magazine features a 20,000-characters long interview with Miyazaki. Some abstracts:

  • After Ponyo, Miyazaki told the staff his plan to create two films in three years and that he would take planning responsibility (preparing a project proposal paper, forming the staff, and writing a script).
  • "If two rookie directors, though one is not a true rookie, become good, they becomes a valuable property for Ghibli. Though Suzuki-san says, "You make a film after them." If Maro makes a (second) film, Ghibli will be more stable."
  • "Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli. No joke, we talked about it the other day." This dissolution program changes if Arrietty succeeds.
  • "For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye'. I do not have to be there."
  • "Though I don't know how it will be, I'd like to create a more positive boy (than Sho) in the next movie what we are preparing now. Though the leading character is a girl again."
  • "I wrote two scripts in two years."
  • Miyazaki is always thinking about a tragic story of a boy. However, he wants to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" because a tragic boy's story is very difficult. Miyazaki says, "But it (Porco) is not connected in the future."
  • "When I read James Joyce's Dubliners, I think the boys are not blessed. (laughs) I can really understand how literature of the 20th century captured the tragic characteristics of boys."
  • (about Miyazak's next film) "I'm not thinking about a movie of a girl."

"I think that I must think about only a movie of a boy."
"I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy."
"So I want to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie". I have all its materials."
"It should be interesting."
"It is set for Spanish Civil War."

  • "If next two films succeed and Suzuki-san lets me make it (Porco) while saying, 'It cannot be helped because it's a hobby of the old man', I'm happy. It's my hobby."
  • "I had thought about the possibility of "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" in the morning. But before Shibuya-san (the interviewer) come here, I thought 'It's not good after all, It's just my hobby.'"

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 17:03, 21 August 2010 (UTC)

Tales from Earthsea English Dubbing Interview

SFGate.com interviewed first-time English dub director Gary Rydstrom. The name might not be familiar but his employer (Pixar) might ring a few bells. Tales from Earthsea opens in select US cities this Friday.

--LLin 05:17, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Yonebayashi and Miyazaki Interviews

Studio Ghibli blogger Nishioka announced that a 10 episode series of interviews with Yonebayashi and Miyazaki begins next week on the Arrietty video blog. Yonebayashi's six episodes were recorded last September while Miyazaki's four episodes were recorded last October.

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 05:58, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

Takahata On Suzuki and Yonebayashi (UPDATE: URL fixed)

Suzuki revealed that he was scolded by Takabata after Arrietty production finished. (20:25)


Takahata said to Suzuki "I and Miya-san made a feature film after gaining experience on a 20 minute [per episode] TV series many times. It is impossible to put him in such situation suddenly." Yonebayashi says "Well said! (laughs)"

Thanks to T.ISHIKAWA for the translation.

-- Mrgazpacho 07:07, 5 August 2010 (UTC)