Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"5 Centimeters per Second"

Subject: Noir
Makoto Shinkai, the solo-working prodigy who brought us "Voices of a Distant Star" & "The Place Promised in Our Early Days", has apparently been working on a new project, "5 Centimeters per Second". Which I've only sort of vaguely remembered hearing anything about. Go figure.

Well, ANN posted the official site link (click the title; it's in Japanese of course), and that the site says there's going to be a screening in March. So maybe there's hope of seeing it here in the States by the end of the year? Dunno.

Anyway, I like his approach so far; very simple and elegant. And the fact that he's able to do so much of it on his own (though I don't know the details behind the production of this one as to whether he's continuing the trend or not) is pretty good evidence that there are a lot of good tools out there to enable somebody with talent to get their "vision" out there independently.

4 comments:

Nicholas said...

Just to reduce the misinformation, truthfully, neither "Voices of a Distant Star" nor "Place Promised in Our Early Days" were solo projects.

With "Voices of a Distant Star", TENMON provided the music and his wife provided the voice acting of the female lead in the original dub. And the company that funded him for the film provided stock sound effects. Still, it's practically is a solo effort since Shinkai did everything else, including story boarding, direction, animation, computer effects, and voice acting of the male lead in the original dub!

In "The Place Promised in Our Early Days", he had an entire animation team behind him, though his name is repeated in the credits 30 or so times, so his touch is still all over the film.

"5 Centimeters per Second" looks to be the same where he has help with an animation team. But it still has his touches all over it.

Fellini 8.5 said...

Thanks, nicholas. I remember watching the extras in "Place Promised" and I guess the impression of a "solo" effort still stuck regardless of the facts. Good stuff overall.

Nicholas said...

Yeah. As I said, he practically did "Voices of a Distant Star" alone. If you've looked through the extras on "VoDS", you should find "She and Her Cat", which he did a few years before Voices and, again, had his wife do two lines by the female lead and TENMON did the music, but it was truly an independent effort where he was still working for a game company when he made it. It's five minutes long and in black and white.

You can also find "Other Worlds" or "Toi Sekai" on youtube, which is the earliest work I've seen from him. No voice acting, only subtitled, with a classical song in the background, and it's only 1.5 minutes long. That one is definitely a solo work.

If you search for his name, you can also see game intros and animated music videos he's done on YouTube.

Yeah.... I'm a huge fan of him. If you look on my anime weblog, you should recognize the images I use in the header... ;)

Fellini 8.5 said...

"She and Her Cat" was quite cool; I've been a long-time viewer of independent short animation from all over, so when I saw it on the disc, I went straight for it. I'm pretty sure I blogged it a long time ago, but this is just a drive-by quick comment, so no time to search. :P