Essay Idea: Hayao Miyazaki

As of yet, my initial idea involves exploring Japanese animation through Hayao Miyazaki in his philosophy and techniques that contrasts the Disneyan principles of animation. I will most likely take a specific example of his films to analyse more thoroughly.

Its still a rough idea that may be subject to some tweaking, as I'm still trying to gather more research material.


tutorphil said...

Interim Online Review 23/03/10

Hi Leo,

Okay - regarding your story idea, I think it could work well - but I have come caveats; 1) be sure that the snowman's story doesn't eclipse the performance of the fridge, and 2) you need to rethink your denouement; audience sympathies will inevitably be with the snowman and not the cantankerous fridge, so perhaps it should be it, and not the snowman that suffers some kind of retribution of consequences. Also, in terms of your minute structure, you have a lot to accomplish in that first act - establishing the snowman, establishing his plight, establishing the house, establishing the refrigerator... Act 2 is obviously the battle of wits between the fridge and the snowman... the one minute structure is there for 2 reasons - to promote clarity and concision, and also to ensure the task is manageable in the time permitted; if you move beyond this time limit - and you might - ensure you have good reason... tread carefully!

See following post for some specific guidance re. the proper relationship between your introduction and the main body of your discussion...

tutorphil said...

Use your introduction* to state clearly the investigative intention of your written assignment and the means by which you are going to support your discussion; for instance:

‘This essay will investigate the animated films of The Brothers Quay in relation to Freud’s theory of the Uncanny - with particular focus on Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990)…


‘The stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen is arguably the father of modern day cinematic fantasy. What follows is an investigation of his life and work in relation to the development of special effects…’

Stylistically, it is often clarifying to begin with a key-note quote or bench mark statement that sets the scene for the discussion… for instance:

‘… the Brothers Quay's works are independent of any definable genre; indeed, the imitation of their unique style which can be observed in films of other animators are a complimentary gesture to the auteur style they have developed. Throughout their opus, a continuity can be observed - Quays' devotion to the marginal, the nobody and the unnoticed, elevated into the sublime…’ (Buchan: 1996)

In her essay, Shifting Realities – The Brothers Quay – Between Live Action and Animation, Suzanne Buchan observes that other animators have imitated the unique style of the Brothers Quay. This investigation seeks to trace that influence by comparing their short 1986 film, Street of Crocodiles with Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)…

* If you can’t provide a succinct introduction for your discussion, chances are you’re not quite ready to write the essay. You need to make your argument clear – without one, you are submitting a ‘blancmange’.

When referring to a film for the first time, always give proper title (with capital letters!), release date and director; after that, you can use title only. Please check spelling of film title – if it’s a made-up word, the spell check won’t know the difference!

When referring to a person for the first time, use full name – after that, use surname only.

You must use Harvard Method for quotations!

Use footnotes for ‘additional’ information that is important or contextualizing but ‘outside’ of the main body of the essay.

Please double-space your written assignments!

You must provide a paper-copy at time of crit!

Leo Tsang said...

Right will be sure to keep those story concerns in mind, some tuning seems to be in order. Thanks for the feedback Phil.

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