”Koji’s World of Animation” 
Documentary on the Japanese animation director Koji Yamamura, Oscar nominee and grand-prize winner in 6 major festivals.

Trailer
vimeo.com/mikumo/kwa (PW: sample)

Director : Nicolás Guarín
Animation Director : Koji Yamamura
Producer, DP : Tsuyoshi Ishihara

Synopsis
Although famous in the international animation scene, Koji Yamamura is not popular in his native Japan. During his 20’s, Koji quit his job as a background artist, rejecting a mainstream career in Japan’s “anime” industry. Instead he founded his own company, Yamamura Animation, which went on to produce award-winning animated films for over 30 years. Now 52-years old, Yamamura remains active after having produced over 20 films. The film will document the making of his new project and introduce audiences to the life, work and mind of this great Japanese animator.

Estimated length
52 / 90min

Format
Shoot in 4K and release in FullHD

Status
In development

Genre
Art & Culture

Place of filming
Japan(Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima) / France(Annecy)

Project Description
This documentary will do an intimate biographical portrait of Koji, show the complete making-of process of his first feature film, and follow his daily life in Japan and in the trips he makes to film festivals around the world. On the biographical side, the documentary will tell the story of Koji’s life – from his childhood until today – with a combination of autobiographical animated scenes and archival footage. In this narrative strand, we will see how Koji makes, almost only by himself, a new wonderful piece of animation all inside his studio. Other animators, critics, and historians will take part in the documentary during interviews and scenes. In this narrative strand, we will see in direct cinema style scenes, how Koji makes, almost only by himself, a new wonderful piece of animation all inside his studio: from the drawings in pencil, to coloring using ink and brushes, to the scanning, and the editing. Other animators, critics, and historians will take part in the documentary during interviews and scenes in direct cinema style. They will interact with Koji and answer some questions like: What they think about the Koji’s work? What are their views on the contemporary animation scene? What they think about the animation being made in Japan? And, why it is important to have “authors” like Koji in the animation world? This documentary expands the limits of what we know as animation.

For further information, please contact at Tsuyoshi Ishihara (ishihara@mikumopictures.com)

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「山村アニメーションの世界へようこそ」
アカデミー賞ノミネートのアニメーション作家、山村浩二を特集するドキュメンタリー

予告映像
vimeo.com/mikumo/kwa (パスワード: sample)

監督:ニコラス・グアリン
アニメーション監督:山村浩二
プロデューサー・撮影:石原毅

シノプシス
山村浩二は美しく空想的な短編映画を伝統的なアニメーション技法で制作するアニメーターとして国際的に知られているが、母国ではそれほど知名度がない。アニメ業界で主流のキャリアを追わず、20代に勤めていた会社を退社し「ヤマムラアニメーション」を設立。以来30年、20作品以上制作し今尚活躍し続けている。本作は彼の新しい映画の制作過程を記録し、山村浩二の人生、作品、思考を紹介するドキュメンタリー映画である。


52分 及び 90分

フォーマット
4Kにて撮影、完成はフルHD

ステイタス
企画開発中、一部撮影開始

ジャンル
芸術文化 

撮影予定地
日本(東京、横浜、広島)、フランス(アヌシー)