The Hong Kong Heritage Museum on Wednesday opened an exhibition revealing the secrets behind the world-renowned films of Japanese animation maestros Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Organized by the museum in cooperation with Japan’s Studio Ghibli and Ghibli Museum, the exhibition “Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation” presents more than 1,300 original layout designs of their famous works, including those for the “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” which will be shown in Hong Kong theaters this summer.
The organizers hope the exhibition will give visitors a better understanding of the unique aspects and challenges of making Japanese animation films, as well as insights into the aesthetics of Japan.
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by Miyazaki, now 73, and Takahata, 79, who made classic animation movies that have won awards in various international film festivals and have become a beloved part of the popular culture, according to an introduction to the exhibit on the museum’s website.
Shunning digital technology, Takahata and Miyazaki insisted on using the traditional method of hand-drawn animation to produce their movies. A layout is used to illustrate the director’s ideas on the scenes of the movie, including the arrangement of colors, positions and motions for subsequent production to ensure continuity.
The exhibition runs until Aug. 31.
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