The Royal Ocean Film Society präsentiert: ISAO TAKAHATA The other Master

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Today’s subject is the idea of a story filter or lens. Often utilized through genre, this idea is sometimes the very best method at getting to the heart of what your story is really about. So, let’s explore that idea- but rather than through genre- through animation. And let’s use the work of one of the of form’s greatest contemporary directors as our example.

For educational purposes only.

Interview w/Roger Ebert on ‚Grave of the Fireflies‘ –

Further Reading-
The Anime Machine by Thomas LaMarre –
AnimeLand w/Takahata –
Pile of Shame review of ‚Hols, Prince of the Sun‘ by Justin Sevakis –

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Downloadlink: OpenToonz

Die Software OpenToonz kann hier heruntergeladen werden!

„Since the software „Toonz“, which is the original version of OpenToonz, was first used for some cuts of Princess Mononoke, it has been used in the ink and paint, color design and digital composition process(*) of almost all of works of Studio Ghibli. After „Arrietty/The Secret World of Arrietty“, it was customized inside the company, and evolved to become more usable according to its production style.“



Studio Ghibli Software TOONZ GOES OPEN SOURCE

Interessante Pressemitteilung zur Kenntnisnahme:

The TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.

Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for  the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).

Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz).  Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.

OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim to have  research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.

With this agreement in place, Digital Video will move to the open source business model, offering to the industry commissioning, installation & configuration, training, support and customization services while allowing the animators’ community to use a state of the art technology at no cost.

Digital Video will also continue to develop and market a Toonz Premium version at a very competitive price for those companies willing to invest in the customization of Toonz for their projects. A comprehensive list of the new services available can be found at


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