Ga-Nime is a new imaged visual film project from Toei Animation and Gentosha Co. By carefully mixing narrations and sound effects to still artworks, the creator's individuality is drawn out, faithfully re-producing their original intents. Expression technique varies by title, surfacing artist’s individualisms through original painting, photography, computer graphic and comic art. Different from “animation,” Ga-Nime is a new collaborative film genre with a “hand made” charm.
New Film Genre Which Transmits the Thoughts and Senses of the Creators
Most animations are products of many animators involvement. Director, Screenplay Writer, and the Creator’s participations are required, but the many animators who meticulously draw out each and every scene are indispensable. In contrast, Ga-Nime focuses on the creator’s individualism, where very small number of creators generates the film. In many cases, a single artist/creator is all that is required to formulate the visuals of the film. Each “scene” is created by the artist him/herself, and not by a group of animators or production staff of a movie studio, and some may argue that this approach is too rich for film making. Similarly, it’s also hard to overlook the fact that narrations and sound effects are created by the individual artists themselves. In short, Ga-Nime’s unique selling point is that each film is created through the collaborations and expressions of the individual artists. Ga-Nime, a new entry into the film world, is borne through the many crashes, conversions and the inspirations of the individual artists him/herself.
Beautiful Images Woven by Lavish Creators
Introducing the participating creators/artists,
- Yoshitaka Amano for “Tori No Uta”
- Shutaro Oku for “Maihime” (Original Novel by Ohgai Mori & Artworks by Akisa Furuya) and “Joseito” (Original Novel by Osamu Dazai & Artworks by Tadashi Kohzu)
- Shohei Yamashita for “H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories’”
- Seiichi Hayashi for “Sekishoku Elegy” (Artwork & Music Directions by Morio Agata
- Toshiyuki Kimura for “Kaii Monogatari” (Original Novel by Yu Saruta)
- Shiroh Sano for “Tsuyu No Hitoshizuku” (Photography by Shoji Ueda)
- Masaaki Fukushi for “Highway Jenny” (Music by Kenichi Asai)
- Koji Fukada for “Zakuro Yashiki ‘La Comédie Humaine’ Balzac” (Artworks by Takeshi Fukazawa)
- Sakutaro Hagiwara for “Neko Machi” (Prints by Etsuko Kanaida)
- Keita Amemiya for “G – 9”
- Yasutomo Nakai for “Yohshohmei Bijutsukan Line”
- Toshikazu Nagae for “Eco Eco Azarac” (Original Novel & Artworks by Shinichi Koga).
In some cases, it takes an entire year to create a Ga-Nime, since a strong sense of craftsmanship exists which transcends the business aspect of film making. Ga-Nime straightforwardly expresses what the artists envision. Three years has passed since Ga-Nime broke ground, and it continues to dig deeply into the sole of each scene, striving to create new visual sensations to the film world.
Searching for New Possibilities Through the Borderless Developments
In Ga-Nime, there are no rules. The reason is simple: it is unnecessary to place restrictions to an artist's expression. The existing 14 titles has gathered artists, actors, cameraman, etc. who are very well established and respected within their own genres. And despite this grand beginning, Ga-Nime is currently auditioning for artworks and ideas, without restrictions to age, nationality or their professional status (amateurs are also welcomed to submit entries). Ga-Nime’s intent is to judge solely on its creativity and the level of the art entries, and the winners will ultimately have their artworks/ideas showcased on Ga-Nime’s official website. And in some cases, commercialization of these ideas will also be considered, potentially being teamed by an established creator. This type of grass-roots activity eliminates the self established boundaries of “categories,” and the author can feel the passion and the sincerity behind Ga-Nime’s movements.