Your Name: director prefers and defends animations to live-action

Your Name: director prefers and defends animations to live-action

Your Name: director prefers and defends animations to live-action
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Makoto Shinkai is a name that is increasingly prominent not only in the Japanese film scene, but around the world. Known mainly for his work on Your Name (Kimi no Nawa) and the recent Weathering With You, the director recently stated that he prefers animations to live-action films.

The information was given during a press conference in Japan. Twitter user @otakucalendarjp translates:

“I want to value things that only anime can do.

I am often asked, “If you draw real Tokyo, why not make a live-action movie?”

In my opinion, even if you can shoot live, the run time will more than double.

For example, the number of blinks depends on the actor’s physiological sense. If you do this by assembling small puzzles in anime, you can increase the density of what you want to describe without unnatural flow in a limited time. And if you do a live-action, the impression will probably be half.

Although it is drawn realistically, the lighting and shadow are unique to the anime. The real pleasure of anime is to inspire the audience with the beauty of art and invite them into a dynamic visual world. “

With that statement, it looks like we won’t see Makoto working with real actors anytime soon.

Read more about Makoto Shinkai and his work at Cinema10.

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