Review of “From Idea to Film” (1979)


Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

Read in Starting Point.

The process of planning and revision in the production of animation.

A series of four essays. Speaking of commercial pressures upon the industry, Miyazaki often meanders away from the subject, deprecating inward-facing subgenres that fail to attract a new audience. He alleges, for instance, that mecha fans develop naturally to become “knee-jerk advocates of increasing Japan’s actual military strength”.

References here: Starting Point: 1979–1996 (1996/2009).

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