Hayao Miyazaki: Auteur Essay

1142 Words Mar 22nd, 2013 5 Pages
“I never read reviews. I'm not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators.”- Hayao Miyazaki.

The director is responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film. They develop the vision for a film and carry the vision out, deciding how the film should look. The director may also be heavily involved in the writing and editing of the film, as well as managing the script into a sequence of shots, coordinating the actors in the film and supervising musical aspects. The Auteur Theory suggests that films contain certain characteristics or ‘signatures’ that reflect the director’s individual style and give a film its personal and unique stamp. Hayao Miyazaki is one such auteur whose entertaining plots, compelling characters
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Miyazaki’s fascination with aviation occurred when he was a boy as he always sketched the planes and military equipment of the U.S. Occupation around him. His hobby of sketching planes lead to his mastery in directing animation.

Hayao Miyazaki founded the production company Studio Ghibli with fellow animator Isao Takahata in 1985 after his first original story Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was both written and directed from his own ideas had gained praise and national recognition. Miyazaki’s visual style has set a new standard in filmmaking in more ways than one. Miyazaki’s films are most notable for their traditional hand drawn animation as he states, "hand drawing on paper is the fundamental of animation." Hayao Miyazaki is often hailed as the Japanese Walt Disney because of his stories told throughout his films that illustrate a vivid world of imagination. However, what sets Miyazaki apart from other animation directors is his ability to unconsciously imbed positive underlying themes into his stories. Miyazaki maintains his commentaries are not deliberately imbedded into his films—that they are unconscious concerns forever on the director’s mind—but he also insists that theme is more important than technique.

Miyazaki faces hardships in the directing industry because of his particular visual style of traditional hand drawn animation. Many of

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