Jim Chen : Week 2 Post – Makoto Shinkai

Here’s a small commercial that Makoto Shinkai did for a college prep school Z-Kai:

Makoto Shinkai has done a few films like “5 Centimeters per second” that have received worldwide acclain. His style centers around portraying subtle emotion and complex concepts such as like relationships, love, happiness and ineveitability.

Interestingly, he accomplishes this through extensive use of environments (wonderfully drawn) and relatively minimal cuts of character interation. This kind of absence of action coupled with the use of internal monologue and inclusion of largely static but beautiful scenes creates a sense of isolation for the characters which work to make every interaction’s meanings much more complex. It’s very interesting to see how animating landscape scenes still can go a long way in storytelling.


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