I'm currently doing a stop motion animation, the style is a traditional Japanese 'Willow Plate' love story and the characters are constructed using paper sculpture and origami techniques. Anyway, as part of the project I'm doing a case study about how Traditional Japanese culture may have influenced todays directors, animators and the film industry in general. And with the release of award winning films such as memoirs of geisha, is traditional culture starting to play a bigger part in the industry?
If anyone has any opinions or comments I'd love to hear them for my research.
I've been thinking about it, and maybe Traditonal Japan is becoming more popular in the UK within the animation industry, cos I've seen quite a few Japanese and geisha inspired shorts & adverts in festivals but i can't name any that are 'Commercially' popular. My main inspirations have been the works of Kihachiro Kawamoto & 'Screenplay' by Barry Purves. Popular Films like 'crouching tiger', 'hero', etc are all beautiful and have a sense of traditional culture but i dont know if this has influenced the animation industry yet??