Journal Entry – Week 11 (long paper outline)

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Respond to prompt on this page. For instructions on how to submit a journal entry, please follow these instructions. FORMATTING FOR THIS WEEK: Use the title format “[FirstName] [LastName] LP Outline” and select the Category “Journal Entry – Week 11 (final pres outline)”

Final Presentation Outline

Review the final presentations guideline and grading rubric and submit an outline as a journal entry by next week. Your entry should include:

  • The name of the full feature film, short or TV series that you will be focusing on (it does NOT have to be a piece we discussed in class).
  • Why are you drawn to this film/show – because of its story? technique? aesthetic? political context? etc.)
  • An outline of elements you will be researching/analyzing/presenting (this can be done in the form of a list or in a paragraph).

If you choose to submit the optional journal entries below please use this formatting: Use the title format “[FirstName] [LastName] W11 (optional)” and select the Category Journal Entry – Week 11″

Journal Entry (Optional)

The following journal entry prompts are suggestions. Professors may come up with different ones for their individual course sections. 

Prompt 1

Watch the documentary/interview on Stan Brakhage or Robert Breer on Kanopy. After watching the film, summarize the approach of the artist you chose to the craft of filmmaking. Why do you think they were considered important in their time? How were they considered innovative?

Prompt 2

Review the trailer for “Fantastic Planet”. How would you describe the style of drawing and movement? Think of this film in the context of the other work we looked at this week, particularly the works aimed at a youth audience, like Ralph Bakshi’s work and “Yellow Submarine”.

Janeth Pu – LP Outline

Name of the Film:

  • The animated short film I’m choosing for my presentation would be Digimon Adventure: Our War Game, it comes after a previous movie named Digimon Adventure but is also based on the TV series of the same name. This movie received a direct sequel a year later named Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon, which had been based on the sequel series of the original animated TV Series

Why was I drawn to this film?

  • My reasoning for why this film drew my interest has to do with the simple animation style that Toei Animation had done for the film, not to mention how fluid it is in comparison to the TV Series where it was more strictly following the model sheets of the characters and some of the animations were rough for the series.
  • The story of the movie drew my interest as well, taking heavy inspiration from movies such as WarGames, Speed and the Y2K scare of the early 90s. The creator would use that inspiration to revolve it around Digital Monsters being the cause of the scare as one of the Digimon in the film caused the entire internet, computers, and clocks to go haywire for the entire world, it had also caused an error where a missle would be launched that would’ve posed a threat to everyone had it not been stopped by the Protagonists and their Digimon Partners.
  • The only notable symbolism within the movie would be the clocks and time that were displayed on computer screens, in reference to the Y2K Bug, where people feared that computers were unable to process the year 2000 due to it being unique in comparison to the year 1900, believing that it would cause all computers to stop operating, bring down infrastructures from companies and places that rely on computers, as well as the anticipation of an apocalypse thanks to people being misled that it would’ve caused a lot of damage.

What would I be researching about the short film:

  • The inspiration that the director had when making the film.
  • History of the Y2K Scare / Millenium Bug.
  • How the production of the film went / What the director initially thought about for the film’s story with covering the Millenium Problem.
  • The director being inspired by this film to create a film in the future similar to this one.
  • The short film being a reflection of an early era with technology and how it celebrated it.
  • The changes that the film went through when being adapted for English Audiences
  • How the film was able to be innovative in an aesthetic manner, with the director using the same style for his future films.
  • The art style of the film being unique in comparison to the more traditional anime art-styles from previous films.
  • Interview from the film director themselves. (For more information and research.)

Darryl Burns Long Paper Outline

Film: Redline

Slide 1 Focus: Short Summary

  • What the film is about?
  • Is it inspired by any other form of media?
  • Can I compare it to another film or series for those who haven’t seen it?

Slide 2 Focus: Why I decided on this film

  • What scene left the strongest impression on me?
  • What do I find appealing about the story?
  • How do I feel about the characters’ designs and or motives in the film?

Slide 3 Focus: Animation

  • What animation techniques they used that I could point out.
  • Any scene in particular that I would want to bring up.
  • The animation studio that worked on the film /any of their other works.

Slide 4 Focus: Characters

  • Compare some of the cast to characters people might recognize.
  • Their motivations / driving force in the film.
  • Who I would consider my favorite character in the film.

Slide 5 Focus: Production Story / Film turnout

  • How long was the film in production?
  • Was the film well received during its debut?
  • Was there any trouble during the production of the film?
  • Can I compare the production story to any other film or series?

Sofia Adinolfi LP Outline

outline/ project ideas MES 160 

The name of the full feature film, short or TV series that you will be focusing on (it does NOT have to be a piece we discussed in class). 

Why are you drawn to this film/show – because of its story? technique? aesthetic? political context? etc.) 

An outline of elements you will be researching/analyzing/presenting (this can be done in the form of a list or in a paragraph). 


Name: The Wind Rises 

Drawn to this film: Story and political context mainly – interesting, captivating, and an accurate portrayal of the Meiji era. Was drawn by technique as well (of course, it was made by studio Ghibli which always creates impressive feats of all 2D animation) although I do feel in a way that the animation technique in this film was weak in comparison to some of Studio Ghibli’s other films such as Ponyo. 

There was also an underlying “aesthetic” of: wind (the French quote that translates to English as “The wind is rising. We must try to live” makes a common reoccurrence throughout the film so we see that it is an obvious push for symbolism), and planes (the main character always sees planes in the sky whenever he looks at it; even more heavily portrayed than the French quote). 

(In fact, one thing I want to say about the symbolism of planes in the sky: The film had a very sad ending, and perhaps because the main character was always thinking about planes and in actuality nothing else seemed more important. The fact the main character always sees imaginary planes in the sky, distracting himself from any current situation, shows that underneath everything, his mind is actually far, far away, fixated on a dream that he can’t let go of and a horizon that only he can see and that he is constantly chasing. At a first glance, this dedication to a dream that is so special seems endearing and inspiring, but towards the end of the movie I found myself actually being able to view these constant visions of planes in a negative context and with slight disgust and disdain for the main character constantly seeing them as he prioritized that over everything and everyone else around him – including his own wife, which he even “unofficially” married in his own home because she found out she had not many days left to life (she had tuberculosis). 

Researching elements: 

1. Meiji Era 

2. Japanese planes/advancement of Japanese planes in the period between WWI and WWII 

3. German planes in the period between WWI and WWII 

4. Tuberculosis during that time period (1931-ish) and sanitariums 

5. Japanese marriage ceremonies 

6. Italian planes and Italian plane designers at the time 

7. See if any of the people in the animation were based on real people 

8. Check the French quote (see if it’s real) 

9. Research political views at the time to talk about see/ Japan’s lag in technological advancement (especially in the realm of aeronautics/aviation) 

10. Hayao Miyazaki’s/Studio Ghibli’s other works; make comparisons between art style and story 

11. Go back and research units in class; re-visit world war era animations as well as when we began learning about Japanese cartoons; reference the Japanese cartoons that tried to take Western elements to become popular overseas as well (ex. “Astro Boy”); compare the Western elements of some FURNITURE, ARCHITECTURE, CLOTHES, things we see emerging in Japan in the Meiji era, how much of it was a realistic depiction that was necessary simply because of the time period, was such a subject picked in order to bring familiarity and interest to Western audiences, etc.; main character’s trip to Germany – how it relates to that sort of thing with featuring other countries and more familiar things and whatnot 

12. Research the animation techniques specifically for this movie; I know it was only 2D frame-by-frame – no CGI –, but if I recall even a little bit correctly, Studio Ghibli puts a big emphasis on staying traditional even while beginning to enter the era of digital animation software – this movie released 2013, digital animation WAS becoming a thing – and I think that the keyframes of Studio Ghibli’s work are traced from paper drawings in some way that have been scanned, but I’m not sure. I have to research it. The animation itself almost looks like it WAS drawn on cels. 

13. Various objects from the movie that are sort of small and obscure but could of course always be brought up (need to research): 

a. Slide ruler 

b. Mackerel bone 

c. Various parts of plane (spars, ribs, strutting, ENGINE, etc.) 

d. Cars at the time 

e. Cigarettes at the time and their existence in Japan 

f. RAILROADS at the time; actually a HUGE thing to research 

g. Tokyo’s appearance at the time – is the movie faithful to it? Is it faithful from the evolution from the early Meiji period to the 1930s? 

h. The SPECIFIC planes that were built; were the planes that were invented in the movie really planes that existed at some point? 

Final Presentation Outline

Tamia Scarlett                                                                          

I will be researching and making my final Presentation about “Clone High” which is an animated TV show created by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence. The show aired for one season in 2002-2003 and gained a cult following for its humor and satirical take on high school life, featuring clones of historical figures attending high school together.

I am drawn to “Clone High” because it features a distinctive animation style characterized by its simple yet expressive designs. The characters have exaggerated features and movements, with a slightly angular and cartoonish appearance. The animation itself is fluid and dynamic, allowing for comedic timing and visual gags. The show combines traditional 2D animation with a mix of pop culture references and witty humor. Overall, its style is vibrant and playful, contributing to its unique appeal.

Things I will research about Clone High:

  • 2D animation style
  • What was idea or inspiration behind the show
  • What makes the style unique
  • The rise and fall of Clone High
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • The idea behind the style
  • The studio that produced Clone High

Krystalee Enderica LP outline

The film I chose for my Final Presentation is: “Princess Mononoke” by Hayao Miyazaki.

I am drawn to this film because of the aesthetic of the film, is so beautiful from the art to the music and the simplicity the film has, it captivated me, I love that this film has a lot of focus towards nature and its shown through the amazing backgrounds that incorporated realism to get a masterpiece. The story is also good, focusing more on the dispute between humans and nature and it gives this message of how humans can be greedy and want to take away everything forgetting that we as humans coexist with other species as well. This film managed to convey that message.

I will research:

  • the process behind the creation of the film
  • plotline and the concept art
  • the impact the film had overseas and national
  • the impact on the animation industry (in Japan)
  • impact it had on the company itself
  • the creation of the OST for the film
  • challenges while making the film
  • ghibli studios
  • Hayao Miyazaki