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Animating the SpiritedJourneys and Transformations$
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Tze-yue G. Hu, Masao Yokota, and Gyongyi Horvath

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826268

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826268.001.0001

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Transforming the Intangible into the Real

Transforming the Intangible into the Real

Reflections on My Selected Animation Works

(p.26) Transforming the Intangible into the Real
Animating the Spirited

Koji Yamamura

University Press of Mississippi

Seven short animated films are examined by the auteur-animator as he self-reflects on their creations. Making animation is not only an extension of the pictorial and comic-like expression, but also the act of mystically creating movement to be perceived in the real. The artist shares his personal experiences during the animation making process including the unconscious imaginative realm that creeps into his creative thoughts. Technology may play an important part of the animation production but the author maintains that there is a deeper spiritual world where he is somehow drawn into when he is making animation. Spiritually, he feels the transcendence of the dualism of mind and matter during the creative process, and is able to unite the subconscious with reality. Citing motifs including natural, inorganic, or imaginative entities, the author demonstrates the influence of the psyche in his artistic expressions. To the artist, the spiritual assimilation aspects of his work are profound, complex, and illuminating.

Keywords:   subconscious, imagination, psyche, animation production, spiritual experience and animated expressions

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