Hayao Mizaki

Hayao Mizaki is the director of the Japanese animation studio Ghibli. He is a huge inspiration to me, his works are the kind of animation that I would say "even adults will cry when watching them". His movie always touch the core of human emotion. He knows how to deal with the plot, the situation of the movie to strip the characters' feeling to their most honest stage. Although the topic is always about the heroines defeat the "bad", but the "bad" here is no more mainstream as just merely "bad" villian. They could be anyone, even good people- stories about good people win the bad inside them. That's how the "bad" is defeated in his movie. A very straight forward and effective way of showing and convey the realistic and balance in the movie to children (and remind adults to live honestly with their feelings). Below is Hayao Mizaki's quotes that I found very inspiring for my process of creating the plot for children animaion (that could make adults cry):

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.”

“Personally I am very pessimistic. But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can't help but bless them for a good future. Because I can't tell that child, 'Oh, you shouldn't have come into this life.' And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.”

“I try to dig deep into the well of my subconscious. At a certain moment in that process, the lid is opened and very different ideas and visions are liberated. With those I can start making a film. But maybe it's better that you don't open that lid completely, because if you release your subconscious it becomes really hard to live a social or family life.”


More of his quotes could be read here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4263.Hayao_Miyazaki

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