The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series:
Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Thematic Galleries 3,4, 5 and Orientation Theatre
14 May 2014 - 31 August 2014
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum with cooperation of Studio Ghibli and Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
Solely Sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by renowned animation directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki. The Ghibli’s animation films have been well received by worldwide audience, have won awards in various international film festivals and become a beloved part of popular culture.
As opposed to the widely used digital technology in arts nowadays, Takahata and Miyazaki insisted on producing their animation films basically by the traditional method of hand-drawn animation. This exhibition comprises over 1,300 items of layout design selected from works by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki throughout their careers. A layout, being regarded as the blueprint of an animation film, is used to illustrate the director’s ideas on the outlook of the scenes, including the arrangement of colors, positions, motions, etc. for subsequent production to ensure the continuity, In this exhibition, the whole history of Studio Ghibli layout production will be on display, ranging from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to the latest released The Wind Rises and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Exhibits are drawn from the company’s popular major works. Layouts from the early works and TV series produced before the founding of the company such as Heidi a girl of the Alps are also featured for a comprehensive view of their achievement.
Through these layout designs visitors can come to a better understanding of the production process of animation films. In addition to being the director’s vision to create effective animation, each layout can also be appreciated individually as a work of fine art. Through this exhibition, viewers will understand the secrets that make their works so enchanting.
Due to the limited spaces at the public carpark of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors are advised to come by public transport on peak days, i.e. weekends and public holidays.
To coincide with this exhibition, film screenings and music performance will be held at the Theatre on 1/F on the following dates:
21 August 2014 (Thursday) 3:30 pm
Arrietty, 94 mins (Cantonese, without subtitle)
24 August 2014 (Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:30pm
An Odyssey of Film Music from Hayao Miyazaki's Animations
Performing group: Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band
Admission slips will be distributed from 10 am on performance dates on the museum's ground floor. Please show your "Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation" special exhibition admission ticket, "Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation" & "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time" Combined Ticket or valid Museum Pass to get maximum 2 admission slips for each person, free seating and first come first served.
The programmes are free of charge for a maximum of 320 participants per programme and admitted by admission slips.
Programmes are subject to change or cancellation without prior notices.
To coincide with this exhibition, a series of special programmes will be organised in this quarter.
From 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).
Inclement Weather Arrangements
Public guided tour arrangements:
When typhoon signal no. 8 or above is hoisted, all public guided tours will be cancelled. If the signal is lowered 3 hours or more before the tours commence, the tours will be conducted as scheduled. When the black rainstorm warning is issued during normal opening hours, all guided tours in progress will continue. For those which have not started will be cancelled. If the black rainstorm warning is lowered 3 hours or more before the tours commence, the tours will be conducted as scheduled.
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