There’s a big love for Japanese animation. Some of the most detailed, imaginative work has poured out of Japan and one studio that stands above the rest for its warmth and compassion is the world renown, Studio Ghibli.
With the release of the studios first CG animated film, ‘Earwig and the Witch’, NGON wanted to consider the possiblities of recreating some of their most cherished family movies that so many generations had fallen in love with.
NGON wanted to create these remakes with not only scenes taken from the films to pay tribute, but also wanted to have an amount of storytelling. See if you can spot some of the easter eggs.
Studio Ghibli Inc.
A Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. The studio was founded on June 15, 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, after the success of Topcraft’s anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
1 ——– Branding
2 ——– Design + Art Direction
6 ——– 3D Conceptual Design
8 ——– 3D All-Type Visualisation
9 ——– Artworking
When it comes to Howl’s Moving Castle, trying to think of a scene to recreate came quite easy, as there’s nothing more iconic than the castle itself.
Keeping the same ideas and structure of the original, NGON wanted to add some extra epic into the mix by increasing the scale and including small details into the main build.
The challenge was to create a wasteland that gave a feeling of absence and desolation but compelling enough to have a certain level of vibrancy and intrigue.
Landscapes of this type are naturally quite neutral and the idea was to bring in more colour through the post-production phase without giving the impression of life.
Using Surface ID outputs allows for easy area masking and colour adjustments inside of Photoshop, which shows in the final design, adding in environmental effects and subtle enhancements to help the foreground pop.
Design + Direction + Output – NGON
F1.0 ——– NGON’s are like a concept.
They start with a single point that grow with guidance.
Adding structure and purpose within helps solidify the shape. Then refining with meticulous crafting, finally brings it to life.
We are bound by imagination. Limitless and forever evolving.