Hayao Miyazaki is the legendary grandfather of cinematic anime, and in a stunning reversal of his 2013 retirement, he will be entering the world of animation for one last heist of our hearts and imaginations. With such timeless classics as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke, his legacy is both cherished and timeless. Nobody could fault him for wanting to take it easy in his late 70’s.
Even in his off time, Miyazaki proved industrious, working on the adorable CG short, Boro the Caterpillar (Kemushi no Boro), which premiered at the widely popular Studio Ghibli Museum last summer. However, the experience confronted him with thoughts of his impending mortality at age 76.
With many of Miyazaki’s closest colleagues and friends in the animating world having passed away, Miyazaki wants to make use of the time he has left to keep creating, but he’s acknowledging that he will need assistance from younger generations of artists in order to realize his last great film.
Studio Ghibli is searching for those who can “bring a youthful vitality” to the upcoming film. Specifically, they need animators who specialize in Inbetweening ( the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image.) and artists who can draw background art.
Anyone can apply regardless of gender or nationality, but you must be 18 year of age or older and have considerable skills in the Japanese language to ensure ease of communication. Veteran animators will also be considered in the selection process.
Applicants must send in a resume, submit two original, B4-Sized, hand drawn works with specific instructions in Japanese on the studio’s website. No inquiries will be accepted via telephone or email. There will also be both a practical exam and interview aspect for prospective candidates.
You can access all the information here. Applicants must submit no later than July 20th, 2017.
For animators and visual artists, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the most celebrated and acclaimed person in the world of anime. Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it can be assumed that the lucky and talented chosen few will be privy to all sorts of wisdom and secrets from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.