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Mixing work with pleasure: my life at Studio Ghibli

By: Suzuki, Toshio.
Contributor(s): Speares, Roger [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2017Description: 235 p.: col. ill. Includes bibliography.ISBN: 9784866580227.Subject(s): Sutajio Jiburi - Kabushiki Kaisha | Motion picture producers and directors | Japan | Friendship | Animation - CinematographyDDC classification: 791.430232092 Summary: This is the story of Studio Ghibli covering the three decades following its founding in 1985 as told by Toshio Suzuki, the acclaimed producer of the box office hits Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and others. Based on the author’s innate curiosity about everything around him and the considerable resources that he accumulated over thirty years, it is the story of what took place behind the scenes at Ghibli films and the human tale of the staff that devoted themselves to filmmaking, told with the author’s distinctive touch and sense of humor. Suzuki’s first encounter with animation came after he joined Tokuma Shoten Publishing, where he was put in charge of launching the animation magazine Animage. It was through this magazine that Suzuki first met the genius directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and gained their confidence. He was the de facto producer of the cinematization of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), which proved to be his entrée into the world of filmmaking. Six years after the success of Nausicaa, Suzuki devoted himself entirely to Ghibli. Thereafter, he produced many films for Ghibli, in addition to those directed by Miyazaki and Takahata. Today he continues to guide the studio, reveling in the joys and sorrows of filmmaking. Thinking of producing as the work he was born to do, Suzuki looks back fondly on his life at Ghibli: “In the end, what I have enjoyed most is interacting with people. There is nothing greater than connecting with people at a profound level, to work surrounded by people you like. What more can one ask for? I met up with people like Miya-san, Takahata-san, and President Tokuma, and somehow arrived at the present day, enjoying myself along the way.” https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/biography/mixing-work-with-pleasure/
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Originally published in the Japanese language under the title Shigoton Doraku Shinpan: Sutajio Jiburi no Genba by Iwanami Shoten Publishers, in 2014

Table of contents

Preface to the English edition
Preface to the revised Japanese edition
About the Japanese revised edition
In place of a preface: memories never to be forgotten
1. Mixing work with pleasure /​ trust means total trust: the animage era
2. The importance of shared interests in relationships: meeting Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki
3. The importance of being the director's ally: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the founding of Studio Ghibli
4. New ideas are within a radius of three meters: Hayao Miyazaki filmmaking
5. Filmmaking is like tumbling all together down a slope: the philosophy and practice of Isao Takahata
6. There is no end to worrying in this world: the life of Yasuyoshi Tokuma
7. For making things, small companies are best:Ghibli as a "small neighborhood factory"
8. The future opens up to the steady and steadfast: always think in the present tense
Afterword to the original Japanese edition (2008): how films result from casual conversation
Afterword to the revised Japanese edition (2014): a word about flowers
Toshio Suzuki chronology
Bibliography.

This is the story of Studio Ghibli covering the three decades following its founding in 1985 as told by Toshio Suzuki, the acclaimed producer of the box office hits Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and others. Based on the author’s innate curiosity about everything around him and the considerable resources that he accumulated over thirty years, it is the story of what took place behind the scenes at Ghibli films and the human tale of the staff that devoted themselves to filmmaking, told with the author’s distinctive touch and sense of humor.
Suzuki’s first encounter with animation came after he joined Tokuma Shoten Publishing, where he was put in charge of launching the animation magazine Animage. It was through this magazine that Suzuki first met the genius directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and gained their confidence. He was the de facto producer of the cinematization of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), which proved to be his entrée into the world of filmmaking. Six years after the success of Nausicaa, Suzuki devoted himself entirely to Ghibli. Thereafter, he produced many films for Ghibli, in addition to those directed by Miyazaki and Takahata. Today he continues to guide the studio, reveling in the joys and sorrows of filmmaking.
Thinking of producing as the work he was born to do, Suzuki looks back fondly on his life at Ghibli: “In the end, what I have enjoyed most is interacting with people. There is nothing greater than connecting with people at a profound level, to work surrounded by people you like. What more can one ask for? I met up with people like Miya-san, Takahata-san, and President Tokuma, and somehow arrived at the present day, enjoying myself along the way.”

https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/biography/mixing-work-with-pleasure/

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