The big boss of Production IG Mitsuhisa Ishikawa invited me over to his offices the other day. After having a chit chat with him he said that he would like to bring me to a "secret place" which has not been revealed to the public yet. That secret place turned out to be their new studios which they recently setup to soley produce movies.
The production IG studios are located in Mitaka along the Chuo Line. This is Mitaka station in the morning.
I found out from IG why most of the major animation studios are located on the Chuo Line - its because animators and producers are "loaned" to other studios for certain projects and being on the Chuo line means that its easy for them to get around.
This is why when you watch the credits for a Ghibli movie for example, you may see many other animation studio names in there too.
Then Ghibli would then loan its animators or producers to the other studios. Its the barter thing - you help me out now and I'll help you out later.
Cant talk about the project right now but will leave you with this:-
"Do you want to make something for the masses and sacrifice what you truly want to make?"
A difficult dilemma because when making something for the masses then recoupment of costs are guaranteed to a certain extent whereas when you make something that you really believe in, it may end up being for a niche group where recoupment of costs are uncertain.
Many folks told me that Moekana would not sell but because it was a product that I truly believed in, I went ahead to invest most of our capital into the project which turned out a great success - thanks to you!
Because you are passionate about what you truly believe in, you will always find a way.
The typical setup for an animators workspace. Any of you fancy working in the anime industry? If so why and of not why not?
Animators dont make enough to by a Porche when they first start but I dont think they expect to either. Folks who stick it out for 3 years move on to become something big according to Ishikawa-san.
When I first started out in society I did so as a waiter carrying dishes, washing dishes but mostly breaking dishes. Didn't expect to be able to buy a Porche on my initial earnings but I learned a lot on the job.
Hard work now = rewards later.
No hard work now = nothing later.