Looking To Dreams And Madness For Inspiration

“Well, we’ll see how it goes.” -Hayao Miyazaki

As I sit here typing, I’m currently rewatching the documentary The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness. Any fan of Studio Ghibli should definitely watch it after seeing The Wind Rises (lots of spoilers). In fact, I suggest watching the documentary after seeing most if not all of the Studio Ghibli films, hahaha. You’ll get much more out of it, maybe even cry a bit…

Hayao Miyazaki has an incredible work ethic, and even though he’s officially retired from making films, he still looks forward to drawing manga, cleaning the river in his home town on Sunday’s, displaying furry goat figures in his window for passing children to look up and see, and possibly going back on his word about his retirement (his sixth one).

Miyazaki-san’s passion for animation was indeed a love/hate relationship, and his perfectionism and ideals often brought out his manic depression. Once he finished The Wind Rises, in the end, even after the mounting stress and threatening to give up on “cursed dreams” that didn’t seem to give humanity as a whole any real value (he described his profession as an “expensive hobby”), he reflected with a laugh whether he should make another film. It’s ironic how so many people around the world have become deeply touched by his films yet the maker himself doubts if there’s any point to what he’s done.

“Problems begin the moment we’re born. We’re born with infinite possibilities, only to give up on one after another. To choose one thing means to give up on another. That’s inevitable. But what can you do? That’s what it is to live.” -Hayao Miyazaki

I’ve been on a Studio Ghibli movie marathon (and binge-watching Futurama episodes) for at least a month and counting, trying to gain back inspiration for choosing media production as my career choice. I guess not getting hired at my previous internship/contract job really hit me hard.

(*sigh*) With Miyazaki-san’s philosophy about life in mind, it makes you wonder if your own goals have true value and if all the sacrifices are worth it…

PHOTO: At least Totoro will remain ever vigilant with those great big eyes…



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