Master animator I loved : Yuriy Norshteyn

Hedgehog and the owl

I was happened to know Yuri Norstein with the help of this little Hedgehog and its fascinating fog with horse. After that I start to learn about Russia animation and many other Russian animators and couldn’t help fall in love with other film from Yuri’s. Here’s the Piece I’m talking about “”  his animated shorts, Hedgehog in the Fog

Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn PAR (Russian: Ю́рий Бори́сович Норште́йн), or Yuri Norstein (born September 15, 1941) is an award-winning Soviet and Russiananimator best known for his animated shorts, Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales.

In April 1993, Norshteyn and three other leading animators (Fyodor KhitrukAndrey Khrzhanovsky, and Edward Nazarov) founded the Animation School and Studio (SHAR Studio) in Russia. The Russian Cinema Committee is among the share-holders of the studio. And that’s the place I wish to study further!

On the screenwriting class today, I present one of his work in Japanese project [English translation on Yuri Norstein interview]

Discussing on the reason behind choices director choose to present the work as it is, I research more to learn about the project itself with Japanese director and how Yuri worked on it. Conclusion is that Yuri use less elements but get more just the way Haiku works, less words but can interpret as many pictures.

Here’s one from the whole interview I like,

Basho, too, couldn’t be lured by money or good conditions or with the words: “Why are you walking in your rags upon roads, under rain and snow?” His words roamed the paths. His verses were his messengers. He himself walked barefoot. Nobody had the power to make him settle down, find a home, enjoy a nice fire and write poetry. He kept walking and walking on his roads and paths. Sometimes a helper would assist him, help him with the load. More often, Basho walked alone. The burdens of the road weighed heavily on his swollen feet. His hands were freezing. After all, you are the only one who can feel the burdens of your own life. You can’t feel the pleasure of a walk if you send someone instead of you to do it. It has nothing to do with money. You yourself have to overcome these burdens, the pain in your feet, with your own power, and no one can take it away. But too often modern man relies on his possessions, which in the end separate him from the essence of life and devour him, so that he loses even the tiniest amount of knowledge about life and feelings for other humans.


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