Hoji Tsuchiya is a playful animation artist and illustrator. Born in Tokyo in 1984, he started making the animations in 2004 with a silhouette animation is animation that was featured in the Film Festival Grand Prix. These humorous, quirky, analog animations by Tsuchiya are done in a very simple manner, adding to their lighthearted appeal. I had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his animation process. Read below for the full Q&A…
Just shy under 10 years, you’ve been making animations for presentation. What initially sparked your interest in this medium?
Hoji: I cannot forget the impact when I noticed the things that my drawings can be moved by a video camera. At that time, the image has overflowed from my inside. I have tried to make those images an embodiment up to now.
You’re a 90s kid, like myself! What led to your interest in computers at the time – in the early 90’s – when they were relatively few and far between? Was it just a matter of finding yourself near one?
Hoji: The computer was not too familiar to me. The video camera and the tape-recorder were familiar for me.
You’ve had screening all over the world, from Tokyo, to Ireland, to Canada. Which region of the world do you feel is the most receptive to your work?
Hoji: I don’t know which region [is more] receptive to my work. I want to travel around not the regions, but person’s brains if it is possible. The screening that had been done with GAMgallery of Vancouver were very happy.
How do you prepare for sound effects in your work. Do you animate first and then worry about how the post production effects will take shape?
Hoji: I do not understand the relation between animation and music. However, I thought that music is very important in my animation. I am making the sound of my work by myself by the use of the cassette tape-recorder and MTR.
What is the biggest difficulty between drawing and animating?
Hoji: I like moving things. The moving image is more natural than the stopping image to me.
Do you have any favorite Anime films?
Hoji: I like [Ponyo] in the Ghibli work.
Your animations are created in a light hearted manner whichgives off the appeal you are known for. Do you ever want to undertake a more complex animation process in the future?
How necessary are internships in the animation field?
Hoji: I don’t know, because I have made animations from self-study.
Do you have any future projects planned?
Hoji: I want to complete “Hoichi”. That is one of the legend(s) of Japan.
For someone who doesn’t have a similar background as you but has recently decided animation is something they would like to get into, what would your advice be?
Hoji: Just make animations!
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