Theme for Issue: Studio Ghibli

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”

Animated film has become so part of society, so part of film, that we can hardly comprehend what it takes to create these animated films. In a world which is dominated by ‘Disney’ and ‘Pixar’.

But there is a production company, in Japan, which is something entirely different, ‘Studio Ghibli’ – whether you have heard of it or not, it is a company which produces a tour de force in animation.

This week, our issue was suggested by our deputy film editor, Benjamin who suggested that we have an issue on the wonderful ‘Studio Ghibili’. And we decided that we would.

With its beautiful animation, wise words and often a wonderful soundtrack, this is a film production company which has been running for over twenty five years. ‘Studio Ghibili’ has produced films, such as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howls Moving Castle’.

It is a genre of film which is perhaps sometimes undermined, undervalued, with its comparison with Anime and the odd fans which come with it. But ‘Studio Ghibili’ is a film fanatics dream and most importantly, this isn’t your typical Blockbuster film, it something so much more than that.

Our writers have been furiously writing away about this week’s issue and I was astounded at their love and knowledge of ‘Studio Ghibili’, each with their own different take on their review or article.

Clearly, students at the University of Essex have a love for film, so why don’t you join the Film Society?

They are a great society who show a variety of different films. From recent to classic films. You can find them on Sunday and Monday nights at 7: 30 in the LTB. They also have trips to the Odeon Colchester twice a term and they have an IMAX trip at the end of the year. What’s more, if you sign up, you will get one pound off any Cine10 screenings.  Go on, join them and become immersed in the University of Essex’s love of films.

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