Showa Shinzan

13min, 3d animation, 2002

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My first professional film, Showa Shinzan, was produced by Michael Fukushima at the National Film Board of Canada and completed in 2002. Based on interviews with done in northern Japan in 1998 and integrating archival imagery, 3d computer animation was designed so that characters resemble Japanese bunraku puppets and backgrounds look stage-like. The animated short tells the story of Masao Mimatsu, a postmaster who documented a volcanic eruption (and wartime secret) in Hokkaido, Japan during World War II. The film screened at over seventy international film festivals, and won several awards. Though this is my earliest professional work, it evidences my enduring interests in historic research, visualization and citizen science.