Friday, 11/6/2015

Meet the Filmmakers: I'M HERE

Interview with Yukie Nakauchi (Director, Animation) and Chikara Uemizutaru (Music) 

Meet the Filmmakers: I'M HERE

Yukie Nakauchi (Director, Animation) and Chikara Uemizutaru (Music) 


What is the teaser text for your film I'M HERE?

One doesn’t know where to go but has to move forward. He has to go to his goal. Always transforming himself, his heart and mind drift and run towards the goal when he finds it.

What is the original idea of your film – how did it all start?

Yukie Nakauchi: It all started because I was unable to free myself from a kind of entrapment in which I was suffering greatly. The suffering had to do with a kind of pain – creatively. So, I decided to make my animation work about this suffering. I wanted to acknowledge and accept my friends, and myself, too, who have been struggling with this pain.

Chikara Uemizutaru: I believe that music and animation should be in a creative and interesting relationship with each other. As good examples of this kind of relationship, I have been studying old American cartoon animation, and greatly influenced by the way some prominent American animation composers have realized a way to use certain special techniques and idioms together. It was when I was searching for my own such idiom to create a new work that I met Ms. Yukie Nakauchi.

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Scene from I'M HERE

What was your highlight during the process of filmmaking?

We worked on both the animation and the music simultaneously while discussing many aspects of the project. As time passed, we found that we were becoming more in tune with one another. This process was fascinating to both of us.

If you weren't a filmmaker, you'd be…?

Yukie Nakauchi: I’d like to raise children.

Chikara Uemizutaru: I’m not a filmmaker now, so I’d be a filmmaker… Just kidding:) When I was a child, I wanted to be a pianist.

Is it your first time in Munich? What do you expect of the city and the festival?

Chikara Uemizutaru: Unfortunately, Yukie Nakauchi can’t go to Munich, because of her job. This will be my first time in Munich. I’m really excited! There must be many interesting places to see there. I have a friend who is studying violin near Munich, which, of course, is famous for classical music. I’d like her to show me around Munich – not just the popular sightseeing spots. And, also, while at the festival, I’d like to watch a lot of animation works created by people of my own generation, and I’m particularly interested in knowing what they are thinking about how music, sound, and animation are or should be related and put together.





Chikara Uemizutaru (Music) will be attending the festival. In case you can not come to the screening and Q&A, post your questions on Twitter - don't forget to use the following hashtags: #fsfmuc15 & #askthedirector.