Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book Review

Posted By yonghow on August 19th, 2013

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book

This book is the complete collection of storyboards from the Ghibli animated film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), directed by Miyazaki Hayao. All the storyboards were drawn and painted by the director himself. If there are prettier storyboards out there, I haven’t seen it. (except maybe this one.)

Below : The first few pages of the book gives you a primer on how the storyboards are read and captioned, complete with a lexicon of commonly used lingo in the animation industry like “Fix” (meaning a locked camera shot), “Pan”, “T.U” (track up), and more.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book

(above) More often than not the empty spaces beside the panels are replete with additional information describing a particular action happening in the scene, often for the animators’ benefit. (below right) Miyazaki-san often draws and paint beyond the confines of the storyboard panel, again to give the reader of the storyboard a more expansive view. This also denotes a panning camera shot.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book

(above right) When reading Miyazaki-san’s storyboards I am always on the lookout for his delightful little doodles and mini comics (see grumpy versions of San & Ashitaka in the Mononoke Hime Storyboards), often draw to motivate himself or just for the sake of fun. The director’s alter-ego is a bespectacled pig, seen here finishing up Part B of the storyboards.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book
Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book

A beautiful work of art, from cover to cover. The vast amount of work and artistic skill required to complete such a thick volume (641 pages) is a true testament to the love of the craft that Miyazaki-san has for his work. Run, not walk to get this one.

Also be sure to check out the official “Art Of” book for Kaze Tachinu.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book details :

– Dimensions – 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
– 641 pages
– Soft cover with cardboard slipcase
– Watercolor/B&W, in Japanese

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book Amazon Japan Buy Link

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6 Responses to “Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Storyboard Book Review”

Genaro Prieto

Beautiful as always!!!

Josephine

Hello YongHow,

新年快樂!

The Wind Rises would be shown in SG on 20 March.
Finally it shows in SG, yoohoo….
Been waiting longggg.

Cheers,
Josephine

yonghow

Thanks for the great news Josephine, can’t wait to see it on the big screen. Can I ask where you read about this ? :]

Josephine

联和早报 :)

yonghow

Clearly I don’t read enough news. Thanks again Josephine. :]

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