Evaluation (UAL ISD BA Unit 2)

I’m Shunan Na, an undergraduate freshman.

During the unit 2 project, I worked with other four classmates to remake a 3 minute section from 《Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind》.” We cut out three minutes clip from the film and then combine it with different aspects of research. We extracted some main emotion as the theme. Then we made our model by taking inspiration from other movies and combining the themes we sorted out. Finally, we made two completely different but connected models.

We picked ‘protection’ and ‘escape’ as our key words for the design process. The inspiration comes from the part of the movie which shows Nausicaa want to prevent injury to the baby Ohmu, it is like a kind of protection. Also she tried to help Ohum to escape, to defend human’s action towards the Ohmu.

We got some ideas from a movie called 《CUBE》, an abbreviation of cooperative unreal box escape, is a cooperative online multiplayer Science-Fiction horror survival game. Up to six players are trying to escape a seemingly never ending complex of metal cubes and spiked with deadly booby traps. Six players present to viewers their survival desires so it can be seen as a way of self-protection and want to find a way out for the space.

In all fairness, this unit did not make me a great growth.  (Because this model and mentality are all my ideas a long time ago.)  I got the answer in repeated self-questioning. I did not absorb education from other artists. Or I did not read enough design books and information. I am a person who does not like reading books. Especially the boring professional books. So this must to be deal during next two terms. I do not want to be a famous designer, but I also do not want to be a failure.
The only thing that made me proud was that I researched a lot about the background of this movie. I learned about Japan in that era. Such as, how did people hold that kind of attitude to face of the failure of World War II. What happens when people loose them faith? What is the bubble economy and what causes it…

I crazy like animations since I was a child. 《Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind》 is an animation I liked a lot from my childhood. Now I grow up  but found a lot of different things inside. For example, I liked Nausicaa when I was a child. At that time, I thought she was a brave and kind girl, I really wanted to be the same. But now it seems completely different. Nausicaa in order to protect the villagers determined to give up her own life, but this self-sacrifice is full of irony just like Joan of Arc. Meaningless and stupid. This is an animation, so  ohum forgave humans and saved her in the end. But what about the reality?

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