Costume Test

I’ve just finished making a test miniature kimono. I tried to make it as simply as possible and just quickly stitch it together to see if the size was about right for the puppets.

Obviously real kimonos are far more complicated… but a simple yukata-style will work for my puppets.

Princess Raccoon

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A theatrical and stylised film by Seijun Suzuki. The sets resemble those in Kabuki, with consciously artificial looking sets and props. Some of the sets (shown in this boat scene) are superimposed traditional paintings, like Kawamoto’s animations!

Kihachiro Kawamoto’s  Dojoji

Throne of Blood

In my essay I discuss Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 film Throne of Blood, the retelling of Macbeth. Here are some images from the film. It’s such a brilliant film and I love Toshiro Mifune, he has such a wonderfully expressive face!

(some drawings I did while I was watching the film.)