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The Secret Life of Netsuke


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Autodesk Maya, After Effects, Photoshop, Harmony Assistant


The Secret Life of Netsuke blends my interest in the art of Netsuke carving with my passion for animation. Bidori the cut-tongue sparrow, a netsuke carving by Masanao of Kyoto, provides the model for the hero, who finds love and loss in the imaginary land of the netsuke.


Technically, the animation combines 3D graphics produced an rendered in Maya, art historical ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige and hand-drawn elements created by me to tell this heart-warming story. I composited the elements in Adobe After Effects in DVD format. This animation took first place in the 2004 Southeastern Digital Arts Festival in Huntsville, Alabama.

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