Another disappointing blog… – Bruno Silva
Well, I’m back and here with another disappointing blog. With this blog, I have been required to talk about genre (like the last blog post), however this time, it’s a little different. This time, there was a specific type of media, genre and historical period that was chosen out to talk about. Hmmmmm… a contemporary non-western moving image based in the cold war period. Yikes. Well… I guess I can’t do Studio Ghibli again. What else would there be to offer?
Nah, I’m Just joking. Of course I’m doing it again. Why? Is it because I’m an idiot or a fan boy of Studio Ghibli? Well, both are correct, but it’s mainly to do with three words…
Grave of the Fireflies
(Have I mentioned that I am great at counting?)
So Basically, what I am required to do in all my blogs is to define the type of media, genre and historical period, (that I will be doing), in my own words. Welp, here goes nothing.
What is a Moving Image?
A moving image is basically a movie… yeah that’s pretty much it. I don’t think I could have explained it any better than that. Now for the Genre.
The genre, contemporary non-western, relates to not being a western tradition. Hence why I am doing Studio Ghibli. This is going pretty well. Now it’s time for the historical period of cold war. *sigh*
I guess cold war was about a war. Maybe, I don’t know. It could be about a zoo for all we know. But let’s not go to the joke of it being ‘cold’ as well. Bloody cliché jokes. That’s a no Bueno for me thank you. Or should I say, “it’s a no Bruno for me”… Yeah, that’s why I hate cliché jokes. Now if you excuse me, I would like to go DEEP into my opinion of what the meaning of the cold war was.
Warning: Going DEEP into the meaning of cold war
Going DEEP into the meaning of cold war, the use of the word ‘cold’ was probably used for three words. ‘Cold-heartedness’. It was a time where the people high in power would dominate over the weak. A time where people felt ‘cold’ inside because the world around them was being destroyed. This also kinda happens to be the premise of ‘Grave of the Fireflies’.
Before we move on…
Does this production tick all the boxes?
Well, is it a moving image… Ka-ching!
Is it a contemporary non-western genre… Oh yeah!!
Was it based in the same period as the cold war… Awww sikkk!!!
What I am required to do now is to show that the genre relates to ‘Grave of the Fireflies’. If you want to read more of this blog, by all means scroll down. But beware, it is very disappointing.
The genre relates to ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ as this ‘moving image’ definitely is NOT a western production. It’s an animation by Studio Ghibli. If I remember correctly, I don’t think Studio Ghibli uses western tradition in their movies and I do believe that they are NOT a western country. (Yikes, didn’t mean to make that sound aggressive.)
But to be serious, this film is one not to forget about. It’s very powerful in the way that it conveyed something truly devastating, but true. The cold war was filled with conflicts between ideologies and, not to mention, military actions (4). This film was about two kids suffering from the war, struggling to stay alive and together. The chosen genre, contemporary non western, allows this film to go further than live action films in the emotional sense.
In the moving images of animation, the imagery becomes real which allows it to connect to anyone watching, allowing them to be immersed in the movie, and allowing them to feel the emotions being presented. Especially with non-western cultures, I believe that they present emotions far better than western cultures. In western animations/movies, we already understand the culture and usual plot lines in most productions, making it boring or cliché. However with non-western, we don’t fully understand their culture, and so by being intrigued by it, we become absorbed in their films, thus allowing us to feel the impact of their stories more than in western films. This is why I believe non-western films are more enjoyable to watch, which led me to become inspired by them, thus inspiring me to become an animator.
Well, i hope you were able to make it to the end. If you did, I have three words for you.
Thank you for reading this load of garbage!
If not… well… i guess you wouldn’t have read this. Thanks for reading this disappointing blog, and if you liked it, there’s plenty of disappointment yet to come. If you don’t believe me, ask my mother.
(1) Thinking Emoji – http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1273780-thinking-face-emoji-%F0%9F%A4%94
(2) Grave of the Fireflies Film Poster – https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-grave-of-the-fireflies-1988
(3) Thinking Image – http://stephenguise.com/deep-thinking-can-change-your-life/
(4) Cold War Summary – http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/coldwar/summary/
(5) Grave of the Fireflies Image – https://cinephilefix.com/2014/01/03/film-analysis-grave-of-the-fireflies/