STUDIO GHIBLI Composite and Effect Works – All about the work of director of photography Atsushi Okui

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This book traces the career of Atsushi Okui, who established the photography department at Studio Ghibli and supported the creation of numerous animation works.

It includes a comprehensive collection of works Okui was involved in, from his time at Asahi Production with titles like “AKIRA,” “Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack,” and “Porco Rosso,” to the latest works of Studio Ghibli and Studio Ponoc.

The book explains the production process based on interviews and a wealth of illustrations, delving into the techniques of image creation through photography. It explores the role of the photographer and visual direction in animation, from the era of handling cels on a shooting stand in analog production to the advent of digital production.

It also features comments from directors like Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshiyuki Tomino, and Katsuhiro Otomo, as well as other staff members!


【Table of Contents】
PART I: The Era of Analog Photography
AKIRA / Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
1-1 Porco Rosso
1-2 Pom Poko
1-3 Whisper of the Heart
1-4 Princess Mononoke

PART II: From Analog to Digital Photography
2-1 My Neighbors the Yamadas
2-2 Spirited Away
2-3 Howl’s Moving Castle
2-4 Tales from Earthsea
2-5 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
2-6 The Secret World of Arrietty
2-7 From Up on Poppy Hill
2-8 The Wind Rises
2-9 When Marnie Was There

PART III: Towards a New World of Visual Expression
3-1 Mary and the Witch’s Flower
3-2 Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre
3-3 The Art of the Boy and the Heron

Release Date:
November, 2023

Author profile

Atsushi Okui

Studio Ghibli Executive Officer and Head of the Imaging Department / Executive Imaging Director.
Born in 1963 in Shimane Prefecture.

He joined Asahi Production in 1982 and began his career in photography. His first role as a director of photography was on the theatrical version of “Dirty Pair.” He subsequently served as director of photography for works like “Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack,” “Mobile Suit Gundam F91,” and joined Studio Ghibli productions as a director of photography for “Porco Rosso” and “I Can Hear the Sea.” In 1993, with the establishment of the photography department, he transferred to Studio Ghibli. He participated as the director of photography in “Pom Poko,” “Whisper of the Heart,” “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbors the Yamadas,” “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and “The Wind Rises.” He worked on visual direction for “Spirited Away,” “Ghiblies Episode 2,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Tales from Earthsea,” “Ponyo,” “The Secret World of Arrietty,” and “When Marnie Was There.” Other works include “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (Studio Ponoc, visual direction) and others. He served as the director of photography for Hayao Miyazaki’s latest work, “The Art of the Boy and the Heron”

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