Meeting the Legend

Posted on Friday 26 November 2010

I promised in the earlier entry that I would write a brief report about my visit to the animation legend Frederic Back a few weekends ago. My visit to Montreal was very short and yet probably one of the most memorable moments I have experienced in my life.

I was in art school when I was introduced to Man Who Planted Trees.
I was a serious oil painting student at the time and wasn’t too interested in animation yet. But his film that looked like an animated pastel painting was such a shock to me. And through his beautiful moving images, his strong social statement reached out to me not through head, but through heart. I became such a fan of his work ever since. All Nothing, Crac!, Mighty River…..all have such strong social statement through their beautifully executed work of art. He reminded me of Hayao Miyazaki who continues to bring social statement through his entertaining animated films.

15, 16 years later, could I have never imagined even in my dreams that I would be visiting this man who inspired millions of people for generations.
Mr.Back embraced my visit with his open arms. He was quite humble with his own success but still didn’t hesitate to show his passion towards his mission with such a bright sparkle in his one able eye. He said, “we must use our means of expression as artists to bring light in the world. If we are drawing, painting, or animating just for sake of them, there is no point”
His words struck my heart and his presence was overwhelming. I came home feeling that we must somehow follow his path. His legacy needs to be passed on….

He has a wonderful brand new website that just was launched last Monday!

日本の皆さん、来年2011年にフレデリックバックの大きな展覧会がスタジオジブリさんの協力で開かれます。
彼は宮崎駿さんのように、世界中の人たちを魅了してきた巨匠です。
是非是非、彼の素晴らしさをその目で確かめ、多くの人へ彼のアートそして彼のメッセージを伝えて行ってください。
私もなんとか休暇をとって展覧会を観に日本へ一時帰国したいと思います。

Take a look at this film trailer. It was directed by Jeremy McCracken, filmed by David Dunville, Music by Zach Johnston. A talented bunch who volunteered to help our project. They did this piece in a few days and I cannot believe how well they captured this special moment!

15 Comments for 'Meeting the Legend'

  1.  
    Seo
    November 27, 2010 | 1:45 am
     

    Wow, THANK you so much for sharing this… what an amazing story. that little video was incredibly inspiring. and beautifully filmed too.

  2.  
    November 27, 2010 | 8:22 am
     

    Dice, seeing The Man Who Planted Trees on me had a similar magical effect on me. I asked to borrow it from my teacher so I could rewatch and rewatch it.

    Thanks for planting some seeds of your own.

  3.  
    November 27, 2010 | 9:48 am
     

    What a beautiful little film sharing such a historic moment! I’ve also been inspired by Frederic Back since I was in college and was lucky enough to see one of the original frames from The Man Who Planted Trees at the Annecy Animation Festival this past summer. Thanks to you both for sharing the inside of Frederic’s studio, what an amazing experience that must have been!

    -Alisa

  4.  
    Eiko
    November 27, 2010 | 5:46 pm
     

    Thank you so much for sharing the video..It is really amazing… I will definitely go to Mr Frederic Back exhibition in 2011 in Japan. I was really impressed on the video !! 🙂

  5.  
    November 27, 2010 | 6:16 pm
     

    “Never restrain from what you can give”
    incredible

  6.  
    November 28, 2010 | 12:15 am
     

    wonderful, Dice.. just wonderful.. :’)

  7.  
    nanami
    November 28, 2010 | 4:39 pm
     

    私も展覧会気になりますし、行ってみたいです^^

  8.  
    November 29, 2010 | 6:19 am
     

    Wonderful video!! And Frederic Back is such inspiring man!! It was really moving and beatiful!

    Thanks Dice!

  9.  
    November 29, 2010 | 8:57 am
     

    My animation history teacher, Kaj Pindal, screened “Man who planted the trees” back when I was in college. I remember being glued to my seat for at least 15 minutes after everyone left the auditorium, sitting there alone contemplating what I have just seen. That film, and its message resonated very deeply with in me even to his day. I watched your interview with Mr. Back with relish. Dice, thank you so much for posting it for us to see. I simply can’t wait to see Sketchtrawel to be published… Also, thank you for such a nice compliment on my blog.

  10.  
    November 29, 2010 | 3:42 pm
     

    It was so inspiring to watch this during the Sketchtravel panel at CTN.

  11.  
    November 29, 2010 | 3:56 pm
     

    […] video is all sorts of wonderful … really touching too. Great job Dice and the SketchTravel crew. And as a bonus here’s a link to Frederic Back’s newly […]

  12.  
    December 1, 2010 | 5:22 am
     

    ↓のコメントで…本が出版せれる事を知り、楽しみです♪
    以前、カレンダーが発売されるという記事を思い出し
    検索して購入できるサイトをみつけました
    『バナーカレンダー』というので間違いないでしょうか?

  13.  
    December 3, 2010 | 12:07 am
     

     Sketch Travelの本の出版とても楽しみです。
     お忙しいなか大変申し訳ないのですが、↓こちらビデオでhttp://www.catsuka.com/news_detail.php?id=1280402093
    松本大洋さんの絵のあとの01:56秒あたりに出ている絵は誰の絵か教えていただけないでしょうか?

  14.  
    December 6, 2010 | 9:39 pm
     

    –Seo
    Thank You Seo!
    Did I ever comment that your caricatures are some of the most amazing? I saw your blog and saw Ronnie del Carmen’s and oh man, you nailed him. I have to tell him.
    Don’t know, but you have some charm in your work. I love them.

    –David
    Thanks David. I agree! He is amazing!

    –Alisa
    Long time no talk! And yes, he was just unbelievably powerful in person. I can still remember the aura of inspiring presence.

    –Eiko
    Yes, you will study him quite a bit at CalArts!

    –Adam
    I know. I am with you.

    by the way, I went to your blog for the first time. Thanks for stopping by. Another amazing artist’s blog I discovered!

    –charles

    thanks..

    –Nanami
    是非、行ってくださいね!

    –Tatiana
    I knew you would like it Tatiana!

    –Dado
    I bet you are especially intrigued by his work. His work is like a moving pastel paintings. So amazing..

    –Eli
    thanks Eli!

    –Suzuさん
    そうです! 是非お買い求めください。なかなか手頃な値段ですよね。
    こっちでも限定で売ってみようと思ってます。

    ー船さん
    大洋さんの後は森本晃司さんです!日本のアニメ界では伝説的な方です!

  15.  
    February 28, 2011 | 4:52 am
     

    That was so beautiful.

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