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Koji Yamamura
6/04/64 -
Japan


Born in Japan in 1964, Yamamura studied painting at the Tokyo Zokei University. His animations were influenced by Ishu Patel, Yury Norshtein, and Priit Parn; he first began creating animations in 1987. He utilizes both traditional animation techniques (such as hand inking and colored pencil drawings) and digital animation techniques (such as color fills). His animation Mt. Head was nominated for an Oscar in 2003; his animation A Country Doctor was awarded the Grand Prix in Ottawa in 2007.

His films have been shown in over 30 countries, and he is the first animator to win the Grand Prix in all major animation festivals. His style is fluid yet sketchy, and the story is often told in the style of Roukyoku - a soloist sings along while playing a shamisen.

Animations Produced:

  • Aquatic, 1987, 5:00
  • Japanese-English Pictionary, 1989, 12:00
  • Perspektivenbox, 1990, 4:00
  • The Elevator, 1991, 7:00
  • A House, 1993, 4:20
  • The Sandwiches, 1993, 4:20
  • Imagination, 1993, 4:20
  • Pacusi, 1995, 1:00
  • Kipling jr., 1995, 15:00
  • Kid's Castle, 1995, 5:00
  • Bavel's Book, 1996, 5:15
  • Mr. Rib Globe, 1998, 1:39
  • REMtv CARP, 1999, 0:48
  • Your Choice!, 1999, 10:00
  • Atama Yama (Mt. Head), 2002, 10:00
  • Pieces, 2003, 2:16
  • Fuyu no Hi (A Winter Day), 2003, 0:40
  • The Old Crocodile, 2005, 13:00
  • Fig, 2006, 4:20
  • Kafka Inaka Isha (Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor), 2007, 21:00
  • A Child's Metaphysics, 2007, 5:08
References:
The Animation Show (seasons 1 & 2)
http://www.yamamura-animation.jp/

Submitted by: Jennifer Chambers
as part of ARTC 400, Principles of Animation
Bowling Green State University
Prof. Bonnie Mitchell