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Won a Grand Prix at the Student Animation Festival of the Tokyo Student Film Festival!
Stimulation at Waseda creates stories

Ms. Karin Yuki

A scene from a dusty, deserted town. The stage is set in a slum in an unknown country. A boy living there meets a mysterious living thing, Chamolise, and the story begins. This is the beginning of the Grand Prix winner of the animation festival, Chamolise. "When I draw, I feel as if I were creating a world, so I love illustrating buildings," says Ms. Yuki. "I wanted to create a piece that makes everyone feel interesting, while taking advantage of what I like." The slum drawn in detail with a precision touch and characters in gentle and flowing lines create a strange world. "I loved drawing when I was small. According to my mom, I would get sulky if she didn't praise my picture (laughing). I also drew people, but when I became a senior high student, I felt an urge to draw 'stairs,' so probably my love for buildings started then."

Sketch influenced by the works of Studio Ghibli

She entered the School of Human Sciences of Waseda University in 2008. To tell the truth, she decided to enter the school because of a rebellious spirit against her elder brother. "I worked hard with a vengeance and could study more than I had expected. Maybe I should thank him (laughing). In fact, she was impressed with the fact that interesting talents gathered at Waseda from every corner of the country. "There are so many different people, it is stimulating. I decided to create an animation film because of the Waseda Film Fes.* When I was watching a work that expressed what I really want to do, I felt motivated or rather a growing spirit of rivalry." She was also stimulated by the members of a video production circle she belonged to. "First, I should make it myself, and that's what I thought."

First, with a friend, she produced an animation film called "Littlele" featuring a dwarf. After making another film, she made "Chamolise" mostly on her own. "As most of the participants were art school students, I was more surprised than pleased when I was awarded the Grand Prix," nods Ms. Yuki, beaming. "But as I think works have meaning when they have an influence on others, I felt encouraged to win the Grand Prix." She is currently busy as a PR person of the 23rd Waseda Film Fes. to be held this month. Of course, she will present her new work as a producer. "The new film has a theme of 'parents and child." As this is the event that made me start to produce animation films, I want to accomplish my responsibility as a PR person." As Ms. Yuki loves buildings, she once thought of going to a university in Kyoto because she wanted to live in the old capital. When asked if she was still attached to Kyoto, she immediately answered, "The stimulation I've got at Waseda has led to the present animation production. I am glad I came here. Kyoto, well maybe a trip is enough (laughing), She seems to be becoming a "Waseda Girl" who fully devotes herself to animation production.

The 23rd Waseda Film Fes.

On December 21 (Tuesday) and 22 (Wednesday), 2010, at the Okuma Auditorium! For details, please visit http://www.wasedafilmfes.com/.

Sketch of Imaginary Library developed in a spiral

Her favorite sketch is found on her business card

A scene of the slum.

Below is a boy embracing Chamolise.

From her latest work, "Mama and Pot"

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)

Karin Yuki

Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1989. Graduated from Chiba Prefectural Togane High School. Junior at the School of Human Sciences. Belongs to a video production circle, CINEMANIAX. Started to produce animation, stimulated by works shown at the Waseda Film Fes. Her third work, Chamolise, won the Grand Prix of the Tokyo Student Animation Festival, a special program of the 22nd Tokyo Student Film Festival. Her favorite works are of Studio Ghibli. Her most favorite is "Mimi wo Sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart." On holidays, she promenades in town with her camera. "I'm attracted to back alleys, ruins and other places that suggests stories," she says.