• Charles Breach

Term 3 - Week 25 - Media Practices

I had a thought whilst researching Miyazaki, that he is considered perhaps the one true auteur of animation because of his adept storyboarding. BUT, is this a requirement for becoming one of the best? DOES storyboarding REALLY make you a better director/ make a movie better? I think instantly the logical answer is yes, storyboards do, and we have almost every critically acclaimed picture as proof, ALMOST every critically acclaimed film. I discovered Werner Herzog, By stroke of luck, whilst browsing Werner Herzog's IMDb page, I came across his trivia, which stated that he did not use storyboards, I then researched him further, and he is quoted as saying this in the commentary to one of his films Aguirre, Wrath of God.

I believe the largest problem I've encountered so far with my research is finding a reputable source, just to be concrete, but I don't suppose it is entirely necessary. My research has created a title something along the lines of WHO uses storyboards? How do directors and studios treat their storyboards, and is there a correlation between the quality of the storyboard and the end result? Both Hayao Miyazaki, and Werner Herzog, are reputable directors, who have very different methods of production. So the question has in a way been answered already if we look at it in its most basic format: Do you need a good storyboard to make a good film? They both do and do not use storyboards, and both create incredible films. A reputable source to back this up, although would be nice, becomes extra. BUT that isn't the end of the story, they have different methods for production as well as different mediums of product (Where Miyazaki directs animations, and Herzog directs live action). Subsequently, I can't leave the whole topic at that. I have however backed up my theory that both previously mentioned directors are good at their job by referencing the larger number of awards both have won, and for Werner Herzog, a quote by Roger Ebert: "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." (Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert: Second Edition, page 24) SO I have one reputable source for reference.

Awards Miyazaki has won and been nominated for:


Awards Werner Herzog has won and been nominated for:


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