Chinese traditional animation has made achievements in the past and has attracted extensive attention from all over the world. However, due to historical factors, the development of contemporary animated films in China is still in the initial stage, denoted by struggling to adapt to the growing spiritual and cultural needs of people, and a gap with developed countries. In comparison, the audience has long been accustomed to the American and Japanese animation painting style and narrative strategy. As a result, the following questions accompany the developing Chinese animation:
How should China pursue the 'harmony in diversity' with the western countries in terms of animation materials and values?
Should it see a return to tradition or become a statement of universal values?
My project aims to address these questions and reveal my vision of Chinese animation. I aim to show that all beautiful things are ephemeral; there is beauty in experiencing indispensable tribulation and hardship, becoming confused in the adversity, seeking the truth, and finally finding the light. Furthermore, I present this animation story as a metaphor for the development of Chinese contemporary animation. With this work, I want to state that Chinese animation has the determination and confidence to break the current dilemma and pursue progress. Besides, my animated short tells this story in a Vlog form, which has become trendy in recent years with the popularity of short videos on the Internet. Whether the vlog animation can genuinely tell this story and showcase traditional Chinese animation traits is a question resulting from my project and its analysis. However, I identify with this new form of expression capable of contemporary storytelling.
- Project Supervisor
- Dr. Oksana Kryzhanivska
- Project Genre