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Kotaku shares excerpt from upcoming Studio Ghibli memoir

Michael Palmer - Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hot off of last weeks announcement that we will be publishing former Studio Ghibli exec, Steve Alpert's memoir of working at the legendary studio, Kotaku has shared an excerpt from the book detailing Miyazaki's "stressful" work habits.

"Hayao Miyazaki’s way of making a film was particularly stressful, and that was exactly how he thought it should be. He would often say that a person only does his best work when faced with the real possibility of failure and its real consequences. Several times after the completion of one of his films, Miyazaki would suggest that the studio be shut down and all the staff be fired. He thought this would give the animators a sense of the consequences of failure and make them better artists if and when they were re-hired for the next film. No one was ever sure if he was just kidding.

When Miyazaki signed off on one of its films and it was officially done, he preferred to never think about that film again. It was done. There was nothing more he could do to improve or change it. He always wanted to be moving forward and thinking about the next film."

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