Kaoru Furuko Artist, Handmade animation and Illustration

Slovak Folktale Animation (current project)

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Contents updated : 23 June, 2015

Animated interpretation of a Slovak folk tale, made with the participation of residents of Kosice, Slovakia. Kaoru Furuko locally sources materials such as plants, food, and traditional fabrics, and orchestrates her findings into stop-motion. Expected finish date December 2015.

Teaser trailer : Dlhý, Široký, a Bystrozraký

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Still from teaser trailer

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About the project

Kaoru Furuko’s work is inspired by the traditional folk tales of the country she resides in at that moment. So far, these countries have been Vietnam, Sweden, India, Lithuania – and now Slovakia. Using locally sourced found and collected materials from the area of her interest, she lets the objects she uses for animation determine the spirit of the film. During the production, she recomposes the materials and observations she has collected to create a new whole. Kaoru feels that she’s both led by and conducting the objects she finds. Her unique approach results in a fresh, playful style of animation without boundaries.

As part of the process of turning the fairy tales into animated films “in situ”, Kaoru often works with local artists and residents. For her Košice film, she has been co-operating with children from local schools and at the city’s children’s and youth library (through drawing workshops, creating props for the film), local writers and artists (on developing the script and storyboard), and with a local musician, who is composing music for the film.

 

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Studio : Kasarne / Photo :Šimon Mészáros

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Studio : Súkromná Stredná Umelecká škola Filmová / Photo : Tomáš Tikoo Bachura

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Studio : Hlavna / Photo : MIriam Ivernoff and Kaoru Furuko 

—– For more updates please check our production blog  or instagram (in English and Japanese) —–

 

 

Workshops and other activities


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Puppet making workshop at local library and school. The childrens creations were used in the teaser trailer.

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Screening – Kino Usmev, Kosice, Slovakia, December 21, 2015

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Multimedia live performance in collaboration with Beata Kolbašovská 
-16, May, 2015 ,  TABAČKE KULTURFABRIK 
-23, May, 2015,  KLUB 

 

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—– For more updates please check our production blog  or instagram (in English and Japanese) —–

Link to online article

–  KozarJuly. 31. 2015

 

The team  

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Producer
– Lukáš Berberich (Cinefil)
– Zuzana Kotiková (K.A.I.R)

Director – Kaoru Furuko

Animation
– Kaoru Furuko
– Šimon Mészáros

Music – Igor Kupec

Sound designer – Christian Wellbo

Art – Kaoru, Šimon and Igor

Animal puppet makers
– Students from Základná škola Gemerská, Košice
– Students from ZUŠ Kováčska 43, Košice

Dramaturgy – Juliana Sokolová

Lighting
– Robo Farkaš
– Šimon Mészáros

Screening organizer
– Alexandra Mireková
– Robo Farkaš

Special thanks for participating in our project and warm support:
– City of Košice
Súkromná Stredná Umelecká škola Filmová
– SPOTS
– Železiar
– ÚĽUV
– HUMNO Private Etnographic Museum
– LitPark – Knižnica pre mládež mesta Košice, Kasárne Kulturpark
– pani Viera Krišicová
– Mgr. Andrea Marinová
– Danka Bodnárová
– pani Natália Malíková
– Jana Belišová
– Základná škola Gemerská, Košice
– ZUŠ Kováčska 43, Košice
– Góvinda Košice
– Marek Kundlak
– Barbora Spišáková
– Martina Dudríková
– Fredrik Ashton


This project is funded by
-Cinefil
-K.A.I.R
-City of Kosice
-The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
-EU Japan Fest

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