Hawaii International Film Festival

The Hawaii International Film Festival starts tonight. The festival occurs twice a year, and brings dozens of foreign and/or significant films to the big screen in Hawaii. The film I’m most excited to see this year is Steamboy, the latest film by Katsuhiro Otomo. Otomo is best-known as the creator of the 80’s cyberpunk manga/anime Akira. Steamboy is almost sold out, so if you haven’t purchased tickets, go now!

Also on Saturday is a free seminar, the Future of Video Games in Hawaii. I first heard about it from my friend Roy Sato, a digital animator at Konami. It looks interesting, especially as efforts continue to transform Hawaii into a hi-tech economy. Roy originally mentioned a digital animation seminar, but it seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the HIFF schedule. That’s too bad, as Roy was originally supposed to sit on that panel. Roy’s really talented. If you were one of the 17 people who saw the CGI Final Fantasy movie in the theaters, you might have seen his work. He was the lead animator for Aki, the cutie hapa girl in the film. I remember visiting Squaresoft in 1997, staring at a room of 60-terabyte hard drives as Roy complained that they cound only render one second of animation per day because their storage capacity sucked. I think every desk on two floors had an SGI Octane workstation humming. In 1997, that was a staggering amount of computing power. In the end, the movie tanked and Squaresoft Hawaii shut down, but it was an extremely cool introduction to digital animation for me.

Next up for Squaresoft is the Final Fantasy VII movie sequel, Advent Children. This one looks better. I hope HIFF screens it during their spring festival!

1 Comment so far

  1. Jenn (unregistered) on October 24th, 2004 @ 9:51 pm

    That’s Square-Enix!

    Fu fu fu…such a geek.

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