Authors: Hans-Martin Rall, Hock Soon Seah, Henry Johan
Research objective and hypotheses
“Scholarly research in the field of South East Asian animation has resulted in findings that acknowledge the lack of original and genuinely Southeast Asian animation concepts, which are not derived from Western or Japanese styles.”Error! Reference source not found.This research project sets out to create innovative and genuinely Southeast Asian digital animation using a traditional Asian story.The investigators argue that this approach will result in animation that distinguishes itself by its strong cultural identity and achieves stylistic innovation. Hassan Muthalib, a renowned Malaysian animation scholar and president of the Animation Society of Malaysia supports this point of view by stating the following: “Congratulations on your effort to explore an area not yet attempted. So far, only literary writers and researchers have forwarded suggestions for the preservation of the nation's folktales, legends and mythologies through feature films but nothing has materialized in a big way.”.
Methodology and outcomes
Technology and art collaborate in search of a genuinely Asian animation design style: In his research, Hans-Martin Rall has explored Asian folk tales in storyboards and the development art for animated short films. In an interdisciplinary project with computer scientists Hock Soon Seah and Henry Johan, a sequence from the Vietnamese folk-story story The Beach Boy has been fully completed: The collaborators investigated new technological approaches inspired by Asian design. This involved recreation of typical Asian art styles through the use of digital technology by research and use of non photo-realistic rendering, vector and pixel-based automated inbetweening, and mixed media techniques. The investigators were particularly interested in the creation of non-photorealistic styles for the animation of natural phenomena.