Spirits of the Forest: The Strong Woman of Hayao Miyazaki

Designing a Film Festival, Spring 2021

Spirits of the Forest,
The Strong Woman of Hayao Miyazaki

I was asked to fully develop a never-before-seen film festival designed around a famous director. The festival needed to include every design detail incorporated in a film festival.

Going into this project I already had a disadvantage because I was the only student to pick an animation director, meaning I wasn’t allowed at any point to use imagery from the films, I needed to make everything from scratch. However, I have a real passion for Hayao Miyazaki, the director, and already had a strong idea of how to go about the project. The idea was to use the actual locations that inspired Miyazaki’s films while making a strong emphasis on nature and femininity. Throughout the design process, I developed a style of using Miyazaki’s sketch style and watercolor process.

Create a brand and identity, packaging, promotional advertising, developing a web page and app, designing uniforms, and event coordination.