Life and Cinematography Lessons from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki has given me so much more joy, curiosity and amazement/optimism/hope in life:


  1. Kiki Delivery Service: Even young kids can be entrepreneurs!
  2. Porco Rosso: Don’t let the past hold you back and empower the youth!
  3. Castle in the Sky: Go on more epic adventures in life!
  4. Grave of the Fireflies: War is horrible and be grateful for life.
  5. My Neighbor Totoro: Follow your curiosity
  6. The Wind Also Rises: Pursue your passion, no matter what.
  7. Nausica: Respect nature, animals, and the earth.
  8. Princess Mononoke: There’s a fine line between “good” and “evil”

Cinematography Lessons

  • Study the color palette and combinations
  • Variety of high angle landscape shots, closeups, and the use of layers and depth
  • Filling the frame with details and lots of dynamic movement
  • For food, sticking to 3 colors or less (learned this at the Studio Ghibli museum; highly recommended)

Screen shots via Movie Mezzanine


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