A major export coming out of Japan for the last couple decades has been in the form of comic books. These are commonly known as manga and their animated form is called anime. Manga which was born in Japan can now be widely found across the world in local book stores to our local libraries and has grown a huge following over in the west. I wanted to investigate the origins behind the creation of manga and anime, also the influences it had when it was being formed. I also wanted to discover how manga had impacted on the west and why it has become the major export coming out of Japan. I found several examples of how both western comic books and manga had taken influence from each other as well as anime had impacts on western cartoons. Manga and anime had even made it into western cinema and gained praise over in the west. The reason for making the dissertation was to make people more aware of what manga really is and how it has impacted on Japan and the rest of the world.
What is a Fan? A Short Documentary
This short documentary explores the realm of fan culture and activity. Without hesitation it asks the audience the ultimate question, what is a fan?
I produced this documentary because I am fan myself, and I used this as a tool to help me realise my true self and what it means to be a fan. The film itself, explores deeper into the world of fan culture, asking questions whether there are different ways to be a fan and if this means that someone is less of a fan because they practice it differently. The documentary is focused around interviews from London’s Film and Comic Con, and a profile of a ‘hard-core’ fan. The questions asked are based on the area of fandoms and why it’s all coming to the forefront of society now. The questions posed cause the interviewees to think and make them contemplate what it actually means to be a fan and why it matters. Also, they are asked to consider the negative side within fandoms, and see if this prevents them in any way as being a fan. However, the documentary isn’t looking for the right answer. It’s used as a way to represent the fans themselves. Those who are open and want to show outsiders the truth about the fan world and get them to engage with this area.
So, this is a fan creating a short documentary about fans and it’s up to you, the viewer, to decide what a fan is.