CHIHIRO TAZURO

A Tasty Fish

 Short animation film, 7:38 min, 2020

Animation, Story writer, Director, Character Design, Editor: Chihiro Tazuro

Finalist: Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase​

SVT, Frame Rave Short Animation Festival, 360 degrees festival- Jerusalem, Israel,

First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2020, The Lift-Off Sessions 2020, Art Gallery Q Collective,

Best of Latin America Short Film Festival, Yosturim Babait Festival, FLICKFAIR,

LIVING TOGETHER AGAIN – Venice Architecture Short Film FestivalBucheon International Animation Festival,

Make Art Not War Teaser Future Film FestivalThe Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival)

Synopsis

 

A baby, the firstborn, comes into this world. Though her parents are human, the baby is a fish - and into the lake she is thrown.

Another baby is born.

This little girl knows not of her older sister, but the two will meet, over shared blood and history, and through the future generation.

This is the story of a common occurrence - a stillborn - told in an uncommon way,

and the journey a sister will make to meet her kin.

 

Director's Statement

 

“A Tasty Fish” is a stop-motion animated short film, created initially after the memory of my aborted older sister. 

I wanted to make this film because I have always harbored guilt towards my big sister, as she couldn’t be alive but I could. Since childhood I have been carrying this feeling. Despite that, I didn't want to imagine my sister as a scary figure in my head or portray her that way. My wish was to get to know her and spend a nice time with her. Deep down I hoped she supported and loved me. Through the film I hoped to make my wish into a visible thing, as a story I could shape and pour my thoughts, fears and hopes into.

 

I chose the technique of paper-cut stop-motion animation, because it fits with my childhood memories: when I was a child I played with paper a lot, cutting, pasting and folding origami.

The technique also conveys the blurry nature of old memories. It allows me to reminiscence about the memory of my sister, while using the visual tools to allow the viewer to experience the point of view of a child.

Credit List

 

Animation, Story writer, Director, Character Design, Editor: Chihiro Tazuro

 

Actor: Yuli Stein, Yukon Stein

 

Voice: Chihiro Tazuro, Elik Harpaz

 

Musician: 

Viola: Elik Harpaz 

Contrabass: Shira Harpaz

Drum set: Adin Peskoff 

Percussion, Ukulele: Inbar Heyman

Composition, Vocal: Chihiro Tazuro

 

Music mixer: Eliyahu Zehavi

 

Recording: Yellow Submarine Jerusalem

 

Background drawing: Nohav Keren

 

Sound track: Rotem Meyers, Chihiro Tazuro 

 

Sound Master: Max Gas

 

Cinematography: Chihiro Tazuro, 

Yonatan Swed 

 

Costume: Gili Rahat, Reut Shayba

 

Produce: Adie Catarivas, Roni Golan 

 

Guide: Orna Levi, Osi Wild, Guy Sherf, Amit Man 

 

Thanks to: 

Lital Shalit, Tal Avraham, Boaz Beja Gilad, Hallel Maliniak, Batsheva Mandelbaum, 

Yan Ardashnikov, Tomoko Stein, Lia Stein, Ruth-Johanne Andersson, Yael Sady, 

Maya Ben David, Adi Helman, Tal Avraham, Tal Kronkop, Iris Shamshon, Daniel Enoch Melzer, Reinhard Sato, Gilli Shani, Romy Ginsburg, Brit Einstein, Ayal Nahari, Yasmin Stenmetz, Ronen Fridman, Taku Okamoto, Maya Adar Walling, Fika Magarik

 

Support: The School of Visual Theater

 

Foundation: Keren Jerusalem