Watching: Whisper of the Heart
This is a really lovely film about courage and creativity. The DVD set contains both the original film and the storyboard version. Here, the mysterious cat Muta makes his appearance. The screenplay and storyboards were created by Hayao Miyazaki; the film was directed by Yoshifumi Kondo. It's a treat to get a glimpse of the filmmaking process through these sketches.
Making: Stuffed Fish
Inspired by some prints by Hiroshige...
This fish is inelegant and awkwardly filled with fabric scraps, but I think my stuffed creature skills will improve beyond recognition thanks to my recent discovery of a wonderful series of tutorials.