Hiroshima Anniversary

Today also marks the 64th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, in which upwards of 100,000 Japanese people were killed instantly by an atom bomb dropped by the US military. In commemoration, here is Dan Blank‘s Shadowplay, a moving stop-motion film about the “permanent shadows imprinted on the city’s walls and streets by the intense flash, creating indelible images from the exact moment the bomb hit.” Made at NYU, it won a gold Student Emmy as well as a bronze Student Academy Award.


  • http://www.subanim.com toxicvarn90

    Well that film made me a sad sad bear :(

  • http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=052C631F61EE2838 Iain

    I agree with toxicvarn90, that film made me a SAAAAAD panda…. bear.

  • http://not-nerdy.blogspot.com/ Janine

    Ouch…just ouch. Especially at the end where he was told to lie down. A poster is an interesting way of depicting death and afterlife. I like it though.

  • steve kopian

    There is something so sad about seeing the final image-as if the person is was trying to say- no not yet…

    In what I can only take as an echo to the shadows, some one in the nearly empty Chernobyl painted black shadows around the city so that it appears as though the people left their shadows when they were told to go, so you have the black human forms doing things. The most haunting one is of a little girl reaching up and pressing the elevator call button.

  • http://www.petercampofiori.com/ Peter Campofiori

    war is Hell!

  • vet

    Before any more tears are shed over Hiroshima, how about some historical context as to why it happened. You can start here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_occupation_of_the_Philippines
    I don’t think there’s much hang-wringing over the bombing by the Chinese either http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_occupation_of_Hong_Kong
    You can also specify that the U.S. military under orders of Democratic President Harry Truman carried out the bombings.

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    A whole five posts before the apologists come out of the woodwork, I’m impressed.

  • http://asteriskpix.blogspot.com Richard O’Connor

    I think we all know what led up to the atomic bombing of Japan.

    Recognizing the horrors of that action in no way exonerates the brutality of the events leading up to it.

  • http://vincemusacchia.blogspot.com vince m

    My dad was one of the ‘Occupation Forces’ in Nagasaki, Japan. I don’t think he ever got over what he witnessed there, regardless of what they led us us to believe about dropping the bomb. Anybody out there want to share my tumors? I didn’t think so.

    Enjoy your freedom.

  • mickhyperion

    Regardless of anyone’s feelings about the war, it’s causes, or it’s outcome, this piece of animation was beautifully crafted. It poignantly brings it’s story to LIFE with a humanity and grace that stirs the emotions. As animators, we can only hope to achieve this level of depth and impact with our work.

  • G Melissa Graziano

    Really creative use of a powerful piece of inspiration. I really love the concept and use of mixed animation media. The animation itself could’ve been a bit smoother, but overall a very strong piece. :)

  • SIP

    Really? Japanese women and children living in Hiroshima occupied the Philippines and Hong Kong? Well serves them right then!
    Let’s see.. what other countries occupied others? They should be bombed too!
    First up is my own country! The Netherlands.. We occupied Indonesia, before the Japanese took it from us…
    Seems we deserve to have an A bomb dropped on our cities as well!
    Can anyone else name any countries that were or are occupying other countries?
    Maybe starting with the country that occupied the Philippines before Japan? The country that killed about 1,500,000 Philippinos.
    I believe that was the USA.
    Then another country that occupied Hong Kong? How about… Great Britain…
    Or maybe China!

    Lot’s of bombs are dropped with good reasons. That doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to shed tears over the innocent victims.