KH3 Ultimania: Interview with Syo Nohara (Movie: Visualworks)

Disclaimer: This is only a tentative translation. It is possible there are mistakes.

Previously worked on: KH 2.8, FFXIV, Dissidia FF NT, Dragon Quest XI, Gunslinger Stratos 3, Hitman: Legacy (Trailer), Just Cause 4

Q: Please tell us what you paid attention to in order to recreate the original movies.
A: We placed importance on how closely to make the facial expressions in The Caribbean resemble the ones in the movie. However, in using CGI to recreate the same facial expressions as real life, no matter what it's always going to cause a sort of uncomfortable feeling, so very minute adjustments are necessary. After adjusting, we had to do rendering without being able to check the expressions or movements, so making facial expressions without a sense of uncomfortableness was difficult.

Q: Which point did you fuss over the most?
A: The animation in Arendelle. Fundamentally, we just made shapes that were similar to tracing the original movie, but just tracing wouldn't give the same quality as the movie. For example, we have to properly reproduce the way someone's chest would swell when they take a breath in the case of breathing motions. I thought that if I worked while thinking about the meaning of every small movement, I would be able to reproduce the quality of the original work.

Q: Please tell us something interesting that happened during the development process.
A: We had a chance to go to Okinawa, and during that time, in order to reproduce what happens to Sora in the ending, I went alone to the beach in the evening and thought "If I disappeared right now, what would happen?". Then, someone who thought I was a Chinese tourist called out to me like "what are you doing?". I think I probably was giving off some kind of sadness.

Q: What point of this production would you like us to see?
A: The video that plays at the start of Toy Box that is unlike KH (note: Verum Rex, of course), though it's fast-paced and short, was made carefully just like all the other movies. I'd like you to watch it not only once, but also two or three times.

BONUS! "A secret about the game only you know"
The Frisbee that shows up in the ending is the same one that Lea is holding when he meets Ventus in KH BbS. Just as in those days, in the ending Lea, Ventus and Isa are playing together.

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