Introduction to Film

Growing up "American" Losing his sister in camp Getting an English Name Introduction to Film Seagulls Leaving Tule Lake Getting Started in Animation First Short Film Teaching English in Japan Animations for the Government The Red Baron Paintings reflecting on camp Reparations

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The reason I really took to animation is was the first film I saw was Snow White in camp. You know from all my ten cent saving, of the thing, it only cost ten cents a ticket. You know, so my brother and I we both bought tickets at the mess hall. You know they were selling tickets, you see. But you had to walk all the way, almost across town, to get to the, there's the only color theater, you know, so where they show feature films on sixteen millimeter, you know. 

So I, I...my brother and I we bought a ticket and we went to the cinema, or the theater, and I lost my ticket on the way, you know. So I was in tears, I said, my brother said, "I'm going in so you just go home."  You know? So I was walking home but I traced, this is the honest truth, I traced my path, I walk, I'm coming back, and I find my ticket on the ground. 'Cause I kinda felt I was pulling some paper or hanky or something out of my pocket and it was, my ticket was there.  I ran back. I was just in time to see the film and I saw the Snow White. And I thought, God this was the best thing ever, that I ever seen, and I wanted to be an animator. 

Date: June 29, 2012
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Chris Komai, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Animation camps film World War II

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