Bartlett Alumnus’ Work Premieres at Cannes Film Festival
16 July 2021
Graduate Eric Wong is the conceptual artist and stage designer for Mamoru Hosoda’s new film, which premiered at Cannes this week.
‘Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime’ (Belle: The Dragon and Freckled Princess) is the new film by the Japanese director, who founded Tokyo-based Studio Chizu, and was Oscar-nominated for his animated film Mirai. His new film is an animated science-fiction fantasy about a teenage girl in a small town with an alternative virtual existence as a global music icon. The film premiered on Thursday 15 July at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Director Mamoru Hosoda sought out Eric to create a vast and complex setting for the story. In taking on the mammoth digital stage design brief, Eric designed an entire virtual world, known in the film as “U”. This included designing a virtual city for the film, a stadium and a park, as well as app design and interface, environment and colour developments.
The film will go on general release in December 2021.
- Read about the film on the Cannes Film Festival website
- Watch an interview with Eric Wong about his work on the film (in Japanese, YouTube subtitling available)
- Discover the Architecture MArch programme
Image: Still from 'Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime'