Renowned filmmaker Hideaki Anno announced that his production company Khara will be joining forces with the media company Dwango to create an anime production company in Fukuoka. The co-director of the 2016 smash-hit movie “Shin Godzilla” will also be working with a group of Fukuoka-based vocational schools on this venture. The move comes in response to news that production companies in Tokyo are currently experiencing a shortage in their workforce. The new company is called Project Studio Q and has offices based close to Hakata Station. Each of the three collaborating groups have contributed ¥15 million to the new project. Dwango will provide technical assistance, while the local vocational schools will use part of the space as an area to learn and develop the skills of aspiring animators. They are currently recruiting and hope the company can help unearth new talent in the region. Source: Sankei Shimbun, 7/12/2017
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