Design Competition

New Hashima Island

ROLE

Lead Visual Illustrator

User Experience

Story Telling

Video Editing

DURATION

2017.9-2017.11

2 months

TECHNOLOGY

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Easy Tool SAI, Clip Studio Paint, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

ACHIEVEMENT

 Entered the Disney Imagineering Competition.

This is a group project I made for the Disney Imagineering Competition in 2017-2018. 

 

The prompt was: Choose an actual abandoned or "ghost town" from anywhere in the world and revitalize it! 

 

I worked with three teammates to generate the story and concept behind the "New Hashima Island," a blue-sky project which revitalizes Hashima Island in Japan by outlining an amusement park on it. To utilize my computational arts background, I illustrated a variety of conceptual storyboards, such as the firework, the Japanese alleyway, and the restaurant. I also helped with creating a one-minute video representing our final project.

Just as mentioned on the official website, "the name 'Imagineering' combines imagination with engineering. Building upon the legacy of Walt Disney, imagineers bring art and science together to turn fantasy into reality and dreams into magic." I am thankful to have had this opportunity to apply what I have learned to "imagineer" a real-life location for this competition.  

Introduction

Off the southern coast of Japan lies Hashima Island, an abandoned coal mining facility that goes by several grim nicknames such as “Ghost Island”, “Battleship Island”, and “The Island without Green.” Now, it is reborn as New Hashima Island, a place where humanity is celebrated and shared among family and friends.


Join the experience and explore a small world made for recreation and relaxation. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the UNESCO World Heritage site, or observe some of the preserved areas on the island to get an idea of what life was like on “Ghost Island”. For families and friends, there are thrilling attractions to ride and a variety of authentic Japanese and other recreational dining options. For quieter moments, there are several areas to take a pleasant stroll or have a seat and appreciate the beautiful scenery all around. An exciting and dynamic feature enhancing your experience at New Hashima Island is Kokoro, Hashima Island’s spirit, as well as your personal companion and tour guide. Every visitor at New Hashima Island will receive a “Kokoro Smartband,” which can be used to interact with the environment in many fun and historically educational ways.


The Kokoro Smartband can also be used to pay for all goods & services on the island; you can link a credit card to the smartband or deposit money into the account at any information station. Special ‘Kokoro Connection Spots’ can be activated to provide information about the island, its history, and the many services that it provides now for all visitors. At the preserved areas of the island, activating certain Kokoro Connection Spots will unveil a 3D Hologram show that displays what life was like in 20th-century Hashima Island.


The Hashima Memorial contains the preserved ruins of a coal mining conveyor belt from this island’s past. Here, visitors can enjoy the island’s closing ceremony: a stunning firework show overlooking the ocean, which we hope provides a moment of recollection about this island’s past and present.

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The Park Map

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Japanese Alleyway, illustrated by me

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Night Fireworks, illustrated by me

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Boardwalk and Dinning, partially illustrated by me

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Kokora Smartband

Takeaways

I gained more practices on my strength: illustrations and video editing. Besides, I understand that, when working with people from different backgrounds, communication is always the key to a group project. Never expect people to know what I am thinking.