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Argonaut Studio – Instagram AR filter #1: Totoro

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Today, a friend and mine are working on trying to make some #AR #filters. We selected a favourite movie as a theme – Totoro by Studio Ghibli. She’s working on some visuals, animations, models, textures... that kind of thing. In this first work session, I was thinking of choosing some loops and snippets as an homage to the beautiful score of the actual film. Here are some options I’ve found after exploring the soundtrack:


“Path of the Wind”

  • 0:00 - 0:30: what a beautiful ethereal, other-worldly, and hopeful feel. I really like the glockenspiel over the winds’ looping pattern, and of course those droplets of lower string pizz.

My friend was saying we could add some “Easter Eggs” if people stay long enough on the filter. For example, the little Ghibli soot sprites could appear, and it would be neat if we could figure out a way to sync that with beats in the music! Just one of many ideas.

  • 2:07 - 2:33: I really liked these patterns and motifs with the winds and lower string pizzicatos again. It also seems appropriate for a looping pattern for something interactive like a filter.


“Path of the Wind” (Piano ver.)

I found the piano version of this piece to be very contemplative. I love this arrangement, but it might be too relaxed for this first filter.


“My Neighbor Totoro”

My first idea was using the recognizable chorus/theme of the Ending Theme Song, My Neighbor Totoro. It’s so cute and bouncy and fun!


It was a bit hard to find a comprehensive playlist of the entire playlist on YouTube, so I went to Spotify and was not disappointed to find the entire OST album. I think I’ll make a new post just for that album.


In the end...

I ended up compiling a small list of the common recurring themes, and decided on the following theme to play with and arrange for our first AR filter!

[transcription of theme coming soon!]

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