Hi, I’m Adam Dobay.
I come from a background in film theory and a decade spent in film production as writer, script doctor and translator, immersing myself in comparative mythology and gender studies on the side. To gain actual field experience on the workings of the human psyche, I also assisted the work of the renowned Japanese cultural anthropologist Dr. Saya Shiraishi, Jungian therapist Dr. Frank Cardelle, PhD., and non-duality teacher and second-generation Ramana Maharishi disciple Akos Prakash Voros.
I specialize in film storytelling and story patterns and I’m now bringing all my different subjects together in the Moon Rabbit project.
Over the past ten years, I’ve held over 400 talks on modern Japanese and Western fusion mythologies expressed through film, animation and the new golden age of television.
I also ran a two-semester undergraduate course, Therapy and Enlightenment in Anime for two years at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College back in Hungary.
I continue my research and live teaching work in the vibrant subcultural haven of Brighton, UK, where I’ve been collaborating with Picturehouse Cinemas since 2016 on talks and Q&A sessions with topics ranging from Studio Ghibli to Star Wars mythology to the new generation of female-led storytelling.
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Over the years I’ve worked with a number of people and organisations in film production, film distribution and film education. Here are just some highlights in no particular order:
- Picturehouse Cinemas. In an ongoing relationship since 2016, I’ve held over a dozen promotional talks and Q&A sessions for multiple Ghibli series as well as screenings for Ghost in the Shell, Akira and others
- Cirko-Gejzir, the Hungarian distributor of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, who tasked me to oversee the translation and subtitling of the film’s Hungarian release
- I worked together for five years with the Hungarian Anime Foundation, a cultural non-profit, where our many collaborations included hosting the main stage of AnimeCon 2013 and ShoujoCon 2015, and conducting the Great Anime Survey of 2013 with 3158 respondents and over 500 thousand data points.
- I also worked with Hungary’s biggest commercial convention brand, MondoCon, hosting several talks between 2011 and 2015.
- Queen Mary University of London, where in 2014 I was invited to hold a weekend workshop over two days – one on Studio Ghibli and one on the history and development of Japanese shoujo and shounen anime
- The Japan Foundation, who invited me in 2012 to hold two lectures on storytelling in anime and introduction to its specific genres