Around April of last year my friend, Jamie Vickers, encouraged Ben Li and I to apply to animate on Masaaki Yuasa’s “Space Dandy” episode. Yuasa-san was apparently looking for international animators and posted about it on his Facebook wall. We turned in our reels and promptly got the gig.
I decided to only take on four shots just to feel it out and to make sure I got it all in on time.
The Carpaccio animation and shadow passes weren’t used in the final cut, but I decided to include them for this post to show what was turned in and approved. The rest of the drawings I did came through though! Very exciting to see the final animation all cleaned up, colored and cut together.
Yuasa-san was very open to us using Flash to animate our shots. The production took the final keys (genga’s), printed them out, retraced onto paper and inbetweened those drawings. It’s a pretty wild pipeline, but it totally worked. I am grateful to have experienced working under one of my most favorite directors, Masaaki Yuasa-san.
If granted the opportunity I would like to do more animations for Yuasa-san and other overseas productions in the future. For now I will continue working on my personal project that I aim to get done before the end of the year.
Another set of Markiplier expression lunch break sketches. I couldn’t resist since Mark’s expressions were so awesome in this playthrough. This time I wanted to caricature his expressions more. Also wanted to shout out and say thank you Mark for reblogging my recent expression study post! I can’t thank you enough, and seriously the studies have helped me to improve my expressions in my storyboards. Thank you for making awesome videos that make people laugh and have an overall fun time. Enjoy!
Hey Jhenne! I've wondering: why does it seem like shows made in the 90's up until the early 2000's were more racially diverse? There seemed to be this weird-ass gap from around 2005-2012 where things got very whitewashed. Not to say the media is perfect today (ha!), but I definitely see some improvement as shows like Empire and Jane the Virgin become more of the norm. I was wondering if there were any institutional changes that led to that gap or really wtf happened, if you know.
OKAY SO LIKE.
We are about to be here all day I hope you’re ready for this level of commitment.
This is a really good question, and I don’t think there’s a single concrete answer so much as a multitude of things going on at once. And while it’s really really interesting, imo, that means my answer is about to be LONG AS HAYLE. But I’ll try to put links and stuff for further reading’s sake. And I’m really only scratching the surface and doing some Intro 101 summation, because each of these channels and acts and points has a fascinating lengthy af history. So there’s plenty to look up if you survive this, lol.
I’m talking specifically about mainstream television (in America). Not the entire realm of visual/digital media, and not film or indie stuff.
I’ll be using black sitcoms as benchmarks, both because that’s where my base of knowledge is, and because there are -historically- more examples.
I’m only really including shows starring/centered on, rather than featuring as side characters and whatnot.
Also, I’m going to focus on “family” and primetime programs rather than children-specific media/animation.
Annnnd obviously this reply is research + speculation, because my books don’t necessarily delve into or examine the history of the medium re: diversity for me to copy paste here ofc. So. Conjecture.
Anyways. yeah. Here we go! (With opening definitions and distinctions!)