the breakdown of a hero

episodes during which great days plays: our heroes have been killed multiple times already, a small child damn near commits suicide, we have seen the psychological breakdown of said small child and a couple of our heroes, everything is gray and washed out, there’s rain, people are crying



Subaru is honestly so charismatic.. 

Akumasona/Miracusona Week 1! April 20-25, 2016. BOTH artists and writers!

Hey Miraculers! welcome to Akuma/Miracusona week 1! so excited to start this and hopefully continue with more weeks as we get more seasons. (season 2!!) 

Here are the prompts 

ps: akumasona is your villain identity and miracusona is your hero identity!

Day 1: Your Akumasona. 

:Name, breakdown of costume design, special power, where is the akuma? (ie: umbrella, necklace) 

Day 2: Your Miracusona 

:Name, breakdown of costume design, special power, what is your miraculous? draw your Kwami! feel free to talk about your kwami’s personality, what they eat to recharge, what they do when not in action? 

Day 3: Dynamic Duo

: Do you have a partner? draw them! You can create your own partner for your akumasona/miracusona or interact with another Miraculer and draw them as your partner! maybe write a short story? 

Day 4: The Past

: Who was the previous Miraculous holder? Draw/write about this person!

: How did you get akumatized? Draw/write! 

Day 5: Civilian ID 

: Who are you when you are not akumatized/ using your miraculous? Parents? friends? Country of origin? 

Optional/Replacement prompts

(just in case ;) ) 

:How do you imagine your future? passing on the miraculous? 

: Draw some fighting poses! 

: How about some more international superheroes? Draw or write this if you are outside Paris! It would be very cool to see/read some other monuments and scenes  

The prompts are very mmm standard for now because we do plan on having more weeks as more information about miraculous gets out and possibly with the release of season 2 and etc etc, but PLEASE dive into these as much as you would like! 

the official tag is #aksonawk1 please use that tag to tag us or mention us directly with @akumasonas

@ladyofacat, @official-ladyblog @miraculosblog and maybe @miraculousubs could you reblog this? thank you! 


I’ve had a few requests lately to do a shot breakdown for a scene in “Big Hero 6” to show my workflow. I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s super intimidating! I’m a strong believer that workflow is a personal thing, there’s no right or wrong, whatever makes the process more enjoyable and gets you to the end result. This is a test I did before the production of “Big Hero 6”, the objective was to have Fred dunk a basketball to test out his jumping abilities and fire breathing skills. What a dream assignment!!! So I’ve compiled some work in progress videos that help to breakdown this scene. I make an effort to let my workflow evolve and adapt depending on the shot, so this is in no way a “how to video”, just my personal approach for this particular scene. I love what I do, this was so much FUN!!

Thanks for watching:D

Property of Walt Disney Animation Studios. For educational purposes only:)

I was tagged by the awesome @it-is-baja thank you!
rules: tag nine people you want to get to know better!

relationship status: Forever(!!!!) single

favorite color: Emerald

lipstick or chapstick: Lipstick (like a red one or something)

last song i listened to: I believe it was City of Stars, the version sung by Ryan Gosling in La La Land

last movie i watched: The Life of David Gale (in English class)

top 3 characters: McDreamy, Mia (La La Land), Teddy Daniels

top 3 ships: Slexie (Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey from Grey’s), MerDer (Meredith Grey and Derek Shepard from Grey’s) and Idk the last haha

books i’m currently reading: The Breakdown, Moonwalking with Einstein and Everyday.

I’m tagging @ylvis @ylvisbrothers @ylvisers @ylvisedits @heroes-get-made @pelinelin @theylvis @fuckyeahnorwegian @fuckyeahylvis @nordic-breeze if you haven’t done it already and if you want to!


Here’s a breakdown video for a few scenes from “Big Hero 6”. I had so much fun making the last video, and received such positive feedback that I decided to make another:) This was a very challenging sequence for me and a lot of fun at the same time. Each shot in the sequence had a different workflow (stepped, splined, straight ahead, heavily referenced) all depending on what the shot needed. I learnt so much from the Supervisors and the Directors on this sequence, I feel so humbled and privileged every time I present my shots for feedback. It’s such a positive atmosphere and everyone in the room is truly trying to make the shot the best it can be. From Story-boarding to Editorial everyone involved is improving the shot, I especially loved watching effects and lighting work their magic in this sequence!

I’d love to hear feedback on what you’d be interested in seeing next, this was so much fun, I think I’ll do more.

Property of Walt Disney Animation Studios. For educational purposes only:)

Thanks for watching!

Breakdown of Baymax’s neurological scan of Hiro in Big Hero Six

Getting the chance to see Big Hero Six for a second time, on my computer, allowed me to pause the screen and check out all the cool details more carefully.  I was especially interested in the scene where Baymax is scanning Hiro’s neurological functioning.  I wanted to see if the writers and animators just phoned this bit in with a bunch of made-up jargon and figures, or if they actually did their research to add an extra level of authenticity.  I was happy to find that it was the later of these two options.  Even more so than I had hoped for.  They didn’t just do the research, they clearly got a real neurologist to consult on this…  It’s a super impressive facsimile of what a real, super high-tech neuro-scan would look like, right down to being gender and age-specific.

Check it out:

On the viewer’s left side of the screen, just below ‘diagnosis’ there is a list of symptoms.  After ‘no physical injury’ it reads ‘GPR54 detected.’ GPR54, also known as the ‘Kisspeptin receptor’ mitigates endocrine functioning during puberty.  Its activation causes the release of gonadotropin hormones.  In short, it is the mechanism that ‘turns on’ the gonads and basically readies the body for sexual procreation.  All of the aches and pains and weird feelings that occur during puberty are a result of the body adjusting to changes in the gonadal system.   The Kisspeptin receptor usually becomes active around age 11 in girls and 12 in boys.  Hiro is 14, which suggests he’s a bit of a late-bloomer in regards to his physical development, but this is not especially uncommon among children who are intellectually precocious.  No one really knows why this is; it’s just a common correlational finding.  

Next it reads ‘High levels of GnRH.’  GnRH is short for gonadotropin-releasing hormone.  This is a peptide hormone that regulates the release of additional hormones in the anterior pituitary gland within the hypothalamus.  These hormones are released in pulses or waves and it’s often different between boys and girls.  In girls, the pulses tend to occur at a varied rate throughout the menstrual cycle, with big surges occurring just prior to ovulation.  In boys, meanwhile, GnRH is secreted in pulses at a more constant frequency.  Detection of high levels of GnRH in Hiro indicates a pulse of the hormone is occurring and his gonads are in a state of spermatogenesis (i.e. his body is creating sperm… which is likely much more information than anyone needs regarding a cartoon character). 

After that it reads ‘increased pituitary activity.’  Again, the pituitary gland is the main generator for these hormones.  Electrical activity generating in the pituitary causes the release of various hormones.  The pituitary is involved in all manner of state and trait-based functioning.  In this case, the heightened activity is most likely connected to the pulse of GnRH. 

Next it reads ‘High Testosterone.’ Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone secreted in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females.  Higher levels of testosterone during physical development aids in the tissue growth of secondary sexual characteristics, as well as augmenting muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair.  Secretion of testosterone from the adrenal glands is also associated with stress, helping to ready muscles tension and blood flow in so-called ‘fight-or-flight’ situations.  Heightened testosterone in Hiro just means that his body is going through the process of puberty; that his body is at an accelerated process of physical development (i.e. a ‘growth spurt’). 

Next, it reads ‘vocal fluctuation,’ which is pretty straightforward.   During puberty, the larynx grows and expands at a fast pace, altering the pitch and vibration of vocal folds.  Similar to GnRH, the hormones that aid in the growth of the larynx also occur in surges or pulses and this is why adolescent voices sometimes seem to ‘crack’ or suddenly fluctuate. 

Finally, it the readout reads ‘emotional instability.’  This is a complex one.  Obviously, a significant portion of Hiro’s emotional issues is related to his morning over his brother’s death.  Nevertheless, emotional instability is highly common during the process of puberty, a byproduct of hormonal fluctuations as well as differential activity in the brain.  Up in the picture, on the viewer’s right side, there are two side-views of Hiro’s brain.  The first is a baseline image, the picture Baymax took when he first met Hiro.  The second is a current image.  These are both imitations of what full side-view brain scans look like on a functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). 

Hiro’s baseline shows relatively normative brain activity, with electrical activity occurring in a broad, spectral fashion.  In the second image, however, the electrical activity is more focal, concentrating in the lower mid-brain region.  This is where the hypothalamus is, and the concentrated activity indicates that the pituitary is in the process of triggering the release of all manner of hormones. 

Structurally, the hypothalamus resides right next to the amygdala, part of the limbic system, and a primary component to emotion.  The amygdala is believed to be the part of the brain that connects thoughts and memories to physical sensations.  Put simply, it is what creates emotion.  Being situated so closely to the hypothalamus, an increase in limbic system activity may be merely a byproduct of increases of growth-related hormones during adolescence.  And this often contributes to greater emotional instability tied in with growth spurts. 

Furthermore, the increased activity in the midbrain region often acts to reduce activity in other areas, especially the frontal lobes.  The frontal lobes are the area of the brain most associated with decision-making, foresight, and judgment.  Apparently, there is only so much electrical activity that can occur in the brain at any given moment.  And a concentration of activity in the lower regions can actually reduce such activity in the upper regions.  So, when an adolescent makes a rash decision, acts out, or shows poor judgment, it may often be a result of reduced activity in frontal lobes that occur as a result of heightened activity elsewhere.  And we see this actually occur later on in the movie when Hiro makes a very rash decision and tries to get Baymax to kill Professor Callaghan.  Not only is Hiro still morning Tadashi and feels extremely betrayed by Professor Callaghan, but he’s also at a stage of development where his frontal lobes are at a lower-than-average level of activity… which can lead to rash, impulsive decision-making.  Fortunately, Gogo, Honey and the gang are there to stop Baymax and prevent Hiro from a decision he would ultimately regret.

Finally, the readout also shows Hiro’s heart rate and body temperature, both of which are in the normative range. 

Below the brain scans on the right-hand side is a list of abbreviations of hormones and neurotransmitters.   First is GnRH (or gonadotropin-releasing hormone) already covered above.  Next is LH, which stands for luteinizing hormone.  For girls, luteinizing hormones supports ovarian theca cells in later stages of the menstrual cycle.  In boys, luteinizing hormones helps to activate leydig cells in the testis, assisting in the production of testosterone. 

After that is a figure for FSH.  FSH stands for follicle-stimulating hormone.  FSH is a specific type of luteinizing hormone that activates pubertal maturation.  In girls, FSH is crucial to determining which egg is selected in ovulation.  FSH seems to be able to determine which egg follicle is the strongest and most ready for ovulation (i.e. which egg has the greatest chase of being fertilized and growing into a healthy baby).  In boys, FSH induces sertoli cells to secrete androgen-binding proteins… it helps to activate cells associated with male sexual development. 

Next is T, also known as T3 or Triiodothyronine.   This is a thyroid hormone that plays a significant role in multiple areas of bodily functioning, including metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate.  Elevated levels of T3 is a critical component to adolescent development.  It helps navigate metabolism so to give growing regions the extra energy needed for cellular generation (tissue growth).  For his size and weight, Hiro’s T3 level of 170 definitely suggests he is going through a growth spurt.   

Next is E2, which stands for estradiol.  Estradiol is both a steroid as well as a sex hormone.  It is the primary sex hormone in girls, helping to activate genes whose expression allows further development of the vagina as well as breast growth.  In boys, estradiol acts to help keep nascent sperm cells from dying off prematurely.  Significant heightened E2 levels in boys is a primary indicator of the genetic condition known as Klinefelters syndrome (also known as intersex or XYY syndrome).  At 22, Hiro’s E2 level is a touch high, but well within the normative range for a boy his age. 

And finally, there’s F, which totally perplexes me.  There’s no hormone I can think of that is abbreviated as F. So what’s Hormone F?  I’m still not sure and my best guess is that it’s an in-joke for fans of the anime, Dragonball Z.  

So all of this, this entire business that took me half an hour to write, is detailed in a single scene that lasts maybe ten seconds.  It’s really impressive the amount of detail and research that went into this one scene.