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Anime - Concept to Reality
Concept to reality combines two animated features with a comprehensive how-to section for consumers interested in creating their own anime. Anime: Concept to Reality introduces the exciting world of do-it-yourself computer animation. It includes two animated short features, "Understanding Chaos" and "Shadowskin" and also includes a 20 minute "How-To" segment which will show viewers how they can create their own Anime from start to finish, including character design, 3D imaging and rendering, voice over and music creation, and editing. All with equipment and software that is affordable and easy to use.
In Voices of a Distant Star, Makoto Shinkai proved that a single, talented artist using contemporary computer technology can create a film that approaches studio quality. Anime: Concept to Reality attempts to do the same thing, but falls short. The disc offers two short, highly derivative sci-fi films by Terrence Walker, followed by the sort of how-I-did-it interviews usually reserved for far more accomplished artists. As the films were made in the U.S., they don't really qualify as anime, nor does Walker explain the animation process in ways that teach viewers much of anything. Aspiring filmmakers can learn more about how anime films are really made from Animation Runner Kurumi. The mystery is why TokyoPop bothered to issue an elaborate and deceptively titled showcase for someone whose work barely rises above the student level. Caveat emptor. (Rated 13 and older: mild profanity, violence, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon
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Walker also appears to be the only english speaking artist, since the others use subtitles, and delayed voice overs.
But, in sum, Terrence Walker should be given more credit for having built an independent film catalogue without all the resources that abound for artists, only in Japan.
So, if you're new to the processes of digital manga, and living in the U.S. I would strongly recommend that you take a look at Walker's techniques, they're the most practical.
I wavered a long time on this one, but I finally had to get it and I can only say ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I wish there was something like this out a long time ago! I am still having trouble believing one artist did all this. What's even better is that he doesn't make a secret about it. He shows exactly how you can do it too! HE shows what software he uses for each step from storyboarding down to music and final editing. I never even considered that one guy could do it, let alone on one computer! It's like Robert Rodriguez on the "Mexico" DVD but for anime!
I've been drawing since I was a child and dreamed of doing something like this, but I always saw hundreds of names in the credits for most shows. "Voices of a Distant Star" looked good, but it was heavy on the 3D stuff and the 2D character stuff was somewhat lacking. Anime: Concept to Reality uses 3D also, but he makes it really look hand drawn. I couldn't even tell what was what, until I watched how it was put together.
I know now that even I could put a show together and make it look good without becoming homeless trying to do it.