Producing Japanese Anime Digitally

How to transition a studio from a traditional paper pipeline to producing animation digitally

Producing Japanese Anime Digitally

Japan has a rich history of creating beautiful, traditional hand-drawn animation. Worldwide, Japan is recognized for its unique style, and admired for producing animated series that appeal to a wide audience.

The techniques used in these traditional studios have remained consistent over the years. However, there are many limitations to creating storyboards and animation on paper. Because of the many individuals that work together from different locations, it’s often necessary to ship paper by mail. This has to be taken into account when planning tight deadlines and deliverables. Also, there is a process in which the paper must be scanned to digitize it, in order to use software to colour and composite the artwork.

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