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bryankonietzko:

KORRA CREW PROFILE: SYLVIA FILCAK-BLACKWOLF

Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf has been the lone color stylist on Korra since Book 1, so she has colored all of the character and prop models for the entire series (aside from what I’ve done or tweaked as the art director)––a massive undertaking. She has a wealth of varied experience in both TV and feature animation in a variety of job positions, and is an absolute joy to work with, so I wanted to interview her for this blog to share her insights with anyone aspiring to work in this industry. I also wanted to highlight the position of color stylist: you often hear of the drawing positions and the background painters, but the artists who choose and adjust the colors for the characters and props are also incredibly important to the look and feel of an animated project. Above you can see some of Sylvia’s work from the upcoming special Avatar Wan origin episodes.

BK: You are originally from Los Angeles, right? How early on did you know you wanted to work in animation? Did having the industry around you while growing up influence that desire?

SFB: Yes, but I grew up mainly in Studio City/North Hollywood area. Growing up here I was around industry people all the time but I really did not think about it. Parents and friends were musicians/actors/producers/editors/animators. I guess I thought that this was the norm and it was like this everywhere… I really was fortunate in the fact that I fell into animation. I always loved it but never really thought about it. I wanted to be an anthropologist! Ha Ha

BK: Did you have any formal art education after high school?   

SFB: No, but not too long after high school I started working in the animation industry.   

BK: How did you get your foot in the door in the animation industry? What was your first job?

SFB: My friend’s mother worked in animation as an ink & paint supervisor and did quite a bit at home on various productions. She asked if I could help and that was the beginning! I think my first job was doing mark-up for The Chipmunks.

BK: You’ve worked at a variety of studios. What are some of your favorite productions throughout your career?

SFB: Hmmm, Well I would have to say that Iron Giant was a lot of fun. Great Crew. Great Directors. Great Movie! In the afternoon they would cart around chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne/beer/wine. Crazy times. Spongebob Movie was fun. In general I think the crew is really important and if what you are working on happens to be fantastic then all the better. Legend of Korra is another great project that I am fortunate enough to work on. Great Crew. Great Directors. Great story!

BK: Can you describe your job as a color stylist for people who don’t know what that entails? Have you had any other positions in animation?

SFB: A color stylist generally keys all characters, props, and FX. You read the script, look at the animatics and image boards. Paint up all the models, and get them approved. Then the fun begins: you take each model that belongs in that specific scene/sequence and style them according to their surroundings. It could be day/night, fire FX, explosions, etc… which in turn then goes back to the art director/director to approve, give notes, or change. Generally most of my jobs have been color compositing which is the same as a color stylist but you get to composite the scene as well. I have also been a inker/painter and a color composite supervisor.

BK: What are your hobbies and interests outside of animation?

SFB: I build furniture, and do architectural woodcarving and sculpting. I love growing too. My husband and I took a break before the last SpongeBob Movie and went to Portland, Oregon where I had an apprenticeship under a fantastic master carver (Lee Johnson). An amazing person/experience that has taught me so much.

BK: Any advice for people looking to get into animation, either young people still in school or adults who are trying to land that first gig?

SFB: I would say that animation has its highs and its lows. You will work on great projects and some not so great projects––it’s all part of the world. Stay focused, talk to as many people that you can. Build up your reel/portfolio. Network. For every person that you encounter that is not so helpful you will find great people that will help you. Basically, don’t be discouraged. Try out different projects––perhaps ones that you may think that you are not qualified to do or maybe it’s just not your style. You can learn so much from every project that you come across. It’s all about experience. Good Luck!


Reblogged from animationtidbits (Originally from bryankonietzko)
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korranation:

Here’s the official Book 2 trailer that premiered at the LoK screening!

It gets more and more epic every time we watch it!


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shoomlah:

Now that I have some amount of free time, I am finally being a diligent supporter of quality animation and catching up with current kids’ shows.  I WONDER WHICH ONES HM

shoomlah:

Now that I have some amount of free time, I am finally being a diligent supporter of quality animation and catching up with current kids’ shows.  I WONDER WHICH ONES HM


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korraspasm:

sifu-kisu:

Chi Blocker Party

We’re going to get you!

Wise and Noble Hobo, best cosplay.


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sargeantscruff:

DANG IT SOMEONE ALREADY DID AN EPIC BOBS BURGERS CROSSOVER ARRGH (but srsly look at those cuties)

sargeantscruff:

DANG IT SOMEONE ALREADY DID AN EPIC BOBS BURGERS CROSSOVER ARRGH
(but srsly look at those cuties)


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korraspasm:

lo-lo-loki:

‘Things are complicated. I’ve been feeling really confused and —’

Korra chumbuuug

Mako - lo-lo-loki

Bolin - dinlykke

Photos by Ninjacracker Cosplay photography.

Here’s another batch of this scene. Enjoy. ~ I bet you guys are so tired of seeing our faces on your dash though. 8)

Can’t stop laughing oh my god. 


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bolt-the-badass:

doodlebin:

“Toph fucking earthbended Lin into existence”
You guys who reposted the first pick. reading your comments is inspiring.

This must be canon.
I refuse to believe otherwise. 

So Toph just made Wonder Woman basically.

bolt-the-badass:

doodlebin:

“Toph fucking earthbended Lin into existence”

You guys who reposted the first pick. reading your comments is inspiring.

This must be canon.

I refuse to believe otherwise. 

So Toph just made Wonder Woman basically.


Reblogged from marauderer (Originally from tumblebin)
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sifu-kisu:

I thought I’d share part of my morning at work with you.

My Valhalla….. 


Reblogged from animationtidbits (Originally from sifu-kisu)
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Legend Of Korra Episode 7 HD Links!

korraspasm:

fyeah-team-avatar:

They do have the NICK LOGO! 

Rapidshare: https://rapidshare.com/files/2624059509/The.Legend.Of.Korra.S01E07.The.Aftermath.720p.HDTV.h264-OOO.mkv

Jumbofiles: http://jumbofiles.com/aqrpszo9zcbk

iFile: http://ifile.it/xikrf4d

Piratebay: http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7281796/The.Legend.of.Korra.S01E07.The.Aftermath%5B720p%5D%5BSecludedly%5D

Also: http://www.demonoid.ph/files/details/2933839/41932881/


Reblogged from marauderer (Originally from fyeah-team-avatar)
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Legend of Korra: "The Aftermath: A Fallen Pro-bender"
Get More: Legend of Korra Episodes,Legend of Korra,Legend of Korra Games

jhenne-bean:

isaia:

aishaloveschoclate:

korranation:

Korra runs into Tahno, the pro-bender who had his powers stripped by Amon.

5/14/2012

TahNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO D: Amon took away his bending and gave him kawaii.

no, my heart.

>:C
MAKING TAHNO A SYMPATHETIC CHARACTER HOW DARE U!?
D: 

AHHHH WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL OF THESE FEELINGS?!?

TAHNO.

C’MERE. ;a;

(My sis makes it worse: “Aww, the way he’s walking! He’s like a broken man. HIS SWAG IS GONE!”)


Reblogged from jhenne-bean (Originally from korranation)
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zeroisme:

alectheshadowhunter:

korrawatch:

Holy crap, this is cool. 

Wait, I remember lighting, blood, and metal bending in A:TLA, but sound bending?

For real. Whats up with the soundbending?

Makes a sort of sense. Sound is really just vibrations in the air heard at different frequencies.


Reblogged from zeroisme (Originally from xmasclub-deactivated20121222)
chipperwhale:

Wow this is a sketch that went out of control. Kind of went into comic mode and thought out the situation :< had to stop myself before it got too dirty.

Why did you stop….
POR QUE!?

chipperwhale:

Wow this is a sketch that went out of control. Kind of went into comic mode and thought out the situation :< had to stop myself before it got too dirty.

Why did you stop….

POR QUE!?


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Equalist Propaganda

equalistpropaganda:

Dude, that…so deep and insightful. 0_0


Reblogged from rufftoon (Originally from equalistpropaganda)
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animationtidbits:

inspredwood:

Korra Equalist Raid. NEW CLIP

Korra gets briefed before her raid on the Equalist

Feel free to hit up my Korra Nation LINK. (only a few more days left, so it’d be much appreciated).


Reblogged from animationtidbits (Originally from inspredwood)
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avataraang:

iridescentlyme:

EXTENDED PREVIEW OF LEGEND OF KORRA CLIP

Korra’s training is interrupted when her fire-bending crush Mako arrives.

I hope this hasn’t been obtained illegally, but seeing as we’ve already watched most of it I don’t see any harm in posting. 

I literally laughed out loud when she just blew them away with earth-bending!


Reblogged from animationtidbits (Originally from bringmeouttosea)
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