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January 12, 2008

Well-seasoned perspective
Posted by Avram Grumer at 11:50 PM * 20 comments

Enrico Casarosa, founder of World Wide SketchCrawl, is a storyboard artist at Pixar. He worked up Ratatouille, and is working on Pixar’s planned 2009 release, Up. (I don’t know if he was involved with WALL•E, their release for this year.)

In an interview with Studio Ghibli fan site GhibliWorld, Casarosa talks about the differences between Japanese and American studios. In Japan, an animation director typically does all the storyboarding for a movie, which explains why Miyazaki’s movies have such a consistent visual feel to them, while Ratatouille and The Iron Giant (both directed by Brad Bird, but presumably storyboarded by different groups of artists) feel so different.

(And holy crap it’s been forever since I went on a SketchCrawl.)

Comments on Well-seasoned perspective:
#1 ::: Merav ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 10:08 AM:

Yes, it has been forever. Do you have a Ground equivalent in Brooklyn?

#2 ::: Ghazala Khan ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 10:46 AM:

Hello ,
I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the WWW. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don't mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address "ghazala.khi at gmail.com", so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.


regards.

Ghazala Khan
The Pakistani Spectator
http://www.pakspectator.com

#3 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 12:06 PM:

I'm not convinced that I'd call it spam. It's merely a request for an interview.

#4 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 12:10 PM:

Would refusing an interview result in the wrath of Khan?

#5 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:08 PM:

I went and looked at The Pakistani Spectator. It looks more like a collective weblog than a news site.

Given where the invitation landed, it seems to me it's been issued to the Making Light community. Shall we reply? Do we want to have a conversation with The Pakistani Spectator? (And would they be willing to have a conversation with us?)

#6 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:30 PM:

TNH: It would be interesting to see what kind of collective answers we could come up with.

#7 ::: Michael Weholt ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:32 PM:

#6 :Teresa Nielsen Hayden: Given where the invitation landed, it seems to me it's been issued to the Making Light community. Shall we reply? Do we want to have a conversation with The Pakistani Spectator?

Absolutely. If they want to post their questions to this thread (or on a new thread provided by the Moderators, if that works better) and solicit answers to their questions from everybody here, why the heck refuse such an interesting opportunity to talk to each other?

#8 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:35 PM:

I'd be curious to have a better understanding of what the interview would be about, prior to agreeing or disagreeing. As it currently stands, it's hard to tell if this would be "So, er, about this newfangled Web 2.0 thing", or "How do you think blogging can affect the future of Pakistan".

#9 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:53 PM:

Michael, same here. It's an interesting opportunity. The discussion would have to be closely moderated.

Hmmm. I'll have to run this idea past my co-bloggers.

Separate thread, check.

Xeger, I think we're up to whatever they throw at us.

...

Still collecting reactions.

#10 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 01:57 PM:

I think it sounds like fun, especially if we can get a real live thread-drifty conversation going.

#11 ::: Melissa (oddharmonic) ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 02:42 PM:

I know something about Pakistan, albeit mostly by its number of uncategorized Wikipedia articles.

(My husband recently gave me a t-shirt that said "I edit, therefore I am." Yay Wikimedia swag.)

#12 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 03:18 PM:

Teresa, maybe run the TPS request past Juan Cole? It could be very worthwhile...or it might be a great deal of trouble, and who knows which?

#13 ::: Steve Taylor ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2008, 09:23 PM:

Avram - you draw very dynamic penguins.

And I don't say that to just anyone.

#14 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 12:19 AM:

Teresa Nielsen Hayden @ 10 ...
Xeger, I think we're up to whatever they throw at us.

Heh. Yes, you're right :) Last week was (to put it mildly) extremely long and corporate. My reactions haven't recovered yet.

#15 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 12:53 AM:

In #12 Melissa (oddharmonic) writes:

I know something about Pakistan, albeit mostly by its number of uncategorized Wikipedia articles.

That seems an odd perspective to have on a nation. But hey, why not?

#16 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 12:59 AM:

I've never heard of a sketchcrawl before. It looks like fun, but I don't think I can draw well enough to properly appreciate it.

#17 ::: Manny Olds ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 07:12 AM:

I think a group interview would be a hoot.

#18 ::: Victoria ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 05:06 PM:

Interviewing a group like us should be interesting. I say go for it.

#19 ::: myrthe ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 09:55 PM:

Teresa @ 10

Sounds good, and possibly even useful for them (!)

While it would be brilliant if they came and interviewed the whole thread "in person", I presume we'll end up mailing select answers back to them. Should we work out a process for selecting particular answers?

This being ML, I propose sonnets at fifty paces. Tiebreakers to be decided by exchange of terrifyingly practical advice for medical, military or knitting emergencies.

#20 ::: Melissa (oddharmonic) ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2008, 11:32 PM:

Bill Higgins @16: That seems an odd perspective to have on a nation. But hey, why not?

My perspective is skewed by categorizing uncategorized Wikipedia articles.

I now appreciate the difference between the Indian and Pakistani parts of Punjab and the number of people with biographical articles hailing from Lahore.

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