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Hello everyone. I’m Kenji Itoso, living in Japan.
I have a career learned under Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon.
Currently, I produce and direct live action films, music videos and commercials, mainly working on animation projects.
Also as a University professor, I do research on film techniques and teach my specialty.
I believe that Christmas day is the best day of the year. And I’ve always wanted to produce an animation film that is about Santa Clauses. After 12 years of planning, the time has finally come for me to get down to it.
Producer / Executive Director: Kenji Itoso (Transformers Animated, Dreaming Machine)
Director: Yumi Kamakura (Pokémon,Eureka seveN)
Screenplay: Naohiro Fukushima (009 RE:CYBORG,Eden of The East)
Original Character Design: Hidari (VOCALOID, Atelier Ayesha)
Animation Character Design: Hiroki Harada (Romeo×Juliet, Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Background Art: Takashi Aoi (Xam'd: Lost Memories, Eureka seveN)
Produced: KENJI STUDIO
More background from ANN:
Naohiro Fukushima (Eden of the East, Eureka 7: Astral Ocean) is writing the script, and artist Hidari (Fractale, Natsu-iro Kiseki) drew the original character design illustrations. Itoso's own KENJI STUDIO (Kotonakare Hero Gingerman) is animating the film. Itoso is serving as producer and executive director, while Yumi Kamakura (episode director for Eureka Seven, Blood+, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) is serving as director. Hiroka Harada (Romeo × Juliet, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) is adapting Hidari's character designs for animation.
See the ANN link for more pics as well
- UPDATE -
There is a related project for animation students and enthusiasts
Art of Making “Santa Company” – A Complete Guide
It would be an excellent source for those who seriously seek the anime production career as well as and for anime enthusiasts. It would be an interesting read explaining what goes on behind the scenes of production.
The guide, which will be distributed as a DVD-ROM (Windows and Mac compatible) will contain original raw data used in the actual production, including JPEG and PSD data with layers intact. Other materials such as background and color specification tables will also be included in the DVD-ROM as a data. The reasons and intentions behind what is drawn or written in the raw data will also be explained in the separate PDF, written by Kenji Itoso himself.
This will be the first guide to feature these contents, and the material to understand the methodology and process of anime production.
Chapter 1：Various types of occupations and job details
Chapter 3：Script/Plot Structure/World Building
Chapter 4：Character design
Chapter 5：How to draw characters using Adobe Photoshop
Chapter 6：Background Settings
Chapter 8：Layout (structure)
Chapter 9：Key Frames
Chapter 10：Background art
Chapter 12：Finishing Process/Color Model/Color balance
Chapter 13：Filming (making the video)
Chapter 14：Complete production progress of the animation
Chapter 13 include the animated data and the background data for you to experiment with. From there, it will guide you through the software up to how to combine the two data to create the final animation movie.
This includes not only the explanation on how anime is drawn, but the process of planning, and the explanation on the production committee system, and about the current anime industry in Japan, and its future.
This project is new even to the Japanese audience and the anime industry, and is now in progress.
I hope this project will enable anime fans overseas to learn more about Japanese anime production!
Last edited by npcomplete; 2014-10-05 at 06:49.