AnimationMagazine.net presents an article written by Supervising Director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni, on his struggle to adapt to an increasingly digital landscape. For those of us who watch TCW each week, it may seem hard to believe that Filoni is ever behind the curve when it comes to digital media. According to the article though, moving from pen and paper to the computer was not as natural a transition as one might think. Check out the intro excerpt below and then click here for the full read.
"In 2005, after finishing the first season of Avatar, I moved to San Francisco to start work on The Clone Wars. The only direction I received for the look of the show was to make it look like something no one had seen before. It seemed like a riddle, handed down to me by a Jedi Master. Make something no one had seen before, while using one of the best-known and beloved franchises of all time. On top of that, the whole series was going to be CG, and the main characters were mostly humans, or humanoid. They were Jedi, which meant they were heavy on the cloth, which is no friend to production. I knew very little about computers, but what little I did know, especially in 2005, indicated that humans would be difficult to pull off believably. I was also told that we would no longer be using storyboards of any kind; a new process of pre-visualization was being developed that would replace it. I had been a storyboard artist for a long time. It was my craft. It was what I knew, and it was not going to be a skill I could rely on for this show."