Being at a color correction session for Book 2 today reminded me that I kicked off this blog a year ago this week with a snapshot of Korra from a Book 1 color correction session. A year later and I’m still behind in all my work, you’re all still mad the show is not out yet (which, please understand, is akin to being mad at a tree for not growing apples fast enough), and Korra is still a badass.
Thanks for caring enough to be mad and for following this blog! Love, Bryan
People are complaining Book 2 isn’t out yet? YOU GUYS THIS STUFF TAKES TIME. Each second of animation is at least 15 drawings, sometimes more based on the quality I’ve seen in Korra.
A single episode generally runs at 22 minutes long, which leaves time for commercials. If they were running their frame rate at 15 frames (or drawings) per second a SINGLE episode would be about 19,800 drawings.
19,800 drawings that need to be animated.
19,800 drawings that need to be cleaned up/inked.
19,800 drawings that need to be colored.
That doesn’t even take into account the effects like Korra’s bending, or the background paintings, the storyboard process, or writing. That doesn’t take into account editing, folley (sound effects), voice over, compositing, color correction and music.
Most 2D animated shows the quality of Korra can cost roughly $100,000 to $200,000 per episode. Making a single episode of an animated series takes an army of people. Quite frankly animation is a shit ton of work!
You want quality? You want (crossing-my-fingers) good storytelling? That shit takes time, money, energy, education and effort from an entire team of people working at breakneck pace just to be able to make it to a single solitary deadline. Then they have to the same thing all over again the next day. That shit is super stressful. It’s not uncommon that people who work in animation sleep under their desks or in their goddamn offices because they’re working overtime. It’s not uncommon for a studio to have an on-site shower - that alone should tell you something about the dedication and work that these people go through.
So do I have it right that you the loyal fans of this show, are complaining that it’s TAKING TOO LONG? FOR SERIOUS?
Grow the hell up, put on your big adult undies, shut the fuck up, get some patience and let these guys work!