William Dunn sent me a quick e-mail to let me know about a new paint blog he’s started on Flickr showcasing his background work on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Not only do you get to see the environments the animated characters move around in, you also get a lot of insight into the process, and behind the scenes info.

I think I might have taken a day or two to do the samples and at the time, I was really keen on pushing the comic bookness of the backgrounds. So I thought, what is more comic bookish than zip-a-tone dot patterns? When I showed the samples to James, whereas he thought it was kind of cool, he pointed out that if we trucked into a background, what would look like a small dot from far away, would look like a bunch of large dinner plates close up. Plus there might be a problem if the camera pans along the dot pattern. It could vibrate on the screen. He was right of coarse and so I dropped the zip-a-tone idea from the BGs. This is what development is for anyway. Throw a bunch of ideas and see what works and what doesn’t. Still…I thought if I ever got on to the show, it would be cool if I could sneak it in to a BG at least once…A few weeks after I turned in my test, line producer Amy McKenna called me and told me I had the job.

via William Dunn

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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