Cases of Introduction

2019

Natsuzora

Released:2019 / Natsuzora Official Website (in Japanese)

"Natsuzora" is a television drama series depicting the life of a heroine who becomes an animator in the early days of Japanese animation industry. OpenToonz was utilized in the production of the opening titles and many of the animated sequences to process effect compositions and cinematography.

Comments from Yoichi Senzui, the director of photography:
"I decided to use OpenToonz considering that it is useful for inputting the Xsheet and also it is easy to modify the painted drawings. During the production I could start creating the scene in parallel with ink & paint work. And in case there were adjustments in animation drawings, we could handle the changes seamlessly in the same software. So, using OpenToonz was timesaver."

Production company

Staff

  • Director / Hitomi Kariya
  • Director of Photography / Yoichi Senzui

Copyright

©NHK / Sasayuri

Promare

Released:2019 / Promare Official Website (in Japanese)

OpenToonz was utilized for pencil testing by keyframe and inbetween animators.

TRIGGER had been introduced OpenToonz for pencil testing since the production of "Kiznaiver". In "Promare" production, OpenToonz was used not only by animators for checking thier own work, but also by an animation director and a director for checking and modifying timing of all animation footages.

OpenToonz was also utilized for "線撮"(Sensatsu, line compositing) on a trial basis. "線撮" is a workflow of making pre-visualization movie by using intermediate materials, which is to be used for post-production in case the production runs behind schedule.The clapperboard feature and the time code fx were newly developed and introduced for that purpose.

Production company

Staff

  • Director / Hiroyuki Imaishi

Copyright

©TRIGGER, Kazuki Nakashima / XFLAG

2018

OKKO'S Inn

Released:2018 / OKKO'S Inn Official Website (in Japanese)

The camera capture feature of OpenToonz was utilized for pencil testing by keyframe and inbetween animators. It’s notable that the camera capture feature was originally demanded by the director Kitaro Kousaka and introduced to the production for the first time.

Production company

Staff

  • Director / Kitaro Kousaka

Copyright

©Hiroko Reijo, Asami, KODANSHA / WAKAOKAMI Project

Ponoc Short Films Theatre Volume 1 – Modest Heroes

Released:2018 / Ponoc Short Films Theatre Volume 1 – Modest Heroes Official Website (in Japanese)

In one of the triple feature ”Invisible”, OpenToonz and GTS were utilized in all digital workflows including scanning, color designing, ink & painting, and compositing. A new visual effect for reproducing lens distortion was developed in order to represent a scene looked over a main character’s spectacles. OpenToonz was also utilized for pencil testing in the production of other two short films "Kanini & Kanino" and "Life ain't gonna lose".

Production company

Staff

    • "Kanini & Kanino"
    • Director / Hiromasa Yonebayashi
    • "Life ain't gonna lose"
    • Director / Yoshiyuki Momose
    • "Invisible"
    • Director / Akihiko Yamashita
    • Imaging Director / Atsushi Okui
    • Color Design / Fumiko Numahata

Copyright

©2018 STUDIO PONOC

BATMAN NINJA is an animated film created mainly by 3DCG. However certain scenes incorporate traditional 2D animation. OpenToonz was utilized in the production of those scenes to process strokes, effect compositions and cinematography (e.g. camera works). One of the reasons why OpenToonz was chosen for this film was because it processes drawing in a special format which preserves the halftone information required to replicate the natural look of a pencil’s stroke and subtle faint lines. Additionally, OpenToonz uses a palette system which enables the user to work flexibly - a user can for example work on the cinematography of materials before the colorization process or change the color specification without having to go back to the finishing process.

Production company

Staff

  • Director/Junpei Mizusaki
    • "Pastoral Part" Production
    • Storyboard and Animation Director / Takuji Miyamoto Junichi Yamamoto
    • Director / Takuya Saito
    • Compositor / Yoichi Senzui

Copyright

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

2017

Campaign Ad: NTT DOCOMO d POINT

OpenToonz and GTS are utilized in all digital production workflows through scanning, ink & painting, and digital compositing

Production company

Staff

  • Director and Animation / Shinji Hashimoto
  • Ink&Paint and Compositing / Yoichi Senzui

Copyright

© STUDIO PONOC

OpenToonz’s “Pallete” function and the preview function (enables the user to instantly preview the canvas with character and background layers stacked on top of each other) was utilized in the color designing process where adjustments are made to the character’s color to match the background. During the cinematography process, the “Magical Bubbles” that appear in the movie were created using a special effect that generates the rainbow patterns on the bubbles. The scanning tool GTS which was distributed simultaneously with OpenToonz was used during the scanning process where animations drawn on papers are scanned. "Mary and The Witch’s Flower" is the first animated film to incorporate OpenToonz in their production.

Production company

Staff

  • Director/Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Imaging Director/Atsushi Okui
  • Color Design/Fumiko Numahata

Copyright

©2017 M.F.P.

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