Animation Guild

Fall 2019

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30 KEYFRAME BUILDING CHARACTER As critical as plotting and timing are to the success of a sequence, artists and writers alike agree that much of action comes down to character. Even if you're witnessing a familiar character taking on a familiar foe, the stakes need to be real enough to keep an audience invested. Returning to or reimagining established heroes can pose a challenge which many artists say they are eager to embrace, especially in action sequences. In rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the 2018 Nickelodeon series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co- creators Ant Ward and Andy Suriano crafted the fighting styles of Mikey, Donnie, Leo and Raph around individual personalities. " We knew we wanted the action on the show to be totally different to some of the stuff that's been done before in action shows," said Ward. " We love going down like 15 mm and really warping the environment and playing "We try to do anything unexpected, put character first and avoid the pitfalls of boring kind of standard western action sequences." Character designer and producer Andy Suriano cut his teeth on Samurai Jack and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. before co- creating Rise. F E AT U R E

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