My full pop culture nerd senses tingled, when the topic was announced: The Heros Journey and illustrated by the beautiful Game Journey by thatgamecompany. I obsessively watched playthroughs, especially enjoying this one: Video Part 1. That narrator sounds so awed and sympathetic : )
The Hero's Journey explores the stages a hero walks through in the straightforward “epic” path in many hero-centered narrations. Therefore I had an excuse to single out tons of great epic stories and use them to illustrate James’ text and Dan’s narration thereof. Watch the Video here.
Let my start with an assemblage from some drawings from the Episode. Be very invited to read the more obscure reference links below.
I started out by planning the episode. This way i have an overview on how many images are needed, the pacing and how much non-drawn material and how much dan-standing-and-talking is involved. I strive for balance:
The Faces of THE DAN. Uhhh, so much joy : D
And the Journey drawings... which are not doing justice to the amazing game. But i enjoyed doing them very much.
Some of the references during the episode are a bit obscure. Not too obscure hopefully. I was lucky to have been introduced to them. If you do not know these, maybe it's worth a try : )
Most of the drawings are not by me.
The Monk and the Fish by Dudok de Wit
He won an Academy Award with another Short story (Father and Daughter) which is such a loving, simple and deep narrative, that it brings me to tears every time. The Monk and the fish is probably the greatest metaphor I know for diving into knowledge without forcing it. Like letting go of the fear to do wrong with anatomy and simply starting to draw people… But this is more about faith, of course.
(referenced) Monk and the Fish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS-jLM75xuU
Father and Daughter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQfOFVMth5Q
Focused strongly on action and insane mechas, it also features great drawings for the commercial break and an surprisingly epic story. It actually asked the question: What IF you actually rescued the world and are responsible for it now and all you know is how to fight? Entertaining.
Besides Zim my most favorite Cartoon-show. It did not work well in Germany, because the narrator sounds bored. It shines a very cynical light on highschools and role stereotypes. I feel smarter just watching this ; ) Amazingly well written. I fangirl about this a bit much, so I cannot really say this with a straight face.
a stunning animation feature set in the 9th century. The visual style and the soundtrack are beautiful, the characters endearing. It’s quite a risk to use such a different visual style and I am so glad they did. I promise you, after THIS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFhd8RfCqVg song, you will love the character Aisling and want to know more.
I thank the extra credits crew very much for their support, their amazing ideas and Missus M. M. for the help with all the points where my brain leaked emptiness.
My respect for Allison doing this every week besides regular work deepened even more.