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EDITORIAL – Stop Blaming Everyone For Lack of LOK
Flamio, Hotmen! It’s Maggie here with our first editorial of the summer season as we wait for the arrival of San Diego Comic Con, the biggest news day of the year for all ATLA/LOK fans. As announced a few days ago, we will be posting editorials every weekend till that event, just to tide us over till then. Today’s editorial was written by yours truly —
Almost on a daily basis, I see posts on all forms of social media blaming either Mike and Bryan or Nickelodeon for us not having season two. I roll my eyes every time I see this, but I know it’s happening because people aren’t considering the facts, or are just ignorant, of animation.
The first phase of animating is pre-production. This involves drawing up storyboards, finalizing scenes and camera angles, and polishing the script. New characters are designed in model sheets, showing their physical and aesthetic design from multiple angles. Animatics are also made to streamline high-action scenes, which LOK has plenty of.
Season 3 Animatic of Asami.
The second phase is production. This includes modeling, which is creating models of structures seen in the animation, such as cars, buildings, animals, etc. Voice acting is also done in this stage before full-on animation is started (Keep in mind they are now in this stage for season 3 and possibly season 4). Then there is the process of texturing, lighting, and animation.
Korra modeling image for season 2.
Then you have post-production, which involves sound editing, foley, color correction, and finding anything that needs to be reanimated (which takes lots of time to do, as some of you know from Bryan’s constant mentions of it on his Tumblr). This is the phase LOK is in now for some of the later episodes of the season. Once all this is done, the studio then goes into marketing the show to the viewers, which it seems Nickelodeon is in the very early stages of doing for season 2.
Lemur color correction photo for season 2 from Bryan’s Tumblr.
Did you know it takes 6-9 months to fully produce one thirty minute episode? I repeat – ONE EPISODE.
However, another thing to consider is the fact that book one of LOK was all there was originally meant to be. That was it. Zilch. No more. But then Nickelodeon asked for three more seasons, which we learned about July 2012, almost a year ago. Your average, animated television show begins the production of a season while a previous season is airing, but LOK didn’t have this opportunity.
Instead of us waiting for a season to be completed and marketed in the standard time frame, we get to wait the full production time. 6-9 months is one episode, while Bryke has been working on fourteen. Do the math. Not to mention, they are doing all this along with producing books 3 and 4, giving us shorter wait times for those seasons.
All in all, it’s not Mike and Bryan’s fault. It’s not Nickelodeon’s fault. It’s no one’s fault. It just happens to take a long time, and people are hounding those who have no control over it. Be happy that we’re getting season two when we’re going to get it, which is later this year, because it could be a lot worse.
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The Search Part Three Release Date
Dark Horse has stated that The Search Part Three will be available October 30, 2013. They have also had this too say about it:
“Avatar Aang travels to the spirit world to parley with an ancient power, bringing Fire Lord Zuko ever closer to discovering the truth about his mother’s fate—and his own past.”
While it does not give away too much information, we do now know part of the comic will take place in the spirit world. It can be assumed that this ancient power will be the giant blue wolf seen in The Search Part One. We will also finally find out what happened to Zuko’s mom and probably have the whole is Zuko really Ozai’s son thing resolved as well.
Are you looking forward to The Search Part Three, or The Search Part Two? Did you read The Search Part One? Did you like it? What do you think happened to Zuko’s mom? Message me on Tumblr or tweet me at @castbenderblog!