The gorgeous animation of ‘The Legend of Korra‘ would not be complete without all the wonderful colors that bring the show to life. In a new blog post on his Tumblr account, Bryan Konietzko (one of the co-creators of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘The Legend of Korra’), posted a Korra Crew Profile. For this, he interviewed Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf: The colorist for ‘The Legend of Korra‘ since Book 1. She is responsible for coloring all of the characters on the show, as well as the prop models.
BK: You are originally from Los Angeles, right? How early on did you know you wanted to work in animation? Did having the industry around you while growing up influence that desire?
SFB: Yes, but I grew up mainly in Studio City/North Hollywood area. Growing up here I was around industry people all the time but I really did not think about it. Parents and friends were musicians/actors/producers/editors/animators. I guess I thought that this was the norm and it was like this everywhere… I really was fortunate in the fact that I fell into animation. I always loved it but never really thought about it. I wanted to be an anthropologist! Ha Ha
BK: Did you have any formal art education after high school?
SFB: No, but not too long after high school I started working in the animation industry.
BK: How did you get your foot in the door in the animation industry? What was your first job?
SFB: My friend’s mother worked in animation as an ink & paint supervisor and did quite a bit at home on various productions. She asked if I could help and that was the beginning! I think my first job was doing mark-up for The Chipmunks.
BK: You’ve worked at a variety of studios. What are some of your favorite productions throughout your career?
SFB: Hmmm, Well I would have to say that Iron Giant was a lot of fun. Great Crew. Great Directors. Great Movie! In the afternoon they would cart around chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne/beer/wine. Crazy times. Spongebob Movie was fun. In general I think the crew is really important and if what you are working on happens to be fantastic then all the better. Legend of Korra is another great project that I am fortunate enough to work on. Great Crew. Great Directors. Great story!
BK: Can you describe your job as a color stylist for people who don’t know what that entails? Have you had any other positions in animation?
SFB: A color stylist generally keys all characters, props, and FX. You read the script, look at the animatics and image boards. Paint up all the models, and get them approved. Then the fun begins: you take each model that belongs in that specific scene/sequence and style them according to their surroundings. It could be day/night, fire FX, explosions, etc… which in turn then goes back to the art director/director to approve, give notes, or change. Generally most of my jobs have been color compositing which is the same as a color stylist but you get to composite the scene as well. I have also been a inker/painter and a color composite supervisor.
To read Bryan Konietzko’s entire interview with Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf, please click here.
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