In this 3-part Showtime documentary, I helped coming up with the concept to imagine Tekashi as an action figure. Explaining how society helped shape the monstrous villain Takashi turned out to be. Together with Director Karin Fong, we designed, shot, edited, animated, and produced “Elements of a Supervillain,” nine animated segments that run through the Showtime series. Narrated by Giancarlo Esposito, each one focuses on a factor of the Supervillain equation: Trauma, Ego, Weaponry, to name a few. This is a lab where every move is calculated with precision, a volatile mix of chemistry . . . until what is created ultimately takes control.
director: karin fong producer: renee robson cinematographer: jr kraus lead designer/animators: henry chang, james gardner editors: lexi gunvaldson, zach kilroy animator: merrill hall prop master: matthew eikelberger prop assistants: stephanie mace, brady peterson action figure designer: tim sepulveda on-set vfx supervisor/ animator: kiyoon nam hand models: rachael cohen, jessica shereshevsky design prep: kathy liang, ailis o’reilly design interns: phillip han, zach hartman colorist: beau leon, framestore production coordinators: jake fritz, jackson kerr
Our concept was heavily inspired by the Japanese model-making culture. I used to make many Gundam models as a kid. When we received the creative brief from director Karam Gill, I quickly thought of my experience with model making and how it could be the perfect treatment to show how society manufactured a normal kid into a supervillain.
We worked closely with talented toy designer Tim Sepulveda to design our Takashi action figure. We ended up 3d printed some of our designs and hand painted them to be used in our live-action shoot.
Here are a few designs we did pre-shooting day to determine the look and feel as well as designing the assets such as the manual book of the action figure and additional parts.
Here's a little BTS to show what we did to match our CG animated model to our live-action plates.
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