If you’re a big Japan fan, you’ll love this podcast. Joining Chris is Shuzo Shiota, CEO of Polygon Pictures, the long-lived and prolific Tokyo-based digital animation studio behind movies and TV series including GodzillaStar Wars: The Clone WarsTransformers: Prime, and Big Hero 6: The Series.

Shuzo and Chris discuss the impact of Japanese art on the west, from its breakthrough at a Parisian exposition in the 1800s to movies such as Akira, Manga graphic novels, and now Netflix’s vast array of anime titles. 


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00:00 Intro

04:52 Shuzo’s start in the steel industry

11:59 CG and gaming in mid-90s Japan

16:55 What Polygon produces

20:57 Embracing Eastern and Western audiences

33:52 3D versus 2D animation techniques

43:39 Japan’s rich storytelling ecosystem

48:50 Polygon’s plans

56:11 THU and Polygon

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion, and Tron: Legacy.


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