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What are all those paint men digging? 'Kafka's A Country Doctor'

Every Monday or so, Chris Robinson asks an animator how they made a particular film. This week: Koji Yamamura’s Kafka’s A Country Doctor

'Kafka's A Country Doctor' by Koji Yamamura

Well... this week, Koji Yamamura turns Samuel Beckett as he ponders my difficult technical questions about his masterpiece, A Country Doctor.

So, how’d you make this?

Drawing on paper with oil marker pen and color pencil. I also used the modify pen for a light of the eyes.

Traditional drawing animation, dawning key frame and make in-between.

I've never used any 3D CG guide.

Why this technique?

Most effective and quick.

How long did it take?

21 minutes of animation took 1 year and 3 months, including the developing story board and post production. I worked with 2 in-between animators and 2 inking staff.

What was the most challenging part of the process?

Retouch on the dark color part with color pencil and composite edit.

Was it worth it?

I hope so.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.