About: A diversified animation and multimedia studio who create and produce television series, commercials, on-air graphics and interactive in a variety of media.
In 2001, seven former Disney and MTV directors and animators banded together to form Noodlesoup Productions. This group morphed into a diversified animation and multimedia studio. Then, in 2006, Noodlesoup re-branded and became what we now know as World Leaders Entertainment (www.worldleadersentertainment.com).
So, what do they do? Here, they’ll tell you:
"Our directors, designers, programmers and animators create and produce television series, commercials, on-air graphics and interactive in a variety of media including traditional 2D drawings, Flash animation, 3D modeling, motion graphics and live action."
In short, they do it all, and, they rely heavily on the Wacom 21 UX to do it. The New York based group produces over 15 entertainment and 50 commercial projects each year. They recently began work on 26 new episodes of the [adult swim] series, The Venture Bros. for Cartoon Network. Also, they just wrapped on a 52 episode children’s comedy series titled Supernormal. Needless to say, they are busy, so we’re extra stoked they took the time to participate in The Power of the Pens.
As we mentioned, these folks rely heavily on the Wacom Cintiq. Just how heavily is best left to their words.
"The Venture Bros.’ artists use Cintiqs primarily with Photoshop for character and background design, storyboards and color. Supernormal’s pre-production designers used Cintiqs to create all the show’s characters, props and backgrounds in Flash. The show’s coloring was also done using Cintiqs. Our traditional 2D animators have come to use the Cintiq as a drafting tool for certain projects. Animation is drawn frame by frame in Flash or Photoshop."
The folks at World Leaders Entertainment clearly know their way around a Cintiq. Let’s see if they know their way around a calendar. What did these stars of the animation world come up with?
Our on-air tags are an excellent example of a project in which we used the Cintiq’s many features across multiple platforms. Creative Director Michael Foran used a Wacom Cintiq 21UX with Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects in each stage of production. First, he drew in Photoshop to create the initial sketches. Flash was then used to create each animated element of the tag: Marie, the crowd, and the cherubs. Finally, the animation was exported as an image sequence, composited and effects were added in After Effects.