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Do you have Steampunk on the brain because of the upcoming episode of Green Lantern the Animated Series?  Then please listen to the BIG PULL PODCAST where I talk about the cultural phenomenon of steampunk and how it worked it's way into GLTAS!

itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/th…

It's episode 16 titled - Steam Punk Porn!

Let me know what you think!
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Yaay, in Bryan's tumblr account he announced the title of "Korra" will now be "The Legend of Korra"!  

It just never made sense to tag on "the Last Airbender" part being that there are clearly more air benders in this world, and that was Aang's story, not Korra's.   Glad to see the powers that be finally acknowledged this.

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Hey everybody.  Update #2:

If you like comic books, animation, or pop (geek) culture in general, then check out my friend's podcast "The Big Pull" episode 7.  I return as guest, and talk about everything from working with George Lucas on Clone Wars, to how the game Scribblenaughts is very much related to Green Lantern's power ring.  

Also, I do a pretty decent impersonation of George Takei (aka, the warden on the Earthbending prison in Avatar episode 106).  "Did you really think you could SAVE YOUR PEOPLE??"

Click on the below link to their Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Big…

or search "The Big Pull Podcast" on iTunes!

Hope you find the experience enlightening and not too offensive.
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Hey everybody, just another update:

First off, I hope everyone understand that there is a NEW episode of Green Lantern EVERY SATURDAY this month (10 am on Cartoon Network).  Now that we've got the first two out of the way (which technically already aired in November) we are on our way to ALL NEW stories.  What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to watch Green Lantern on DC Nation, followed by Young Justice?

Tune in THIS Saturday for a new episode of Green Lantern the Animated Series : "Razer's Edge"!

thegreenlanterncorps.com/forum…
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Hey everyone!  In case you didn't know, Green Lantern the Animated Series, the show I've been working on the past two years is finally airing regularly Saturday mornings, 10 am on Cartoon Network.   The first episode will begin this weekend!

I really hope people WILL find and fall in LOVE with this show, but I can only keep my fingers crossed and HOPE.  I FEAR that some people will HATE it just because it's CG, but you should really give it a chance.

That having been said, here's an interview I did with James Harvey of World's Finest, where I basically beg people to watch so I can keep my job.  Ha ha.

www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/…


Beware my power.  Or something.

Giancarlo
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Hey everybody!

If you're into comic books or animation, check out this podcast I did for "The Big Pull".  I talk about my experiences trying to break into the industry, not to mention working on Avatar, Clone Wars, and Green Lantern.

I come in at about the 27 minute mark:


itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep…


Warning:  Contains a lot of swearing.  

If you like what you hear, let them know!

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Thought I'd share this on my deviant account:  Green Lantern was recently nominated for two Annie awards, best show and best music.  Unfortunately we didn't win, but I did get the red carpet treatment.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS1JAc…

I really hope people tune in and watch March 3rd, 10am on Cartoon Network.  I promise it's a good show!

Thanks,
Giancarlo

Twitter:  giancarlo_Volpe
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I spent my saturday in Chinatown here in LA to celebrate Chinese New Year.  There was an amazing performance group that did kung fu and even contortionist stuff - it totally reminded me of Avatar (and specifically, Ty Lee).  I wish I knew the name of the group cause I'd totally give them a shout out if I did.

I'm told this is not only the year of the Dragon, but also the Black Water Dragon.  I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I'd love it if anyone could explain it to me.  At the very least, it sounds like a multi-hit-dice D&D monster.  

Then it dawned on me - Korra is not only from the Watertribe, but a well versed firebender, which we now know (thanks to episode 313, "The Firebending Masters") learned their fighting style from dragons.  So it really is apropos that "The Year of the Black Water Dragon" is also "The Legend of Korra"'s year.

Being at the parade really took me back to my days on Avatar.   I don't claim to be an expert on Chinese or Asian culture, but I can assure you we took great caution to make sure the show felt right.  Yes, it's a make-believe land, but we were clearly borrowing from a lot of Asian tradition and mythos (and of course inuit culture, and ...even Star Wars).  Our worst fear was that the show would come across offensive, either blatantly or unintentionally.

That's what makes the casting on the Airbender movie so embarrassing.  It completely undid all the care we put it into the cartoon.  

Make no mistake, I'm not writing this to bash M. Knight.  For all I know, it may not have even been his call to cast white people in the prominent roles of the film.  You'd be surprised how subservient even big name directors are in this business.  If his superiors insisted that an asian cast would equal a lower box office performance, there's not a lot you can do to protest short of walking away from the project.  Believe me, I've been there on a much smaller scale myself.  It happens all the time.

I'm excited that the Avatar universe is back in the right hands.  I'm relieved that Mike and Bryan are telling the story of heroic, female character with brown skin - character traits that toy companies normally shun in fear of low toy sales ("But girl characters are hard enough to sell - and now you want to make her black??")  Way to break all the rules, guys!  I hope the show KICKS ASS.

2012: The year of the Black Water Dragon, indeed.
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In some Green Lantern: The Animated Series forums (okay, namely at the one over at Toonzone.net) some astute viewers have noticed missing scenes when comparing the episode that aired on 11-11-11 versus the version screened at NY comic con.  

Here's my side of the story:

The version we screened at NY comic con was meant to be the final version of the show.  What we didn't realize was that in order to fit the DC nation format, we'd have to cut additional time from both episodes.  So, back to the editing room we went to make some tough calls.

Yes, M'ten's hand used to writhe in pain before cutting away to his "death scene".  And yes, Hal used to foreshadow his ring running out of energy by admitting to Carol he always forgets to charge his cell phone.   I was bummed to lose these shots, but as I said before, something had to go.  In fact, a lot of people didn't notice that we sped up some of the action scenes to make them more punchy and frantic (specifically the Interceptor-Red Lantern Probe chase at the top of episode two).

Incidentally, both episodes also had to be re-scored and re-mixed to match the new edits.  It was tedious work for everyone, but I hope Freddie our composer and sound engineers Rob and John got some extra Christmas spending money out of it.

One sequence that got cut very, very early (during the animatic stage of production) occurred at the end of the episode.  It's at night, and Carol is shown waiting in her office, stood up by Hal.  She checks her clock (or watch, I can't remember), then gets up in frustration, shuts off the lights and leaves the room.  I thought it was a cool Hal-Carol relationship moment, but alas, the episode (even at the time) was way long and it never made it to animation.

Hopefully the cut scenes will end up at the very least on the DVD release, although I seriously doubt we'd take time to "finish" the lost Carol scene.  Maybe I'll post the storyboards if I can find them.

Giancarlo

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Just another reminder to watch my latest project, Green Lantern the Animated Series this Friday, 11-11-11.   I can't believe it's almost here!

It will be on at 7pm on Cartoon Network, 8pm on Teletoon if you're in Canada.



Also, I'm now on Twitter.  Follow me if you wanna hear random comments from a Tacoma guy who runs a TV show:

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By the way, someone recently went on Wikipedia and removed the word "Italian" from my profile (ie, changing "Italian American animator" to "American Animator".)  Please don't do that.  I am proud of my heritage, and I also encourage ALL cultures to be proud of their heritage.  (see: my outspokenness in the racebending controversy).   Don't make me form conspiracy theories that Paramount is trying to white-wash me too.
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www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_show…

Thankfully Cartoon Network has started to promote Green Lantern on their site.  I mean, the show debuts in 2 and a half weeks, it's time to spread the word!

So, in addition to CN's mild promotional push, I figured I'd do a little shameless plugging myself:

Interesting facts:

1: Aya, the ship's artificial intelligence is voiced by Grey DeLisle, who played Azula on Avatar!
2: The Guardian named Ganthet is played by Ian Ambercrombie, the voice actor who portrays Senator Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
3: One of the other Guardians is named Appa.  Appa Ali Apsa to be exact.  No relation to the air bison in Avatar though.  Neither of them wear power rings, for the record.
4. Green Lantern Kilowog is played by Kevin Michael Richardson, also known as Tyro, Haru's earth bending father in Avatar!
5. Red Lantern Razer is voiced by Jason Spisak, who also played Lux Bonteri on Clone Wars
6. The overseas animation is delivered by CGCG in Taiwan, who also do an outstanding job on Clone Wars.
7. Did I mention that Guardians don't wear power rings?

So there you have it.  You take two parts Avatar, one part Clone Wars, and mix in a lot of Bruce Timm and you get Green Lantern the Animated Series.
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NY comic con announced the premiere date for Green Lantern!  November 11, 2011:  7pm on Cartoon Network!

Let the count down begin!

www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat…
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In case you couldn't attend the Green Lantern panel at Comic Con, Cartoon Network has graciously posted the footage online:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCrIVj…

Further more, you can see how Conan O'Brien crashed the panel here!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAJwhT…

Or watch all of Conan's shenanigans here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmRW2x…

And last but not least, they have posted amazing KORRA trailers on youtube, but i don't think any of them are "sanctioned" by Viacom. So if you want to see them, you should probably head to Youtube and search yourself before they all get shut down.

UPDATE:  Nickelodeon approved Korra trailer is HERE!

nicktoons.nick.com/videos/clip…
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So the two Green Lantern: The Animated Series events are on Friday July 22:


12:30 PM to​ 1:15 PM
Green Lantern: The Animated Series autograph signing (WB Booth #4545)

 
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
​Green Lantern: The Animated Series panel (Room 6BCF)

Word on the streets is that there's gonna be an exclusive  (this part censored by Warner Bros Animation) not to mention a (this part censored by your mom) at the GL panel.  So come check it out!!!

GC
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So here's a little something to hold over all 5 Green Lantern fans till comic con: Exclusive interview with Josh Keaton, aka the voice of Hal Jordan!

www.comicbookmovie.com/fansite…
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Check out this new Fendi bag I got for your mom:

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Just got back from the episode 26 voice record, and I gotta say it turned out AWESOME.  I'm really proud of the writing and voice acting for this series.   But of course, my opinion is slightly biased.

Also, it was officially confirmed that Josh Keaton IS playing Hal Jordan, so now I can talk about his involvement as fact instead of speculation:

www.comicbookmovie.com/fansite…
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WB finally leaked a sneak peek at Green Lantern The Animated Series!  Take a look at it here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPvXN9…

Let the internet buzzing begin!
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It dawned on me recently that there are people out there that are actually watching this page to track progress on Green Lantern: the Animated Series.  I made one throw away comment about listening to composers for the show, and next thing you know it got quoted on the message boards over at ToonZone.

Sometimes this animation process can feel so slow moving and isolated.  You work in a bubble for a year or more, and it seems like no one really knows or cares what you're working on.  Then one day the series premieres and that all changes.

I was thinking of cataloging my totally SPOILER FREE experience on Green Lantern for those that are eagerly anticipating the show, or basically just curious about the process.

As of this date, we have nearly the first two episodes fully animated (not lit and rendered mind you).  I gotta say, whatever streamlined designs Bruce implemented in his 2-d shows carries over beautifully in CG.  The show IS TV animation, so it's not quite feature quality- but man is it hard to tell the difference sometimes.  It's been a very pleasant surprise to see how great it's turning out.

We are also cutting animatics for episodes 12 and 13, sort of the midway point of this initial 26 episode order, while simultaneously writing episodes 25 and 26.  It's really fun but almost overwhelming to be tracking the events of the series quite literally at the very beginning, mid-point, and ending all at the same time.  There can be a lot of  " Oh crap, if that happens in this episode then we better make sure that this happens later!" talk, but I've found with very careful planning and diligence you can keep MOST of that stuff in order ( I've worked in this business long enough to know that some things ALWAYS slip through the cracks.  You just hope you correct the most egredious errors and that no one will notice the minor ones).

We've recorded 23 out of 26 episodes, although at this time I'm not allowed to talk about who's on the cast - nor will I confirm or deny any rumors that may be floating around.  

We are currently designing episodes 14-18, and I'm dying to boast about the characters and locations we've actually gotten in the show- but I can't go NEAR divulging that stuff so you'll just have to wait.

Ha, this is starting to remind me of the NY comic con panel where our stock response to every question became "Tune in and find out".  Sigh, I guess I've said about all I can for now.

By the way, I saw some Korra designs the other day that looked amazing!  Ha ha...
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Dang it!  I've always wanted to leave a fake April Fool's day journal entry or whatever, but I was so busy I didn't really log on that day.

Oh well, there's always next year.
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