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Shuzo Shiota — President/CEO, Polygon Pictures

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 Godzilla, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: 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. Shuzo also talks about Polygon Pictures’ origins, why it can be hard to create authentic anime in 3D, and the future of cinema, gaming and subscription-based services.

Links:

Polygon Pictures Inc. >

Shûzô Shiota on IMDb >

Shuzo John Shiota at THU >

Shuzo John Shiota 塩田周三 (@da_shooz) on Twitter >



Chapters:

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 future plans

56:11 THU and Polygon

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Group Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.