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From Creative Control TV: "The final installment of Creative Control TV's video diary series " SEOUL SESSIONS," following Animation Producer/ Director/ Illustrator LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/ The Boondocks) through the streets of Seoul, South Korea as well as it's top animation studios. LeSean invites you on a tour through top animation studio, MOI ANIMATION (Young Justice, The Boondocks, Avatar The Last Airbender, WB DTVS and more) as he gives a collective run down of the stages of his personal project along with some sneak peaks of the final process. Thanks for following us on this journey and hope it was fun watching it as it sure was fun for us making it!"


Thanks so much for peeking into my creative expat musings thus far. It's been real and best of luck to you all on your own projects! See you soon!


  • Listening to: DRAKE: TUSCAN LEATHER/POUNDCAKE
  • Reading: BLACK DYNAMITE S2 SCRIPTS
  • Watching: ATTACK ON TITAN
  • Playing: THE GAME OF LIFE
  • Eating: LESS
  • Drinking: WATER
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lucianovontedizstein Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
a little late, but cool man
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TheAbstract01 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Is there any chance we can get the series as an extra feature on the CannonBuster's DVD. ;D
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soliton Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
This series has been so entertaining and so educational for me. I think many people don't seem to truly understand the effort and dedication that good quality animation needs and I think this series helped enlighten some of us that much more. I'll share this on my Facebook to spread the word.

But yeah, those last shots of the Cannon Busters anime look way nice.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot Soliton!

You've been following my posts for years and I'm glad you still see value in my stuff. It's reassuring that You've found these videos useful. I"m not a professional network, just sharing what I know and hope a few latch onto it. Glad you dig some of what you've seen of CB! It's my passion project and I'm glad I was able to use it as an example to expose more of how things are done abroad!

respect! :)
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TheeRandyRobot Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm about to be on this level really soon. Very inspiring bruh, I've been writing and drawing my characters for my show for over a year and a half. I've got my episode bible complete with 12 in total and all 52 characters drawn out. You've helped me a great deal having someone to look up to, someone who looks like me that's in the biz with no college ed and that's talented and successful. Thanks for being that building block at the top to reach.
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theonlybriman47 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
finally got around to watching the last episode, such a great insight man i wish there were more videos i loved these all so much....and on a sidenote i see you listenin to that tuscan leather, i love that whole album!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those 5 last seconds (mind blown). Thank you for everything!
... and now we wait... :D
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DjDontTouchTheTrim Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013   General Artist
Like everyone stated before....Thank you 
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much for watching. Never thought this stuff would pick up interest the way it has. :)
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BlakLion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the behind the scenes look at animation and the insight on what it takes to get things like this done. I just wanted to let you know you have inspired me to finish what it started. I am officially back on the grind getting my concepts finished and finalizing my story so i can get down to the nitty gritty of getting my stuff animated and online for the masses to see. Also the points you made about layout have really given me some great ideas on how to make my work better.

Again I say Thanks for the inspiration!
Time to do work!
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Zr0wing Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
After watching this this inspires me to take a shot at trying out my own animations(though I mainly do comics). What interests me is the point you bring up about layout in particular.
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ArmoredFoe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude just want to say thank you for putting this series of videos together. It was amazing to see the behind the scenes aspect of it and the people who make it all come together. Not only that being able to see S. Korea and the people there was awesome as well. I was there 3 years ago and hope to go back. Watching your videos was definitely inspiring. I hope you decide to do more videos like this. Much respect man.
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samuraidwight Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just want to express my gratitude for your stream of information, tutorials and and resources through this, your Tumblr & the Facebook community you have built.  It has provided a source of inspiration for so many, no less myself.  I'm definitely looking forward to CannonBusters and am eager to support it if you intend to do something via crowd funding.   Keep it up man.  I know all this makes me want to spend less time in fear and more time grinding.  Thanks again.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot samurai. It's a privilege to share what i do for a living, given all the other things in life that occupy our time. 

It's much appreciated that you've seen this and find any of my random musings useful. You just never know who's watching or who you touch. I'm glad I was able to put some positive energy out there in the form of making stuff. These days its rare for creative folks to have the time to invest in sharing without asking for money. This was something that was therapeutic for me as well as informative for aspiring guys out there. Your appreciation is greatly noted. :)
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Chadwick-J-Coleman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So ill Sean...Well done, and a quality production. It's been extremely informative (as you obviously know it would have been different for everyone here in the states to relate to had it come from someone who wasn't from around the way). I've shown the Youtube episodes to multiple people for various positive reasons, and have been able to use you as an inspirational example that we should have no fear as artists. I can't wait to add your project to my official anime collection and shake your hand in person again.

cheers bro,

~Chad C.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the compliments. I'm just gad you found some value in this lil series. A lot of work went into it but it was all fun and I felt a big release of positive energy with each video upload.

Very humbled by the kind words.

thanks.
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Chadwick-J-Coleman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You got it, and thank YOU!

cheers,

~Chad 
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tiffa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I totally remember seeing these character designs of yours something like 10 years ago on some art forum. Probably eatpoo or conceptart.org. Congratulations on coming so far since then! Looking forward to seeing the finished animations~ =]. Maybe if I hadn't stopped drawing around that time, I coulda been in the same ballpark lol. I'm glad to have discovered your work again. Keep it coming!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for returning! It's never too late to be who you want to be. glad i was able to get some positive reactions out of you. 

all the best!
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tiffa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Looking forward to continue seeing your work~
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theGrungeWerX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great vid, thanks SO much for sharing. Really cool to see things taking shape in the last few seconds. Any idea of when we might catch a glimpse of this animated beast in the future?
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cjjuzang Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looks good Bruh. Blessings on the OVA or the Show Pitch for your characters and story.
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ChristianKaw Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you rule!!!!
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DavidAlexma Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Finally! lol Great series Les.
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Bedajh20 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Man...that was truly Inspiring! that's all I need to say
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NickTheilArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really loved the series. Good stuff.
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trifozard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really amazing experience!
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vargas198732 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Really excited to see this after you flipped the keys at around the 9th minute.
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DARKNESSFALLS-SL Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you leSean thomas for your love for the animation and comic book game... You have very well inspired me and tons of others I'll keep all these videos to heart and make them fuel me and drive me to become a better artist..I look forward to seeing more work from you...your my most inspirational role models in art and I thank you again for everything you shared with us ..I hope to one day become an inspiration to others like you :)

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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Mr. Thomas! I'm glad we both share an affinity for comics and animation enough for you to dig this lil series. Im humbled by your words. One of the greatest gifts you can receive in this world is to inspire others to take what you've done to the next level. That's legacy-building, the stuff that sticks around long after you're gone and I greatly appreciate you telling me! 

Good luck in your creative endeavors!
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DARKNESSFALLS-SL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome and you deserve every word continue to be a inspirational artist n I will one day be the same
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Artisan567 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
OH man Seoul Sessions is over damn!, now where am i gonna get more inspiration. Some us that are the future animators we seriously gotta to drawing and planning, cause some of the old guy are done and retire.:D (Big Grin) 
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ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative watch. Insider animation industry videos are usually engaging but the Seoul Sessions also seem to have a flare to them that makes them fun to watch.
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Mali-B Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers, LeSean. I understand so much more of what goes into and went into shows I used to watch when I was slightly younger and shows I watch now. Can you keep us updated with CB as well please... thanx.Woohooooo! B-) (Cool) 
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nerhaz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
So inspirational, thank you very much for sharing with us!
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T-Turner Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super inspiring on multiple levels!
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ManuelPALERME777 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
So, are we going to lose sight of you ? Rr are you going to get back to your stash video just like before ? Or you just keep it something secret from us as a surprise ?

 Because I've learned so much with you, GOD BLESS !
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'll return with some more videos. :)
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ManuelPALERME777 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist
YEAH ! That's what I'm talking about ! GOD BLESS !
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ManuelPALERME777 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
That's what I am talking about, Lesean-senpai ! Thanks a lot ! GOD BLESS YOU, for real !
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nfteixeira Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great inspiration and a great series! Thanks man! All the best on your future projects and... cannot wait to see Canon Busters released! :D
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metalarmorboy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your absolutely amazing man
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PhoenixRoy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What? Last one until the next is released? Joking aside...

Thank you for making these, while we should be inspired to work on our own projects regularly, this series is a huge inspirational piece! You've done a great service to all of us aspiring artist!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Humbled. thank you so much!
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peterryczkowski Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
always wish there was more coming
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Graphics-PP Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That was great, they saved the best for last :).
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alonzobartley Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LeSean,

I can't begin thank you enough for all your hard work in putting this series together.  

One of the biggest outcomes of watching your series has been the exposure to a number of manga artists and anime animators that I've only begun to scratch the surface with.  I now don't only know Hayao Miyazaki, Leiji Matsumoto and Tatsuo Yoshida.

When I chatted with Neal Adams at FanEXPO '13 for fair length of time, I mention you and your stay in Korea to him as something I want to do to grow as an illustrator/animator.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!

Wow, Neal Adams! That's crazy, that guy is a LEGEND. Is he into animation, too? I recall showing him some old comic pages at a convention 20 years ago and he responded " I can't critique this. It's a completely different style. You should go talk to another artist who is familiar with anime/animation style, because I don't know what I'm looking at." LOL!!!!


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alonzobartley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Neal is a LEGEND.  No doubt about that.

George Perez once told me when her was starting out that he showed his work to Neal for critique.  Neal wasn't nice but George says if it wasn't for those harsh words, he wouldn't be where he is today.

It was an interesting chat.  One day, you and I will meet face-to-face and swap stories.

As for Neal into animation, he didn't know what "The Legend of Korra" was.

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Remicy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing. This small but amazing series has kept my head up high when I was down. Look forward to what you have to share in the future !
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