I know not everyone enjoys anime, but this should interest animation fans.
Ever wondered how anime is made? Well, this post gives a detailed explanation of the production pipeline and how the jobs are divided. Obviously it can vary depending on the studio (or even shows within the same studio), but for the most part it's the same.
As I pointed out before, in Japan the animation is inked and painted before voices are recorded. They must save alot of time and money not breaking down dialogues onto exposure sheets (trust me, it's a huge pain in the butt).
I wonder how many of us actually care about accurate lip sync in animation.
What would the state of western studios be like if they used a similar method domestically? Japanese cartoons are produced much quicker; supposedly it only takes one to three months to complete an episode (from script to final dubbing), as opposed to six-to-nine months on western shows.
Of course, cultural differences can be a big factor here. But still, it makes me think...