This character from Oz the Great and Powerful was a real labour of love for In-Ah “These are stills from one of my shots on Oz the Great and Powerful. I first started working on this in January 2012 and it finally got approved in November the same year! By that time it had gone through two or three other animators until it circled back to me.
“At that point it’s hard to tell what part is your animation and how much of it was inherited by the other people that worked on it. It’s a great example of how difficult it can be to claim a shot to be ‘yours’ when so many other people are putting on finishing touches.
“I’m proud of how these shots turned out after such an ordeal of trying to hit the client’s notes. By the time it got back to me I had gotten to know the character of China Doll so well that I instinctively gave her the extra character that was missing. I remember how relieved I was when this got approved, and how very tired and depleted I was from all the late nights. It also reminds me of how close I felt to this character, as if she were a dear friend, and that I weirdly miss her…”
“It was the first time I felt like I wasn’t sure if it was worth sacrificing your whole private life to this job,” she warns.
Despite the huge workload in creating China Doll, In-Ah still thinks that “it was the most
fun I have had on a project.”