Gainax Online Anime Lecture Series – Tsurumaki

Studio GAINAX launched its first of a series of Lectures on creating Anime. Director Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL, Diebuster, Evangelion) is the first lecturer and talks about storyboarding, the stage right/left rules, imaginary lines between characters, character continuity, and elements within a scene.

The transcripts of the first 2 lectures by Tsurumaki have been posted on the lecture series site: Part 1, Part 2, and a Glossary of terms. Although the transcripts are in Japanese, they are straightforward enough such that a robo-translation (e.g. Google or Babelfish) yields at least something that’s coherent enough to follow.

In the stage left/right section, he mentions how in the first episode of Evangelion, Sachiel moves from right to left, but during the first engagement between Eva-01 and Sachiel, Sachiel is to the left and the Evangelion is on the right.