EPISODE: Crash Course
KAREN'S ALWAYS LATE SEQUENCE: Layout Prep / Color Script
It is always a unique and exciting opportunity whenever I can really dial up the art direction in service of story. This was definitely the case with the opening of CrashCourse - where we needed to convey to our audience in a very quick and efficient manner how late Karen is to social engagements, since she can't drive yet. The trickiest thing to communicate was the idea that Karen is habitually late, and that this does not happen to be a particularly bad morning for public transit. Using a more stylized art direction gave this sequence a montage feel, which insinuates that everything we see is happening both in real time, and all the time, simultaneously. The color palette is derived from Karen's character color design, so that we focus specifically on her experience, even though the other Superherogirls are present. This is all about how Karen feels. Her frustrations motivate everything that happens next in the episode.