INFINITY TRAIN: BOOK 2 - CRACKED REFLECTION
It’ll release as a 5 night special event on January 6th, 2020 on Cartoon Network! Mark your schedules!
So the main question I’m seeing pop up is “how did this season get made so fast??”
Answer: It didn’t! We don’t start making a new season after we’ve finished and aired the previous one. Cartoons often end up working on multiple seasons at a time.
CN gave us a 20 episode pick up, but we had only planned the first 10. So when the option came up to do 10 more episodes, that’s when we decided we could carry the show on in an anthology format, allowing us to delve deeper into different topics we’d only touched on.
What this means is that while we were in production on the first 10 episodes, we were writing the next 10. When we started getting animation back from Sunmin on the second episode, it was around then that we were starting to storyboard the first episode of the second season.
By the time we were editing the 10th episode, we were boarding the 7th or 8th episode for season 2 and doing BG’s and designs for probably the second or third episode of season 2. By the time we were finished with post on season 1, we had already gotten back multiple workprints of season 2. Post then took a few more months, and now here we are.
Although it feels sequential to the audience, we actually sometimes have to work out of order on the episodes because they can each be such different amounts of work. So I started doing animation and post on the last couple of episodes of season 2 first, then moved backward.
It’s all about managing the workload, which our crew does exceptionally well. This is a very difficult show to work on because of the constant changing nature of the show. It’s nice creatively, but it can be a very heavy workload.
So this means that every episode is usually being worked on by different departments at different times. At peak capacity, we can have about 12 different episodes being worked on at once in the US, with maybe another 4 being worked on at Sunmin.
So that’s why it seems like it was made “so fast”, it’s because all the audience sees is the airing schedule, not the production schedule. Our crew is very talented and experienced and none of this would be possible without their dedication and hard work.