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Lisha Tan is a Creative Director at The Mill in Los Angeles, CA. In the episode, we chatted about The Story of O.J., reading YouTube comments and managing creative limitations as a director.




The Mill:


Resolution Design:

The Pirates of Somalia:



-The Mill LA


-Project processes

-The Story of O.J.

-Jay Z

-Reading YouTube comments when a job goes out

-Giving and receiving notes as creative director

-Communicating vision on a project

-Transition to creative direction

-Coaching character animators

-Personal pitching process

-The Mill’s internal resources

-Pitching vs. pre-production

-Lisha’s process of ideation

-Managing creative limitations as a director

-Lilchotchke Ceramics

-Lisha’s mentors

-Resolution Design

-The Pirates of Somalia

-Developing personal style

-Favorite animated film: Spirited Away

-What do the people you love think you do at work all day?: I don’t they know--messing around with cartoons.

-Animalator: A little hybrid cat-thing because people tell me sometimes I’m like a cat.  


**Note: The Mill worked with JAY-Z, Roc Nation and Director Mark Romanek via Anonymous Content to create the animated music video for ‘The Story of O.J.’


Lisha and The Mill artists realized JAY-Z’s vision using a combination of hand-drawn cel animation, computer graphics, and painted backgrounds, collaborating with Titmouse to animate the original characters.

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