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This Vs That Ep 9


Animation/ Design/ Illustration: Television Show

Hotchkiss Industries


Some episodes of This Vs. That are a bit whimsical, and inspired by sheer curiosity of unlikely scenarios -- such as a sniper rifle vs a rocket launcher. This episode is not that. If anything, it's one of the more practical episodes of the series since the debate is timely and may or may not actually have real world impact on every day decisions we make.


What question could possibly have that much bearing on our lives? Paper vs. Plastic, of course!


This was a standard episode of maps, and humorously animated diagrams, but also with a touch of quoted text and comparative studies.


In a perfect world, all of these will entertain you as much as inform you, or else I'm not doing my job very well.





Embracing the black and yellow show title packaging, the first order of business was to create a map depicting the location, and sheer number, of paper mills in the United States.


To create an informative graphic that is appealing to watch, waves of paper mill dots sweep across the country with a bit of spring in their step to draw your attention to the conspicuous locations they reside in -- and do not.


Like all of the solid background graphics on the series, wether it be shown here in black or grey, this is made to be composited over the top of a separate background. Which this show has many of.








For the yellow diagrams in this episode, we depict a classic nuclear family and their confrontation with a plastic bag. Always a fun time trying to breathe as much life into these simple objects as possible, and always under tight time constraints of a television schedule.


The second types of yellow diagrams display a bit more detail, but ideally in a consistently simple tone. We even incorporated some red in there for added impact.








Sometimes, even on this show of science and humor, I'm asked to recreate reality -- only to accentuate it a little bit, per the norm. In this case the episode is taking quotes form a couple of print publications we didn't have on hand to highlight, so I stepped in to represent them visually.


Of course the real purpose is to create a situation we can control properly, as well, so that would could fly the text off of the page to highlight it in a visual fashion.