#054 - “Highway to the Phantom Zone” (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)

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Get ready for the greebles as Mage Cast sits down with art director James H. Dargie for things that can neither be confirmed nor denied. James is an artist and designer who has worked on titles like Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Matrix Reloaded, Metroid Prime, Solaris, and Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. Our discussion centers on that film, the first photorealistic computed animated theatrical movie, and what might've happened to derail its performance at the box office. James also shares his memories of being a part of various other studios as well as working under Hironobu Sakaguchi, plus we talk marketing woes, anecdotes about the Grey Project, the hidden chocobo in Spirits Within, art serving the game design, Aki's ambitions as a digital actress, content that didn't make the final cut, how to handle feedback and criticism, the Spirits Within SEIKO wristwatch, and more designer insights!

Guest: https://twitter.com/JHDargie
https://www.claviusbase.com/
https://www.firstcontactent.com/

Links: https://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-Spirits-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B00005Q41K
Music: "The Spirits Within" & "A Child Recalled" composed by Elliot Goldenthal

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