The Animation Industry Podcast

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Welcome to the Animation Industry Podcast!

Here you’ll find weekly interviews from today’s leaders in animation with topics like:

  • The best way to pitch a show
  • How to market your work online
  • What kind of skills you need to land your dream job in storyboarding, visual development, character design, and more!

My name is Terry, and I’m a Stop Motion Animator. I’m soaking up as much knowledge about the animation industry as I can and sharing what I learn along the way.

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Episodes:

Episode 187: How Chris Walsh Produced The Stop Motion Film Orchid

This chat features Filmmaker, Faculty of Sheridan College’s Animation Program, and Author of the go-to-book on stop motion filmmaking, Chris Walsh. Walsh shares how he used the pandemic’s lockdown to set up a home stop motion studio and produce an 8-minute film about a skeleton assassin looking to mend a broken heart.

Tune in to Ibele and Walsh to hear:

  • The cost to build a home stop motion studio from scratch
  • The most challenging part about self-producing a short film
  • The number one thing Walsh has learned about storytelling from his years as a professor at Sheridan College

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Episode 186: BTS on Wendell & Wild with Animation Supervisors Malcolm Lamont & Jeff Riley

This chat features two seasoned stop motion animators – Malcolm Lamont and Jeff Riley. Together, Lamont and Riley have worked on nearly every major stop motion feature film including Corpse Bride, Coraline, Box Trolls, Kubo, and most recently, Wendell & Wild where they both served as Animation Supervisors. In this chat they share how they worked their way into feature stop motion as well as all the behind-the-scenes of how Wendell & Wild came together.

Tune in to Ibele, Lamont, and Riley to hear:

  • How to get into feature stop motion animation
  • 3 skills you need to be competitive in feature film animation
  • How long from start to finish Wendell & Wild took to produce.

Episode 185: How Future House Is Building Animation Projects In The Metaverse

This chat features Future House Animation Studio’s Director and Animation Supervisor Ryan Bird and Founder Adam Sidwell. In our chat they’re going to share how they’ve been building client projects within the metaverse like virtual concerts, sales meetings, and games, and how they started working in VR in the first place.

Tune in to Ibele, Bird, and Sidwell to hear:

  • How Future House sells clients on Metaverse projects
  • What software you need to build within the Metaverse
  • What sort of animation opportunities the Metaverse offers

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Episode 184: How Stephanie Earley Became Lead Editor On Central Park

This chat is with animation editor Stephanie Earley, who’s worked on The Awesomes, Bob’s Burgers, and Central Park. She shares how she got her start as an assistant editor and worked her way up to lead, as well as the ins and outs of the job, including what software studios use, how she makes cuts, and how editors are hired for animation.

Tune in to Ibele and Earley to hear:

  • How much social media plays into becoming a professional animation editor
  • The differences between editing different genres of animation
  • What to do to become an in-demand animation editor

Episode 183: How Yassmine Kairouch Became A Concept Artist In Morocco

This chat features Moroccan concept artist, Yassmine Kairouch, who shares the struggles of pursuing an artistic career in Morocco, and how she began picking up clients for her concept art while studying architecture full time.

Tune in to Ibele and Kairouch to hear:

  • How Kairouch picked up her first clients as an unheard-of artist
  • Kairouch’s plan to dive full-time into concept art as a freelancer
  • The surprising benefits an architecture degree gives you when it comes to concept art

Episode 182: NASA Video Producer And Animator James Tralie

This chat is with Planetary Science Video Producer and Animator, James Tralie, who shares how he took a u-turn from geophysics into animation. Throughout his career he’s also worked with clients like Facebook, Taco Bell, MIT, Marshmello, and Fiji Water – and on top of this he also runs a YouTube channel teaching Blender.

Tune in to Ibele and Tralie to hear:

  • How Tralie broke into the industry with a degree in geophysics
  • What Tralie has done to grow his Instagram to 145K followers
  • What being a NASA animator is like

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This episode is sponsored by Domestika, a leader in online creative teaching since 2002. Domestika offers over 2,000 courses on a variety of topics like After Effects, Instagram Brand Strategy, Watercolour Illustration, Time Management for Creatives, and of course, every type of animation you can imagine. For a list of all of their courses, visit www.domestika.org/

Episode 181: Mo Davoudian’s Formula For A Successful Animation Studio

This chat features CEO of Brain Zoo Studios – a studio he founded in LA 27 years ago – Mo Davoudian. During his time at Brain Zoo, Davoudian has worked with clients like Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Call of Duty, and Lego. In this chat he shares what it takes to keep an animation studio ahead of the game after all this time.

Tune in to Ibele and Davoudian to hear:

  • Davoudian’s formula for a successful animation studio
  • How Brain Zoo evolved during the pandemic
  • How Brain Zoo continuously lands big brand clients
  • Check out Brain Zoo Studios’ website

Episode 180: How David Kaye Got Into Voice Acting For Animation

This chat features David Kaye, voice actor extraordinaire. Throughout his career he’s worked on TV shows and movies like Transformers, He-Man, Ben 10, Ducktales, Up, Scooby Doo, and Eternals, plus video games like Assassin’s Creed, Ratchet and Clank, Call of Duty, and Kingdom Hearts. In this chat he shares how he got his start in voice acting, transitioned into animated films, TV shows and video games, and how anyone else with a knack for making voices can do the same.

Tune into Ibele and Kaye to hear:

  • Five simple tips to improve your voice acting
  • How many auditions Kaye does in a week to land just one client
  • How stable of a career voice acting is for those just starting out.

Episode 179: Stop Motion & CG Animator Justin Rasch

This chat features Justin Rasch, a stop motion and CG animator. Over the years Rasch has worked on stop motion productions like Paranorman and Kubo and the Two Strings, and CG productions like Blizzard’s Overwatch and World of Warcraft shorts. In this chat, Rasch shares how he got his start, worked his way up in the animation world, and now how he’s making a name for himself on social media.

Tune in to Ibele and Rasch to hear:

  • What compels Rasch’s perfectionist mindset in everything he does
  • The real career benefits of having a lot of social media followers
  • How rushing a shot taught Rasch a lesson he brought forward his entire career

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Episode 178: How Turkish Stop Motion Animator Özgürcan Özdamar Got 4.5 Billion Views On YouTube

This chat features self-taught Turkish stop motion animator Özgürcan Özdamar.

A note about this chat is that Özgürcan Özdamar only speaks Turkish and Terry Ibele only speaks English, so Merve Çaydere, a set designer at Laika, has volunteered to translate back and forth in the interview.

In the chat Özdamar shares how he got his start working on commercials, then branched off to publish his own work on YouTube – receiving more than four billion views for his funny stop motion videos for kids.

Tune in to Özdamar, Çaydere, and Ibele to hear:

  • How Özdamar has animated over 6,000 minutes of stop motion animation
  • How much money Özdamar was making from YouTube on a monthly basis
  • The next big project Özdamar is working on.

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Episode 177: How To Get Hired As A Storyboard Revisionist With Dorsa Bidhendi

This chat features storyboard revisionist Dorsa Bidhendi who Terry Ibele met back in 2018 in Sheridan College’s animation program. Bidhendi recently graduated this spring and in this chat she shares how she got her first storyboard revisionist contract fresh out of school.

Tune in to Ibele and Bidhendi to hear:

  • The interesting way Bidhendi got her portfolio to stand out to recruiters
  • What exactly a storyboard revisionist does
  • The advantage having a previous fine arts degree gave Bidhendi in animation school

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Episode 176: How To Get Hired As A Motion Designer By Veteran Ryan Summers

This chat features Ryan Summers, a veteran motion designer who was just tapped as Senior Creative Director at the creative studio Spillt. Over his career, Summers has worked on projects for Warner Bros, Starbucks, Pokémon, and Google and in this chat he’s going to share how to put together a portfolio to get hired in motion design.

Tune in to Ibele and Summers to hear:

  • The four phases of animation
  • How Summers got his start
  • Summer’s best advice to quick starting a career in motion design today

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Episode 175: Eugene Fong’s Shotgun Approach To Switching Careers Into Animation

This chat features Eugene Fong, who Terry Ibele met through a pitching workshop at the Toronto Animated Image Society. What’s interesting about this chat is that Fong is not himself an animator, or even in the animation industry. Instead he does global supply chain as his day job, but he’s currently researching everything he can to make the jump into animation – something Ibele did just a few years ago. So, in this chat you’ll hear them talk about the risks of switching careers later in life, their plans on how to do it, and the shotgun approach Fong is currently undertaking.This is a super interesting chat if you yourself are thinking of switching careers into animation.

Tune in to Ibele and Fong to hear:

  • The unique “shotgun” approach Fong is taking to enter the industry
  • The definition of success Fong is pursuing with animation
  • How to align your personal and career goals

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This episode is brought to you by Arcane, the acclaimed Netflix animated TV series that is for your consideration in 2 Emmy Award nominated categories: outstanding animated program and outstanding sound editing for a comedy or drama series and animation. Arcane is produced by Riot Games in partnership with Fortiche Production, and is the winner of 9 Annie Awards, the most of any TV series or film this year.

Episode 174: FlipaClip Founder Marcos Meson & How The App Came To Be

This chat is with Marcos Meson, one of the original founders of the 2D animation app FlipaClip. Meson shares how he started FlipaClip along with his brothers as a side project and grew it into the app that is used by millions today. He also shares what it was like building the team from scratch, how he’s created a very involved international animation community, and their plans for the future of the app.

Tune in to Ibele and Meson to hear:

  • How schools are using FlipaClip
  • Why social media influencers are turning to 2D
  • Why FlipaClip is the entry app for so many 2D animators

Episode 173: Brent Forrest On How He Created Samurai Golf Frog With Marza Animation

This chat features Brent Forrest who has worked as a special effects animator, storyboard artist, director, and is currently a Technical Director at Marza Animation Planet Inc. in Japan. Forrest shares how he created the concept for his short film Samurai Golf Frog, pitched it to Marza, and then worked with them to get funding and produce the full short.

Samurai Golf Frog will premiere at SIGGRAPH on August 8th in Vancouver and at The Virtual Electronic Theater (For those who can’t be there in person) on August 9th. The public release will be September 15th launching simultaneously on CgBros, CgMeetup and the Marza Youtube Channel.

Please note: Marza doesn’t take unsolicited pitches

Tune in to Ibele and Brent to hear:

  • The marketing plan Marza is executing to sell Samurai Golf Frog into a series
  • Forrest’s move from Canada to Japan and what it’s like working for a major studio there
  • The unique way Marza and Forrest received funding for Samurai Golf Frog

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Episode 172: Fu Yang And Johnny Knittle On How They Created The Nice Shorts Animation Podcast

This chat features the Nice Shorts animation podcast cohosts Fu Yang and Johnny Knittle. Besides interviewing animators on their short film process, Fu Yang is an award-winning stop motion and 2D animator and Johnny Knittle is a music composer who focuses his talents on concert hall works and animated short films. In their chat, Yang and Knittle share the behind-the-scenes of running an animation podcast as well as their ins and outs of their careers.

Tune in to Yang, Knittle and Ibele to hear:

  • How they started their first episode
  • Yang’s plan to teach stop motion animation to kids
  • How Yang and Knittle met

Episode 171: How Eric Larson Fast – Tracked His Animation Career Using The Freelancer’s Manifesto

This chat features Eric Larson, a freelance illustration and motion graphics designer who shares how he went from a professional ballet dancer into animation. He also shares how he’s modeled his career after Joey Korenman’s The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion Designer, which helped fasttrack him to where he is today.

Tune in to Ibele and Larson to hear:

  • Which course Larson took to learn motion graphics
  • How Larson prices out his work
  • The number one way Larson sets himself up so opportunities knock at his door

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Episode 170: Director Mike Caron On The Live-Action/Animation Mix Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder

This chat features Mike Caron, a seasoned Nickelodeon Director and Producer known for his work on Game Shakers, Henry Danger, and most recently, Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder. Caron shares how he worked his way up from an actor on The Young and the Restless to Directing some of Nickelodeon’s biggest shows. He also shares the unique pipeline they created for the live-action/animation mix on Fairly Odder, as well as the technique they developed to get the actors interacting with the animated characters in the most dynamic way possible.

Tune in to Ibele and Caron to hear:

  • How to reinvent yourself at any time in the entertainment industry
  • The mentality Caron adopted that pushed him further to success
  • The live-action/animation storyboarding process on Fairly Odder

Episode 169: Gobelins Student Lava Hijzelaar’s Process To Pencil & Paper Animation

This chat features Dutch hand-drawn animator Lava Hijzelaar. Currently she is a student at the renowned Gobelins in Paris and in this chat she’s going to share how she got accepted as an international student and was able to completely skip first year. Plus Hijzelaar will explain why she began to prefer pencil and paper to digital animation and the benefits that come with that.

Tune in to Ibele and Hijzelaar to hear:

  • 3 skills pencil and paper animation teaches you that digital does not
  • Hijzelaar’s entire animation process from start to finish
  • The conference she attended that changed her life (and got her accepted into Gobelins)

Episode 168: Cantastoria – How 11 Students Created A Stop Mo Film Remotely During The Pandemic

This chat features four stop motion animators, Stephen Belford, Anna Harestad, Heather Little, and Tawny Therrien, who were part of the 11-person team who created Cantastoria, an award-winning stop motion film produced at Sheridan College during the pandemic. Together, they share the challenges of producing a stop motion film remotely, as well as some of the unique solutions they came up with to complete the film.

Tune in to Ibele, Belford, Harestad, Little, and Therrien to hear:

  • Why the group chose to create a stop motion film in a predominantly 2D animation school
  • How they used story to make a remote pipeline work more cohesively
  • Tips on making a stop motion studio space in your bedroom

Episode 167: How Chris Rodgers Is Building A Stop Mo Studio In South Korea

This chat features Chris Rodgers, who is a stop motion animator living and building a studio in South Korea. Over the years Rodgers has worked on projects for Frederator, The Lego Movie, and Big 5, a South Korean children’s program. In this chat, Rodgers shares why he made the journey from the USA to build his career in South Korea.

Tune in to Ibele and Rodgers to hear:

  • What opportunity made Rodgers pack up his bags in the USA and pursue stop motion in South Korea
  • What the South Korean stop motion industry is like
  • How Rodgers stays connected to USA-based projects while overseas

Episode 166: Grahaeme Cowie And The Cost To Produce His Award Winning Short Film

This chat is with 2D animator and storyboard artist Grahaeme Cowie, who is most recently known for his short film, “Everything is Going to Be Okay.” Cowie’s skills have been sought after by animation powerhouses like WildBrain and Titmouse and in this chat he shares how he worked his way up to animation supervisor, then threw that all away to start over from scratch as a storyboard artist.

Tune in to Ibele and Cowie to hear:

  • How to completely self fund your own film (and get noticed for it!)
  • The single most important thing to focus on as a new storyboard artist
  • The mentality you need to reinvent yourself

Episode 165: Karen And Bill On Animating Maxxie LaWow – The First Drag Queen Superhero Film

This chat is with Karen and Bill Drastal, the co-founders behind the Chubby Beagle animation studio. Karen and Bill are both seasoned animators, having worked in 2D, production, storyboarding, and directing with companies like Google, Bento Box, and Warner Brothers. In this chat they share how they came to work on the first ever drag queen superhero feature film, Maxxie LaWow.

Tune in to Ibele and the Drastals to hear:

  • Where Maxxie LaWow got its funding
  • What it took to start their own studio
  • How each of them go their break in the industry

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Episode 164: How Luis Ribeiro Became An Executive Producer At LOBO Animation Studio

This chat features Luis Ribeiro, who is currently a Partner and Executive Producer at LOBO, the creative design, 2D, 3D, and stop motion animation studio based out of São Paulo and New York. Over the years Ribeiro has worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, and 7Up and in this chat he shares his journey from Brazil to the USA and how he prioritized risky career moves to become the producer he is today.

Tune in to Ibele and Ribeiro to hear:

  • The surprising skill that will have opportunities knocking at your door
  • How to get into animation producing and work your way up the ranks
  • How to keep your studio ahead of the game and wow clients

Episode 163: How Karen Disher Became The First Female Director At Blue Sky

This episode features Karen Disher, who was the first female Director and Story Artist at Blue Sky Studios where she worked on Robots, Ice Age: Dawn on the Dinosaurs, and Ferdinand. Currently she is the Creative Director in Development at Spire where she’s working on their new feature film. In this chat she’s going to share how she got her start, what she’s learned about story and where to find the confidence to build your own path.

Tune in to Ibele and Disher to hear:

  • The chance way Disher got to design the characters in Daria
  • The skill that will send new opportunities your way
  • How to actively work your way up the corporate-animation-ladder

Episode 162: How Jace Wertz Quit His Retail Job To Get Into Stop Motion

This episode features stop motion animator Jace Wertz, who quit his job in retail to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional filmmaker. Since then he’s set up a complete studio in his home and has gone on to become a stop motion animator, cg animator, editor, director, audio wizard, and more. In fact, he was recently featured in a WEDU Arts Plus documentary and his work on the Chompin’ Stompin’ music video was nominated for a webby this year.

Tune in to Ibele and Wertz to hear:

  • The change in mindset that opened the doors of opportunity for Wertz
  • The exact equipment needed to create a home stop motion studio
  • How it took 3 years to make the Chompin’ Stompin’ music video

Episode 161: How Independent Animator Jeremy Nixon Manufactures Social Media Fame

This episode features London-based 2D animator Jeremy Nixon of Instagram and TikTok Fame. Over the years Jeremy has worked with brands like Amazon Prime, Dell, and Modern Wolf to create animated loops, music videos, and game trailers. In this chat Nixon shares his climb to social media fame and his strategy to make it as an independent animator.

Tune in to hear:

  • Nixon’s social media strategy
  • How Nixon gets gigs with big clients
  • Nixon’s tips for using TV paint for 2D animation

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Episode 160: How DM Galloway Animates Action Figures For A Living

This episode features independent stop motion animator D.M. Galloway, who animates action figures for a living. Over the years he’s worked with brands like TMNT, Iron Man, Halo, and Captain America, and in this chat he’s going to share where it all began.

Tune in to Ibele and Galloway to hear:

  • How Galloway grew a following of over 100K subscribers on YouTube from scratch
  • How Galloway manages to make brand deals
  • What goes into to creating action figure stop motion animation

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This episode is sponsored by Cloud Stop Motion who’ve created possibly the easiest way to start animating from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop in seconds. Simply go to cloudstopmotion.com and click “start animating”. Their software works in any modern browser and your files are instantly saved to the cloud. The best part is that they are completely free to use up to 500mb of storage, which is actually quite a lot. They’re especially useful if you’re teaching a class since you can create an organization account which comes with 2GB of free storage as standard, and allows the creation of unlimited student groups and profiles, all of whose projects and work you can view for yourself from your admin account.

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Episode 159: Alba Medinyà’s Journey From Spain To Canada In Pursuit Of Stop Motion

This episode features Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop motion animator Alba Medinyà, who in 2018 decided to leave Spain and pursue an animation career in Canada. In this chat, she details the entire process from leaving Europe, finding stop motion animation work in Canada, and then her ultimate decision to move back to Spain in 2021.

Tune in to Ibele and Medinyà to hear:

  • What the visa process is like from Europe to Canada
  • How she connected with studios when she didn’t know anyone (or even the language)
  • The ups and downs of pursuing your dream in a foreign country

Episode 158: How Christian Haynes Is Creating His Independent Series Zack In Time

This episode features artist and animator (and Danny Phantom fan art enthusiast) Christian Haynes. In this chat, Haynes shares his journey to get his own original series, Zack in Time, off the ground.

Tune in to Ibele and Haynes to hear:

  • How Haynes assembled a team to work on Zack in Time
  • Hayne’s thoughts on animation school vs learning on your own
  • How to get the right type of feedback to improve your art

Episode 157: How Chelsea Lee Changed Up Careers From Professional Dancer To Stop Motion Animator

This episode features Toronto and New York based stop motion animator and filmmaker Chelsea Lee. In the past Lee has worked with brands like Bank of America, Hennessy, and Pinterest, and also productions like Ultra City Smiths, and Benny’s Mini World. In this chat Lee shares her journey from professional dancer into the art of animation.

You’ll also learn:

  • Her biggest tips to impress new clients
  • How to show confidence when something goes wrong (and you don’t know what you’re doing)
  • What it was like being pregnant and animating on a stop motion television show

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This episode is sponsored by HUE, makers of colorful, affordable USB cameras and animation software for creative teaching, work and play.

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HUE’s funky, flexible, Plug & Play cameras are easy-to-use and they are compatible with any apps that recognize USB cameras including Discord, Dragonframe, OBS, Twitch, Google Meet, Zoom and many more.

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Episode 156: How Laurie Rowan Made His Unique Animation Style Super Sought-After

This episode features animator, artist, and director, Laurie Rowan, who is renowned for his quirky, loopy, and cute 3D animation style. Over the years clients like Google, the BBC, MTV, and others have commissioned custom pieces from Rowan. He’s also racked up numerous accolades including a Children’s Bafta win, a Lovie Award, and the super-coveted Vimeo Staff Pick. In this chat Rowan shares how he left his job to pursue is own animation style, which went viral on social media, launching his independent career.

Tune in to Ibele and Rowan to hear:

  • How to brand yourself as an independent artist to get noticed by big brands
  • What gave Rowan the courage to break away from mainstream animation and do his own thing
  • The post that made Rowan go viral (and how you can recreate it)

Episode 155: How Meaghan Hettler Got Into Puppet Fabrication As A Career

This chat features puppet, set, and prop fabricator, stop motion animator, and super cool cosplay artist, Meaghan Hettler. In their chat, Hettler shares how she trained as a puppet fabricator, how she got her first paid gig, and how she continues to pursue her dream career of making crafts for a living.

You’ll also learn:

  • What made Hettler switch gears from animator to fabricator
  • Where to learn how to use all the complex materials needed for puppet fabrication
  • How much a felted puppet for a professional production can cost

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Episode 154: Mercury Filmworks Chief Content Officer Heath Kenny & How To Leap From Maker To Manager

This episode features animator, writer, producer, development executive and currently the Chief Content Officer at Ottawa-based Mercury Filmworks, Heath Kenny. His current role at Mercury sees him managing the development team and heads up their content strategy, but in the past he’s worked on projects like Robot Boy, the Gorillaz music videos, and Noddy Toyland Detective. In our chat he’s going to share his journey from New Zealand to Canada as well as exactly how to make the leap from maker to manager.

You’ll also learn:

  • 3 helpful questions you can ask yourself if you feel stuck in your career
  • What Heath did to get into the industry at a time when there wasn’t much of an industry
  • How Heath evaluates pivotal decisions to choose the best path career-wise

Episode 153: 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif On Building His Career In Morocco

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This episode features Moroccan self-taught 3D animator, Ayoub Moulakhnif who teaches at AnimSchool and works as a character animator at Axis Studios. In their chat Moulakhnif shares what the animation industry is like in Morocco, including what opportunities exist, how to find determination to pursue your dreams even when they seem impossible, and how he ended up going from student to teacher at AnimSchool (plus everything you wanted to know about that program).

You’ll also learn:

  • How to train as an animator in Morocco
  • 3 tips to increase your artistic self-discipline
  • What Moulakhnif did to get ahead of his class and become a teacher himself

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Episode 152: How Hero4Hire Head Of Development Jordan Beck Produced And Distributed Sgt. Stubby

This chat features Jordan Beck, the Head of Development for Hero4Hire Creative, a commercial and TV development animation studio. In our chat Jordan is going to share how he went from working at an Infantry Museum to fully producing and distributing the multiple award-winning independent feature film Sgt. Stubby, including how he helped raise $25 million towards the show’s budget. He’s also going to share everything you ever wanted to know about how film distribution works in North America and what an everyday person can do to maximize their chance of success getting your film into traditional cinemas.

You’ll also learn:

  • What kind of ideas make studios enter development
  • The number one skill needed to get into a development role
  • How much it costs to get a film distributed in cinemas

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Episode 151: How Derek Gerber Sells Animated Explainer Videos To Businesses (And Is Really Good At It)

This episode features Derek Gerber, who is the Senior Vice President of Explainy, which makes animated explainer videos for sales, marketing, and training purposes. Before diving into the world of corporate animation videos, Gerber’s previous experience lies in robotic process and intelligent automation, but he started his career down the hall from Cartoon Network, which perhaps had an influence on him switching gears to help run an animation company.

You’ll also learn:

  • The three pillars of running a success animation studio
  • How to get really really good at video search engine optimization
  • The loophole way to get hired at Explainify

Episode 150: How James Kerr Has Run A Successful Stop Motion Studio In The UK For 20 Years

This episode features UK stop motion animator and producer, James Kerr, who dropped out of university to start his own stop motion animation studio called Kerrupt Animation. Twenty years later, Kerrupt Animation is still going strong, having worked with clients like Paw Patrol, Teletubbies, Polly Pocket, and more. Kerr’s story is one of perseverance, incredible luck, and a dash of misfortune along the way.

Tune in to Ibele and Kerr to hear:

  • How to get your first clients as a new animation studio
  • The product-market fit that has kept Kerrupt successful
  • What the day-to-day operations of a small-team-run studio is like

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Episode 149: How Vince Commisso Made 9Story The #1 Children’s Content Producer In Canada

This episode features Vince Commisso, founder of 9 Story Media Group, Canada’s #1 producer and distributor of children’s content. In our chat, Vince shares his journey from leaving Nelvana to produce his first show, Peep in the Big Wide World. Since then he has employed a unique strategy to help 9 Story grow to over 1,100 employees today, producing shows like Ada Twist, Scientist, Blue’s Clues and You!, and Ridley Jones.

You’ll also learn:

  • What it takes to really be a successful producer
  • The basic business model any production company can employ
  • Vince’s predictions for kid’s media trends in 2022

Episode 148: How Twight Is Entering The Animation Industry As An Independent Artist

This episode is with Memphis, Tennessee artist Twight, an aspiring animator who shares his “eureka moment” that propelled him to pursue a career in animation. In this chat he covers what he’s doing to pick up the necessary skills in animation, storyboarding, script writing, and character design on his own, as well as his process to create an independently animated television show.

Tune in to Ibele and Twight to hear:

  • 3 key ways Twight is picking up animation skills while working full time
  • The biggest obstacles independent artists face entering the industry
  • Twight’s strategy to start his own studio

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Episode 147: Rachel Gitlevich Shares How Titmouse New York Unionized In 2022

This episode features 2D Character Animator, Rachel Gitlevich, who also headed up the unionization of Titmouse New York in January 2022. In this chat Rachel shares the history of animation studio unions, how Titmouse unionized, and resources and information for others interested in unionizing their animation workplace. Besides all this, Rachel has over ten years experience in character animation working on projects for Netflix, Disney, Cartoon Network, YouTube, and of course Titmouse.

You’ll also learn:

  • Ten questions to ask your coworkers to gauge their interest in unionizing
  • Exactly what it means to unionize an animation studio (the pros and cons)
  • The two (out of three) skills animators need to master in order to get ahead in their careers
  • Check out Rachel’s work on Vimeo
  • Look up: Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson, by Tom Sito
  • Link to the Animation Guild
  • Check out Amaze.org

Episode 146: Show Creator Ali Kellner on How to Create a Winning Pitch Bible

This episode features Toronto animator Ali Kellner who does a little bit of everything in the industry. She’s a storyboard artist, writer, animator, director, and show creator. In this chat Ali focuses on how she turned her original show idea, Melrose Middle School, into a multiple festival competition winning pitch.

You’ll also learn:

  • The five crucial elements that make your show pitch a success
  • The ins and outs of option agreements
  • The secret sauce to writing a compelling character for TV animation

Episode 145: Adam Rosenberg And The Most Ambitious Pixilation Project Ever

This episode features Adam Rosenberg who is a filmmaker, director, editor, and animator living in Colorado. He’s directed and animated on dozens of music videos, commercials, and short films, in fact his work has screened at nearly 100 festivals worldwide. His current project, Alphabetical Athleticalz just might be the most ambitious pixilation there is and in our chat he’s going to share all the behind-the-scenes on how it’s coming together.

You’ll also learn:

  • Five surprising tips to take your pixelation to the next level
  • Where Rosenberg has gotten funding to make his short films
  • Rosenberg’s best advice to make your short films stand out

Episode 144: Alex Plapinger Shares How To Become An Animation Executive Producer

This episode features animation Executive Producer Alex Plapinger. Recently Plapinger produced a series of shorts for FXX’s Cake including Swan Boy, The Beings, and The Dream. In the past Plapinger has worked on a number of projects for both television and short film including Water Bear, Desert Island, All Star Party, Plankton, and Piggy. In this chat Plapinger is going to share the ins and outs of how to become an executive producer for animation.

You’ll also learn

  • How to get so good at your job that your phone will start ringing on its own
  • What 99% of your role as a producer ends up being (and how to excel at it)
  • The most important budgeting decisions you’ll have to make

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Episode 143 :How William Allinson Gets Stop Motion Gigs In Toronto

This episode features Stop Motion Animator William Allinson and how he’s built his career in Toronto. Allison has animated on projects like New Math, Dad Fight, Canadian Tire spots, and Ultra City Smiths.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Bill has survived as an independent animator in Toronto
  • What Bill has learned about self-promo to pick up new gigs
  • Bill’s plans to create and sell a stop motion web series

Episode 142: How Isaac King Established A Stop Motion Career In Toronto

This episode features Toronto stop motion animator Isaac King who shares how he established himself in Toronto and has been able to produce multiple award winning short films.

You’ll also learn:

  • Isaac’s formula for festival success
  • The unique (and new??) type of animation Isaac is pursuing an MFA in
  • How to apply to government art grants in Canada

Episode 141: How Swanboy Creator Branson Reese Turned His Webcomic Into An Animated Series For Cake

This chat features comic artist, writer, actor, producer, and comedian, Branson Reese who shares how he turned his comic Swanboy into an animated series for FXX’s Cake.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to self publish and put yourself out there
  • Branson’s top tips when pitching to industry producers
  • The role social media has played into his success as an artist

Episode 140: How Reza Farazmand Pitched Poorly Drawn Lines Into An FXX Animated Series

This episode features Reza Farazmand, creator of the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines. In this chat Reza shares how he was able to pitch and produce Poorly Drawn Lines into an animated series as part of FXX’s Cake.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Reza is able to sustain himself entirely from his webcomic
  • The secret formula to creating a relatable, lasting comic that everyone loves
  • How Reza translated comic panels into animated personalities

Episode 139: CG Animator Brian Kouhi On How To Enter The Industry & Take Care Of Your Finances

This episode features CG Animator Brian Kouhi, who shares how he’s worked on projects like Maya and the Three, Abby Hatcher, and Paw Patrol. Besides this, he also runs a popular YouTube tutorial channel called 3D Animation Hub, and he’s launching a Blender learning platform called TOAnimate.ca.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to manage your finances as an animator
  • Brian’s number one piece of advice for those looking to get into CG animation
  • What it’s taken to launch an animation learning platform from scratch

Episode 138: Kevin Smithers On How To Build A Career In Animation Music And Songwriting

This episode features award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and songwriter, Kevin Smithers, who composed the score for the upcoming HBO, Mexican stop motion animation television series Frankelda. Besides Frankelda, Kevin has also worked on Mira, Royal Detective, Victor and Valentina, and Monster Island.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Kevin got into composing and songwriting for animation
  • Which connections led to working on Frankelda
  • The ins and outs of a career in animation music

Episode 137: Animation Editors Lawrence And Ernesto Share How They Worked On LOL’s Arcane

This episode features the dynamic editing duo, Lawrence Gan and Ernesto Matamoros-Cox who recently finished up work on the Netflix animated series Arcane. Gan previously edited on Space Jam 2, and has worked on numerous projects for Warner Bros, Paramount, and Disney. Matamoros-Cox has worked on DreamWorks’ TV series Dragons: Defends of Berk, the Netflix special Alien X-Mas, and is a two-time Annie-nominee.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to break into editing for animation
  • What skills to focus on to be in-demand
  • How to keep a steady stream of projects flowing your way

Episode 136: Stop Motion Animator Samu Mariani On The Industry In Brazil

This episode features Brazilian Stop Motion Animator Samu Mariani who shares what the stop motion industry is like in Brazil and how he ended up working on the award-winning feature film Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People.

You’ll also learn:

  • Which animation festivals to stay connected with in South America
  • How to become a professional stop motion animator in Brazil
  • How to connect with other animators in South America

Episode 135: How Stop Mo Animator Kyla Atlas Created A Studio In Toronto

This chat features Kyla Atlas, a Toronto-based stop motion animator who is also the co-founder of See You On the Moon animation studio. Kyla shares her journey into stop motion, what it’s like running her own business, and how she got to work on Ultra City Smiths at the new Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Toronto. And as a bonus, Nicole Honderich, my former Stoopid Buddy Studio coworker is also joining me to interview Kyla.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Kyla picks up animation gigs
  • How demanding running an independent studio can be
  • Why Kyla put her business on hold to work at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

Episode 134: Austin Faber’s Unusual Path To Becoming A Netflix Story Artist

This chat is with Netflix Story Artist Austin Faber, who shares his journey from making comics in community college to ending up at Disney and then Netflix.

You’ll also learn:

  • What it was like being a black student in a predominately white animation school
  • The unusual method that pushed Austin to excel in storyboarding.
  • How Austin got hired at Netflix

Episode 133: How Aaron Augenblick Produced Superjail!, Teenage Euthanasia, And Swan Boy

This episode features Aaron Augenblick, animator, producer, director, and founder of Brooklyn-based Augenblick Studios who shares how he founded his studio and built up his client base.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Aaron keeps the studio fresh after 22 years of business
  • The unique post-pandemic culture Aaron is building at his studi
  • How Aaron picked up Teenage Euthanasia

Episode 132: How Stop Motion Animator Cristal Buemi Built Her Career In Toronto

This chat features stop motion animator Cristal Buemi who shares her journey into creating her career in Toronto. Throughout her career, she’s worked on projects like Below Her Mouth, Party for One, Ultra City Smiths, and Gaea.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Cristal made the right connections to work on Ultra City Smiths
  • 5 top tips to avoid injuries on the job
  • Everything you wanted to know about working with TAIS

Episode 131: Arlo The Alligator Boy Creator Ryan Crego’s Animation Career Journey

This episode features Director/Producer Ryan Crego who created the Netflix 2D animated feature film Arlo the Alligator Boy. In this chat Ryan shares his journey from story artist at Dreamworks to getting to create his own film at Netflix.

You’ll also learn:

  • 3 great tips to avoid burnout in animation
  • Ryan’s underlying motivation that leads him to new and amazing opportunities
  • Ryan’s version of success that drives him to create amazing stories

Episode 130: How Laura Tofarides Started Her Career From Scratch To Animate On Isle Of Dogs

This episode features stop motion animator Laura Tofarides, who is known for her work on Isle of Dogs, Early Man, Love Death + Robots, Robin Robin, and Kiri & Lou. In this chat, Laura shares how she went from a Runner on Chuck Steel and everything she did in between to become a super stellar, full-time stop motion animator.

You’ll also learn:

  • What you need to showcase in your work to work on feature films
  • The number one reason to specialize in an area of stop motion
  • How to actively further your career in stop motion and become in demand

Episode 129: How Stop Motion Animator Lindsay Berkebile Moved From TV To Feature Film

This chat features Stop Motion Animator Lindsay Berkebile. Lindsay’s ten-year career has spanned commercials, televisions, and more recently feature film as she is now animating on Henry Selick’s Wendell and Wild.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Linsday got her start in stop motion
  • The number one thing Linsday did to move from TV to feature film animation
  • The show Linsday is currently pitching

Episode 128: How Greg Franklin Ended Up Directing Tig Notaro’s Drawn

This chat features Greg Franklin, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Six Point Harness Studios. Throughout his 20-year career in animation, Franklin has worked on many award-winning projects including the Oscar-winning Hair Love, Guava Island, and Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson. In this chat, he shares what it was like founding a studio and keeping it running for nearly two decades.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Franklin turned a professional wrestling career into animation
  • The mindset that’s kept his business going for 20 years
  • The crazy backstory to how Tig Notaro’s Drawn got animated

Episode 127: Justin Weg On How To Become A Professional CG Character Animator

This chat features senior character animator Justin Weg who shares his journey into CG character animation. Justin has worked on films like Rio, Spies in Disguise, The Peanut’s Movie, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. He is also a teacher at Animschool, teaching class 5 on character performance, and on the side he is a stop motion hobbyist.

You’ll also learn:

  • What it was like working at Blue Sky during the closure
  • What Justin did to get his first job in CG animation
  • The number one thing he tells his students to work on

Episode 126: The Dynamic Duo Who Boarded + Composed Tom And Jerry In New York

This episode features Story Arist Keith Baxter and Music Composer Greg Sims. Keith has worked as a director, songwriter, character designer, 2D and 3D animator, and story artist on previous projects like Flushed Away and The Croods. Greg has worked in television on Oprah and Dr. Oz as well as animated film like The Lion of Judah. In this chat they share the unique way they created the boards for Tom and Jerry in New York.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Keith made the switch from music school into animation
  • How Greg made his break from television music into animated film
  • The two biggest skills that have made them invaluable to work with
  • Find Greg on LinkedIn
  • Check out Greg’s website here
  • Find Keith on LinkedIn
  • Watch Keith’s Cheesemonger here
  • Check out Keith’s YouTube channel here

Episode 125: Pixar Story Artist Ted Mathot Shares The Secret Formula To A Compelling Story

This episode features Create Director of Spire Studios, Ted Mathot. Mathot spent over 20 years as a story artist at Pixar working on some of their biggest films like The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and Wall-E. In this chat, he shares everything he’s learned to make compelling stories audiences eat up.

You’ll also learn:

  • The book Mathot read that helped him move from Story Artist to Supervisor
  • The number one piece of feedback Mathot gives Story Artists
  • The secret formula to a boarding a compelling scene

Episode 124: How Marty Cooper Built An Animation Career Off Social Media

This episode features Marty Cooper, a feature storyboard artist turned social media animator. Over the years Marty has created pieces for Wendys, Nike, Will Smith, Rick and Morty, and even the Biden 2020 Campaign. In this chat he shares his journey from full-time studio work, to building up his career as a freelance animator through social media.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Marty originally went viral with his animation on YouTube
  • The pros and cons of being your own boss
  • His strategy for finding success in his career through social media

Episode 123: Vikkal Parikh’s Journey From Architecture In India To Owning An Animation Studio In NYC

This episode features animator and Ataboy Studios owner, Vikkal Parikh. Originally Parikh pursued a career as an architect in India, but realized working in the animation industry would be much more fulfilling. So, in the early 2000s he decided to make the switch and applied to SCAD. In this chat, Parikh shares the challenges of making the journey from India to the US as well as starting his own studio in New York.

You’ll also learn

  • How to win commercial projects without compromising on budget
  • The secret formula to selling an ad
  • Where the future of animation advertising is heading

Episode 122: Michael Surrey Shares His Big Break Into Disney And How He Worked His Way Up

This episode features veteran Disney animator and current Creative Director of Story and Animation at Spire Animation Studios, Michael Surrey. In this chat, Surrey shares how he got his big break at Disney in the 90s, how he worked his way up the animation ranks, and what he learned about pursuing a lasting and fulfilling career in animation without burnout.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to make yourself invaluable when you’re just starting out
  • The mindset you need to get into to make a character perform naturally
  • His best advice for those looking to have a long career in animation

Episode 121: Stop Motion Animator dina Amin & How She Built Her Career From Scratch In Egypt

This episode features Egyptian stop motion animator dina Amin, who reveals how quitting her job and deconstructing appliances led to a full time career in stop motion.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to make it as a stop motion animator in Egypt
  • What you need to give up to truly follow something you love
  • What dina does to get new client work

Episode 120: What 26 Years At Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

This episode features Shawn Krause, the Creative Director of Animation and Story at Spire Studios. Krause brings with him more than two decades of experience working as an animator and animation supervisor at Pixar, which he shares in this chat.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why Pixar hired him only one year into CalArts
  • The number one piece of advice Krause gives to animation newbies
  • What it was like working at Pixar before the Toy Story days

Episode 119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza’s Career Move From Bangladesh To Canada

This episode features writer, director, and VFX/Animation Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza. Originally from Bangladesh, Reza became an accomplished actor before deciding to give up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver, Canada. In this chat, Reza shares the impact that decision had and the unheard-of risks he took that led to big career payoffs.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to become top-of-mind for new production roles
  • The must-needed skills to develop for a successful production management role
  • How to get into exclusive meetings with higher-ups

Episode 118: Steve Angel On Running Headgear Animation Studio For 24 Years

This episode features Co-founder and Director of Toronto-based Head Gear Animation. Since its inception in 1997, Head Gear has worked with world-class clients like Nestlé, Ikea, Kellogg’s, and Sesame Workshop, and has garnered a long list of awards for their work in stop motion, 2D, live-action, and puppetry. In this chat, Angel shares how he quickly went from animator, to director, to starting his own studio, and all the ups and downs that has brought over the last two decades.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to start your own professional studio on a dime
  • The secret sauce to staying in business (successfully) in the long term
  • The number one way to sell a new client on stop motion

Episode 117: Stop Motion Director Sinem Sakaoglu On Building A Career In Germany

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This chat features Turkish/American/German stop motion film, commercial, and music video director, Sinem Sakaoglu. She shares what it was like moving from Turkey to the US and finally Germany in pursuit of a creatively fulfilling animation career.

You’ll also learn:

  • The unique funding structure in Europe which allows directors to produce feature films
  • Sinem’s path from businesswoman to stop motion director
  • How to consistently land work when you’re competing with every other country in Europe for projects

Episode 116: Stop Motion Animator Max Winston On Running An Independent Studio

This episode features stop motion animator Max Winston (of I Live in the Woods fame) who shares his journey into running his own independent stop motion studio, RatBat studios.

He also shares:

  • How he landed clients like Cartoon Network
  • Three tricks that have improved his animation performance
  • What it took to emotionally leave his steady job and go independent

Episode 115: Head Writer We Bare Bears Mikey Heller On How He Became A Writer At Cartoon Network

This chat features Mikey Heller, Head Writer for Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears and the spin-off series, We Baby Bears. In this chat Mikey shares how publishing webcomics landed him his first writing role, and a behind-the-scenes look into the writing room at Cartoon Network.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to make your writing stand out
  • What to do to bump your application to the top of a writing position
  • Three ways animators and writers can better work together

Episode 114: How Musa Brooker Worked His Way Up From Stop Mo Animator To Creative Director

This episode features Musa Brooker, a Stop Motion Animator turned Creative Director. In this chat Musa shares his journey from animator to lead, supervisor, director, and his most recent role as Creative Director for Six Point Harness, the Academy Award Winning studio that produced Hair Love.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to make the jump from animator to director in your career
  • What studios look for when hiring a Creative Director
  • The types of skills you can develop that will help you advance in your animation career

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Episode 113: An Interview With SyncSketch Co-Founder & CEO Bernhard Haux

This episode features Co-Founder and CEO of SyncSketch, Bernhard Haux. Bernhard is also a multi-talented animator who has worked with several big-name companies such as Pixar, Oculus, and Facebook. In this chat, Bernhard shares how and why he created SyncSketch and where the platform is heading.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Bernhard ended up working at Pixar (for 8 years)
  • The biggest hurdle in animation that SyncSketch solves
  • How Bernhard created SyncSketch from scratch

Episode 112: Joel MacKenzie On How To Manifest Your Animation Career Dreams

This chat features Ottawa Animator Joel MacKenzie who shares his philosophy on how to manifest your dream animation career. Joel’s career has spanned writing, directing, pitching, and character design for clients like Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, HBO, and the CBC, as well as creating his own pilots, Spaceman and Robotron, The Myth of Robo Wonderkid, and Tuff Pom.

You’ll also learn:

  • What to do if you’re working at a job that you like, but it’s not exactly what you want?
  • What it’s like to go through development for a pitch
  • How to make a career out of being your own artist

Episode 111: How Eric Power Singlehandedly Animates Feature Films In Stop Mo With Construction Paper

This episode features Eric Power, an independent stop motion animator who specializes in construction paper animation. Over his 20-year career he’s worked on music videos, brand spots, and even feature films. In this chat, he shares exactly how he’s made a career out of this medium.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Eric gets clients
  • How long it takes Eric to create a fully animated feature film (single-handedly)
  • Eric’s entire process from ideation to completion

Episode 110: Scott Wiser’s Journey To Direct His Original Animated Feature Film

This episode features Scott Wiser and his journey to direct his original feature film who shares exactly how he’s been pitching his ideas and gaining interest from studios to produce it.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Scott gets top industry pros to mentor him
  • The unique way Scott gets studios interested in his work
  • What to do today that will get you one step closer to becoming a director

Episode 109: Motion Graphic Designer William Marler On How To Build Lasting Client Relationships

This episode features award-winning UK Motion Graphics Designer William Marler, who shares his strategy to get more work out of his clients and what he does to manufacture his own luck in the animation industry.

You’ll also learn:

  • The 6 currencies of taking on animation projects (other than for pay)
  • The number one thing that will impress any client
  • How to develop lasting relationships with people you meet at networking events


Episode 108: Max Simone Creator Of Gēmusetto On How To Sell Your Ridiculous Show Idea To Adult Swim

This episode features Max Simone, creator of Adult Swim’s Gēmusetto Machu Picchu and the recent Gēmusetto Death Beats. In this chat, Max shares how he originally pitched the show to Adult Swim and the pipeline to create each episode.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Max convinced Adult Swim to fund his show idea
  • The unique way Max keeps viewers engaged
  • The reason why Max gained absolute creative freedom with his show

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Episode 107: 2D Effects Artist Dan Elder Explains The Right Way To Ask For A Raise

This episode features Dan Elder, a 15-year veteran to 2D special effects who currently co-head’s Jam Filled Entertainment’s Effects Department in Ottawa. In this chat he shares how to pursue 2D effects in today’s industry as well as how to work your way up in your career.

You’ll also learn:

  • The right way to ask for a raise in animation
  • The type of person who excels in 2D effects
  • A practical way to know your worth as an animator

Episode 106: Indie Stop Mo Animator Martha Mapes Shares How She’s Breaking Into The Stop Mo Scene

This episode features Chicago-based independent stop motion animator, Martha Mapes, who shares what she’s doing to break into the stop motion scene during the pandemic.

You’ll also learn:

  • What kind of stop motion networking events exist in LA
  • How Martha gets stop motion commissions
  • The complete skillset needed to be an independent stop mo animator

Episode 105: Brent Forrest & Tobias Schlage Share How They Got Into 160 Animated Film Festivals

You’ll also learn:
  • Which festivals they got the best connections from
  • The ingenious way they maximized success with getting into festivals
  • Why you should focus on making films instead of getting films made

Episode 104: How Jorge Gutierrez Made The Book Of Life Happen When No Studio Wanted To Touch It

This episode features Mexcian Animator, Producer, and Director Jorge Gutierrez who shares everything it took to get the Book of Life made when no studio wanted to touch it.

You’ll also learn:

  • What Jorge did to gain credibility when no one thought he could direct
  • The animation Jorge made in a week that led to getting his own show
  • Jorge’s best practical advice for pursuing your dreams

Episode 103: Wian Van Bergen & the Pipeline Built in Unreal Engine for His First IP Isaura

This episode features Wian van Bergen, Art Director and Cofounder of Lucan, an animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. In our chat, Wian shares the real-time pipeline his team built using Unreal Engine for their first IP, Isaura.

You’ll also learn:

  • How he pitched a TV show to a commercial client and got a “yes”
  • What the industry for animation is like in South Africa
  • How Wian turned a dentist appointment into founding a studio
  • Check out Lucan’s studio and see the trailer for Isaura here
  • Follow Lucan on Instagram

Episode 102: Oscar-Conteder Alexandra Ramires With Short Film Storytelling Tips

This episode features short filmmaker Alexandra Ramires who shares her approach to short film storytelling. She also shares how she received funding to make her Oscar-contending short, “Tie”, the collective of directors behind the animation, and her process to create the film’s unique look.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to make each moment of a film have impact
  • How sustainable a career in short films is
  • How long it took to make an 11-minute film

Episode 101: Alexandre Siqueira Shares His Process To Create Oscar Contender Short Film Purple Boy

This episode features Alexandre Siqueira, who shares his process to create the Oscar contender animation short film, Purple Boy. In our chat he covers how he built his team, secured financing, and how he wrote the narrative to make the film stand out.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why Purple Boy took eight years to make
  • The biggest thing Alexandre learned about making a short film successful
  • How to make your film appealing to a variety of audiences

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