Animation Industry Podcast

Animation Industry Podcast

Welcome to the Animation Industry Podcast!

Here you’ll find interviews from today’s leaders in the animation industry 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!

Why am I running this podcast?

My name is Terry, and I’m a Sheridan College Animation Student. I’m soaking up as much knowledge about the animation industry as I can and sharing what I learn along the way.

Listen on iTunes or SoundCloud

Episodes:

Episode 1: Brett Jubinville On How to Create Your Own Show

This episode features Brett Jubinville, creator of Super Science Friends, on how to create your own show. You’ll also learn:

  • The process Super Science Friends went through from concept to production
  • The three most important skills you need to be hired at a small animation studio
  • The ins and outs of pitching a show to Netflix

Learn more about Super Science Friends: www.supersciencefriends.com

Episode 2: Fred Seibert on How to Pitch a Show

This episode features Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Studios, on how to create your own show. You’ll also learn:

  • The number one thing that makes a successful creator and a successful pitch
  • The top three skills show creators need to have
  • The biggest myth that everyone believes about pitching a show

Learn more about Frederator Studios: www.frederatorstudios.com

Episode 3: Ryan Quincy On Creating and Running Successful Animation Television Shows

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Emmy award winning South Park producer Ryan Quincy on how to create and run a successful animated television show.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Ryan began his career without going to animation school
  • The biggest mistake creators make when pitching shows to networks
  • The number one thing students need to focus on to become a successful producer or show creator

Get in touch with Ryan at www.ryanquincy.com, or follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/RyanWQuincy

Watch 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (2011) here.

Episode 4: Dodge Greenley On How To Become A Super Rad Storyboard Artist

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Cartoon Network’s Dodge Greenley on how to become a super rad storyboard artist.

You’ll also learn:

  • The number one skill every storyboard artist needs to climb the ranks
  • How to board the 3-act story formula every TV episode goes through
  • What to show in your portfolio when applying to storyboard artist jobs

Get in touch with Dodge and see his ridiculous comics on his Instagram.

Episode 5: Colin Jack on How to Become a Story Artist at DreamWorks Animation

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features DreamWorks Animation’s Colin Jack on what it takes to become a story artist on feature-length films.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to stay competitive in an ever-changing industry
  • Three practical tips to make connections with industry professionals
  • What impact Instagram followers have on your professional career

Get in touch with Colin through his Instagram.

Episode 6: Lawrence Hugh Burns on What It Takes To Do Freelance And Professional Illustration

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Lawrence Hugh Burns on what it takes to do freelance and professional illustration.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Lawrence went from mowing lawns to becoming a professional illustrator
  • Two tips on how to price freelance work
  • The top three skills every professional illustrator needs

Get in touch with Lawrence through his Instagram or his website.

Episode 7: Ronald Stanage on How to Break into the Animation Industry and Make Fart Jokes for Kids

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Cartoon Network’s Ronald Stanage on how to break into the animation industry and make fart jokes for kids.

You’ll also learn:

  • The one thing Ron did every day (for five years!) that landed him his role at Cartoon Network
  • The pros and cons of developing a wide range of skills vs mastering one skill over time
  • The most exciting and monotonous parts of being a storyboard artist

Get in touch with Ron through his Instagram.

Watch Ron’s short, Tennis the Good Boy on YouTube.

Episode 8: Humberto Rosa on Being a Lead Animator at Sony Pictures

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Humberto Rosa on how he became a lead animator on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

You will also learn:

  • Why positive reinforcement nearly led him down the wrong career path (and what it took to set his path straight)
  • The skill he picked up after animation school that changed his career for the better
  • How he dealt with insecurity and how he figured out how to produce his best work possible

Get in touch with Humberto through his LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Episode 9: Rikke Asbjoern and Chris Garbutt on Being Showrunners for Netflix

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Rikke Asbjoern and Chris Garbutt on how they became showrunners on their own series for Netflix.

You will also learn:

  • The surprising advice they have on connecting with industry professionals
  • What they pitched to get their show Pinky Malinky picked up by Nickelodeon and then Netflix
  • Their take on mastering one skill vs learning a wide range of skills

Get in touch with Rikke and Chris through their Instagrams: FattyWhale and ThatDamnGarbutt

See Feedspot’s full list of the top 10 animation podcasts here.

Episode 10: Vadim Bazhanov on the Top Skills Needed to Become a Successful Story Artist

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Vadim Bazhanov on how to become a successful Story Artist working on feature-length films.

You will also learn:

  • Vadim’s journey from graduating in Toronto to working at Blue Sky in New York
  • How he wrote the massively popular short The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm, which has nearly 40 million views on YouTube
  • What it’s like working with a director to develop a film

Get in touch with Vadim on his Instagram, or through LinkedIn.

Episode 11: Jim Bryson on Being a Jack of All Trades and Making Your Own Show

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features ‘Jack off all trades’ animator, Jim Bryson on how to find success in a variety of roles and end up making your own show.

You will also learn:

  • The best way to get a studio executive to greenlight your show pitch
  • The different types of animation work you can expect in Canada, the US, and the UK
  • 4 tips to increase your Instagram followers

Episode 12: Scarlet Nelson on How to Become a Stop Motion Animator for TV Shows

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Scarlet Nelson on how to become a TV show stop motion animator.

You’ll also learn:

  • The top three things to put in a stop motion demo reel
  • What a 9-5 day looks like animating a TV show in stop motion
  • The different skills needed for stop motion vs 2D and 3D animation

Follow Scarlet on Instagram.

Episode 13: Emmy Winning Stop Motion Animator Sarah de Gaudemar on How to Make a Career out of Stop Motion

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Emmy winning Stop Motion Animator Sarah de Gaudemar on how to make a career out of stop motion animation.

You’ll also learn:

  • How to improve your stop motion skills (if you feel like you suck at it)
  • The best way to get into the industry
  • The big difference between TV stop motion and feature film stop motion

Get in touch with Sarah through her Instagram.

Episode 14: Elyse Castro Creator Of The Summoning for Cartoon Hangover Shares How She Pitched Her Show Idea To Frederator

This episode features Elyse Castro, creator of The Summoning for Cartoon Hangover, on how she pitched her show idea to Frederator.

You’ll also learn:

  • How ridiculously simple Elyse’s pitch was
  • Everything you need to put together your own pitch (and all the stuff you don’t actually need to do)
  • The different types of tension that will make the story better

Episode 15: Andrew Strimaitis Animation Director At Guru Studio Talks Mentorship and Feedback Loops

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Andrew Strimaitis, Animation Director at Guru Studio who talks about mentorship and how a feedback loop can further your career (in leaps and bounds!).

You’ll also learn:

  • The KABOOMS formula for animating characters at maximum efficiency
  • The #1 thing Andrew’s seen motivate animators to do their best studio work
  • Andrew’s best advice on how to land any entry level animation job

Episode 16: Davey Ferguson, Guest Animator for Adventure Time & Turbo Fantasy Shares Freelance Life

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Davey Ferguson, a freelance, Glasgow based animator who talks about how to specialize in silly animation and artwork for TV, games, and online content.

You’ll also learn:

  • How he ended up animating a guest episode of Adventure Time
  • How to time manage yourself as a freelancer
  • The biggest stress a freelance animator faces

Episode 17: Fernando Stockler, Sheridan Animation Student on How to Get into the Program and Do Really Really Well

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Fernando Stockler, Sheridan Animation Student, on how to get into the program and do really really really well.
You’ll also learn:

  • How to get top marks on your animation portfolio
  • What Sheridan’s Art Fundamentals Program is like
  • The #1 thing animation students struggle with
  • How making your mom freshly squeezed orange juice can help you get better grades
  • (plus, hear me say “like” 12,000 times)

Episode 18: Bill Tedford, Art Director at Brown Bag Films on How to Develop Children’s Programming IP

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Bill Tedford, Art Director at Brown Bag Films, on how to develop children’s programming IP.
You’ll also learn:

  • The complete process a children’s show goes through from idea to air
  • What kind of market research Brown Bag does before they develop an IP
  • Why it’s easier for background painters to become Art Directors
  • Reach out to Bill on LinkedIn.
  • Send your portfolio to Brown Bag Films.
  • Watch Team Canada’s 48 Hour Film Entry here.
  • Watch an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood here.

Episode 19: Dale Hayward Director of Bone Mother for the NFB on His Latest Film and How to Build a Self-Sustaining Career from Stop Motion

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features NFB Director Dale Hayward on his latest film Bone Mother and how to build a career out of stop motion.

You’ll also learn:

  • The complete process of how National Film Board of Canada films are produced.
  • How Dale and co-director Sylvie created their own 3D printing process for face replacements
  • The one thing that will make you appear more legitimate to companies when seeking client work

Episode 20: Brent Dienst, Toy Story 4 Pixar Animator on How to Create Believable Character Performances

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Brent Dienst, Pixar Animator on how to create believable character performances.

You’ll also learn:

  • What Pixar looks for when they hire character animators
  • How to turn “throwaway shots” into career jumping opportunities
  • What the culture at Pixar is like for animators

Reach out to Brent on LinkedIn.

Episode 21: Maximilian Lopez Founder of Apartment D on How to Get Stop Motion Client Work

This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features Maximilian Lopez, stop motion animator on Tumble Leaf and Founder of Apartment D Films on how to get stop motion client work.

You’ll also learn:

  • How Max worked his way from painting a bathroom during his first internship to owning his own studio
  • How to entice clients to take on stop motion projects
  • A whole lot of really really solid business advice for anyone who wants to become a professional animator