Animation Industry Podcast

Animation Industry Podcast

Welcome to AIP, the Animation Industry Podcast!

Here you'll find interviews from today's top leadaers in the animation industry on topics like:

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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 Social Links: *Check out Poorly Drawn Lines on FXX: https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/cake/extras/poorly-drawn-lines *Follow Reza on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poorlydrawnlines/ *Follow Reza on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PDLComics

Dec 1

27 min 9 sec

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 *Find Brian on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3danimationhub/ *Brian’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgO2Qam1jgbEb1MoSGcY_w *Check out Brain’s Blender Learning Platform: https://www.toanimate.ca/

Nov 24

1 hr 9 min

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 Social Links: *Check out Kevin's website: https://www.kevinsmithers.com/ *Follow Kevin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevinsmithersmusic/?hl=en

Nov 16

44 min 53 sec

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. Tune in to Ibele, Gan, and Matamoros-Cox to hear: *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 Social Links: *Follow Matamoros-Cox on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nettobetrippin/ *Follow Gan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-gan-4560377/ *Follow Gan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawalaw?lang=en

Nov 9

47 min 16 sec

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. Tune in to Ibele and Mariani to hear: *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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE, makers of colorful, affordable USB cameras and animation software for creative teaching, work and play. Available from huehd.com and Amazon, the new HUE HD Pro camera features 1080p image and video resolution, a built-in microphone and LED lights. 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. Visit www.huehd.com for more information and follow @HUEcameras on Instagram or Twitter for news, freebies and giveaways! ~ Social Links: *Follow Mariani on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samubim/?hl=en *Check out Mariani’s website: http://samulab.com/

Nov 3

1 hr 9 min

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. Atlas 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 Atlas picks up animation gigs *How demanding running an independent studio can be *Why Atlas put her business on hold to work at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE, makers of colorful, affordable USB cameras and animation software for creative teaching, work and play. Available from huehd.com and Amazon, the new HUE HD Pro camera features 1080p image and video resolution, a built-in microphone and LED lights. 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. Visit www.huehd.com for more information and follow @HUEcameras on Instagram or Twitter for news, freebies and giveaways! ~ Social Links: *Follow Kyla on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seeyouonthemoon/ *Check out Kyla’s website: https://www.seeyouonthemoon.ca/

Oct 28

1 hr 20 min

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 *Follow Austin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roxinrox/ *Follow Austin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/roxinrox?lang=en

Oct 20

1 hr 15 min

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 studio How Aaron picked up Teenage Euthanasia Social Links: Check out Augenblick Studios: https://www.augenblickstudios.com/ Watch Teenage Euthenasia: https://www.adultswim.com/videos/teenage-euthanasia Follow Teenage Euthenasia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teenageeuthanasia/ Watch Swan Boy: https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/cake/extras/swan-boy Check out the Swan Boy comic: https://swanboy.com/

Oct 13

50 min 16 sec

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE, makers of colorful, affordable USB cameras and animation software for creative teaching, work and play. Available from huehd.com and Amazon, the new HUE HD Pro camera features 1080p image and video resolution, a built-in microphone and LED lights. 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. Visit www.huehd.com for more information and follow @HUEcameras on Instagram or Twitter for news, freebies and giveaways! ~ *Follow Cristal on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cristalclear_/ *Check out Cristal’s website: https://www.cristalbuemi.com/

Oct 6

1 hr 7 min

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 Follow Ryan on Instagram: *https://www.instagram.com/creegsmamation/

Sep 29

1 hr 4 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE, makers of colorful, affordable USB cameras and animation software for creative teaching, work and play. Available from huehd.com and Amazon, the new HUE HD Pro camera features 1080p image and video resolution, a built-in microphone and LED lights. 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. Visit www.huehd.com for more information and follow @HUEcameras on Instagram or Twitter for news, freebies and giveaways! ~ *Follow Laura on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauratofarides/ *Check out Laura’s website and reel: https://www.lauratofarides.co.uk/

Sep 22

1 hr 2 min

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. Tune in to Ibele and Berkebile to hear: *How Berkebile got her start in stop motion *The number one thing Berkebile did to move from TV to feature film animation *The show Berkebile is currently pitching Social Links: *Follow Berkebile on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/10secondday/?hl=en

Sep 15

1 hr 19 min

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 Social Links: *Follow Franklin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/greg_franklin?lang=en *Check out the trailer to Tig Notaro: Drawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDC_ze4IQXQ *Check out Six Point Harness Studios: https://www.sixpointharness.com/

Sep 8

1 hr 7 min

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 Social Links: *Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustinWeg *Follow Justin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jweg/ *Check out https://tvtropes.org/

Sep 1

1 hr 30 min

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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregsimsmusic/ *Check out Greg’s website here: http://gregsimsmusic.com/ *Find Keith on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-baxter-04223631/ *Watch Keith’s Cheesemonger here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-ZF2TRthfI *Check out Keith’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC01T3K5h0QJthJYh2uTJ8Pg

Aug 24

1 hr 2 min

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 *Look up Ted on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-m-898a26169/ *Read Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B004J4WNL2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 *Read Leaders Eat Last: https://www.amazon.ca/Leaders-Eat-Last-Together-Others/dp/B084D3XK1Z/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=leaders+eat+last&qid=1629238323&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Aug 17

52 min 42 sec

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 Social Links: Find Marty on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkNqSFUZ4XXuiJ8JWpFPs1w Follow Marty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hombre_mcsteez/

Aug 10

49 min 19 sec

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 Follow Ataboy Studios on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ataboystudios/

Aug 4

47 min 53 sec

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 Add Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-surrey-6525a234/ Follow Michael on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michael.surrey/?hl=en

Jul 27

51 min 40 sec

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE Animation Studio, which is a stop-motion starter kit that introduces beginner animators, aged 7 - 13, to claymation, lip-synching, rotoscoping, cut-out animation and more! The kit contains: *The flexible and posable HUE HD camera with a built-in microphone… *Their easy-to-use animation software with onion skinning, time lapse, and chroma key tools… *The HUE Book of Animation containing step-by-step instructions to create 20 exciting stop-motion videos… *And digital resources such as free sound effects, storyboard templates, printable backgrounds and activity sheets. So, if you’d like to start creating stop motion videos, but don’t know how to start - HUE Animation Studio is perfect for you. Head over to www.huehd.com/ ~ Social Links: Check out dina’s SkillShare course: https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Stop-Motion-for-Beginners-Create-Expert-Animations-in-Dragonframe/1564937960?via=search-layout-grid Check out dina’s website: https://www.dinaaamin.com/ Check out dina’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/dinaaamin Follow dina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dina.a.amin/

Jul 14

1 hr 30 min

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

Jul 7

43 min 41 sec

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. Tune in to Ibele and Reza to hear: *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 Social Links *Watch Reza’s spot on Conan: https://vimeo.com/39140173 *Watch The Paranoid Cat: https://vimeo.com/188103427 *Watch the Surviving 71 Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jx3-pRmMdo *Check out Wahid’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNUI-1QPKrb9J2hqcrsU4Sg *Watch the toothpaste commercial that made Wahid famous in Bangladesh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDz5cl_Uopk *Find Wahid on Directors.ca: https://www.directors.ca/directors/wahid-ibn-reza

Jun 30

1 hr 46 min

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 Social Links: *Visit Head Gear’s website: https://www.headgearanimation.com *Check out Head Gear on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/head_gear_animation/

Jun 23

56 min 14 sec

Watch the teaser for Kara here: https://vimeo.com/563435693 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 *Watch the teaser for Kara here: https://vimeo.com/563435693 *Check out Sinem’s website: https://www.sinemsaka.com/ *Follow Sinem on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sinem_sakaoglu/

Jun 16

1 hr 17 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE Animation Studio, which is a stop-motion starter kit that introduces beginner animators, aged 7 - 13, to claymation, lip-synching, rotoscoping, cut-out animation and more! The kit contains: *The flexible and posable HUE HD camera with a built-in microphone… *Their easy-to-use animation software with onion skinning, time lapse, and chroma key tools… *The HUE Book of Animation containing step-by-step instructions to create 20 exciting stop-motion videos… *And digital resources such as free sound effects, storyboard templates, printable backgrounds and activity sheets. So, if you’d like to start creating stop motion videos, but don’t know how to start - HUE Animation Studio is perfect for you. Head over to www.huehd.com/ ~ Follow Max on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madmaxwinston/ Check out Max’s website: https://www.ratbatstudios.com/about-us

Jun 2

1 hr 7 min

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 he 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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE Animation Studio, which is a stop-motion starter kit that introduces beginner animators, aged 7 - 13, to claymation, lip-synching, rotoscoping, cut-out animation and more! The kit contains: *The flexible and posable HUE HD camera with a built-in microphone… *Their easy-to-use animation software with onion skinning, time lapse, and chroma key tools… *The HUE Book of Animation containing step-by-step instructions to create 20 exciting stop-motion videos… *And digital resources such as free sound effects, storyboard templates, printable backgrounds and activity sheets. So, if you’d like to start creating stop motion videos, but don’t know how to start - HUE Animation Studio is perfect for you. Head over to www.huehd.com/ ~ *Follow Mikey’s webcomic on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yoyorobot/ *Check out Mikey’s website: https://mikeyheller.bigcartel.com/ *Tweet at Mikey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yoyorobot

May 26

42 min 57 sec

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 Social links: Follow Brooker on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moosaybrooker/ Check out Brooker’s Website: Platypuspictureworks.com Catch up with Six Point Harness’ latest work: https://www.sixpointharness.com/

May 19

1 hr 4 min

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 Check out SyncSketch: https://syncsketch.com/

May 12

35 min 10 sec

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 Check out Joel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeltron2000/ Visit Joel’s website: https://joel-mackenzie.com/

May 5

1 hr 3 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE Animation Studio, which is a stop-motion starter kit that introduces beginner animators, aged 7 - 13, to claymation, lip-synching, rotoscoping, cut-out animation and more! The kit contains: *The flexible and posable HUE HD camera with a built-in microphone… *Their easy-to-use animation software with onion skinning, time lapse, and chroma key tools… *The HUE Book of Animation containing step-by-step instructions to create 20 exciting stop-motion videos… *And digital resources such as free sound effects, storyboard templates, printable backgrounds and activity sheets. So, if you’d like to start creating stop motion videos, but don’t know how to start - HUE Animation Studio is perfect for you. Head over to https://www.huehd.com/ ~ Check out Eric’s website: http://www.ericpowerup.net/

Apr 28

55 min 21 sec

This episode features Scott Wiser and his journey to direct his original feature film. Four years ago Scott gave up his role as a character animator for film, television, and video games, to pursue freelance so he could focus on developing and directing his own IP. In this chat Scott 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 Social Links: *Follow Scott on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottkwiser *Listen to the Directing Animation Livecast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottWiserAnimation *Check out Scott’s website: https://scottwiser.com/follow

Apr 21

1 hr 18 min

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 Social Links: *Check Will out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wm_a_d/ *Check out Will’s Website: https://www.wmad.co.uk/ *Learn with Will: https://www.learnwithwill.co.uk

Apr 14

2 hr 2 min

This episode features Max Simonet, creator of Adult Swim’s Gēmusetto Machu Picchu and the recent Gēmusetto Death Beats. In this chat he shares how he originally pitched the show to Adult Swim and the pipeline to create each episode. You’ll also learn: *How he convinced Adult Swim to fund his show idea *How Max keeps viewers engaged *The reason why Max has absolute creative freedom ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out www.startastudio.com ~ Follow Max on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorningJazz69

Apr 1

37 min 7 sec

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out www.startastudio.com ~ Check out Dan’s website: https://www.elementalartist.net/

Mar 26

1 hr 20 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by HUE Animation Studio, which is a stop-motion starter kit that introduces beginner animators, aged 7 - 13, to claymation, lip-synching, rotoscoping, cut-out animation and more! The kit contains: *The flexible and posable HUE HD camera with a built-in microphone… *Their easy-to-use animation software with onion skinning, time lapse, and chroma key tools… *The HUE Book of Animation containing step-by-step instructions to create 20 exciting stop-motion videos… *And digital resources such as free sound effects, storyboard templates, printable backgrounds and activity sheets. So, if you’d like to start creating stop motion videos, but don’t know how to start - HUE Animation Studio is perfect for you. Head over to https://huehd.com/ ~ *Watch Adam’s Rib Reframed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j147Kd_JDhw *Check out Martha’s website: http://marthamapes.com *Follow Martha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marthamapes431/

Mar 16

34 min 10 sec

This episode features the award-winning director duo Brent Forrest and Tobias Schlage. In our chat they share how they produced their short film “Like and Follow” which screened at over 160 festivals worldwide and won 30 awards. 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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out www.startastudio.com ~ Watch Like and Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioaY1z2trx4 Check out Brent and Tobias’ website: forrest-schlage.com Follow Brent and Tobias on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForrestSchlage Follow Brent and Tobias on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/likeandfollowfilm Add Brent and Tobias on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/28458447

Mar 10

1 hr 16 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out www.startastudio.com ~ Follow Jorge on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mexopolis Follow Jorge on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mexopolis/?hl=en

Mar 3

1 hr 5 min

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out https://www.startastudio.com ~ Check out Lucan’s studio and see the trailer for Isaura here: https://www.lucan.tv/ Follow Lucan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucan_studio/?hl=en

Feb 23

36 min 39 sec

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 ~[SPONSORED MESSAGE]~ This episode is sponsored by TV Paint. Created in 1991 by Hervé Adam, TV Paint was developed to create digital 2D animations as closely as possible to hand-drawn animation and to make it accessible to everyone. Now used by artists, animation schools, and major film studios all over the world, including Cartoon Saloon who used it to create their feature film Wolfwalkers, TV Paint has many powerful tools that can imitate real-life painting and drawing techniques like gouache, watercolor, pencil, and more. So, if you'd like to try TV Paint for yourself, head on over to TVPaint.com to begin your free trial now. https://www.tvpaint.com/v2/content/article/home/ ~~ *Watch the trailer for “Tie”: https://vimeo.com/396980733 *Watch Alexandra’s process to create the animation: https://vimeo.com/433677010 *More info on Alexandra here: https://agencia.curtas.pt/directors/show/769

Feb 17

32 min 59 sec

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 ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at StartAStudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out https://startastudio.com ~ *Check out Alexandre’s website: www.alexandresiqueira.com *Watch Alexandre’s work on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user4730561/videos *Add Alexandre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alex.b.siqueira *Follow Alexandre on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alex.b.siqueira/

Feb 9

30 min 17 sec

This episode features stop motion animator Terry Ibele who shares his journey from a career in business to starting fresh in the animation world. He gives his best advice on how he got into animation school, started a podcast, and is developing a kid's show based on a short film he created in 2018. You'll also learn: *What he did to get into Sheridan’s Animation Program *How he gets top industry guests to come on his podcast *His counterintuitive advice on putting together a pitch bible and pitching a show to success Follow Terry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/terryibele/ The graphics for this podcast were created by Daniel Abensour: https://www.instagram.com/limulon/?hl=en The music for this podcast was composed by Will Farmer: https://www.williamleefarmer.co.uk/

Feb 3

58 min 54 sec

This episode features Matthew Fernandes, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Industrial Brothers studio in Toronto. In our chat, Matthew shares how he created his show Dino Ranch from sketch to greenlight and everything in between. You’ll also learn: *How a chance encounter on a bus led to Industrial Brothers’ creation *The typical funding mix televisions shows require *How to sell a show to a broadcaster Check out Matthew’s work at https://www.industrialbrothers.com

Jan 26

31 min 34 sec

This episode features Nico Colaleo who shares the ins and outs of what an editor for animation does. He also reveals how he started his own indie show, Ollie & Scoops, and the resources it takes to pump out an episode each month. You’ll also learn: *How much each episode of Ollie & Scoops costs to make *The #1 skill you need to be successful at editing *The daily life of an animation editor *Check out Nico and CTN’s Cartoon Crash Course classes here: https://www.tv.creativetalentnetwork.com/axChannel.php?id=55 *Follow Nico on Twitter https://twitter.com/NicoColaleo *Follow Nico on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nicocolaleo/ *Check out Nico on IMDB https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4104757/ *Watch Ollie and Scoops on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIpcD4At3BXVOb5dIhZ6QKg

Jan 20

1 hr 17 min

This episode features Lila Martinez, a storyboard artist working at Disney Television Animation. In our chat, Lila shares her journey from Mexico to working on some of the biggest shows on television including The Simpsons and American Dad. She also shares: *The mentality she uses to accomplish her goals *The differences between boarding for TV vs Feature and Children’s vs Adult *How to make your storyboard tests stand out More about Lila: Lila Martinez is a seasoned storyboard artist working at Disney Television Animation. Originally from Mexico, Lila has storyboarded on both feature and television, children’s and adult comedy. Her credits include The Simpsons, American Dad, Netflix’s Duck Duck Goose, and Disney Junior’s The Chicken Squad. Follow Lila’s work on her website: http://www.lilastory.com/site/

Jan 13

1 hr 11 min

This episode features filmmakers Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and Joe Wilson who created the film Kapaemahu. Kapaemahu shares the story of the healing power of four mysterious stones found on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii - and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them. You’ll also learn: *How they uncovered the story of the healing stones on Waikiki beach *How to find funding to create culturally significant films *The impact Joe and Hina hope the film has *Watch Kapaemahu on the Criterion Channel: https://www.criterionchannel.com/kapaemahu *Watch Kapaemahu on the Animation Showcase: https://www.animationshowcase.com/ *Learn more about the film at https://www.kapaemahu.com/

Dec 2020

29 min 39 sec

This episode features Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski of Clyde Henry Productions who share their experiences creating animation, puppet, and live action films over the last decade. Some of their notable works include Madame Tutli-Putli and Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, both co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. You’ll also learn: *How not limiting their storytelling to animated film has opened them up to fantastic opportunities including creating strange hats for Cirque du Soliel *How they’ve operated as an independent studio for the last decade *Their upcoming film with the NFB Follow Clyde Henry Productions on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clydehenryproductions

Dec 2020

1 hr 16 min

This episode features Henry Bonsu, creator of Adult Swim’s Lazor Wulf. In our chat, Henry reveals the rollercoaster journey he went through to get the show produced: from its humble beginnings as a tumblr webcomic back in 2013, to pitching Adult Swim, all the way to honing the show’s unique style for season two. You’ll also learn: *The original pitch that sold the show *The story engine that keeps Lazor Wulf fresh *The goal Henry pursued that led to Adult Swim renewing Lazor Wulf for a second season Watch season 2 of Lazor Wulf on Adult Swim: https://www.adultswim.com/videos/lazor-wulf Find Henry on Tumblr: https://henrytheworst.tumblr.com/ Follow Henry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HenrytheWorst Check out Henry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/henrytheworst Listen to more podcast episodes: https://terryibele.com/animation-industry-podcast/

Dec 2020

35 min 6 sec

This episode features Skylar Zerr, 3D Animation Director at Arcana Studio in Vancouver, who shares the skills he worked on that took him from animation graduate to animation director. You’ll also learn: *The number one thing that makes someone an absolutely invaluable candidate during the hiring process *The spark that got Skylar back into animation after a two year hiatus *The hardest thing Skylar had to learn in order to level up his career More about Skylar Zerr: Skylar is an Animation graduate from Visual College of Art and Design in Vancouver. He loves putting emotion into inanimate objects; creatures, bipeds and facial work are his specialty. Skylar also enjoys photography, editing, motion graphics and gaming with his pals on Steam. Check out Skylar's website: http://skylarzerr.com/

Nov 2020

1 hr 2 min

This episode features Vancouver-based Arcana Entertainment and Animation Studio Founder and CEO Sean O’Reilly. Sean originally began his journey into animation by travelling to comic book conventions in an attempt to get his independent comic book sold. That experience led him to create a comic book company, Arcana, which now boasts over 300 titles and over 5,000 unique characters. From there, Arcana spanned into 3D animation and has since produced a number of features, television series, and short films. You’ll also learn: *The unique pipeline Arcana has built *How Sean evaluates business decisions to mitigate risk *Arcana’s hiring process for 3D animators ~[Sponsored Message]~ This episode is sponsored by the awesome team at Startastudio.com Start A Studio, is a new online school focused on the business side of animation. They have both free and paid courses, an online community and downloads to help you succeed in your animation career, and build your own cool, creative and viable animation studio. You can use the unique discount code ‘AIP’ in the checkout to save 20% on their popular Pro Studio Startup course. So, whether you’re looking to up your freelance game or plan and launch your own animation company, check out https://startastudio.com/ ~ Check out Arcana's website: https://arcana.com/ Follow Arcana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcanastudio

Nov 2020

57 min 15 sec

This episode features stop motion animator Daniel Virgüez who shares his current PhD studies in International Stop Motion Co-production and how studios from different countries can collaborate efficiently. Besides his PhD work, Daniel is a professional stop motion animator working on the show “Kiwi” from XBO Films, plus he runs the Guayabo Colectivo artist association. He also shares: *His journey from Columbia to France *Highlights of his professional experience working in TV *Details of an app he’s creating to connect stop motion professionals around the world ~[Sponsored Message]~ GET YOUR FREE HUE HD PACKAGE HERE: bit.ly/AIPFreeResources PASSWORD: AIPodcastPerks HUE HD offers an all-in-one starter kit for kids around 7 to 13 years old when it come to animation. Their kit creates an easy and fun way to learn key animation techniques including claymation, lip-synching and rotoscoping. The kit includes a colourful HUE HD camera, with a bendy gooseneck, built-in microphone and manual focus. It also includes their easy-to-use animation software has great features such as onion skinning and time lapse, and kids can record their own voices to bring their animations to life. On top of this is the HUE Book of Animation, which takes you step-by-step through how to create your own stop-motion videos and learn the principles of animation like squash and stretch. Plus, you can download free sound effects, a storyboard template and backgrounds to give your videos added magic! HUE’s kits, cameras, book, and resources are available from: *HUE's website: bit.ly/HUEWebsiteAIP *Amazon: bit.ly/HUEAmazonAIP GET YOUR FREE HUE HD PACKAGE HERE: bit.ly/AIPFreeResources PASSWORD: AIPodcastPerks The package includes a Storyboard template, a sample background for your next claymation, a short instructional video on how to squash and stretch a simple character with clay, and even a super cute printable phenakistoscope of a rat going into a hole.

Nov 2020

53 min 6 sec