The animator discusses what prompted him to pick up and leave the U.S. to pursue a career in the South Korean stop-motion industry, what the industry is like there, and how he keeps connected to US-based projects from abroad.
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 167 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is Episode 167: How Chris Rodgers is Building a Stop-Motion Studio in South Korea
This episode features stop-motion animator Chris Rodgers, who is 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 U.S. 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 U.S. and pursue stop-motion in South Korea.
- What the South Korean stop-motion industry is like.
- How Rodgers stays connected to U.S.-based projects while overseas
- Follow Rodgers on Instagram
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design, and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.