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Podcast EP 150: How James Kerr Has Run a Successful UK Stop Motion Studio for 20 Years

In AIP’s milestone 150th podcast, the founder of Kerrupt Animation discusses his story of perseverance and incredible luck, with a dash of misfortune thrown in along the way.

Congratulations AIP on 150 great podcasts!

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 150 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.

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 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. 20 years later, Kerrupt Animation is still going strong, having worked on projects like Paw Patrol, Teletubbies, Polly Pocket, and more. Kerr’s story is one of perseverance and incredible luck, with a dash of misfortune thrown in 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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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.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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