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Podcast EP 166: Grahaeme Cowie and the Cost to Produce His Award-Winning Short Film

The storyboard artist and filmmaker discusses how he made the leap from animation supervisor to his storyboard artist, how to self-fund your film and what mentality is needed to reinvent yourself.

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 166 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 166: Grahaeme Cowie and the Cost to Produce His Award-Winning Short Film

This episode features the highly sought-after (courted by companies such as Wildbrain and Titmouse) 2D animator and storyboard artist Grahaeme Cowie, known most recently for his short film, Everything is Going to Be Okay. In this chat, he discusses how he worked his way up to animation supervisor, then threw it away to start over from scratch as a storyboard artist.

Tune in to Ibele and Cowie to hear:

  • How to completely self-fund your 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.

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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 terryibele.com. You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.