The Nickelodeon director/producer discusses his path to success from young actor to director of some of Nick’s biggest shows and the mentality he adopted to get there; he also shares the storyboarding process for the live-action/animated hybrid series he currently produces.
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 170 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 170: Director Mike Caron on the Live-Action/Animation Mix ‘Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder.’
This episode features Mike Caron, a Nickelodeon Director and Producer known for his work on Game Shakers, Henry Danger, and most recently, Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder. Caron shares how he worked his way up from an actor on The Young and the Restless to directing some of Nickelodeon’s biggest shows. He also shares the unique pipeline created for the live-action/animation mix on Fairly Odder and the technique developed to get the actors to interact with the animated characters in the most dynamic way possible.
Tune in to Ibele and Caron to hear:
- How to reinvent yourself at any time in the entertainment industry
- The mentality Caron adopted that pushed him further to success
- The live-action/animation storyboarding process on Fairly Odder
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.