The studio’s technical director describes his journey from Canada to Japan and what it's like working there; he talks about pitching his project, working with the studio to get the project funded and produced, and marketing it for sale as a series.
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 173 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 173: Brent Forrest on How He Created Samurai Frog Golf’ with Marza Animation
This episode features special effects animator, storyboard artist, and director Brent Forrest, currently a technical director at Marza Animation Planet Inc. in Japan. Forrest shares how he created the concept for his short film Samurai Frog Golf, pitched it to Marza, then worked with them to obtain funding and subsequent production.
Tune in to Forrest and Ibele to hear:
- The marketing plan Marza is using to sell Samurai Frog Golf as a series
- Forrest’s move from Canada to Japan and what it’s like working for a major studio there
- The unique way Marza and Forrest received funding for Samurai Frog Golf
- Learn more about Samurai Frog Golf
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.