Industry veteran Ryan Summers discusses how he got his start and his advice for compiling a portfolio to get a job and kickstart a career in motion design.
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 176 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.
This episode features Ryan Summers, a veteran motion designer who was just tapped as senior creative director at Spillt creative studio. Over his career, Summers has worked on projects for Warner Bros, Starbucks, Pokémon, and Google. In this chat, he shares how to put together a portfolio to land a job in motion design.
Tune in to Fong and Summers to hear:
- The four phases of animation
- How Summers got his start
- Summer’s best advice for kickstarting a career in motion design
- Follow Summers on Twitter
- Book a mentorship chat with Summers
- Watch Summer’s reel
- Follow Summers 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.