The self-taught animator discusses his transition from working on commercials to self-publishing his own work - creating funny stop-motion videos for kids - on YouTube.
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 178 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 178: How Turkish Stop Motion Animator Özgürcan Özdamar Got 4.5 Billion Views On YouTube
This chat features self-taught Turkish stop-motion animator Özgürcan Özdamar who shares how he got his start working on commercials, then branched off to publish his own work on YouTube - receiving more than four billion views for his funny stop-motion videos for kids.
A note about this chat: because Özdamar only speaks Turkish and Ibele only speaks English, Laika set designer Merve Çaydere volunteered her translation skills for the interview.
Tune in to Ibele and Bidhendi to hear:
- How Özdamar has animated over 6,000 minutes of stop-motion
- How much money Özdamar made monthly from YouTube
- Özdamar’s next big project
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.