The Planetary Science video producer and animator shares how he took a U-turn from geophysics into animation and also manages to run a YouTube channel teaching Blender.
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 182 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.
Episode 182: NASA Video Producer and Animator James Tralie
This episode features Planetary Science video producer and animator James Tralie, who shares how he took a U-turn from geophysics into animation. He has worked with clients like Facebook, Taco Bell, MIT, Marshmello, and Fiji Water - and on top of this, he also runs a YouTube channel teaching Blender.
Tune in to Ibele and Tralie to hear:
- How Tralie broke into the industry with a degree in geophysics
- What Tralie has done to grow his Instagram to 145K followers
- What being a NASA animator is like
- Check out Tralie’s website
- Follow Tralie on Instagram
- Follow Tralie on Twitter
- Watch Tralie’s Blender Tutorials on YouTube
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.