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Podcast EP 186: Behind the Scenes on ‘Wendell & Wild’

Animation supervisors Malcolm Lamont and Jeff Riley discuss climbing the career ladder that led them to stop-motion feature animation; the duo also chats about how director Henry Selick’s new animated movie came together.

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 186 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 186: BTS on Wendell & Wild with Animation Supervisors Malcolm Lamont & Jeff Riley

This episode features stop-motion animators Malcolm Lamont and Jeff Riley, who have worked together on nearly every major stop-motion feature film, including Corpse Bride, Coraline, Box Trolls, Kubo, and most recently, Wendell & Wild - where they both served as animation supervisors. In this chat, they share the career journeys that led them to feature film stop-motion and a look behind-the-scenes at how director Henry Selick’s latest stop-motion movie, Wendell & Wild, came together.

Tune in to Ibele, Lamont, and Riley to hear:

  • How to get into feature stop-motion animation
  • Three skills needed to be competitive in feature film animation
  • How long it took, from start to finish, to produce Wendell & Wild

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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.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.