The filmmaker, author, and academic discusses building a home stop-motion studio, the challenges he faced self-producing his COVID lockdown film, and what teaching has taught him about storytelling.
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 187 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 filmmaker, Sheridan College Animation Program faculty, and author Chris Walsh – writer of the go-to book on stop-motion, “Stop Motion Filmmaking: The Complete Guide to Fabrication and Animation.” In this chat, Walsh shares how he used the pandemic's lockdown to set up a home stop-motion studio and produce an eight-minute film, Orchid, about a skeleton assassin looking to mend a broken heart.
Tune in to Ibele and Walsh to hear:
- The cost of building a home stop-motion studio from scratch
- The most challenging part of self-producing a short film
- The number one thing Walsh learned about storytelling from his years as a professor at Sheridan College
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.