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Podcast EP 198: How StopMo Animator Harry Chaskin Produced ‘Steel Cut Oats’

The freelance animator reveals how he funded his film through Kickstarter and what it took to get some big-name actors involved in the project.

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 198 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 198: How StopMo Animator Harry Chaskin Produced Steel Cut Oats

This episode features Harry Chaskin, who’s made a career as a freelance stop-motion artist working on shows such as Netflix’s Buddy Thunderstruck, HBO Max’s Santa Inc, and projects for FX and Warner. Recently, Chaskin directed, produced, and animated a 15-minute original stop-motion/live-action film Steel Cut Oats. In this chat, he reveals how he funded his film through Kickstarter and what it took to get some big-name actors involved in his project.

Tune in to Ibele and Chaskin to hear:

  • Chaskin gives tips on how to book continuous stop-motion client work
  • How Chaskin drums up new work during his dry periods
  • How Chaskin plans to become a director

Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!

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Please enjoy the short, Steel Cut Oats:

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.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.