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Podcast EP 199: How Andy Coyle Made ‘Don't Walk Home Alone After Dark’

Only one more to go before we hit 200!!! But for 199, the Canadian animation director, best known for his work on the Annie Award-winning Netflix series ‘Hilda,’ discusses how he created his viral YouTube series - all in his spare time!

Only one more to go before we hit 200!!!

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 199 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 199: How Animation Director Andy Coyle Made ‘Don't Walk Home Alone After Dark’

This episode features Canadian director Andy Coyle, best known for his work on the Annie Award-winning Netflix series Hilda. Recently, Coyle released his own YouTube series, Don’t Walk Home Alone After Dark, which received nearly 200,000 views right after going live. In this chat, the director shares how he’s been able to create the series entirely in his spare time and how it’s gained so much success so fast.

Tune in to Ibele and Coyle to hear:

  • How Coyle landed the role of director on Netflix’s Hilda
  • Coyle’s plans for his YouTube series Don't Walk Home Alone After Dark
  • Coyle’s advice for those aspiring to climb the animation career ladder

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

Social Links:

  • Check out Coyle’s Don’t Walk Home Alone After Dark on YouTube
  • Follow Coyle Twitter

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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