Microverse Studios CEO and ‘mechanism of action’ animation producer shares how he discovered this niche field of animation, started his own company, and uses AI tools to create visuals for microscopic function animations.
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 202 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 202: Cameron Slayden Explains How to Get into MOA & Scientific Animation
This episode features Microverse Studios CEO Cameron Slayden, a mechanism of action (MOA) animation producer and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago. What makes this episode particularly interesting is that Slayden works in the niche field of medical and scientific animation, which requires a degree in scientific illustration. In the chat, Slayden shares how he discovered this field, started his own company, and uses AI tools to help create visuals for microscopic function animations.
Tune in to Ibele and Slayden to hear:
- How to get animation work in the scientific field
- Why companies actually seek to pay top dollar for scientific animation
- How competitive the marketplace is for scientific animation studios
Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!
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 terryibele.com. You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast.