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Podcast EP 215: Maraike Krämer’s Journey from Business School to Aardman Stop-Motion Animator

The animator shares fast-track stop-motion skills for beginners and discusses how anyone, in any situation, can pursue their dream career. 

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 215 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Interviewees have included returning guest Aaron Augenblick; the notorious JJ Villard; Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker; Disney Director John Musker; Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa; Frederator’s Fred Seibert; Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson; and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Episode 215: How Maraike Krämer Went from Business School to Working On Chicken Run: Dawn of The Nugget

This episode features stop-motion animator Maraike Krämer, who discusses the path that took her from quitting business school in Germany to working for Aardman Animation on Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget over a few short years. The inspiring chat is especially good for stop-motion beginners looking to increase their skill set and get noticed by industry professionals.

Tune in to Ibele and Krämer to hear:

  • What anyone in any situation can do to pursue their dream career
  • How to fast-track stop-motion skills as a beginner
  • Why Aadrman hired Krämer after she completed their academy course

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 A.W.N. 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.