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Podcast EP 216: How Catya Plate Produced Her Stop-Motion Film ‘Las Nogas’ in NYC

The artist turned animator shares her journey from Spain to Germany to New York in pursuit of an art career and how that path led her to a career in animation. 

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 216 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Guests 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 216: How Catya Plate Produced Her Stop-Motion Film Las Nogas in NYC

This episode features New York City stop-motion animator Catya Plate, who discusses production of her 19-minute, award-winning film Las Nogas. Plate also shares her journey from Spain to Germany to the U.S. in pursuit of an art career and how wanting her gallery pieces to come to life led her on the path to animation.

Tune in to Ibele and Plate to hear:

  • The biggest challenge of working full-time self-producing a stop-motion film
  • How Plate finds the motivation to continue her artistic career, even when things aren’t going as planned
  • What a “Clothespin Freak” is and its starring role in her latest film

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

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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.