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Podcast EP 217: Carina Schulze, Chatrone Founder and Writer On ‘O Menino Maluquinho’

The artist reveals what it takes to build a studio from scratch, how to sell and pitch an animated TV show, and how to start a career as a producer.

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 217 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 217: Founder of Chatrone and Writer on O Menino Maluquinho, Carina Schulze

This episode features Los Angeles and São Paulo-based Chatrone studio co-founder Carina Schulze, who discusses what it took to build the studio from scratch and what it was like working with Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez producing The Book of Life and other projects like Ba Da Bean and O Menino Maluquinho. Schulze also shares her take on the Latin American animation market and gives advice on regaining your passion during a rough patch.

Tune in to Ibele and Schulze to hear:

  • How to get your start as a producer
  • What’s involved with selling and pitching an animated TV show
  • Expert tips on networking

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

Check out Chatrone’s website

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.