The BAFTA-winning Scottish animator/filmmaker shares how he became an independent animator and what opportunities exist for other animators who boast a unique style.
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 233 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.
Podcast EP 233: Will Anderson on Animating a Fluffy Cat Called Greg In Blender
This episode features BAFTA-winning Scottish filmmaker and animator Will Anderson, best known for his unique, squishy, slimy, stop-motion-looking CG animating style. Over the years, his clients have included the BBC, MTV, [adult swim], and Warner Bros. Discovery. Lately, he's been receiving much attention on social media for exploring the boundaries of blender rigging with his whacky cat character, Greg. In this chat, Anderson shares how he became an independent animator and the opportunities for animators with unique styles.
Tune in to Ibele and Anderson to hear:
- The type of rare rigging Anderson has become known for
- What it was like self-producing a feature documentary
- Tips on how to rethink your social media portfolio
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.