The Minnesota-based animation studio founder discusses his company’s success with commercial projects and its new path creating original micro short series for social media.
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 236 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 236: Danny Robashkin & Creating MAKE Originals Micro Shorts
This episode features Minnesota-based MAKE animation studio owner and creative director Danny Robashkin. In this chat Robashkin shares how in 2004, fresh out of school, he started MAKE from scratch and got his first clients. Since then, he’s worked with brands including XBOX, Dunkin’ Donuts, Adidas, and McDonald. He also shares MAKE’s new path, creating original micro short series for social media.
Tune in to Ibele and Robashkin to hear:
- How Robashkin was able to get big-name clients when his studio was brand new.
- How MAKE has excelled at commercial projects and creating original in-house content.
- How artists can get involved with MAKE.
Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!
- Check out MAKE’s website
- Follow MAKE on Instagram
- Watch MAKE Originals on YouTube
- Follow MAKE Originals on Instagram
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.