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Podcast EP101: Alexandre Siqueira Shares His Process for Creating ‘Purple Boy’ Animated Short

Director shares how he produced and financed his film, including writing narrative that made his story stand out.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 111 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way.  Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

One of his most recent interviews is Episode 101: Alexandre Siqueira Shares His Process To Create Oscar Contender Short Film ‘Purple Boy’

This episode features Alexandre Siqueira, who shares the process he employed to create the Oscar contender animated short film, Purple Boy. In the chat, Siquiera covers how he built his team, secured financing, and wrote the narrative to make the film stand out.

Tune in to Ibele and Siquiera to hear:

  • Why Purple Boy took eight years to make
  • The biggest thing Alexandre learned about making a short film successful
  • How to make your film appealing to a variety of audiences

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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 AWN 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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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.