The writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager talks about how he became an accomplished actor before giving up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver.
Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 119 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.
His most recent interview is Episode 119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza's Career Move from Bangladesh to Canada
This episode features writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager Wahid Ibn Reza. Originally from Bangladesh, Reza became an accomplished actor before deciding to give up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver, Canada. In this chat, Reza shares the impact that decision had on him and his family and the unheard-of risks he took that led to big career payoffs.
Tune in to Ibele and Reza to hear:
- How to become top-of-mind for new production roles
- The must-needed skills to develop for a successful production management role
- How to get into exclusive meetings with higher-ups
- Watch Reza’s spot on Conan
- Watch The Paranoid Cat
- Watch the Surviving 71 Teaser
- Check out Reza's YouTube channel
- Watch the toothpaste commercial that made Reza famous in Bangladesh
- Find Wahid on Directors.ca
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.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.