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Podcast EP142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

The artist shares how he built a career in Toronto, directing commercial shorts for nearly two decades while producing his own award-winning films including ‘Whatever Tree,’ ‘Fly Away,’ and ‘Sticks and Stones.’

As 2021 ends, take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 142 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 Aaron Augenblick, 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 142: How Isaac King Established a Stop-Motion Career in Toronto

This episode features stop-motion animator Isaac King, who shares how he established his career in Toronto. While King has directed commercial shorts for nearly two decades, he is most well-known for his work in short films, which include the multiple award-winning Whatever Tree, Fly Away, and Sticks and Stones.

Tune in to Ibele and King to hear:

  • King's formula for festival success
  • The unique type of animation King is pursuing an MFA in
  • How to apply to government art grants in Canada

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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 www.terryibele.com. You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast.

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

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