The animator shares his story of interning, twice, at the famed Portland studio, tricks he learned on the Amazon Prime kid’s show, and whether it’s worth pursuing a career in stop-motion.
Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 77 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 77: How Ian Boone Got Two Internships At Laika & Worked On Tumble Leaf
This episode features stop-motion animator Ian Boone, who shares the story of how he got an internship at Laika - twice. Boone also shares the expert tips he picked up while working on Amazon Prime's Tumble Leaf, and whether the pay is worth pursuing a career in stop-motion.
Check out Ibele and Boone to learn:
- Easy tips to animate what a character is thinking
- The simple switch in mindset that will improve your animation performance 10x
- A simple trick that will get you animating twice as fast
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.