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Podcast EP87: Everything You Wanted to Know About Animation Wild Card and The People Behind It

Co-creators Casey Follen, Alexis Deprey, and Cami Kwan discuss their community of animation professionals who’ve come together to highlight and share original work from artists in the industry.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 92 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 87: Everything You Wanted To Know About Animation Wild Card And The People Behind It

This episode features co-creators of Animation Wild Card, Casey Follen, Alexis Deprey, and Cami Kwan. Animation Wild Card is a community of animation professionals who have come together to highlight and share original work from artists in the animation industry. In this episode, the co-creators share how the project came to be, how animators can get involved, and the resources they’re creating to close gaps in the industry.

Tune in to Ibele and Animation Wild Card to hear:

  • How Animation Wild Card is knocking down gatekeeping barriers to entry in animation
  • How those from small towns can get involved in the larger stop motion community
  • The top three skills to develop right now to start your career in stop motion

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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.