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Podcast EP90: Daniel Virgüez Shares Learnings from His PhD in Intl Stop-Motion Co-Production

The stop-motion animator discusses how studios from different countries can collaborate efficiently.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 95 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 90: Daniel Virgüez Shares Learnings From His PhD in Intl. Stop Motion Co-Production

This episode features stop-motion animator Daniel Virgüez, who shares his current PhD studies in International Stop Motion Co-production and how studios from different countries can collaborate efficiently. Besides his PhD work, Virgüez is a professional stop-motion animator working on the show Kiwi from XBO Films, and he runs the Guayabo Colectivo artist association.

Tune in to Ibele and Virgüez to hear:

  • The trends he's seeing worldwide in stop-motion
  • Highlights of his professional experience working in TV
  • Details of an app he’s creating to connect stop-motion professionals around the world.

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.