The 3D animation director at Arcana Studio in Vancouver shares the skills he worked on that took him from animation graduate to animation director.
Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 96 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 92: Skylar Zerr's Top Tips To Become A 3D Animation Director
This episode features Skylar Zerr, the 3D Animation Director at Arcana Studio in Vancouver, who shares the skills he worked on that took him from animation graduate to animation director.
Tune in to Ibele and Zerr to hear:
- The hardest thing Zerr had to learn to get ahead
- What gave Zerr the spark to get back into animation after a two-year hiatus
- What makes someone an absolutely invaluable candidate during the hiring process
- Check out Skylar's website
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.