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Episode 167: How Chris Rodgers is Building a Stop-Motion Studio in South Korea

The animator discusses what prompted him to pick up and leave the U.S. to pursue a career in the South Korean stop-motion industry, what the industry is like there, and how he keeps connected to US-based projects from abroad.  

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Podcast EP 166: Grahaeme Cowie and the Cost to Produce His Award-Winning Short Film

The storyboard artist and filmmaker discusses how he made the leap from animation supervisor to his storyboard artist, how to self-fund your film and what mentality is needed to reinvent yourself.

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Podcast EP 165: Karen and Bill on Animating ‘Maxxie LaWow: The First Drag Queen Super-Hero’ Film

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 12:36pm

The animation duo discusses how they broke into the industry, what it took to launch Chubby Beagle animation studio, and how they funded their Drag Queen superhero film.

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Podcast EP 164: How Luis Ribeiro Became an Executive Producer at LOBO Animation Studio

The Lobo partner and executive producer discusses his journey from Brazil to the USA and how he prioritized risky career movies to become the producer he is today; he shares skills to attract new opportunities, and advice on how to break into animation producing and rise in the ranks.

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Podcast EP 163: How Karen Disher Became the First Female Director at Blue Sky

Spire Studios’ creative director, development discusses climbing the corporate animation ladder, a must have skill to attract new opportunities, and how to develop the confidence to forge your own path.

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Podcast EP 162: How Jace Wertz Quit His Retail Job to Get into Stop-Motion

The stop-motion animator discusses the change in mindset that allowed him to leave his job after 15 years to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional filmmaker.

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Podcast EP 161: How Indie Animator Jeremy Nixon Manufactures Social Media Fame

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 1:03pm

The London-based 2D animator offers up some tips for using ‘TVPaint’ for 2D animation and discusses his journey to social media fame and how he gets gigs with big clients.

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Podcast EP 160: How DM Galloway Animates Action Figures for a Living

The independent stop-motion animator discusses how he grew his YouTube following, how he manages to get brand deals, and what goes into the creation of figure stop-motion animation.

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Podcast EP 159: Alba Medinyà's Journey from Spain to Canada in Pursuit of Stop-Motion

The Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop-motion animator discusses the journey she took to Canada to pursue her animation career, how she found work, and her ultimate decision to return to Spain.

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Podcast EP 158: How Christian Haynes is Creating Indie Series ‘Zach in Time’

The artist and animator shares how he got his original series off the ground, thoughts on self-taught learning vs. animation school, and how to improve your own art.

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Podcast EP 157: How Chelsea Lee Changed Careers from Professional Dancer to Stop-Motion Animator

The artist and filmmaker discusses tips on impressing new clients, how to show confidence when something goes wrong, and what it’s like animating on a stop-motion TV show while pregnant.

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Podcast EP 156: How Laurie Rowan Made His Unique Animation Style Super Sought-After

The 3D animator, artist, and director discusses how to brand yourself to get noticed, how he broke away from the mainstream industry to do his own thing, and the post that made his work go viral.

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Podcast EP 155: How Meaghan Hettler Got Into Puppet Fabrication

The stop-motion animator turned puppet, set, and prop fabricator shares how she switched gears from animator to puppet maker, where she learned her craft, and how much a felted puppet can cost.

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Podcast EP 154: Mercury Filmworks CCO Heath Kenny on How to Leap From Maker to Manager

The animator, writer, producer and development exec discusses careers, opportunities, and choosing the best path forward; he shares his journey from New Zealand to Canada and how he ultimately made the jump to management.

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Podcast EP 153: 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif on Building His Career in Morocco

The 3D character artist and teacher shares tips on training as an animator in Morocco, his journey from student to teacher and 3 strategies for increasing artistic self-discipline.

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Podcast EP 152: How Hero4Hire Head of Development Jordan Beck Produced and Distributed ‘Sgt. Stubby’

The development exec shares how he went from working at an infantry museum to raising $25M to fully produce and distribute an award-winning indie film; discussion includes a look at North American distribution and what one skill is needed to get a developer role.

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Podcast EP 150: How James Kerr Has Run a Successful UK Stop Motion Studio for 20 Years

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 8:38am

In AIP’s milestone 150th podcast, the founder of Kerrupt Animation discusses his story of perseverance and incredible luck, with a dash of misfortune thrown in along the way.

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Podcast EP 149: How Vince Commisso Made 9 Story the #1 Children's Content Producer in Canada

Founder of the Canadian children’s media company discusses how to be a successful producer, shares business models for production companies, and looks ahead at 2022 kids’ media trends.

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Podcast EP 148: How Twight is Entering the Animation Industry as an Independent Artist

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 11, 2022 at 9:04am

The aspiring animation artist shares how he picked up the skills necessary for a career in animation, the obstacles faced by independent artists, and his strategy for starting his own studio.

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Podcast EP143: How William Allinson Gets Stop-Motion Gigs in Toronto

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 1:24pm

The artist shares how he’s built his career working on animated on projects like ‘New Math,’ ‘Dad Fight,’ Canadian Tire spots, and ‘Ultra City Smiths.’

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

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:05am

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.’

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Podcast EP120: What 26 Years at Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm

The creative director of animation and story at Spire Studios talks about his experience as an animator and animation supervisor at the legendary home of ‘Toy Story.’

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Podcast EP119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza's Career Move from Bangladesh to Canada

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:40pm

The writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager talks about how he became an accomplished actor before giving up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver.

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