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The DIY Animation Show

The do-it-yourself guide for independent animators. Learn tips and tricks to make your own animated web series, shorts, features and gifs!Hosted by Jessica Doll and Lauren Morse.

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DIY Animation Champion Jim Lujan (Part 1) :: DIY Animation Show #4

Jim Lujan is truly a DIY Animation Champion. Having created 50+ original shorts as well as co-creating Revengeance, a full-length feature collaboration with legendary animator Bill Plympton, Jim understands just how powerful a ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude can be.Today we cover:Revengeance, Jim’s collab with DIY Animation Pioneer Bill Plympton.- Jim’s take on the DIY spirit.- Creating his own indie animation festival.- Nuts-and-bolts tips for creating impactful titles.- Jim’s thoughts on the key to a good idea.This episode is a production of The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

40mins

24 Jan 2017

Rank #1

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Background Design with ‘Clarence’ Background Artist, Thomas Wellmann (Pt 01) :: DIYA #22

Today we talk with story and background artist Thomas Wellmann, calling all the way from Germany!Thomas Wellmann wears many hats as an artist, being an illustrator, a background artist for Clarence and Summer Camp Island, a storyboard artist on Adventure Time, and an indie comics creator in his spare time!We were initially stoked to pick his brains just about making backgrounds for some of our favourite shows. But as we soon learned, and as you’ll soon hear, his wealth of experience lead to an enriching discussion on what it means to tell a visual story, whether through backgrounds, comics, or in the simplest of drawings.We loved his grounded, simple approach to his art, as well as his enthusiasm and curiosity towards making it, and we know you will too!So today in pt 1, we talk with Thomas about:- How he got to work on Adventure Time & Clarence… while still living in Germany- His favourite things that help him work effectively from home- His technical nuts & bolts process for creating backgrounds for Clarence- His lo-fi, no-frills approach to creating his art- And His philosophy on visual style and encouraging its evolutionThis episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 2mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Special - Animation Horror Stories, vol. 1 :: DIYA #13

Tell us… are you sitting comfortably?We bring you a special episode of The DIY Animation Show this Halloween...  A spine-chilling collection of astonishing Animation Horror Stories!Every interview, we ask each of our guests for a horror story - either a spooky thing that happened, or (more often than not...) an occasion when things just went horribly awry… (we’ve all been there).And guests Alex & Lindsay Small-Butera, Jim Lujan, Todd Favela, Adam Floeck & Nate Swinehart, and Jocie Juritz share with us their tremendous Tales of Terror!We're sure lots of these stories will sound familiar, but if they don’t...Animator -- BEWAAAAARRREEEE!Without further ado, we present to youuuu...Animation Horror Stories!This episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.The music for this episode is provided by Azureflux - 'Wizard House' from 'Mean Machine', and 'Haunted Woods' from 'Eighth Chip Tangent'.

31mins

31 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Animation Explorer Todd Favela (Part 1) :: DIY Animation Show #7

From his time at Titmouse, working on shows like China, IL to developing Nick Shorts, Todd Favela has first-hand experience that tight deadlines and high-calibre 2D animation can go hand-in-hand.Travelling through animation with his eyes and mind wide open, Todd is continually honing and building on his increasingly vast animation knowledge.Today, in part one, Todd talks about:- His on-the-job animation education.- Maintaining quality on tight, TV deadlines.- His animation insights on acting, overshoots, and… Face-Ships.- Trusting your gut.- The boldness of asking and where it can take you.This episode is a production of The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

29mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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‘Baman Piderman’ Creators, Alex & Lindsay Small-Butera (Part 3) :: DIY Animation Show #3

In the first two parts of this interview, Alex and Lindsay Small-Butera shared their journey creating Baman Piderman and provided insight on the importance of pursuing your dream project.Today in part three, Alex and Lindsay talk about the one most vital thing a DIY animator needs.This episode is a production of The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

27mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #5

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Animation Director & Experimentalist, Jocie Juritz (Part 1) :: DIYA #12

It's the Season 3 premiere of the DIY Animation Show!...and what better way to kick off this Season with none other than Animation director & Experimentalist, Jocie Juritz!Professionally, Jocie crafts beautiful 2D animated projects with a gorgeous hand-made look. She specialises in PSAs and documentaries dealing with pertinent topics, interesting factoids, even book trailers, and teaches animation classes in her spare time. In her personal work, you’ll find slice-of-life gifs, featuring her cats, plants, and other joyful things.We were drawn to her colourful, soulful work, and enjoyed an engaging, thoughtful conversation with her, discussing animation on a fundamental, artistic level. It’s like a soothing balm for the creative soul.We first spoke to her in 2016, and so enjoyed our conversationTimeless insights still hold up two years later.Today, in Part 1 of Jocie’s interview, we discuss:- Designing movement and emotion with shapes- Emphasizing narrative over animation principles- Constructing the optimal gif- Freely using trial and error as a tool of development- Her approach to colour- And the one most vital thing Jocie thinks a DIY Animator needsThis episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 2mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Animation Explorer Todd Favela (Part 2) :: DIY Animation Show #8

We're back with the first episode of the season! Today, we continue our interview with Todd Favela - this second part is chock-full of Todd's DIY nuts & bolts gold from start to finish, including his favorite things about DIY animation, and the most vital thing he thinks a DIY Animator needs....and here's just a taster of everything else we cover this episode:- The beauty and satisfaction of animating loops.- A complete walk-through of Todd's animation workflow wizardry.- The human wonders that are Compositors.- And the importance of play and experimentation in personal projects.This episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

39mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Animated Webcomics - ‘The Crimson Fly’ Creator Collin ‘Skipperwing’ Byrd (Pt 1) :: DIYA #16

Happy New Year and welcome back! We're continuing Season 3 today with a new guest - the indefatigable Collin "Skipperwing" Byrd, creator of action-packed, animated webcomic, The Crimson Fly!Originally debuting in 2015, Collin’s ‘Crimson Fly’ is an examination of the intricacies of being a superhero, and combines the freedom of animated movement and the storytelling of comics to tell his story in the most complete way possible, as he meets any obstacle this unique artform throws his way with full gusto.We are also excited to announce that Collin is revamping his comic in full - from its visuals to updated coding - and has treated us to a teaser of the new animation! Find a link to a sneak peek in the blogpost for this episode diyanimation.show/diya16 , and keep an eye out for the revamped ‘Crimson Fly’ to debut sometime in the very near future!Today with Collin, we talk about:- The origin and evolution of the Crimson Fly- Negotiating and creating an intuitive animated reading experience for your audience- A thorough overview of his entire process for making his animated comic- His social promo process- How limitation is the mother of creativityThis episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 3mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Animated Webcomics - 'The Crimson Fly' Creator Collin 'Skipperwing' Byrd (Pt 2) :: DIYA #17

In today’s episode, we dive further into Collin's Part 1 mic-drop - how limitation is the mother of creativity - this time from the lens of fan art and fan creations, as well as talking shop and getting into the nitty-gritty technical aspects of his animations. Here are some of our favorite points this episode:- Collin’s thorough break-down of elements for engaging animated action choreography- The understanding, use, and legality of fanart- The structural similarities between jokes and fight scenes- The importance of representation in media- Technical overlaps between comics and animation- And Collin’s take on “the one most vital thing an animator needs”This episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 16mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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"In the Name of the Moon!" - Interview with Kate Sullivan, Moon Animate Make-Up (Pt 1) :: DIYA #20

Season 4 is here! And boy, do we have a good’un - we talk with powerhouse & pioneer Kate Sullivan, all about project managing her legendary Sailor Moon re-animation collabs: Moon Animate Make-Up!As well as giving us a look into the project management-side of Moon Animate Make-Up 1 & 2, Kate also drops some real talk on the state of 2D animation, what makes a brilliant demo reel, and what hustling really looks like.Whether you want to head up a similar collaboration or take part in one, this episode is for you!And now, in the name of the Moon, check out this interview!This episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 29mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Season Break - DIYA Goes to Denver Pop Culture Con 2019! :: SB#5

We will be tabling at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019! Woohoooo!!!What is Denver Pop Culture Con, you may ask? Held in Denver, Colorado, and formerly titled Denver Comic Con, DPCC is a 3-day family friendly pop culture convention that features some of the best in pop culture entertainment. This year, it runs from Friday May 31st - Sunday June 2nd at the Colorado Convention center.We’ll be at booth CC11 promoting the show, selling special DIYA stickers, and geeking out with people about animation (of course!). Jess will also be selling some prints and commissions for those interested!To hear more details - including a special secret code for convention freebies that you won’t want to miss - check out the audio recording!Let us know if you’ll be there! And if you can’t, never fear! You can check out our social channels during the convention for photo bombs and general convention shenanigans (@DIYAShow on Instagram and Twitter). And a post-convention blog will go up in June featuring photos from the trip, stories, and who knows what else!

17mins

15 May 2019

Rank #11

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Animation Director & Experimentalist, Jocie Juritz (Part 2) :: DIYA #14

Following on from Part 1 of our interview with Jocie Juritz (our first conversation, recorded back in 2016), today’s episode sees us catch up with her earlier in this year, 2018.Jocie had a lot of promising projects in the pipeline last time we spoke, and has been up to so much in these two years.  If you follow her on Instagram, or her other social media, you'll know how she's consistently playing with animation, DIY-ing it, keeping that spirit of experimentation and curiosity, and ensuring her voice is at the core of all she does.  So we couldn't wait to hang out again, pick her brains about her latest projects and soak up more of her deep cogitations on animation.  It's another bumper episode!Today, in part 2, we have a brilliant, eye-opening conversation about:- How she handles her client work- How animation is perfectly poised to broach sensitive topics- Brain compost (yes, you read right)- Facing her fears about analogue traditional animation- The pros of drawing badlyThis episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

1hr 6mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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"In the Name of the Moon!" - Interview with Kate Sullivan, Moon Animate Make-Up (Pt 2) :: DIYA #21

We're back with part 2 of our interview with Kate Sullivan, the magical Guardian behind the wheel of fan-animations, Moon Animate Make-Up 1 and 2!In part 1, Kate touched on what her re-animated project process was like, the state of 2D animation, what makes a great demo reel, and what hustling really looks like.Now, here in part 2, Kate dives into more detail about:- her project management process for Moon Animate Make-Up 2, from breaking down the episode, to dishing out the work, to putting it all together- discusses the importance of fan creations and making the transition from fan to professional- we also go over the importance of timing for your animated project, career, and any aspect of life- and, of course, the one most vital thing she thinks a DIY animator needs!We should mention Kate's audio gets iffy in places - her WiFi and Skype were having a tough time, BUT we so enjoyed Kate’s active energy and love of Sailor Moon, and her optimism and excitement for what the animation community will create next shines through.In the name of Moon Animate, let’s start part 2!

48mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Background Design with ‘Clarence’ Background Artist, Thomas Wellmann (Pt 02) :: DIYA #23

Hallo, gutentag, and welcome back to the DIY Animation show!We’re here with part 2 of our interview with Thomas Wellmann - background artist on Clarence and Summer Camp Island, Adventure Time storyboard artist, illustrator, AND indie comics creator in his spare time.Last time, in Part 1 Thomas shared his process for creating backgrounds for animation, as well as discussing his lo-fi, grounded approach to making his art, and encouraging the evolution of your visual style.And in case you missed it, be sure to check out his latest book, 'Nika, Lotte, Mangold!' It looks so good, and is available from publisher Rotopol Press - http://www.rotopolpress.de/en/produkte/nika-lotte-mangold-zeichenheftSo today in Part 2 of our interview, Thomas talks about- His free-fly approach to character design- His creative process for making his comics- He breaks down some helpful techniques for creating backgrounds with crazy perspective- Discusses the importance of finishing things- And, of course, shares the one most vital thing he thinks a DIY Animator(or creator! needsPlus, we have a bonus conversation on whether we really need websites, and what Germany’s comics scene was like.Thomas has such great creative energy, and a real passion for exploring and making, so grab your bare essentials and adventure boots, and let's get on with the show!This episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Our theme music is provided by Azureflux.

51mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Special – Holiday Spectacular, vol. 1 :: DIYA #15

Happy Holidays! Today we ask each other the questions, reveal Lauren's ultimate Ugly Christmas Jumper, and discover just how many Tamales Jess can eat over Christmas. So grab a cosy sweater (ugly or non-ugly), some tasty treats and join us for a chilled Christmas hangout! <3 Jess & LaurenThis episode is an indie production from your hosts, Jessica Doll & Lauren Morse.Big thank you to Antisocialite and SadBunny for this episode’s Holiday-themed music.Intro: Antisocialite - https://soundcloud.com/antisocialite/8-bit-wish-you-a-merry-christmasOutro: SadBunny - https://soundcloud.com/sadbunny/sadbunny-christmas-chiptune-medley

1hr 16mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #15