Rank #1: Podcast: Jason Schleifer
I hope you’re excited, because we are super excited to bring you our Jason Schleifer interview!! Jason was very kind to sit down with us and talk about his amazing, and sometimes unbelievable, journey into animation. From his very beginnings at Wavefront, all the way through The Lord of the Rings, and straight on to being the Head of Animation on DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind; we covered it all. Jason was really great to talk to and we had so much fun. Way more fun then should be had in an interview. So thanks again Jason! Enjoy!
Dec 13 2010
Rank #2: Podcast: John Hill
In this interview we sat down with an amazing animator and supervisor, John Hill. John was really fun to talk with and had so much to share. We discuss how he got his start, working at Don Bluth, animating Bartok in Anastasia, and most recently Rumpelstiltskin in Shrek Forever After. We also dive in deep about his thoughts and experiences as an animation supervisor and his process as an animator. This interview is packed full of great advice. While prepping for the interview we noticed that John’s IMDB page wasn’t entirely accurate so to start we decided to clear up his history. Have fun and enjoy the interview!
Oct 12 2010
Rank #3: Podcast: Jason Ryan
Jason has become a well-known animation supervisor and teacher. In the past few years he has made a name for himself in animation education with his Jason Ryan Animation tutorials and Webinars, and is in the midst of starting his next educational project – iAnimate.net.
He sat down with us to speak about finding his path into the animation industry and the events that led him to his career at Disney and subsequently DreamWorks. We talked about how he learned animation, his transition from 2D to 3D, and his philosophies on animation education.
Aug 23 2010
Rank #4: Podcast: How to Train Your Dragon
We sat down with Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois to talk about How to Train Your Dragon. Chris and Dean have long been a creative team; their brief history includes writing together on Mulan, writing/directing Lilo and Stitch, and writing/directing How to Train Your Dragon.
The two were gracious enough to spend time speaking with us about creative decision making and articulate their thought processes while making a film. It was very inspirational to hear such talented people discuss how they bring their visions to life. We talked with them about story structure, design, cinematography, character animation, directing, and much, much more. A lot of very talented people came together to create the film, and these wonderful directors are never shy about handing out credit! Among many others, they discussed the amazing contributions of Simon Otto (Head of Character Animation) and the famed cinematographer, Roger Deakins. You can find a larger crew list here to search for any other names they bring up.
Jun 14 2010
Rank #5: Podcast: Ted Ty Talk Back
After a long delay, we are very proud to bring you the Ted Ty Talk Back! Ted sat down with us to answer YOUR questions about animation and follow-ups to his first podcast. Thanks again Ted for being so generous with your time, and Thank you to all the listeners who sent in questions. We only had a short time with Ted so we picked our favorite out of the bunch. For those who didn’t get their questions answered by Ted we will be answering your questions in another post. So sit back and enjoy the Ted Ty Talk Back!
Apr 28 2010