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Making your own animation can be an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be! Hosts Mike and Matthew walk you through the challenges and pitfalls of producing independent animation, and share their advice on everything from scriptwriting to crowdfunding.

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Making your own animation can be an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be! Hosts Mike and Matthew walk you through the challenges and pitfalls of producing independent animation, and share their advice on everything from scriptwriting to crowdfunding.

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
1
2
3
2

Great Podcast!

By Smmmaster - Mar 03 2018
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Great!

Great for people with all types of experience!

By Sp4d3444 - Aug 14 2017
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I just recently came across this podcast and I love it. As an animation student, this is the exact topics I'd want to hear about. Hope there is more to come!

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
1
2
3
2

Great Podcast!

By Smmmaster - Mar 03 2018
Read more
Great!

Great for people with all types of experience!

By Sp4d3444 - Aug 14 2017
Read more
I just recently came across this podcast and I love it. As an animation student, this is the exact topics I'd want to hear about. Hope there is more to come!
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Animation Is Hard

Latest release on Jan 26, 2017

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Making your own animation can be an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be! Hosts Mike and Matthew walk you through the challenges and pitfalls of producing independent animation, and share their advice on everything from scriptwriting to crowdfunding.

Rank #1: Episode 3: Team-building

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Mike and Matthew go deep into the world of freelancers: where to find them, how to negotiate with them, and how to make sure everyone ends up happy. They also cover copyright ownership, payment terms, kill fees, and how not to be a bad client. 

Once your team is assembled, you’re going to want to manage communication with a large group of people, and that’s where group-chat clients like Slack come in. Matthew shares some of his thoughts on Basecamp, and Mike explains why video conferences sound gimmicky but are actually vital for team morale.

Mar 31 2016

39mins

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Rank #2: Episode 8: Burnout

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The podcast returns after a long absence! Mike and Matthew devote this episode to the complex problem of burnout: how to recognize it, how to deal with it, and how to help others avoid it. They also touch on changing attitudes towards mental health over the last 20 years, and why quitting a job might not be as hard as it seems.

Also, the show has a new Twitter handle! Please follow us at @animationishard.

Show notes:

CTN Animation Expo

Twitter: @animationishard

Jan 26 2017

21mins

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Rank #3: Episode 7: Stepping Up Your Game

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Animator Guen Goik chats with Mike and Matthew about how to continue improving yourself as an animator once you’re out of school, so you can get better animation jobs. It takes more than just good animation techniques—communication skills are just as important. Guen also talks about IK hands, Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows, and that time she ran an animation studio in China.

Show notes:

Guenever Goik’s reel

Emilia Clarke Has the Most Insane Eyebrows Known to Man

Breakdowns Can Be Such a Drag

Jane and the Dragon

Jun 21 2016

31mins

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Rank #4: Episode 6: Sacrifices

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This week’s episode goes to some dark places. Many personal sacrifices are required when committing yourself to a major creative project. All that time and energy has to come from somewhere. Mike and Matthew share their tales of woe about poor health choices, missing out on great TV shows, and that moment when you realize you’re never going to learn a foreign language. They also cover Mike’s newly launched webcomic project, and how it fits into his dream to become a feature filmmaker.

Show notes: “5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Own Life (Without Knowing It),” by David Wong

Imagining your future projects is holding you back,” by Jessica Abel

The Automan’s Daughter,” by Mike Stamm and Shadia Amin

May 29 2016

28mins

Play

Rank #5: Episode 5: Making It as a Freelance Animator

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This week, Mike and Matthew chat with freelancer Kyle Bernard
about his experiences as a working animator. Along the way, they
learn about the importance of networking and moving to Burbank, how
to figure out what your client rates should be, and the one shot
you should never include on your reel. Kyle also shares his process
for finding the inner life of an animated character, and the
reasons why he hopes to someday work for Disney.

May 01 2016

29mins

Play

Episode 8: Burnout

Podcast cover
Read more

The podcast returns after a long absence! Mike and Matthew devote this episode to the complex problem of burnout: how to recognize it, how to deal with it, and how to help others avoid it. They also touch on changing attitudes towards mental health over the last 20 years, and why quitting a job might not be as hard as it seems.

Also, the show has a new Twitter handle! Please follow us at @animationishard.

Show notes:

CTN Animation Expo

Twitter: @animationishard

Jan 26 2017

21mins

Play

Episode 7: Stepping Up Your Game

Podcast cover
Read more

Animator Guen Goik chats with Mike and Matthew about how to continue improving yourself as an animator once you’re out of school, so you can get better animation jobs. It takes more than just good animation techniques—communication skills are just as important. Guen also talks about IK hands, Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows, and that time she ran an animation studio in China.

Show notes:

Guenever Goik’s reel

Emilia Clarke Has the Most Insane Eyebrows Known to Man

Breakdowns Can Be Such a Drag

Jane and the Dragon

Jun 21 2016

31mins

Play

Episode 6: Sacrifices

Podcast cover
Read more

This week’s episode goes to some dark places. Many personal sacrifices are required when committing yourself to a major creative project. All that time and energy has to come from somewhere. Mike and Matthew share their tales of woe about poor health choices, missing out on great TV shows, and that moment when you realize you’re never going to learn a foreign language. They also cover Mike’s newly launched webcomic project, and how it fits into his dream to become a feature filmmaker.

Show notes: “5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Own Life (Without Knowing It),” by David Wong

Imagining your future projects is holding you back,” by Jessica Abel

The Automan’s Daughter,” by Mike Stamm and Shadia Amin

May 29 2016

28mins

Play

Episode 5: Making It as a Freelance Animator

Podcast cover
Read more

This week, Mike and Matthew chat with freelancer Kyle Bernard
about his experiences as a working animator. Along the way, they
learn about the importance of networking and moving to Burbank, how
to figure out what your client rates should be, and the one shot
you should never include on your reel. Kyle also shares his process
for finding the inner life of an animated character, and the
reasons why he hopes to someday work for Disney.

May 01 2016

29mins

Play

Episode 4: The Pipeline

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This week's episode is all about the technical aspects of making your own animated short: asset management, naming conventions, file versioning software. Sounds boring, right? Well, actually yeah, okay, it is pretty boring. But that's part of the problem! If you skip over the boring stuff to get straight to the fun parts, you'll crash and burn before you ever get your production up and running. Mike and Matthew share some stories from their own animation experiences to drive this point home. Along the way, they cover Subversion vs. Dropbox, making sure your new team members can get started quickly, and a lively discussion about the best ways to keep your spirits up, even when you're staring down the long road of a multi-year production timeline.

Apr 12 2016

41mins

Play

Episode 3: Team-building

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Mike and Matthew go deep into the world of freelancers: where to find them, how to negotiate with them, and how to make sure everyone ends up happy. They also cover copyright ownership, payment terms, kill fees, and how not to be a bad client. 

Once your team is assembled, you’re going to want to manage communication with a large group of people, and that’s where group-chat clients like Slack come in. Matthew shares some of his thoughts on Basecamp, and Mike explains why video conferences sound gimmicky but are actually vital for team morale.

Mar 31 2016

39mins

Play

Episode 2: The Inverted Pyramid

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Mike and Matthew talk about the importance of working out your creative decisions early, during the scriptwriting and storyboarding stage, and how these decisions filter through the stages of pre-visualization, editing and animation. They also discuss the ways to incorporate freelance artists into a low-budget pipeline, and how best to handle feedback and criticism of your work.

Mar 13 2016

35mins

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Episode 1: Why Animation Is Hard

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Mike and Matthew introduce the show and tackle some of the reasons why animation can be so challenging: story problems, budgetary constraints, unrealistic ambitions, limited animation techniques, and the need to get better at firing people.

Feb 01 2016

38mins

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iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
1
2
3
2

Great Podcast!

By Smmmaster - Mar 03 2018
Read more
Great!

Great for people with all types of experience!

By Sp4d3444 - Aug 14 2017
Read more
I just recently came across this podcast and I love it. As an animation student, this is the exact topics I'd want to hear about. Hope there is more to come!