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The Irish Animation Podcast

The Flipped Podcast Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon

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The Irish Animation Podcast

    Flipped Podcast #13: Jason Ryan

    Flipped Podcast #13: Jason Ryan

    Welcome to Episode 13 of Flipped with CG animation director, animator and teacher, Jason Ryan.
    Jason is a multi-talented Irish animator whose career has spanned the last 20 years on such films as Fantasia 2000, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Croods and most recently Big Hero Six (to name a few). 
    Alongside to his film work Jason also teaches animation online through his own site and iAnimate which I can personally recommend as a great way to learn character animation and productive workflow through traditionally-based methods, mentor-supported training sessions and clearly explained online tutorials. If you would like to know more please check out the links below.

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    Podcast Contents00:00 - Intro01:00 - Interview start - Brush with accountancy03:30 - Starting out in Dagda05:45 - Joe Grant memories06:50 - CG Animation, love at first sight & video game animation13:15 - Coming to America - Fantasia 200019:16 - Disney's Dinosaur23:29 - 3D Theme Park animation - working with Eric Goldberg30:38 - Chicken Little - animating acting34:58 - Leaving Disney38:50 - Pre-poduction animation40:10 - Working at Dreamworks45:21 - Feature pipeline - character teams v sequence teams48:12 - Baseball trading animators51:28 - The animation process and workflow1:12:14 - Outro
    References An interesting article about the video game Jason worked on can be found here 
    The Steadfast Tin Soldier sequence from Fantasia 2000
    Dinosaur
    The Magic Lamp from Disney Seas Tokyo attraction
    Chicken Little
    Jason's Dreamworks Reel
    Ianimate iAnimate - Advanced Character Animation Training from iAnimate on Vimeo.

    iAnimate - Advanced Character Animation Training from iAnimate on Vimeo.

    For more information on iAnimate - visit ianimate.netReally huge thanks to Jason for taking the time to talk to us and thanks to Gareth Lee at Animation Skillnet for helping facilitate the interview.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page


    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and Megan McMahon and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Flipped Podcast #12: Damien O'Connor

    Flipped Podcast #12: Damien O'Connor

    Welcome to Episode 12 of Flipped.  This podcast features Megan's interview with Damien O'Connor - editor, storyboard artist, episodic director at Brown Bag  and film-maker.Damien has written and directed 5 short films -  'Mutt', 'Ledog', IFTA nominated 'Dick Terrapin', 'After You' and most recently the beautiful short, 'Anya' which was made in association with 'To Russia with Love' to promote not only their cause but also the positive outcomes of their work so far.
    Damien has also worked as an editor on Noddy, Olivia the Pig and the Emmy nominated Octonauts. He was Retakes Supervisor on Doc McStuffins for Disney and currently works for the Oscar nominated Brown Bag film studios in Dublin
    Enjoy!
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    Podcast Contents
    00:00 - Intro01:25 - Interview start - College (without a Leaving Cert)04:10 - First frameworks05:25 - Journey to the worst place on earth07:55 - Directing horses08:45 - Brown Bag Films come knocking09:35 - Learning with After You11:40 - Learn editing15:05 - To Russia With Love17:07 - Making Anya18:34 - A trip to Russia20:12 - A message of hope22:55 - The orphanage premiere27:00 - Writing v directing35:50 - Teaching38:25 - Response to Anya40:08 - Outro
    References 
    Leanr more about to russia with Love here http://www.torussiawithlove.ie/Text HUG 50300 to send €4 to From Russia With Love
    Anya
    After You

    Le Dog

    More of Damien's work can be seen on his vimeo page http://vimeo.com/damienoconnor. Really huge thanks to Damien for taking the time to talk to us.We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page

    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and Megan McMahon and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

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    • 41 min
    Flipped Podcast #11: Aidan Hickey

    Flipped Podcast #11: Aidan Hickey

    Welcome to Episode 11 of Flipped with Aidan Hickey - animator, writer, director, teacher and painter. 
    Aidan began working in animation in the mid-seventies for RTE and his works forms the bedrock of the Irish animation industry.  He had made several award-winning short films, written and produced many hours of children's television and also written several feature length projects. Until recently served as Ireland's representative on the European animation body, Cartoon.
    Enjoy!

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    Podcast Contents

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:00:47 - Podcast Starts

    00:02:00 - Transitioning from Painting to Film

    00:02:45 - Hornsey College of art in London

    00:05:00 - Meeting with Éamon de Buitléir

    00:06:30 - First Series for RTE

    00:08:39 - Writing and Story Development

    00:08:50 - Process for RTE

    00:10:20 - McSpuds,Bosco and Beyond!

    00:13:00 - Painting comes in handy when...

    00:17:08 - RTE process

    00:28:36 - Annecy

    00:29:00 - An Inside Job

    00:34:00 - CARTOON and Jimmy Murikami

    00:37:00 - Standardising

    00:39:00 - Seven Deadly Sins and overseas collaboration

    00:45:00 - the 90's

    00:47:00 - Writing

    00:53:00 -  Screen Training Ireland

    00:58:00 - Bob Godfrey and John Hallas

    01:00:00 - Brown Bag

    01:03:00 - The Boy Who Had No Story

    01:10:00 - Dermot and Gráinne feature treatment

    01:16:00 - Jimmy Murikami

    01:23:00 - End of Cartoon involvement

    01:25:00 - Painting and Green Acres Gallery





















































    References

    Animation Art Show

    http://www.animationartshow.com/

    Green Acres Gallery

    https://www.greenacres.ie

    Screen Training Ireland

    https://www.screentrainingireland.ie/index.cfm?fuseaction=main

    "Däumelinchen" by Lotte Reiniger 



    McSpuds 



    Bosco animated




    An Inside Job, 1987
    The Boy Who Had No Story, 2003
    Really huge thanks to Aidan for taking the time to talk to us.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page

    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and Megan McMahon and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Flipped Podcast #10: John Huikku

    Flipped Podcast #10: John Huikku

    Welcome to Episode 10 (finally) of Flipped with look and lighting artist, John Huikku. John worked on many features including, Armageddon, Return of the King and at Disney, Bolt, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled and Frozen.  He chats about getting into the industry and why you should try lighting as a career. 


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    Podcast Contents00:00 - Intro

    01:11 – Interview
    Start - move to animation from VFX

    03:35 - Weta and Return
    of the King


    08:15 - Look and
    Lighting


    09:50 - 80's versus now


    10:40 - Transition from
    different media


    11:53 - Disney Tales


    19:20 - Frozen


    28:25 - Why you should
    give Look and Lighting a chance




    References




    Spike and Mike's Festival




    Liquid Television




    Fanboy and Chum Chum




    LOTR: Return of the King - The Black Gates






    Frozen - Opening Sequence



    Henry Hugglemonster

















    We wanted to say a special thanks to John for taking the time to talk to us.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page

    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and Megan McMahon and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

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    • 34 min
    Flipped Podcast #9: Celine Kiernan

    Flipped Podcast #9: Celine Kiernan

    Welcome to Episode 9 of Flipped with traditional feature film animator and award-winning author, Celine Kiernan. Celine worked on many features at the Don Bluth studio in Dublin, including Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven and Anastasia and she chats about getting into animation, working in Dublin and Phoenix, starting her own studio and her writing career.

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    Podcast Contents
    00:00 - Intro01:09 - Interview start - Starting out zoetropes and going to Dun Laoghaire03:58 - Applying to Sullivan Bluth and getting a hair cut06:19 - The Dublin studio - learning the craft13:19 - The Phoenix studio 16:01 - Animation Process - reference vs rotoscope20:44 - Back to Ireland - Pigs in the Attic and email24:30 - Sudden end of 2D animation30:25 - On writing 32:23 - How to feel about your work and never looking back39:18 - Outro
    References
    To find out more about Celine's artwork and books visit her website http://www.celinekiernan.com/
    All Dogs Go To Heaven
    Thumbelina
    Anastasia
    Help! I'm A Fish

    Laura's Star
     
    Glossary
    Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over (usually live action) footage, frame by frame.
    Photo stats (in this context) are the individual frames/photos of live action that have been printed out and mounted on animation paper

    We wanted to say a special thanks to Celine for taking the time to talk to us.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page

    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

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    • 40 min
    Flipped Podcast #8: Tomm Moore

    Flipped Podcast #8: Tomm Moore

    Welcome to episode 8 of Flipped.  This month we chat to Cartoon Saloon, co-founder, creative director and Academy Award nominee Tomm Moore. Tomm talks about his inspiration, his love of comics and the up and downs of making his two features "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea".  We're also joined for part of the interview by Cartoon Saloon MD and Song of the Sea producer Ross Murray!  Enjoy


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    Podcast Contents
    00:00 - Intro01:18 - Interview start - Starting out Young Irish Film Makers & Ballyfermot05:11 - Birth of Cartoon Saloon07:14 - Early Work - Service work and From Darkness08:30 - Annecy - The Cannes of animation11:05 - Short Films and directing12:28 - Comic art, illustration, influences & inspiration16:28 - Rebel - the beginnings of Secret of Kells18:50 - Getting the Finance20:37 - Directing Kells22:47 - An international co-production27:34 - Putting it out there - the good & the bad34:45 - Fan art & creator art 37:05 - Financing the difficult second feature45:35 - The story of Song of the Sea51:01 - Doing things differently second time round53:23 - Outro
    References
    Tomm's Early Films can be viewed here on the Irish Film Board's Media Hub website.
    Cartoon Saloon

    The wonderful Secret of Kells - Tomm's production blog can be viewed here. 

    Limited Edition prints from the film are available here.

     
    The gorgeous Song of the Sea.  Read Tomm's production blog here.

    We wanted to say a special thanks to Tomm and Ross for taking the time to talk to us.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at)gmail.com or contact us on our facebook page

    Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and featured music from www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com

    www.flippedpodcast.com

    • 55 min

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L.m.o.r. ,

Two thumbs up for Irish Animation!

Great work lads, fantastic to hear the stories of people in the Irish animation industry. Particularly liked the Tomm Moore episode. Keep up the great work!
Many thanks from an Irish animation student.

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