61 episodes

From Identity Visuals comes Animalators: curious conversations from the world of animation. On each episode, animator Zac Dixon sits down with members of the animation community to discuss life, art, business and the creative process.

Animalators IV

    • Visual Arts

From Identity Visuals comes Animalators: curious conversations from the world of animation. On each episode, animator Zac Dixon sits down with members of the animation community to discuss life, art, business and the creative process.

    Sarah Blank

    Sarah Blank

    Sarah Blank is a freelance animator, compositor, designer and sometimes-writer/director. In the episode, we chatted with her about CG and live action compositing, Travel Oregon and user interfaces in VR.
    Website: www.thesarahblank.com
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-blank-96062b11/
    Travel Oregon: https://bit.ly/2N7dnfb
    NYU Tisch: http://tisch.nyu.edu/
    Nomad Editing: http://nomadedit.com/
    -Apple screen graphics
    -Game of Thrones Season 1
    -Compositing (CG and live action)
    -Travel Oregon
    -The forest for the trees approach
    -NYU Tisch
    -Nomad Editing
    -Editing vs. Compositing
    -Editing on Game of Thrones
    -Seasons of freelancing
    -Husband, Dave Blank
    -Coordinating freelance schedules and taking time off
    -California Bloodbath
    -Giving yourself deadlines on personal projects
    -User interfaces in VR
    -Commonalities in top-level work across studios
    -Pigeon-holing artists
    -Improving as a director
    -Dream client: Michel Gondry
    -Favorite animated film: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    -What do the people you love think you do at work all day?: CG modeling and animating
    -Animalator: The Ouroboros

    • 37 min
    Lisha Tan

    Lisha Tan

    Lisha Tan is a Creative Director at The Mill in Los Angeles, CA. In the episode, we chatted about The Story of O.J., reading YouTube comments and managing creative limitations as a director.
    Portfolio: http://www.themill.com/portfolio/filter/collection/103/lisha-tan
    The Mill: http://www.themill.com/
    Lilchotchke: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lilchotchke
    Resolution Design: http://www.resolutiondesign.com.au/
    The Pirates of Somalia: https://imdb.to/2M955Gd
    -The Mill LA
    -Project processes
    -The Story of O.J.
    -Jay Z
    -Reading YouTube comments when a job goes out
    -Giving and receiving notes as creative director
    -Communicating vision on a project
    -Transition to creative direction
    -Coaching character animators
    -Personal pitching process
    -The Mill’s internal resources
    -Pitching vs. pre-production
    -Lisha’s process of ideation
    -Managing creative limitations as a director
    -Lilchotchke Ceramics
    -Lisha’s mentors
    -Resolution Design
    -The Pirates of Somalia
    -Developing personal style
    -Favorite animated film: Spirited Away
    -What do the people you love think you do at work all day?: I don’t they know--messing around with cartoons.
    -Animalator: A little hybrid cat-thing because people tell me sometimes I’m like a cat.  
    **Note: The Mill worked with JAY-Z, Roc Nation and Director Mark Romanek via Anonymous Content to create the animated music video for ‘The Story of O.J.’
    Lisha and The Mill artists realized JAY-Z’s vision using a combination of hand-drawn cel animation, computer graphics, and painted backgrounds, collaborating with Titmouse to animate the original characters.

    • 36 min
    Wesley Louis

    Wesley Louis

    Wesley Louis is a Director at The Line Animation out of London, UK. In this episode, we talked about The Line’s team structure, hiring freelancers and Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit.
    The Line: www.thelineanimation.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/librabear/?hl=en
    Tumblr: https://librabear.tumblr.com/
    Blogspot: https://librabear.blogspot.com/
    Gorillaz - Humility: www.thelineanimation.com/work/gorillaz
    Jamie Hewlett: http://jamiehewlett.com/
    Aya Suzuki: http://ayasuzuki.blogspot.com/
    Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit: https://bit.ly/2NHxro8
    Electric Theatre Collective: http://electrictheatre.tv/
    Partizan: https://www.partizan.com/
    -The Line
    -The Line's team structure
    -Founder meetings & complimentary strengths
    -Hiring freelancers
    -Jamie Hewlett
    -Aya Suzuki
    -Enforcing cinematic animation perspective
    -The Line funding their personal projects
    -Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit
    -Celebrating personal projects in a big way
    -Setting deadlines for personal projects
    -The post-mortem process for commercial work
    -Electric Theatre Collective
    -The Line’s business structure
    -Looking forward
    -The Illusionist
    -Wesley’s story of process and growth
    -Becoming a director
    -Dream Client: Nike or Capcom
    -Favorite animated film: Kiki's Delivery Service and Akira
    -What do the people you love think you do for a living: Draw and make things move.
    -Animalator: Rabbit, because of Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit

    • 53 min
    Manddy Wyckens

    Manddy Wyckens

    Manddy Wyckens is a director and designer at Studio AKA. In episode 57, we talk with her about giving direction, doing things she loves and finding a voice.
    Website: https://www.manddywyckens.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wyckns
    Tumblr: http://manddywyckens.tumblr.com/
    Studio AKA: https://www.studioaka.co.uk/
    99 Percent Lifestyle Interview https://bit.ly/2zsRRiC
    Gobelins School: https://www.gobelins-school.com/
    CalArts: https://calarts.edu/
    Cory Loftis: https://twitter.com/coryloftis?lang=en
    Revolting Rhymes: https://www.netflix.com/title/80234290
    -Studio AKA
    -AKA’s pitch process
    -Giving direction
    -Finding her craft and voice
    -Digital classes and animation vlogs
    -Gobelins School
    -Sociological differences in schooling
    -Interning at Disney
    -Mentor: Cory Loftis
    -American feedback
    -Having a voice in client work
    -Focus and spontaneous drawing
    -Commercial work
    -Character design
    -Freelance life vs. full-time staff work
    -Short films
    -Writing a children’s book
    -Liking to do a lot of different things
    -Exploring professional illustration
    -Dream client/project: Google Spotlight Stories
    -Favorite animated film: Revolting Rhymes
    -What do the people you love think you do at work all day?: Whatever animated film we see. They think I’m always abroad and that I do cartoons.
    -Animalator: To Be Determined

    • 44 min
    Handel Eugene

    Handel Eugene

    Handel Eugene is a motion designer and instructor for Mograph Mentor and Otis College. In the episode, we talked about his journey to Full Sail University, failure motivating success, and his obsession with documenting life.
    Website: http://handeleugene.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/handel_eugene
    Spider-Man: Homecoming: https://vimeo.com/250944644
    Perception Black Panther Animatic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE_8p58q0z4
    Video Copilot: https://www.videocopilot.net/
    We Are Royale: http://weareroyale.com/
    -Spider-Man: Homecoming
    -Client involvement
    -Black Panther
    -Full Sail University
    -After Effects
    -Jayson Whitmore/We Are Royale
    -Family on art as a career
    -Dropping out of college
    -Failure motivating success
    -Teaching at Mograph Mentor and OTIS
    -Learning the tools before you get to school
    -Personal development
    -“The Gap” Ira Glass
    -Having a mentor
    -Freelance vs. studio work
    -Gathering inspiration and developing ideas
    -List obsession
    -Documenting his process
    -You can’t put a price on fulfillment
    -Dream client/project: Using my skills to make an impact for good
    -Favorite animated film: The Prince of Egypt
    -What do the people you love think you do at work all day? They think I made Black Panther, but for the most part, they get what I do.
    -Animalator: Night Owl

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Joe Russ

    Joe Russ

    Joe Russ is a director, illustrator, motion designer and one of the developers of indie game Jenny LeClue. On the episode, we talked about his transition from freelance motion design to game development, impostor syndrome, and the journey of making Jenny LeClue.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mografi_Joe
    Jenny LeClue: http://jennyleclue.com/
    Jenny LeClue Twitter https://twitter.com/JennyLeClue
    Ben Tillett: https://twitter.com/VoiceOfBen
    MK12: https://www.mk12.com/
    Psyop: http://www.psyop.com/
    Gretel: https://gretelny.com/
    Fathoms: https://vimeo.com/83345929
    Anatomy In Motion: http://mografi.com/anatomyinmotion/
    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: http://morrislessmore.com/?p=app
    Inside: http://www.playdead.com/games/inside/
    -PAX East 2018
    -Jenny LeClue - Detectivu
    -Core team - Ben Tillett
    -Impostor syndrome
    -Not just an artist but a professional
    -Freelancing 9 months per year
    -Personal projects
    -Looking back
    -From freelance to Jenny LeClue
    -Anatomy In Motion
    -Ringling College of Art and Design
    -The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
    -Jenny LeClue Kickstarter
    -Coding & planning
    -Pre-release feelings
    -Appreciating the journey
    -Advice for aspiring game developers
    -Gamemaker, Unity, Unreal
    -Release plans
    -The future of Jenny LeClue
    -Dream client: Wes Anderson or David Lynch
    -Favorite animated film: Iron Giant or Magnetic Rose
    -What do the people you love think you do at work all day?: Make a book
    -Animalator: Corgi

    • 1 hr 6 min