17 episodes

Animation Happy Hour is a monthly podcast hosted by three feature film animators - Garrett Lewis, Katie Low, and Ben Girmann. Our podcast mission is to provide practical advice for students, job-seekers, and animation enthusiasts on how to break into all aspects of the animation industry.

Animation Happy Hour Garrett Lewis, Katie Low, Ben Girmann

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    • 5.0 • 64 Ratings

Animation Happy Hour is a monthly podcast hosted by three feature film animators - Garrett Lewis, Katie Low, and Ben Girmann. Our podcast mission is to provide practical advice for students, job-seekers, and animation enthusiasts on how to break into all aspects of the animation industry.

    #17 - Day In The Life: Stop Motion Animator

    #17 - Day In The Life: Stop Motion Animator

    In episode 17, we dive into the world of stop motion animation! Our special guest Dan MacKenzie @mackmation draws upon his years of experience in feature film, TV, advertising, and more to give us a picture of what life as a stop motion animator is like. We cover a LOT of ground in this episode--we'll hear what his average day is like at LAIKA, discuss what types of other jobs are available at stop motion studios, go over some practical advice for how best to prepare yourself for a career in stop motion, and much more!
    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/episode-17-day-in-the-life-stop-motion-animator

    Support Animation Happy Hour by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/animation-happy-hour

    #16 - Day In The Life: Storyboard Artist

    #16 - Day In The Life: Storyboard Artist

    Storyboards are one of the earliest and most integral elements in an animation pipeline, and we have the pleasure of chatting with a couple industry superstars who have extensive experience storyboarding in both TV and feature film. Natalie Nourigat and Isabelle Gedigk join us to talk about all things storyboarding, from what it takes to break into the industry, to what an average day for a storyboard artist entails, and more!
    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/episode-16-day-in-the-life-storyboard-artist

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    • 2 hr 38 min
    #15 - What Level Animator Are You?

    #15 - What Level Animator Are You?

    Assessing yourself as an artist can be difficult. In episode 15, we cover some practical ways to objectively evaluate where you are in your journey from new student to seasoned professional, and provide tips on how to advance to the next level!
    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/episode-15-

    Support Animation Happy Hour by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/animation-happy-hour

    #14 - Top 10 Tips For Your First Job!

    #14 - Top 10 Tips For Your First Job!

    Are you nervous about transitioning from school to the professional world? Do you feel overwhelmed or confused when you hear words like 401k, contracts, benefits, etc? Are you nervous about not landing your dream job right out of school, or possibly being exposed to a toxic work environment? If any of this feels familiar, this next episode is for you!

    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/episode-14-top-10-tips-for-your-first-job

    Support Animation Happy Hour by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/animation-happy-hour

    Support Animation Happy Hour by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/animation-happy-hour

    • 2 hr
    #13 - Work Life Balance

    #13 - Work Life Balance

    Can I work in the animation industry and have a normal life? What if I want to have a family? Is the industry all just all-nighters and unpaid overtime? We are pleased to announce that in episode 13, we sit down with married couple and industry veterans Rebecca Perez and David Stodolny, to answer these questions and more as we talk all things work life balance!

    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/episode-13-work-life-balance

    UPDATE: On 11/2/2020, we reuploaded the episode with a revision. We incorrectly stated that Germany gives a minimum of 6-weeks vacation leave (it's actually 24 days). If you've already downloaded the episode, feel free to delete it and re-download it to pick up the changes! Sorry about that!! Thank you :)

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    • 2 hr 53 min
    #12 - Day In The Life: Production Management

    #12 - Day In The Life: Production Management

    We're starting off our Day in the Life series with a bang! Production management professionals are intricately involved with every single step of the pipeline, from initial development all the way to image finaling and marketing, so we could not imagine a better way to start this series. Have you ever found yourself wondering, what's the difference between a PA and a PC? Why is Shotgun so important? Is everyone in production management an extrovert? Well in episode 12, we sit down with our friends, Alaia Braxton-Walker and Demi Chen and cover all of this and more as we discuss the ins and outs of production management!

    Check out our detailed show-notes here: https://www.animationhappyhour.com/new-blog/day-in-the-life-production-management

    Support Animation Happy Hour by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/animation-happy-hour

    • 2 hr 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Zia. F ,

So Informative!

I look forward to every episode, it gives me hope that i’ll be able to work in the industry someday! Thank you for your organized yet very fun talks!

hobbitartist25 ,

LOVE!

This podcast is amazing! It's so insightful on the industry. I'm learning so much and can't wait to learn more!

Jakson H. ,

Can’t get enough!

10000/10000 recommend! These guys are so insightful! As an aspiring animator, someone who just loves animation, or even another type of art student there’s a little something for everyone! I love the positivity and fun stories but also the good mix of “telling it to ya straight” and not trying to sugar coat anything. Keep the fantastic podcasts coming!

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