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Join host Michael Wakelam of the Creators Society as he interviews animation industry icons and innovators from companies such as Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney, Netflix, Sony, and many more! Tune in to hear from top executives, animators, writers, and producers, their inspiring career journeys, and the projects they are working on next!Michael Wakelam is an animator, writer, director, and the founder of Anthem Studios. Michael develops original children's media content and live-action screenplays from his studio in London. The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.

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Join host Michael Wakelam of the Creators Society as he interviews animation industry icons and innovators from companies such as Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney, Netflix, Sony, and many more! Tune in to hear from top executives, animators, writers, and producers, their inspiring career journeys, and the projects they are working on next!Michael Wakelam is an animator, writer, director, and the founder of Anthem Studios. Michael develops original children's media content and live-action screenplays from his studio in London. The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.

    37. Kristine Belson - President of Sony Pictures Animation

    37. Kristine Belson - President of Sony Pictures Animation

    In 2022 Sony Pictures Animation celebrated its 20th birthday, and Kristine Belson has been president for around 8 of those years, overseeing the industry-changing hit "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", and a growing number of film-maker led projects with varying styles and storytelling techniques. 

    Join me in this conversation with Kristine as we chat about her career, which started in live-action, and traces through the Jim Henson Company and DreamWorks Animation before she started at Sony. 

    We touch on "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and talk about how it impacted the industry, the development process, and ethos at Sony, including working with ImageWorks, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller, touching on the upcoming k-pop movie and the agent Elvis series. So I really hope you enjoy this and get as much from it as I did. 

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    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.net

    • 56 min
    36. Joel Crawford & Januel Mercado - Directors of DreamWorks Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

    36. Joel Crawford & Januel Mercado - Directors of DreamWorks Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

    Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is fresh off a Golden Globes nomination and being widely praised - along with a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this.

    Join us as we jump into a nearly hour-long chat with Director Joel Crawford and Co-Director Januel Mercado.

    These guys were so fun to chat with and they were very generous with their time in a week where they probably did a hundred interviews. What's cool is that Joel and Januel are really close friends, and got to work side by side on a movie which is really a fun ride. And you can tell they have loved making this - it comes through in every frame. It doesn't matter if you've seen the previous Puss In Boots or not, or any of the Shrek films, this one stands alone. It's fresh in style, darker in tone in places with a real depth. We get to chat about a lot of that, but somehow I felt like we were just scratching the surface. And we stayed pretty much out of spoiler territory I think so that you can listen to this before or after you see it - or both.

    Show notes:
    If you want to check out Joel's student film, you can find it here. Well worth the watch.Please remember to like, rate, and comment on your favorite podcasting platform and share the episode on social media.
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    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.plus

    • 53 min
    35. Pierre Perifel - Director of DreamWorks The Bad Guys

    35. Pierre Perifel - Director of DreamWorks The Bad Guys

    If you've been taking in all the animated features this year, you no doubt have The Bad Guys as one of your favorites. For me, it's one of my favorite films of the year, animated or not. 
    And it certainly has its own flavor, a flavor which is really fresh, reminiscent of great heist films, and infused with a lot of today's guest, director Pierre Perifel. 

    We chat about Pierre's career journey from studying in France to DreamWorks, and we touch on a few projects, including canceled while in production projects - which may speak to many people affected this year - to his feature directorial debut.

    Pierre clearly had a great time making this film. 

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

    A few notes from the show:
    Highly recommend you watch the teaser animatic that Pierre put together to sell the project internally can be found here. A great example of how to sell a concept.Pierre's short film from Goblins can be seen here - Super fun!
    Please remember to like, rate, and comment on your favorite podcasting platform and share the episode on social media.
    If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch. 
    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.plus

    • 1 hr 1 min
    34. L.P. Vermette and Virginie Lavallée - The Happy Producers

    34. L.P. Vermette and Virginie Lavallée - The Happy Producers

    I bumped into LP Vermette and Virginie Lavallée in Annecy this year and right away was intrigued by what they're doing. LP and Virginie are Canadian producers who have pivoted to focus on training producers in the industry. What is wonderfully refreshing is that aside from being super capable and experienced to teach other producers, they're taking the angle of wanting to turn out producers capable of balancing the well-being of their role and their team with everything a role in production entails.

    Aptly named the Happy Producers, we had a wonderful conversation talking about their careers, their approach, and really their mission to have a lasting impact on the mental health of the industry. Of course, they're still hands-on producers in their own right, keeping them in touch with everything that's happening within the industry and their field.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

    You can find out more about L.P ,  Virginie, and The Happy Producers here.
    Please remember to like, rate, and comment on your favorite podcasting platform and share the episode on social media.
    If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch. 
    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.net

    • 58 min
    33. Daniel Ross - Voice of Donald Duck and Many Other Characters

    33. Daniel Ross - Voice of Donald Duck and Many Other Characters

    Daniel Ross has worked as a voice actor for many years and does a vast array of voices, including many legacy characters, and new ones, big and small, in various shows. We chatted about his journey into voice acting, and the craft. Getting started into acting is a challenge, so you'll love Daniel's story of how he landed a role in a transformers video game to kick off his career.

    Daniel is the third actor to voice Donald Duck for Disney, a role that recently earned him an Emmy nomination. 

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
    Please remember to like, rate, and comment on your favorite podcasting platform and share the episode on social media.
    If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch. 
    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.net

    • 44 min
    32. Josh Beveridge - Head of Animation on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Sea Beast

    32. Josh Beveridge - Head of Animation on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Sea Beast

    In 2017, when the industry caught sight of the first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, our collective jaws dropped. The rest is history of course as the movie went on to win just about every award imaginable. In this episode, I chat with Josh Beveridge, Head of Animation on Spider-Verse, and we talk through his career, all of which has been at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and how the animation on Spider-Verse was a culmination of things that had been building for years, and how that first trailer drop allowed them to breathe a sigh of relief. 

    Josh was also Head of Animation on Netflix's surprise gem, The Sea Beast which premiered earlier this year.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
    Please remember to like, rate, and comment on your favorite podcasting platform and share the episode on social media.
    If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch. 
    Host & Producer: Michael Wakelam
    Executive Producer: Eric M. Miller
    Music by: Rich Dickerson
    Audio Engineering: Mike Rocha
    Edited by: Zoe Wakelam
    The Creators Society is a professional society for all disciplines of the animation industry. Our mission is to bring the animation community together to build strong relationships, provide education, and form a better understanding of the different roles we all play in creating animated stories. We celebrate and promote the love of animation, and all the talented Creators who breathe life and imagination into their work.
    Learn more about the Creators Society, and how to become a member at creatorssociety.net

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

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Great podcast for anyone who loves animation

This is a great podcast for anyone who works in animation, but it’s also great for all animation fans out there. They have great guests, and it’s so interesting to hear how they got their start, and the thinking behind your favorite animation movies and shows. Can’t wait to hear who they’ll have on next. Highly recommended!

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