The Animated Journey: Interviews with Animation Professionals

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From a young age Nancy Ramirez dreamed of working in the animation industry, and at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in particular. Her dream became a reality after graduating from Woodbury University and becoming a NickTern on TuffPuffy. She went on to work on such shows as Dora and Friends, Pinky Malinky and is now a Production Coordinator on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest incarnation of the Turtles’ franchise. Hear her story on believing in yourself and never giving up in today’s episode of The Animated Journey Podcast! Nancy Ramirez’s Instagram @nancy_cova_ramirez Southern California Animation Events ASIFA-Hollywood Women in Animation Westside Comic – Con International: San Diego San Diego Convention Center July 20th – 23rd Siggraph 2017 Los Angeles Los Angeles Convention Center July 30th – August 3rd Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove November 18, 2017 The Podcast Website Tumblr Facebook Twitter @animjourney Instagram @animjourney The Host Check out my interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast! Website Tumblr Twitter @SketchySoul Instagram @SketchySoul
This week on Episode 11 of The Animated Journey I interviewed a true super star in the field – Tamara Lusher-Stocker! Tamara has the illustrious distinction of working as an animator on the BIG THREE Disney Renaissance films – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King! She also worked … Continue reading
What’s happening in the world of animation? Well, we had so much fun talking about news, SoCal events and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War that we decided to turn it into an entire bonus episode. Enjoy! Southern California Animation Events Center Stage Gallery Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. … Continue reading
Christine Knopp’s career spans from working in game design to book illustration to teaching at Academy of Art University. In this interview she shares how she worked full-time while also attending school, starting her school’s visual development club, and her first few years in the industry. She also loves cats!   … Continue reading
Chiara Ferrari works as a layout artist at DHX Media in Vancouver, Canada on The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show for Netflix. In this episode she discusses how she made the switch from science to animation, what it’s like living in Canada and why 2D animation is still alive and well! … Continue reading
Scotland Barnes is one of the hardest working people in the animation industry today. In part one of our interview he talks about graduating from undergrad and grad school during economic downturns, working at various survival jobs, and finding as many courses and books inside and outside of school as he could … Continue reading
In 2015 Alyce Tzue became the Student Academy Award Gold Winner For Best Animated Film for her 3D animated short film Soar. Currently she works as a live action music video director for Smule in San Francisco, CA. She also worked as an animator on Henry, a virtual reality short film created by … Continue reading
Pat Marconett worked his way up from learning how to draw at San Jose State University to interning at PDI/DreamWorks and Nickelodeon, working in the mobile gaming industry and working on shows like Mr. Pickles, Friends Night, VeggieTales,  and Sofia The First. In part I of our interview he talks about his … Continue reading
  In part two of my interview with Niko and the Sword of Light Storyboard Artist Alex Kwan, we discuss how to manage your time as a freelancer, the importance of saying no to jobs, her amazing trip to Japan and her tours of various Japanese animation studios, and she … Continue reading
Cinzia Angelini is the pro’s pro when it comes to the field of animation. The animation veteran who specializes in animation and storyboarding has worked for some of the most well-known companies in the industry including Amblimation, DreamWorks, Sony, Disney and Illumination. Her work spans the 2D and 3D gamut including … Continue reading
In part II of our interview with Jack Kasprzak, Jack shares his experiences working on DreamWorks TV’s Spirit Riding Free and the importance of great communication in order to work well on a production. We also discuss his work with the SketchZone Podcast (on iTunes, check it out!), advice he … Continue reading
  Episode 073 features American Dad! storyboard artist Lila Martinez! Lila grew up in Mexico City, studied graphic design, attended Vancouver Film School to study animation, and created her own animation boutique studio BEFORE moving to the states to pursue storyboarding and working for some of the longest running animated shows … Continue reading
In part two of my interview with Scotland Barnes we discuss what it was like working at various retail jobs to make ends meet, having an all or nothing mentality, how he found his freelance jobs, teaching at the university level, working at Disney and more! Scotland Barnes’ Websites Blog: … Continue reading
Background painter for Disney Publishing, Cartoon Network and Rough Draft Studios Nic Gregory joins us for episode 061 of The Animated Journey Podcast! In this last episode of 2017, Nic shares how his love for Fantasia and all things animation led him to venture from his native Australia to the … Continue reading
Hello dear listeners! We’re happy and misty-eyed to present the final episode of The Animated Journey Podcast, Episode 100: The Q&A Spectacular! We answer your questions including how to choose an animation school, how the animation production pipeline works, the visa process, becoming a director, the future of the industry and more! We also reminisce about the podcast and our own animated pathways. But take heart! All of the episodes will remain available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify for the foreseeable future. And speaking of podcasts, we mention a few episodes during our listener questions that we know will be most helpful to you, our listeners: The International Visa Process Ep. 091: Your Animated Life Part 6 – The Visa Process with Nooree Kim and Yvonne Hsuan Ho Ep. 061: Nic Gregory – Background Painter for Disney Publishing, Rough Draft Studios, Cartoon Network and More! The Animation Production Pipeline Ep. 088: Your Animated Life Part 3 – Marriage, Family and the Animation Production Pipeline with Cassie Soliday and Katya Bowser Thank you for all of your support! The Podcast Website Facebook @theanimatedjourney Instagram @animjourney Tumblr @theanimatedjourney Twitter @animjourney The Host – Angela Entzminger Website Instagram @SketchySoul Tumblr @sketchysoul The Host – Jeff Schuetze Website Comic Instagram @Shootzee Tumblr @jefbot Twitter @JefBot
Episode 071 of the Animated Journey Podcast is here with part 2 of our Convention Roundtable! In this episode artists and convention exhibitors Casey Robin, Jeff Schuetze and Alina Chau share tips and tricks for getting all of your convention supplies, organizing for the convention, showcasing your work, providing a … Continue reading
Once you’ve earned your animation internship, what do you do? What’s the best way to work hard and interact with your coworkers? And what happens if you get the job? Or don’t? Join us for part two of the Animation Internship Roundtable with returning Animated Journey Podcast guests James Mosley, … Continue reading
Michigan’s own Sarah Johnson is today’s guest on The Animated Journey Podcast! Sarah shares her experiences growing up in a small town, her love for all things animation (especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and how she survived her post-college years freelancing and working hard at pursuing her dream in order … Continue reading
Annie-nominated Story Artist Louise Smythe shares her story today on the podcast! Growing up in Memphis, TN Louise dreamed of becoming an illustrator. While in college she discovered the magic of animation via Disney behind-the-scenes segments on DVD, and then worked to make her dream a reality. Join us as … Continue reading
Actor, animator, storyboard and comic artist Jeff Schuetze knows a thing or two about working hard to perfecting your craft as an artist. His animation experience includes creating animated shorts for companies like College Humor, Rooster Teeth and Glamour, as well as creating the semi-autobiographical comic strip Jefbot. In today’s animation podcast … Continue reading
Zabrina McIntyre works at Disney Television Animation as a Production Coordinator on the Tangled tv show that will be airing in 2017. She is also the animation advocate — visit her on Twitter @AniAdvocate and Instagram @AnimationAdvocate! Animation Organization and Conference Links Women in Animation ASIFA-Hollywood fan*alley CTN Animation Expo … Continue reading
2D animator and storyboard artist Alex Kwan shares how she decided to jump into the field of animation! She’s worked on a number of amazing shows including WordGirl for Soup2Nuts and Motorcity; China, IL and Niko and the Sword of Light for Titmouse. She is also a freelancing ninja and … Continue reading
In part two of the podcast actor, acting coach and author Ed Hooks discusses the future of animation as an art form as well as his latest book, Craft Notes for Animators. In the book Ed examines the story and craft behind Walt Disney Feature’s Snow White and the Seven … Continue reading
Michael Tucker is no stranger to hard work and dedication. As a student at San Jose State University he worked on a number of animation and video game projects. Later he interned with famed game developers John and Brenda Romero. He then worked at Pixar Animation Studios as a production … Continue reading
Working in the field of animation is often harder than most people would have you believe. That’s why we’re here to demystify the process! In this miniseries, your intrepid podcast hosts Angela and Jeff breakdown what it’s like living in LA. We tackle the cost of living, getting a survival … Continue reading
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Feb 23rd, 2016
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Mar 11th, 2020
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