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Articles tagged with: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Interview with Animation Supervisor Jim van der Keyl

on December 04, 2019

In our 69th podcast we interviewed industry veteran and iAnimate feature animation instructor, Jim van der Keyl. Jim has been in the animation industry since 1989, getting his start as an inbetweener on the Little Mermaid at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He later worked at Warner Brothers where he was nominated for an 'Annie Award' as best animator for his work on Brad Bird's 'Iron Giant'. Jim made the transition to CG animation early on during Osmosis Jones and later worked for such companies as Sony Imageworks, Dreamworks Animation, and Blue Sky. He's worked on such films as Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss N Boots. Most recently Jim was an Animation Supervisor at Singing Frong Studio where he helped with the super successful feature film La Guerre des Tuques (English - Snowtime).

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Interview with Animation Supervisor Jim van der Keyl

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Interview with ILM Sr. Animator Erik Morgansen

on May 28, 2019

For our 63rd interview we spoke with ILM Senior Animator, Erik Morgansen. Erik has been working as an animator for more than 20 years. Erik's film career began upon completing the Animating Assistant Training Program at the Disney Feature Studio with work on 'Meet the Robinsons'. Previous to that he'd worked at a number of studios doing real-time animation, game cinematics, location-based entertainment and commercials. As a senior animator at ILM he's worked on such films as 'Rango', 'Ready Player One', 'Bumble Bee', 'Jurassic World', and 'Pacific Rim'. Erik's excitement for animation bleeds throughout this interview.

Interview with ILM Sr. Animator Erik Morgansen

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Interview with Pixar animator Frank Abney

on April 30, 2019

In our 62nd podcast we interviewed past iAnimate feature student and current Pixar animator, Frank Abney. In addition to Pixar Animation, Frank has had the opportunity to work for Dreamworks Animation and the Walt Disney Animation Studio. During his time at three of the top studios he has been able to work on such films as Kung Fu Panda 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, Frozen, and most recently Toy Story 4. With a resume like that and Frank's own personal project 'Canvas', this made for a great animation conversation.

Interview with Pixar animator Frank Abney

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Interview with Supervising Animator Bruce W. Smith

on January 24, 2018

In our 55th podcast we interviewed Bruce W. Smith. Bruce has worked in the animation industry for for over two decades, is the creator of Proud Family, worked at at such studios as Walt Disney Animation Studio, Don Bluth, and currently at Warner Bros. He's been a character designer, viz dev, director, and supervising animator. He helped in the character design of Dr. Facilier for The Princes and the Frog, a character he also was the supervising animator on. This is a podcast we won't want to miss.

Watch: Bruce Smith - Drawing Dr. Facilia | Back To Never Land

Interview with Supervising Animator Bruce W. Smith

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Interview with Veteran Animator Tim Ingersoll

on February 28, 2017

In this episode, we have long time animator Tim Ingersoll. He's been one of feature instructors since we started iAnimate.net and has been in the industry for about 31 years. He's made the transition for 2D to 3D, he started out early on at Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as at Dreamworks Animation when they first opened their doors. He's worked on such films as The Little Mermaid, Prince of Egypt, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Tim also pitched, created, and animated in the short film at DreamWorks, on how DREAMWORKS makes our movies. With Tim's up beat personality and having spent a lot of years in the industry, this made for another fun and informative podcast.

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Interview with Veteran Animator Tim Ingersoll

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Interview with Ballerina Animation Director and animators

on January 31, 2017

Happy New Year! In our 48th podcast we talk with Ted Ty, India Barnardo, and Martyn Smith. Ted has over 24 years of experience at the feature animation level, has animated on 20 feature films, and has been teaching in our feature animation workshops from day one. After spending two decades at Walt Disney Anmation Studios and Dreamworks Animation, he moved back up to Montreal Canada to become a Animation Director on L'Atelier Animation's first feature Ballerina. What made this podcast so fun and interesting other than catching up with Ted and hearing about his new role, he was joined by iAnimate student India Barnardo and iAnimate alumni Martyn Smith; two of the many iAnimate students he hired for Ballerina.

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Interview with Ted Ty, Martyn Smith, India Barnardo

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Interview with Angry Birds director - Clay Kaytis

on September 27, 2016

In our 47th episode we interviewed former long time Walt Disney animator and co-director of the summer hit Angry Birds, Clay Kaytis. Before directing Angry Birds, Clay spent almost two decades at the mouse house were he worked on many of their hits, such as Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph & Frozen. He got his break in to WDAS as an intern in the Talent Developent Program in 1994 where he animated on hand-drawn films like Pocahontas, Tarzan, and The Emperor's New Groove. After making the transition to CG on Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, he was quickly promoted to Supervising Animator on Rhino, the beloved hamster, on the film Bolt; as well as went on to be Head of Animation on Tangled. He is also the creator of the much appreciated The Animation Podcast. It was great to sit with him and pick his brain after over 20 years in this field.

Interview with Angry Birds director Clay Kaytis

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Interview with Animator & Director - Patrick Osborne

on May 31, 2016

In our 45th podcast we interview animator & director Patrick Osborne. Patrick has worked for such companies as Sony Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios. While at those studios, he's worked on such films as Surfs Up, Tangled, and Wreck-it Ralph. He's probably most known for his work in shorts. He was an Animation Supervisor on Paperman, and directed the much loved short Feast. He's recently released his next short for Google Spotlights, Pearl. This is his first foray in to the realm of VR. It was great to talk about his animation journey as well as working in this medium.

Interview with Animator and Director Patrick Osborne

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