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Allan McKay Ep. 198 Sell Yourself

Episode 198 — Sell Yourself

Welcome to Episode 198! This Podcast is about the subject of selling yourself: It’s a different take on how you see yourself and how you apply for jobs. The key things when people apply for jobs are: Building relationships; Having an urgency around applying for jobs in the first place. Here, I take a different […]

Allan McKay - Should Artists Build a Personal Brand?

Episode 197 — Should Artists Build a Personal Brand?

Episode 197 — Should Artists Build a Personal Brand? In this Podcast, Allan talks about the topic of branding. As he’s said before, “You could be the greatest artist in the world! But if no one knows who you are, then how are you going to get work?” This Live Stream because with the question: […]

Allan McKay - Ep. 196 - Spin VFX

Episode 196 — Spin VFX Roundtable

  Episode 196 — Spin VFX Roundtable Established in 1987, Spin VFX is a creative and technically dedicated visual effects studio producing captivating imagery for feature film and television. Over its 30 years of business, Spin VFX has evolved into an internationally recognized studio working with respected Directors, VFX Supervisors and Producers. Its film credits […]

Episode 195 — How I Would Start My Career in 2019

  Episode 195 — How I Would Start My Career in 2019 This is a Live Stream I did a while back. I walked about what I would do differently if I were to start my career again now. I started my career 25 years ago. I’ve been doing 3D for a bit longer than […]

Allan McKay - Enrique Torres

Episode 194 — Enrique Torres

Enrique Torres is an Emmy Award winning artist with an expertise in VFX, character design and concept design. He has a Bachelors Degree from the Art Institute in Media Arts and Animation. In the past 10 years, he utilized his talents by working within the movie, television and game industries.

 Enrique has worked on films […]

Allan McKay - Soft Skills are the Best Skills

Episode 193 — Soft Skills are the Best Skills

  Episode 193 — Soft Skills are the Best Skills This is replay of a Live Stream I did recently on YouTube where I talked about the levers we need to pull to get ahead in our career and maximize our success. This is a subject that I have talked about in the past. The […]

Allan McKay - Is the VFX Industry Stable?

Episode 192 — Is the VFX Industry Stable?

  Episode 192 — Is the VFX Industry Stable? I want to talk about the topic I get asked about all the time: The state of the industry in 2019 and is the industry stable? I want to dive into this subject because it’s pretty serious, at least for me. I want to answer this […]

Allan McKay - Private Career Intensive

Episode 191 — Private Career Intensive

  Episode 191 — Private Career Intensive In this Podcast, Allan is giving a peak into a Career Intensive Webinar. This is a session that Allan has done recently inside his FXTD Mentorship Course. Normally, these Webinars are private. This is a chance for you to be a fly on the wall — and get […]

Allan McKay - Alessandro Ongaro

Episode 190 — Alessandro Ongaro

  Episode 190 — Alessandro Ongaro Alessandro Ongaro is a CG Supervisor at Double Negative. With almost 20 years of experience, he is presently considered to be among the CG Industry’s top professionals. Alessandro was born in Switzerland and holds a dual Italian and Swiss citizenship. While studying design at the School of Design in […]

Allan McKay - Digital Nomad

Episode 189 — Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Sergio Paez is a Director and Story Designer who got his start working at companies such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Sony. He is also a founding member of Storyboard Art, an online visual story community, with both a content creation and educational focus to further techniques in visual storytelling. In 2012, Sergio authored the book […]

Allan McKay - Mariana Acuna Acosta

Episode 188 — Mariana Acuña Acosta

Mariana Acuña Acosta is an entrepreneur who is driven by her passion for new and emerging technologies. Over the past four years, her focus has been in VR, MR and AR workflows, cross-pollination of products; the changing landscape of entertainment and the new ways of creating content. She is the Founder of Jolt VR and […]

Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup

  Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup Derek Spears is an award-winning VFX Supervisor. His career in Visual Effects started with the founding of Cinesite’s 3D department where he was involved with the production of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld and helped develop Cinesite’s 3D tracking system. Over the years, Spears served as the Digital Effects Supervisor on Face […]

Allan McKay - How to Learn VFX

Episode 186 — How to Learn VFX

A lot of us find out that when we start to learn an new subject, we read up everything and get basic information, often without knowing how to apply it. By having a set goal, the learning becomes more intense and we have apply it all in a context. It allows us to connect the […]

Spiderman: Far From Home (VFX Breakdown)

      ​This morning, the Spiderman: Far From Home Trailer was released. This is a VFX Case Study I did for it. Share0 Tweet0 Share0 ​CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO​ ​This post is also short and sweet.BUT! I wanted to just jump on this topic for a moment and share some insights: my […]

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Venom (VFX Breakdown)

 ​I’m going behind the scenes on the visual effects for the movie Venom — and discussing the VFX for the film not as an artist, but as a VFX Supervisor. Share0 Tweet0 Share0 ​CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ​This is a deep dive into deconstructing individual FX sequences and shots and the techniques and […]

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Allan McKay - Level Up

Episode 185 — A Call to Level Up

This is a personal essay on how to level up. I don’t think this Podcast is going to be for everyone; and if doesn’t resonate with you, it might not be the right time for you. I want to cut the bullshit and call it what it is: If you want to fucking level up […]

How to Set Your Big Goals To Stick

 ​So, have you started your New Year’s resolutions yet? I think we all have mixed feelings about this topic, since most of us are convinced New Year’s resolutions don’t work — and statistically, they don’t. In fact 80% of New ​Year’s resolutions fail by February. So whether it’s December 31st or August 18th, the driver […]

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What 20 Years of Failure Taught Me

I want to talk about an important subject here: The major failures I’ve had in my career — but also how they’ve led to major wins! One of the ones I talk about in this video was hitting a cap on what I could charge as a freelancer and how rethinking how I price myself […]

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Allan McKay How to Get Started in VFX

Episode 184 — How to Get Started in VFX

This is an Episode that has been a long time coming. This is easily the one question I get asked every day: How do I get started in visual effects? Where do I turn? I’m overwhelmed: Which software should I study? There are two ways to answer this question: One: The generic way of “Just […]

Episode 183 – VFX Job Interview Questions

  Let’s talk about this situation first: Going into a job interview as a creative means that they have seen your work and they like what they’ve seen. It isn’t that they’re coming in to consider you. It means that they’re narrowing down to a couple people. They just want to know if you’re a […]

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