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Episode 288 — Lux Machina

  Episode 288 — Lux Machina Lux Machina Consulting is a design, management and technical consulting firm focused on complex, large scale live shows, film production and installations. Lux Machina uses innovative techniques and technologies from various markets to connect artists with their audiences like never before. The company prides itself on the balance between […]

Episode 287 — The Sky’s the Limit

  Episode 287 — The Sky’s the Limit A lot of us quit doing what we love for the wrong reasons, because other people poison our minds by telling us we have to go get “a real career”. When we aren’t getting that traction in the beginning (which is normal in our career), we start […]

Episode 286 — 90% of Artists Fail

  Episode 286 — 90% of Artists Fail If you aren’t willing to do the work — and be anything else than an artist — then you are going to fail. And that’s the brutal truth! That is because you aren’t just an artist. Being an artist is just your skill or your trade. You […]

Episode 285 — Beeple — Mike Winkelmann

  Episode 285 — Beeple — Mike Winkelmann Beeple is Mike Winkelmann, a graphic designer from Charleston, SC, USA who does a variety of digital artwork including short films, Creative Commons VJ loops, everydays and VR / AR work.   After he began releasing a set of widely used Creative Commons VJ loops he has worked […]

Episode 284 — Stand Out!

  Episode 284 — Stand Out! There is an example in marketing: If you have a migraine and you head to a pharmacy, you’ll see one medicine that says, “Cures All Aches and Pains” and another that says, “Cures All Migraines”. They both do the same thing and they’re made by the same company. But […]

Episode 283 — Hugo Guerra

  Episode 283 — Hugo Guerra Hugo Guerra is a Portuguese born award-winning Director and VFX Supervisor. After finishing his Fine Arts degree, he worked in Portugal and Sweden before moving to the UK where he was a freelancer for several years.  He joined The Mill in 2010 as a VFX Supervisor and as Head […]

Episode 282 — Building Bigger Goals

  Episode 282 — Building Bigger Goals Most of us initially set small goals that we find socially acceptable. We’re too afraid to set bigger goals, or we don’t have them anymore because we find them to be impossible. The goals that we do say outloud are the ones that we find socially acceptable, without […]

Episode 281 — David Tanaka

  Episode 281 — David Tanaka A native Californian, David Tanaka attended the University of California at Berkeley where in 1989 he earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Film Theory. Upon graduating, he worked for post-production facilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, quickly gaining experience through corporate advertising and […]

Episode 280 — Evercast

  Episode 280 — Evercast Evercast combines video conferencing and HD live streaming in one web-based platform allowing for a secure, real-time collaboration — whether your team is across town or around the world. In this Podcast, Allan McKay talks to Brad Thomas and Roger Barton, two of the Founders of Evercast, about the inception of […]

Episode 279 — Your Next Pay Rise

  Episode 279 — Your Next Pay Rise A lot of us have this myth in our head that if we work hard and stay out of trouble, good things will come our way. That is a mistake. The truth is that it doesn’t work that way. Nobody is paying attention. The other part of […]

Episode 278 — F*** 2020!

  Episode 278 — F*** 2020!  2020 will go down in history as a big “What the Fuck?” Year! We’ve all experienced different things, but I don’t think many of us have had positive experiences. But to put things in perspective, we’re given an opportunity for a do-over. We’re all in this situation. When I […]

Episode 277 — JEFFREY — The Creative Team

  Episode 277 — JEFFREY — The Creative Team Connie Siu is the Writer and Director of short film Jeffrey. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, graduated cum laude from SFSU with a BA in Fine Art, and attended UCLA’s Producers Workshop Program. Connie is the former Chairman […]

Episode 276 — Mark Toia — Director

  Episode 276 — Mark Toia — Director Originating from a very successful career as an advertising photographer, Mark Toia was coerced into directing TVCs by his clients. Being pursued by advertising agencies and production companies globally, he has a lengthy list of repeat business with the world’s largest companies that most could only dream […]

Episode 275 — KeenTools Founder Roman Belov

  Episode 275 — KeenTools Founder Roman Belov Roman Belov is the Founder of KeenTools, a Blender add-on for 3D modelling of human faces and heads based on photos. The models can be used for sculpting, animation, tracking or anything else in Blender or facial tracking with FaceTracker in Nuke; or to be exported for […]

Episode 274 — Mike Janda and Tom Ross — The Business of Design

  Episode 274 — Mike Janda and Tom Ross — The Business of Design Michael Janda is an executive level creative leader with more than 20 years of experience in both in-house creative departments and agencies working with some of the greatest brands in the world. In 2002, he founded the creative agency Riser, a […]

Episode 273 — When Clients Refuse to Pay

  Episode 273 — When Clients Refuse to Pay Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 273! I want to talk about what to do if you aren’t getting paid by your client. I want to share as many insights as I can. I’m excited for this one! This is a question I […]

Episode 272 — VES Handbook Round Table

  Episode 272 — VES Handbook Round Table With wisdom from the best and the brightest in the industry, The VES Handbook is a visual effects bible that belongs on the shelf of anyone working — or aspiring to work — in VFX. The book covers techniques and solutions all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors […]

Episode 271 — Quixel Megascans

  Episode 271 — Quixel Megascans Quixel Megascans is a massive online scan library of high-resolution, consistent PBR calibrated surface, vegetation and 3D scans, also including desktop applications for managing, mixing and exporting your downloaded scan data. It’s the product of 5 years of scanning and is a collaboration with top game and film studios […]

Episode 270 — Crafty Apes — Aldo Ruggiero and Matt Akey

  Episode 270 — Crafty Apes — Aldo Ruggiero and Matt Akey Crafty Apes is a full service, boutique VFX company based in Culver City, CA & Atlanta, GA. The company was launched in July of 2011 by three visual effects veterans Jason Sanford, Chris LeDoux and Tim LeDoux. Believing that strong 2D compositing is […]

Episode 269 — Andrey Lebrov

  Episode 269 — Andrey Lebrov Andrey Lebrov is a CG and VFX Director, as well as a Co-Founder of Out of Nothing, Ltd.  Andrey was born in Ukraine, raised in Liepaja, Latvia. He began working as a freelancer at the age of 15 as a Photoshop Artist. He eventually immigrated to the U.K. to […]

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