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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 […]

Episode 268 — HaZ Dulull — Film Director

  Episode 268 — Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull Writer, Director, Producer HaZ Dulull started as a VFX Artist on feature films such as The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2. He quickly progressed to a VFX Supervisor role and was nominated for several VES awards on shows like Planet Dinosaur (BBC) and America: The Story of US […]

Episode 267 — Gerald Undone

  Episode 267 — Gerald Undone Gerald Undone is a YouTube creator whose channel is dedicated to different technologies used in the creative process. He tests a variety of tech and gadgets, reviews those products from a value perspective and provides tutorials and guides for content creation using that same gear. In this Podcast, Gerald […]

Episode 266 — Instagram Hashtags

  EPISODE 266 — Instagram Hashtags Instagram is the number one platform to get exposure and to build your name, to build a following and to get known, and of course, to land clients as well. But how do you take advantage of this if no one is seeing your posts? If you’re posting with […]

Episoder 265 — The Power of Empathy

  Episoder 265 — The Power of Empathy Looking back at the beginning of his own career, Allan examines what he should’ve done differently: Instead of sending out his reel over and over, he could’ve been asking for feedback: “I realize my reel sucks. Tell me what an ideal reel would be to you.” The […]

Episode 264 — Deconstructing Prince of Persia

  Episode 264 — Deconstructing Prince of Persia  American author, game designer, graphic novelist and screenwriter Jordan Mechner is best known as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the video game industry and as the creator of Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time. His other […]

Episode 263 — Work from Home

  Episode 263 — Work from Home Because of the change that’s happening due to COVID-19 and quarantine, a lot of us had to shift to working from home. The day that the quarantine happened, everyone started to shut down. It got scary for a minute. But it’s really interesting how every studio was able […]

Episode 262 — Chaos Group — Chris Nichols

  Episode 262 — Chaos Group — Chris Nichols Chris Nichols is the host of CG Garage and Martini Giant Podcasts. He is a CG veteran and Director of Chaos Group Labs.  In 2015, Chris founded the Wikihuman project, a first-of-its-kind panel of academic and industry experts to explore the combination of art and technology […]

Episode 261 — How I Organize My Day

  Episode 261 — How I Organize My Day What if you had control over your time? What if you could track it and adjust your behaviors to increase your productivity? This system, developed by Allan McKay, takes about 5 minutes a day to do. It’s something that’s been adjusted and perfected over many years.   […]

Episode 260 — Rosana Sullivan — Pixar

  Episode 260 — Rosana Sullivan — Pixar Rosana Sullivan is a Director, Storyboard Artist, Writer, and Executive Producer. Since 2011 she has worked for Pixar Animation Studios. In 2019 she wrote and directed her first animated short film, Kitbull, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film […]

Episode 259 — Rise FX

  Episode 259 — Rise FX Rise FX was founded in 2007 by Sven Pannicke, Robert Pinnow, Markus Degen and Florian Gellinger in Berlin. Today, this award-winning company — with offices in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne — has roughly 100 permanent staff members in addition to 100 freelance artists, which makes it one of the […]

Episode 258 — Emmanuel Shiu

  EPISODE 258 — EMMANUEL SHIU Emmanuel Shiu is a Concept Designer and Illustrator for film and video games. His credits include films Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Blade Runner 2049 , Ready Player One; The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloud Atlas, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Looper, Superman Returns and Hellboy; and video […]

Episode 257 — Work Visas in USA

  Episode 257 — Work Visas in USA To work in another country or to get a work visa, you need to qualify for it. Before an employer can hire you, you have to fit the criteria to get the work visa in the first place. Most of us realize that when it’s too late: […]

Episode 256 — Rules of the Demo Reel

  Episode 256 — Rules of the Demo Reel Just because you send in your demo reel doesn’t mean that it’s going to be seen by anybody. Even if it does, who says it will be watched all the way through? Most reels are skipped over just because there is one wrong thing on there. […]

Episode 255 — Experimentation Equals Wins

  Episode 255 — Experimentation Equals Wins People are afraid of being judged but it’s little things that build up over time: For example, if you’re shy, try going out to a bar and talking to people. These are little things you could do to get out of your comfort zone and push through your […]

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