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Episode 223 — Blackmagic Design

  Episode 223 — Blackmagic Design Hello, everyone! I’m Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 223! I’m chatting with Bob Caniglia, the Director of Sales Operations for the Americas for Blackmagic Design. I’m really excited about this one. Blackmagic is a major cinema company that manufactures cameras, as well as DaVinci Resolve. I have a few […]

Episode 222 — How to Bid VFX Projects

  Episode 222 — How to Bid VFX Projects Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 222! I want to talk about how to bid out VFX projects. This is going to be a lot of fun! This has been a long time coming because a lot of people have been asking me […]

Episode 221 — Michael Janda

  Episode 221 — Michael Janda This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 221! I’m speaking with Michael Janda, the author of top selling book Burn Your Portfolio. We’re going to get into everything from branding to the business of design — and everything in between. I’m really excited for this Episode! Michael shares a […]

Episode 220 — DOOM — Film Director Tony Giglio

  Episode 220 — DOOM — Film Director Tony Giglio Welcome to Episode 220! I’m speaking with the director of the new Doom: Annihilation feature film, as well as its leading actor Nina Bergman. This one will be a lot of fun! We talk all things Doom. Let’s dive in! FIRST THINGS FIRST: [00:46] Have […]

Episode 219 — Head of ILM Rob Bredow

  Episode 219 — Head of ILM Rob Bredow Welcome to Episode 219! I’m speaking with the Head of ILM, as well as a VFX Sup and Executive Co-Producer on Solo: A Star Wars Story Rob Bredow. Rob also has many, many amazing credentials to his name. We also talk about the opening of ILM […]

Episode 218 — The 4-Minute Mile

  Episode 218 — The 4-Minute Mile Welcome to Episode 218! This is an essay that I wrote about a strong mindset that can help you with getting started and staying persistent with your career and your success. I am excited to get into this! This Episode will be a bit shorter because I want […]

Episode 217 — Instagram for Artists

  Episode 217 — Instagram for Artists Welcome to Episode 217! One of the things I will be talking a lot down the road is building your personal brand. I think there is nothing more important than networking and building your brand. I just interviewed an expert on the topic. I wanted to talk specifically […]

Episode 216 — Dan Katcher — Creatures

  Episode 216 — Dan Katcher — Creatures Welcome to Episode 216! I’m speaking with Dan Katcher, the Father of Dragons. Dan is responsible for designing all the dragons for Game of Thrones, including other creature work. I’m really excited for this Episode. This one I wanted to do from the beginning of my Podcast […]

Episode 215 — Better Student Experiences

  Episode 215 — Better Student Experiences Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 215! We’re going to be talking about setting yourself up for success in courses: How to get the most out of your studies. This is a round table with Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings and Evolve and Sergio Paez, […]

Episode 214 — How to Win the Day

  Episode 214 — How to Win the Day Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 214! I’m going to be talking about Productivity, but more importantly — about How to Win the Day! This is something I’m really passionate about. So many of us say, “I wish I had more hours in […]

Episode 213 — Ruairi Robinson — Director

  Corporate Monster by Ruairi Robinson (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O9OO5TWY2c Corporate Monster by Ruairi Robinson (Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/360228562   Episode 213 — Ruairi Robinson — Director This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 213! I will be chatting about a new short film Corporate Monster from Director Ruairi Robinson who’s been nominated for an Oscar for his previous […]

Episode 212 — Image Engine — VFX Sups

  Episode 212 — Image Engine — VFX Sups Welcome to Episode 212! I’m going to be speaking with two of the Image Engine Supervisors on Game of Thrones: Jörn Großhans and Thomas Schelesny. I’m really excited about this one. Both Jörn and Thomas have been involved heavily on GOT. We get into a lot […]

Episode 210 — Feeding the Trolls

  Episode 210 — Feeding the Trolls Welcome to Episode 210! I’m going to talk about dealing with trolls. I’ve talked about this before I want to lean into it more. I’ve been wanting to put it together for a while. In the past I’ve said, “Don’t feed the trolls!” Now, I have a slightly […]

Episode 209 — Fired and Homeless

  Episode 209 — Fired and Homeless Welcome to Episode 209! I’m going to talk about something a bit different: about my first real job, getting fired and becoming homeless — and what I’ve learned from that in order to remain successful in my career and ensure that I stay on top and in control […]

Episode 208 — Brian Dixon — Author of START WITH YOUR PEOPLE

  Episode 208 — Brian Dixon — Author of START WITH YOUR PEOPLE Welcome to Episode 208! I’m speaking with Brian Dixon, the author of Start with Your People. We talk about combining art and business — and a lot more! The thing that caught my eye in Brian’s book is building our mission statement. […]

Episode 207 — How Old is Too Old for VFX?

  Episode 207 — How Old is Too Old for VFX? Welcome to Episode 207! I’m going to be talking about how old is too old to start working in VFX. Whether you’re in your 40s-50s or your 14 years old — this Episode is for you! Enjoy! Let’s dive in! FIRST THINGS FIRST: [01:03] […]

Episode 206 — How to Build Exposure

  Episode 206 — How to Build Exposure Welcome to Episode 206! This Episode is on the subject of building exposure: Leveraging what you’ve already done in your career to build a content machine and to use that to build a bigger name, to get attention, to get work and to build your brand. I’m […]

Episode 205 — Working from Home

  Episode 205 — Working from Home Welcome to Episode 205! I want to talk about working remotely, how to work from home and give some ideas on how to get started. These are my thoughts on how to transition from working at big studio to working from home — on several jobs! — and […]

Episode 204 — Lucas Ridley

  Episode 204 — Lucas Ridley Welcome to Episode 204! I’m interviewing Character Animator, VFX Supervisor — and an all-around Badass — Lucas Ridley! You might be familiar with his work: I put out the Venom training in late 2018 and Lucas animated all of it. Lately, he animated my Thanos training (www.MarvelCourse.com). I’m amazing […]

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