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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 […]

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 […]

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