The Allan McKay podcast is a creative and career related podcast focused on artists in Design, Film, Visual Effects and Video Games. Typically ranking in the top 50 in the career section of iTunes.

In the last few months the downloads have averaged around 40,000 downloads per month. Each episode typically is myself, interviewing other artists in the film or games industry, designers, or book authors, developers or entire software or film or game teams. Episodes range from interviews with Blizzard, Blur, Autodesk, ILM, Pixar and others.

As well as solo episodes I put out focused on specific hands on subjects to do with building your career and improving other areas of your professional and personal life. Our careers are so important yet typically neglected and this podcast is for me an opportunity to share with others and help build a platform around bettering yourself and getting the results that you deserve.

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Episode 158 — How to Change Careers After 30

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 158 — How to Change Careers After 30 Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 158! I’m talking about changing careers — into Visual Effects or […]

Episode 157 — The Hyper Focus Method

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 157 — The Hyper Focus Method Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 157! I’m speaking with the bestselling author Chris Bailey about his latest book […]

Episode 156 — The One Thing More Effective Than Your Reel

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 156 — The One Thing More Effective Than Your Reel Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 156! I’m talking about the one thing more important […]

Episode 155 — Directors of the Feature Film KIN

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 155 — Directors of the Feature Film KIN Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 155! I’m speaking with Jonathan and Josh Baker, the directors of […]

Episode 154 — Q & A with Allan McKay

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 154 — Q & A with Allan McKay Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 154! I’m doing some Q & A. Before we start, go […]

Episode 153 — Ryan Connolly — Making of Short Film BALLiSTIC

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 153 — Ryan Connolly — Making of Short Film BALLiSTIC Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 153! I’m speaking with Ryan Connolly from Film Riot, […]

Episode 152 – More Than One Kind of Demo Reel

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 152 – More Than One Kind of Demo Reel Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 152: Going through the evolution of your demo reel and […]

Episode 151 — Insights into Hiring with Realtime UK

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 151 — Insights into Hiring with Realtime UK Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 151! I’m speaking with Pete Leonard, the Hiring Manager for Realtime […]

Specialist or Generalist as a Digital Artist?

​One of the most common questions I get asked – and this week alone I’ve received a lot of email about this is exact question..”Should I be a specialist, or should I be a generalist?”This question applies to you – whether you’re a designer, an FX TD, animator, you work in video games, or you […]

Episode 150 — How to Stalk People (and Get the Contacts)

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 150 — How to Stalk People (and Get the Contacts) Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 150! This Episode is all about stalking: In other […]

Episode 149 — Should I Be a Generalist or a Specialist?

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 149 — Should I Be a Generalist or a Specialist? Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 149! I’m answering the age-old question: Should I be […]

Episode 148 — Kevin Baillie — Atomic Fiction

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 148 — Kevin Baillie — Atomic Fiction Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 148! I’m speaking with Kevin Baillie from Atomic Fiction. He is one […]

New Tutorial – Optical Flares in Nuke

Just a quick update to say I have posted a new tutorial on using Video Co-Pilot’s Optical Flares in Nuke. Taking advantage of the 3D environment to be able to place 3D lights and have them flare out or augment the lighting. I really like this approach, as it’s extremely subtle but enrichen’s the shots quite […]

Episode 147 — Bobby Chiu — Schoolism — PART II

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 147 — Bobby Chiu — Schoolism — PART II Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 147! I’m speaking with Bobby Chiu from Schoolism. This our […]

Under Construction

Quick temporary update over the weekend to just mention A) The website is up! B) There’s probably going to be things breaking a little 🙂 Bare with me as I get everything online. For me this is something I should have done a decade ago. But this website will be updated multiple times each week, […]

Episode 146 — Framestore’s Recruiter Kathleen Ruffalo

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 146 — Framestore’s Recruiter Kathleen Ruffalo  Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 146! I’m speaking with Kathleen Ruffalo from Framestore. She is a Crew Manager. […]

Episode 145 — HALON Entertainment — Brad Alexander

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 145 — HALON Entertainment — Brad Alexander  Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 145! I’m speaking with one of the founders of HALON Brad Alexander. […]

Episode 144 — Soho VFX — Berj Bannayan

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 144 — Soho VFX — Berj Bannayan Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 144! I’m speaking with Berj Bannayan, one of the Founders of Soho […]

Episode 143 — Scanline VFX Sup Ivo Klaus — PART II: Industry Advice

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 143 — Scanline VFX Sup Ivo Klaus — PART II: Industry Advice Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 143! I’m speaking with Ivo Klaus, one […]

 

Episode 142 — Kat Evans — Discussing 15 Years in VFX

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 142 — Kat Evans — Discussing 15 Years in VFX Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 142! I’m speaking with Kat Evans. This is the […]

Episode 141 — Sony Pictures Imageworks — Senior Layout Sup Adam Holmes

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 141 — Sony Pictures Imageworks — Adam Holmes Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 141! I’m speaking with Adam Holmes, a Layout Supervisor at Sony […]

Episode 140 — MPC’s Animation Sup — Catherine Mullan

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 140 — MPC’s Animation Sup — Catherine Mullan Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 140! I’m speaking with Catherine Mullan who is the Animation Supervisor […]

Episode 139 — Sony Pictures Animation — Ovi Nedelcu

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 139 — Sony Pictures Animation — Ovi Nedelcu Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 139! I’m speaking with Ovi Nedelcu, a Storyboard Artist for Sony […]

Episode 138 — Allan McKay — Ask Me Anything

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 138 — Allan McKay — Ask Me Anything Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 138! I’m doing the first ever AMA (Ask Me Anything) Podcast. […]

Episode 137 — The Ultimate Guide to Demo Reels

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 137 — The Ultimate Guide to Demo Reels  PART I: 5 Demo Reel Mistakes That are Costing You the Job — and You Don’t Even Know It!  Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to […]

First Post!

​        Finally! After much work and back and forth the new website is up!…. [quickfavor]

Episode 136 — Scanline FX Sup Ivo Klaus

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 136 — Scanline FX Sup Ivo Klaus Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 136! I’m speaking with Ivo Klaus, one of the FX Supervisors at Scanline VFX. Ivo has been at Scanline […]

Episode 135 — FXGuide Founder Mike Seymour

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 135 — FXGuide Founder Mike Seymour Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 135! I’m speaking with Mike Seymour from FXGuide. I’m excited about this. This Episode is focused around the Virtual Humans […]

Episode 134 — Pixar’s Bob Scott — From Traditional Animation to CGI

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 134 — Pixar’s Bob Scott — From Traditional Animation to CGI Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 134! I’m speaking with Bob Scott from Pixar. Bob came from Warner Brothers and interesting […]

Episode 133 — Director Ryan Connolly — Film Riot

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 133 — Director Ryan Connolly — Film Riot Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 133! I’m speaking with Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly. I’m really excited for this one! Ryan runs a filmmaking […]

Episode 132 — Kat Evans — Exiting the Industry

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 132 — Kat Evans — Exiting the Industry Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 132! I’m speaking with Kat Evans about exiting visual effects after 15 years. This is a follow-up to […]

 

Episode 131 — Thierry Lafontaine — From Wine Expert to Master Artist

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 131 — Thierry Lafontaine — From Wine Expert to Master Artist  Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 131! I’m speaking with Thierry Lafontaine from Schoolism. This Episode is really cool! I just interviewed Bobby […]

Episode 130 — Bobby Chiu — Schoolism

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 130 — Bobby Chiu — Schoolism  Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 130! I’m speaking with Bobby Chiu from Schoolism, an online school that specifically teaches art. I’m really excited about this […]

Episode 129 — Jason Martin — id Software’s Character Lead

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 129 — Jason Martin — id Software’s Character Lead Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 129! I’m speaking with Jason Martin, the Creature Lead with id Software on Doom. He has also worked for […]

Episode 128 — Willy Sussman — Work Permits in New Zealand

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 128 — Willy Sussman — Work Permits in New Zealand Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 128! I’m speaking with Willy Sussman who is a major authority on anything to do with immigrating to […]

Episode 127 — Kat Evans — Women in VFX

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 127 — Kat Evans — Women in VFX Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 127! I’m speaking with Kat Evans about Women in the Industry. I think this one will be really […]

Episode 126 — Self-Investment

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 126 — Self-Investment Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 126! I thought I would make this a little bit of a rant. This is a chance to do a solo Episode, instead […]

Episode 125 — Chris Do — Founder of Blind

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 125 — Chris Do — Founder of Blind Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 125! I’m speaking with Chris Do, the Founder of Blind, a design and branding firm in Santa Monica, […]

Episode 124 — Michael Wortmann — VFX Supervisor — Black Panther, Game of Thrones, Atomic Blonde

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 124 — Michael Wortmann — VFX Supervisor — Black Panther, Game of Thrones, Atomic Blonde Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 124! I’m speaking with Michael Wortmann, a VFX Supervisor on feature […]

Episode 123 — Tomasz Wyszolmirski — Dabarti Studio Director

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book.   Episode 123 — Tomasz Wyszolmirski — Dabarti Studio Director Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 123! I’m speaking with Tomasz Wyszolmirski about his studio Dabarti in Poland. Tomasz came from Evermotion. Dabarti does […]

Episode 122 — Brandon Jarratt — Disney Technical Director

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com.   Episode 122 — Brandon Jarratt — Disney Technical Director Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 122! I’m speaking with Brandon Jarratt from Disney. He is a Technical Director — and also an Academy Award Winner. This […]

Episode 121 — Sergio Páez — Director, Lucasfilm

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Check out the December Bootcamp.   Episode 121 — Sergio Páez — Director, Lucasfilm Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 121! I’m speaking with Sergio Páez, a director  at Lukasfilm. He works […]

Episode 120 — Breaking Bad Habits

  Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 120 – Breaking Bad Habits  [-[18:53] This about this for a moment: It’s the end of the year and you can review yourself while it’s fresh. […]

Episode 119 — Self-Audit 2017

  Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 119 – Self-Audit 2017 [-[27:14] Let’s play a game! This is something I do want you to write down: – Take a look at your year. […]

Episode 118 — Justin Goby Fields — IronKlad

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 118 — Justin Goby Fields — IronKlad Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 118! I’m speaking with Justin Goby Fields. Justin has worked on Wolverine, Planet of the Apes, Noah, Goosebumps and lots of other […]

Episode 117 — Your Social Capital

  Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 117 – Your Social Capital [-[15:38] Whether you like it or not, we all use that “Network” word. Networking is the most important skill that you […]

Episode 116 — Mastering a New Skill

  Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 116 – Mastering a New Skill [-[12:51] So many people what to learn a new skill but they just “don’t have the time”. Invest an […]

Episode 115 — Unit Image

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 115 — Unit Image Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 115! I’m speaking with the team at Unit Image. I’m a massive fan of this studio. There is only a few studios out there that constantly […]

Episode 114 — Front Loading Your Pay Raise

    Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 114 – Front Loading Your Pay Raise [-[21:33] One of the big things we all think, “Next year, I want to get more money!” […]

Episode 113 — Jumping on New Trends

    Sign up for the FREE New Training here: allanmckay.com/decay/. Download The Productive Artist by Allan McKay here: allanmckay.com/productiveartist/. Download a guide for Setting Yourself Up for the BEST YEAR YET! here: allanmckay.com/bestyearyet/.     Episode 113 – Jumping on New Trends [-[16:37] If you’re looking for a way to get the upper hand — more importantly, a way to stand out […]

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