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 363 – Director Carlos Stevens – LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS

  Episode 363 – Director Carlos Stevens – LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS Carlos Stevens is an Animation Director, Writer and Executive Producer. He’s a former Student Academy Awards nominee for his animated short film Toumai. This achievement kick-started Carlos’s career working on a variety of Cannes Gold Lion award-winning commercial campaigns, notably for Sprint and […]

Episode 362 — Henrique Reginato – NOX Visual Effects

  Episode 362 — Henrique Reginato – NOX Visual Effects Henrique Reginato is a VFX Supervisor and the Founder of NOX Visual Effects. After working in VFX for over 13 years, Henrique launched NOX Visual Effects during COVID-19 by purchasing the Nuke Indie license and working from home. Born in Brazil, Henrique first studied at […]

Episode 361 – ILM – David Vickery

  Episode 361 – ILM – David Vickery David Vickery is a VFX Supervisor at ILM, well known for his work on films such as Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2, Fast & Furious 6 and Jupiter Ascending. His work has been recognized with an Academy Award® nomination and […]

Episode 360 – Fred Ruff – Running a VFX Studio

  Episode 360 – Fred Ruff – Running a VFX Studio Fred Ruff is the founder of Refuge FX, a Portland based visual effects studio responsible for projects like For All Mankind, Helstrom, Queen of the South, Runaways, Grimm, Last Knight.  Fred has over two decades of experience in computer graphics, visual effects and software […]

Episode 359 — VFX Supervisor Bilali Mack – Alkemy X

  Episode 359 — VFX Supervisor Bilali Mack – Alkemy X Bilali Mack is a VFX Supervisor Based in NYC. Born in Accra, Ghana and based in Brooklyn, Bilali has spent the better part of the last decade honing his craft at visual effects at studios such as Brickyard VFX, Smoke and Mirrors, MPC and […]

Episode 358 – Tim Miller – Founder of Blur Studio

  Episode 358 – Tim Miller – Founder of Blur Studio Tim Miller is a Film Director, Animator, Creative Director and VFX Artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the work on his short film Gopher Broke. He made his directing debut with Deadpool. He is also known […]

Episode 357 – EmberGen CEO – Building a Business

  Episode 357 – EmberGen CEO – Building a Business Janga FX was founded in 2016 by Nick Seavert, an entrepreneur who is well versed in both startups and real-time VFX. Janga FX was initially bootstrapped with credit cards, software sales, and many thousands of man hours instead of outside investments. The company’s core motive […]

Episode 356 — Channel Makers – Nate Black

  Episode 356 — Channel Makers – Nate Black  When Nate Black decided to start a YouTube channel, he had a significant advantage: As an actor, he’d been in thousands of live stage performances and knew how to play to an audience. After leaving the stage, he moved through various jobs until he found a […]

Episode 355 — NFT’s and Other “Hacks” — Clinton Jones

  Episode 355 — NFT’s and Other “Hacks” — Clinton Jones Clinton Jones is a Director, Content Creator, VFX Artist and Photographer. He has worked at Rocket Jump and at Corridor Digital. On his YouTube Channel, where he is known as Pwnisher, he launches challenges for his community, as well as creates tutorials. His YouTube […]

Episode 354 – Ian Spriggs – Photoreal 3D Character Portraits

  Episode 354 – Ian Spriggs – Photoreal 3D Character Portraits Ian Spriggs is a 3D Digital Artist and a VFX Artist. He completed his first 3D portrait in 2014. His work has become widely known for being photorealistic because they seem to represent the subjects’ inner selves.  As a Lead Character Modeler, he has […]

Episode 353 – ILM – Manager Emerging Talent – Kim Paris

  Episode 353 – ILM – Manager Emerging Talent – Kim Paris Since 1975, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, ILM continues to break new ground in the field not […]

Episode 352 – Activision Blizzard – Executive Principal Recruiter for Art in Animation and Creative Robin Alan Linn

  Episode 352 – Activision Blizzard – Executive Principal Recruiter for Art in Animation and Creative Robin Alan Linn Activision Blizzard’s history goes back more than 40 years. Two incredible gaming brands Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merged, bringing together the best creative talent in gaming. The acquisition of King in 2016 further strengthened the company’s […]

Episode 351 – CBS VFX – Ava DuVernay’s ONE PERFECT SHOT

  Episode 351 – CBS VFX – Ava DuVernay’s ONE PERFECT SHOT   When Oscar®-nominated, Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay teams with some of cinema’s most noted directors in the new HBO Max original docuseries One Perfect Shot, movie lovers will see dazzling, unprecedented views inside memorable shots from film history. The series provides a […]

Episode 350 – F is for Family – Showrunner Mike Price

  Episode 350 – F is for Family – Showrunner Mike Price Mike Price is a Writers Guild Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning Writer and Producer. He is the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the acclaimed Netflix animated comedy series F is for Family, which he co-created with series star Bill Burr.  He is also […]

Episode 349 – Blur Studio – Head of Character Effects Kemer Stevenson

  Episode 349 – Blur Studio – Head of Character Effects Kemer Stevenson  Kemer Stevenson is the Character Effects Supervisor at Blur Studio in Los Angeles, California. With more than 15 years of experience in feature film, marketing and communications, he has previously worked for DreamWorks Animation, Rhythm & Hues, Republic Studios. His credits include: […]

Episode 348 – Foundation – DNEG’s VFX Sup Chris Keller

  Episode 348 – Foundation – DNEG’s VFX Sup Chris Keller  DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studios for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London) […]

Episode 347 – Perfectionism is the Enemy

  Episode 347 – Perfectionism is the Enemy Perfection is our inability to balance out our priorities or see the big picture. We get so fixated on everything being perfect, we fall behind our responsibilities, eventually failing to deliver anything at all. This is a huge problem for a lot of junior artists who make […]

Episode 346 – DNEG’S VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor – Last Night in Soho

  Episode 346 – DNEG’S VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor – Last Night in Soho DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studios for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, […]

Episode 345 — Women in VFX

  Episode 345 — Women in VFX TEHMINA BEG is a New-York based VFX supervisor currently working at Molecule VFX. She has previously worked at Zoic Studios, The Mill, MPC. Tehmina’s credits include Homeland, Quantifco, The Blacklist, And Just Like That, Modern Love and many more. She is a self-taught artist and photographer. MAGGIE OH […]

 

Episode 344 — Women in Leadership Round Table

  Episode 344 — Women in Leadership Round Table JINKO GOTOH is an Animation Producer and Consultant whose credits include The Little Prince; the Academy Award nominated The Illusionist; the Academy Award winning Finding Nemo. Jinko also serves as Vice-President of Women in Animation dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation. NELL LLOYD-MALCOLM […]

Episode 343 — Molecule VFX Sup Tehmina Beg

  Episode 343 — Molecule VFX Sup Tehmina Beg Tehmina Beg is a New-York based VFX Supervisor currently working at Molecule VFX. She has previously worked at Zoic Studios, The Mill, MPC. Tehmina’s credits include Homeland, Quantico, The Defenders, The Blacklist, Modern Love and most recently And Just Like That. She is a self-taught artist […]

Episode 342 — THE MATRIX: RESURRECTIONS – DNEG’s VFX Sup Dan Glass

  Episode 342 — THE MATRIX: RESURRECTIONS – DNEG’s VFX Sup Dan Glass  DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studios for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), […]

Episode 341 — CRUSHING Your Bigger Goals

  Episode 341 — CRUSHING Your Bigger Goals The WHAT IF? Scenario: It’s an addictive concept for all of us. What if you give up on a career before you ever got started? Fear is just your mind trying to prevent you from change because change is unknown. It doesn’t want you to risk safety […]

Episode 340 — Zoic’s Executive Creative Director / Co-Founder – Andrew Orloff

  Episode 340 — Zoic’s Executive Creative Director / Co-Founder – Andrew Orloff Zoic Studios is a VFX company of accomplished artists and producers with a deep understanding of story, process and relationships. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver, the company has prided itself in partnership, integrity and enthusiasm as the key […]

Episode 339 — Perception — Co-Founders Jeremy Lasky & Danny Gonzalez

  Episode 339 — Perception – Co-Founders Jeremy Lasky & Danny Gonzalez Perception is an Emmy nominated design lab pioneering the visionary process of Science Fiction Thinking to architect the future. They divide their time equally between the parallel worlds of science-fiction—working with trailblazing filmmakers and science-fact—collaborating with the world’s most innovative technology brands. Drawing […]

Episode 338 — Executive Business Advice — Louis Castle

  Episode 338 — Executive Business Advice — Louis Castle  Louis Castle is a prolific American video games designer. He is known for co-founding Westwood Studios and for his work on the Command & Conquer real-time strategy series. In 2017, he became the Head of Amazon Game Studios Seattle.  Most recently, Louis joined GreenPark Sports […]

Episode 337 — My Experience Looking for a Staff Position

  Episode 337 — My Experience Looking for a Staff Position There’s such a shortage of visual effects people right now. It’s insane how many projects have been greenlit. And even for a 3D artist, there’s so much stuff out there – and that’s a good thing! Visual effects in general is such a healthy […]

Episode 336 — Cinecom: Growing a Massive YouTube Business — Jordy Vandeput

  Episode 336 — Cinecom: Growing a Massive YouTube Business — Jordy Vandeput Cinecom is a YouTube channel and a media organization from Belgium founded in 2014 by Jordy Vandeput. The goal of the channel is to provide educational content for filmmakers and video editors around the world. Jordy Vandeput graduated from a film school […]

Episode 335 — VFX Legend Richard Edlund — Part 2

  Episode 335 — VFX Legend Richard Edlund – Part 2 Richard Edlund is a four-time Academy Award visual effects winner for Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He is VFX Supervisor, Producer and Cinematographer. Richard was also […]

Episode 334 – Activision Blizzard – Senior Director Creative Talent Robin Alan Linn

  Episode 334 – Activision Blizzard – Senior Director Creative Talent Robin Alan Linn Activision Blizzard’s history goes back more than 40 years. Two incredible gaming brands Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merged, bringing together the best creative talent in gaming. The acquisition of King in 2016 further strengthened the company’s vision to bring the world […]

Episode 333 — NO TIME TO DIE — VFX Sup Charlie Noble & Special Effects Sup Chris Corbould

  Episode 333 — NO TIME TO DIE — VFX Sup Charlie Noble & Special Effects Sup Chris Corbould  DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studios for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North […]

 

Episode 332 — Foundry – Jen Goldfinch, Senior Director of Industry Marketing

  Episode 332 — Foundry — Jen Goldfinch, Senior Director of Industry Marketing Founded in 1996, Foundry is a visual effects software development company headquartered in London, with over 300 employees and a presence in the US, China, Japan, Australia and Europe.  They have been developing creative software for the Digital Design, Media and Entertainment […]

 

Episode 331 — Crushing Success

  Episode 331 — Crushing Success  The more we see the result of the success people are having, the more we can get inspired and model our goals after that success. Which is why I think it’s important to follow other successful people: to see what their habits are and if you can apply those […]

Episode 330 — Eran Dinur — Photorealism for VFX

  Episode 330 — Eran Dinur — Photorealism for VFX Eran Dinur is VFX Supervisor, Composer and published author. His career in visual effects began with a fascination for creating 3D natural scenery. Through his early years, he became well known as a VUE expert and innovator. When he joined ILM Singapore, he created visual […]

 

Episode 329 — VFX Legend Richard Edlund — The History of STAR WARS

  Episode 329 — VFX Legend Richard Edlund — The History of STAR WARS Richard Edlund is a four-time Academy Award visual effects winner for Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He is VFX Supervisor, Producer and Cinematographer. […]

Episode 328 — Cinesite Lead FX TD — David Adan

  Episode 328 — Cinesite Lead FX TD — David Adan David Adan is an FT TD Lead at Cinesite whose list of credits include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, American Gods, Mindhunter, Godzilla: King of Monsters, Terminator: Dark Fate, Lost in Space and many more. David’s journey began in 1994 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, when […]

Episode 327 — Pricing Strategy

  Episode 327 — Pricing Strategy In the beginning of your career as junior artists, it’s fight or flight. You will either leave the industry because it’s too hard or you’ll work hard on as many jobs as you can. You need that exit strategy, however, otherwise you will burn out.  It’s the fear that […]

Episode 326 — Artist Burnout

  Episode 326 — Artist Burnout There is nothing worse than burnout. As artists, we work hard, we work long hours, chase tight deadlines. As the expression goes in Blade Runner, “The candle that burns twice as bright, burns for half as long.”  So how do you avoid hitting rock bottom? A lot of the […]

Episode 325 — Becoming a Content Creator — Sam Wickert

  Episode 325 — Becoming a Content Creator — Sam Wickert Sam Wickert is a director and VFX supervisor who has worked closely with many clients such as Epic Games, Google Daydream, AMD, BlackMagic Design, Universal Orlando Resorts, Redbull, and Discover.  The most exciting projects he has enjoyed working on is the content featured on […]

Episode 324 — Erika Burton — DNEG — President, Global VFX Production

  Episode 324 — Erika Burton — DNEG — President, Global VFX Production Erika Burton brings over 25 years of senior-level experience to her role at DNEG. Most recently, she led as EVP, Global Features & Streaming VFX at Method Studios. Prior to that, she held senior leadership positions at major studios, including Walt Disney […]

Episode 323 — DUNE VFX Supervisor — Paul Lambert

  Episode 323 — DUNE VFX Supervisor — Paul Lambert  Paul Lambert is a Visual Effects Supervisor. He is also the inventor of IBK Keyer in Nuke.  Over the course of his over-two-decade long career, he’s worked on such titles as Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TRON: Legacy, The Curious Case of […]

 

Episode 322 — Raise Your Value — Raise Your Rates

  Episode 322 — Raise Your Value — Raise Your Rates A lot of the time, artists feel like clients do them a favor by hiring them. The more you understand the ecosystem, the more you start seeing this as a service-based industry: You’re delivering value to your client, they’re delivering value to theirs — […]

Episode 321 — Manufacturing Hit Commercials — Harmon Brothers

  Episode 321 — Manufacturing Hit Commercials — Harmon Brothers The Harmon Brothers is a marketing firm based in Provo, Utah, that has a history of making viral advertising videos. Founded by brothers Daniel, Neil, Jeffrey and Theron Harmon and CEO Benton Crane, the company creates marketing campaigns that are usually the length of an […]

Episode 320 — Niche Down to Stand Out

  Episode 320 — Niche Down to Stand Out You need to be ultra specific in how you define yourself when you’re applying for jobs as an artist. It’s the difference between being front-of-mind and standing out — or blending in with all the other applications. And it’s something that none of us do. By […]

Episode 319 — F9 VFX Supervisor – Peter Chiang

  Episode 319 — F9 VFX Supervisor – Peter Chiang Peter Chiang is co-founder of DNEG and a prolific and critically acclaimed Visual Effects Supervisor. He is one of the leaders in his field with over 30 years experience in the industry. Starting out as a graphic artist, animator and later visual effects art director, […]

Episode 318 — How to Raise Your Prices

  Episode 318 — How to Raise Your Prices Knowing when to raise your rates is really critical. A lot of us get the resistance in the beginning. We’re afraid that if we raise our prices too high, we’ll lose our clients. But that’s kind of the idea!  A brand is our position in the […]

Episode 317 — FOR ALL MANKIND — VFX Supervisors

  Episode 317 — FOR ALL MANKIND — VFX Supervisors Imagine the world where the global space race never ended. For All Mankind is a thrilling “what if” take on history from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) spotlights the high stakes lives of NASA astronauts and their families. Jay Redd is a VFX Supervisor […]

Episode 316 — Linus Tech Tips’ Editor – Taran Van Hemert

  Episode 316 — Linus Tech Tips’ Editor – Taran Van Hemert Linus Tech Tips is a passionate team of professionally curious experts in consumer technology and video production which aims to inform and educate people of all ages through entertaining videos. They create product reviews, step-by-step computer build guides and a variety of other […]

 

Episode 315 — Becoming a TD

  Episode 315 — Becoming a TD A Technical Director handles the technical side, builds scripts, automates tasks or supports their team. Sometimes, they’re the ones handling tricky shots. Sometimes their job is about problem solving. Other times, a TD comes up with a solution when production hits a wall. At the same time, a […]

 

Episode 314 — Corridor Digital — Wren Weichman

  Episode 314 — Corridor Digital — Wren Weichman Wren Weichman is a VFX Artist and a YouTube Host at Corridor Digital.  Corridor Digital is a Visual Effects Studio based in Los Angeles. They’re best known for creative short-form viral videos, as well as producing and directing the web Series Rush and YouTube Red’s Lifeline. They […]

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