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 190 — Alessandro Ongaro

  Episode 190 — Alessandro Ongaro Alessandro Ongaro is a CG Supervisor at Double Negative. With almost 20 years of experience, he is presently considered to be among the CG Industry’s top professionals. Alessandro was born in Switzerland and holds a dual Italian and Swiss citizenship. While studying design at the School of Design in […]

Episode 189 — Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Sergio Paez is a Director and Story Designer who got his start working at companies such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Sony. He is also a founding member of Storyboard Art, an online visual story community, with both a content creation and educational focus to further techniques in visual storytelling. In 2012, Sergio authored the book […]

Episode 188 — Mariana Acuña Acosta

Mariana Acuña Acosta is an entrepreneur who is driven by her passion for new and emerging technologies. Over the past four years, her focus has been in VR, MR and AR workflows, cross-pollination of products; the changing landscape of entertainment and the new ways of creating content. She is the Founder of Jolt VR and […]

Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup

  Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup Derek Spears is an award-winning VFX Supervisor. His career in Visual Effects started with the founding of Cinesite’s 3D department where he was involved with the production of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld and helped develop Cinesite’s 3D tracking system. Over the years, Spears served as the Digital Effects Supervisor on Face […]

Episode 186 — How to Learn VFX

A lot of us find out that when we start to learn an new subject, we read up everything and get basic information, often without knowing how to apply it. By having a set goal, the learning becomes more intense and we have apply it all in a context. It allows us to connect the […]

 

Episode 185 — A Call to Level Up

This is a personal essay on how to level up. I don’t think this Podcast is going to be for everyone; and if doesn’t resonate with you, it might not be the right time for you. I want to cut the bullshit and call it what it is: If you want to fucking level up […]

Episode 184 — How to Get Started in VFX

This is an Episode that has been a long time coming. This is easily the one question I get asked every day: How do I get started in visual effects? Where do I turn? I’m overwhelmed: Which software should I study? There are two ways to answer this question: One: The generic way of “Just […]

Episode 183 – VFX Job Interview Questions

  Let’s talk about this situation first: Going into a job interview as a creative means that they have seen your work and they like what they’ve seen. It isn’t that they’re coming in to consider you. It means that they’re narrowing down to a couple people. They just want to know if you’re a […]

Episode 182 — David Allen — Mastering Productivity

David Allen is a New York Times bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, the first edition of which was published in 2001. He is also the godfather of productivity. He has been a management consultant and a productivity expert. In addition to founding his multimillion dollar company based on the […]

Episode 181 — Harmon Brothers — From Poop to Gold

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 infomercial — but with a distinct sense of humor. Their […]

Episode 180 — Goro Fujita, 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 180 — Goro Fujita, PART II Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 180! I’m speaking with Goro Fujita about his working for Facebook and Oculus […]

Episode 179 — Aaron Sims Creative

  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.   Watch The YouTube Version (below) Episode 179 — Aaron Sims Creative Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 179! I’m speaking with Aaron Sims, the Founder of […]

Episode 178 — Does Art Actually Pay?

  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 178 — Does Art Actually Pay? Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 178! I’m answering the big question: Is there money in art? This Episode […]

Episode 177 — Goro Fujita, PART I: Virtual Reality Movie Making

  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 177 — Goro Fujita, PART I: Virtual Reality Movie Making Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 177! I’m speaking with Goro Fujita, Artistic Director at […]

Episode 176 — Job Email Teardown

  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 176 — Job Email Teardown Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 176! I’m doing the first ever Email Teardown: Reviewing what works and what doesn’t. […]

Email Game – This is an ACTUAL email I received applying for a job..

 ​I hope you’re fired up and ready for 2019. I survived the in-law’s visit and I got full on good wine and not so good chocolate. But I’m so psyched to get back into work-mode, because already I’m working hard on a lot of new content, training and other great stuff I want to share with […]

Episode 175 — Noëlle Triaureau, Vis Dev Artist and Concept Designer

  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 175 — Noëlle Triaureau, Vis Dev Artist and Concept Designer Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 175! I’m speaking with Noëlle Triaureau. We’re resuming the […]

Episode 174 — Goal Atrophy

  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 174 — Goal Atrophy Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 174! Let’s talk about goals in 2019 — and how to set ourselves up to […]

Episode 173 — Pixar’s Animation Sup Gini Santos

  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 173 — Pixar’s Animation Sup Gini Santos Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 173! I’m speaking with Gini Santos, one of the Animation Supervisors at […]

Episode 172 — Eran Dinur, VFX Supervisor

  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 172 — Eran Dinur, VFX Supervisor Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 172! I’m speaking with Eran Dinur, a VFX Supervisor for Brainstorm Digital in […]

Episode 171 — Cinefex Magazine, 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 171 — Cinefex Magazine, PART II Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 171! I’m speaking with the writers at Cinefex. This is Part II of […]

Episode 170 — Cinefex Magazine, PART I

  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 170 — Cinefex Magazine, Part I Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 170! I’m speaking with the writers at Cinefex, on the last 40 years […]

 

Episode 169 — Animator and Director Mike Morris

  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 169 — Animator and Director Mike Morris Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 169! I’m speaking Mike Morris from The Simpsons and DuckTales. We talk […]

 

Episode 168 — Pixar’s Andrea Goh

  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 168 — Pixar’s Andrea Goh Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 168! I’m speaking Andrea Goh, a Layout Artist at Pixar. I’m really excited for this […]

Episode 167 — Rory McGregor, CEO of cineSync

  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 167 — Rory McGregor, CEO of cineSync Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 167! I’m speaking with Rory McGregor, the CEO of Cospective, the company […]

Episode 166 – Master Negotiator Brandon Voss

  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 166 — Master Negotiator Brandon Voss Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 166! I’m speaking with Brandon Voss, part of the Black Swan Group. His […]

 

Episode 165 — Weta’s Compositing Lead Cameron Smith

  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 165 — Weta’s Compositing Lead Cameron Smith Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 165! I’m speaking to Cameron Smith, the Lead Compositor who has worked […]

Episode 164 — Justin Leduc — Going Viral, 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 164 — Justin Leduc — Going Viral, Part II Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 164. I’m speaking to Justin Leduc. This is Part II […]

Episode 163 — Justin Leduc — Going Viral, Part I

  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 163 — Justin Leduc — Going Viral, Part I Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 163. I’m speaking to Justin Leduc who is the creator […]

Episode 162 — Optimized Learning

  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 162 — Optimized Learning Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 162! We’re going to optimize learning. Before we get into this, we have a lot […]

Episode 161 — The Hustler’s Mindset

  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 161 — The Hustler’s Mindset Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 161! This week, I’m making a deep dive into mindset because it’s the glue […]

Episode 160 — The First Step to Your Dream Job

  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 160 — The First Step to Your Dream Job Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 160! This is going to be a bit of different […]

Episode 159 — Interview with the Creator of Jar Jar Binks Terryl Whitlatch

  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 159 — Interview with the Creator of Jar Jar Binks Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 159! I’m speaking with Terryl Whitlatch about Jar Jar […]

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. […]

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