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 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 […]

Episode 112 — In-Ah Mellor — Senior Animator

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 112 — In-Ah Mellor — Senior Animator Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 112! I’m speaking with In-Ah Mellor, a teacher at VanArts in Vancouver, as well as a former Senior Animator at MPC, Sony […]

Episode 111 — Creating Mass Opportunity

    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 111 – Creating Mass Opportunity  [-[13:15] This is a fun yet simple concept: Given the fact that it is the end of the year, you […]

Episode 110 — Your 90-Day Year

  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 110 – Your 90-Day Year One thing I’ve talked about is your Some Day Goal (allanmckay.com/108/). By having that compass, you can check if what you’re […]

Episode 109 — Philip Trott — U.K. Immigration Lawyer

  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 109 — Philip Trott — UK Immigration Lawyer Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 109! I’m speaking with Philip Trott, one of the leading […]

Episode 108 — Finding Your Purpose

  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 108 – Finding Your Purpose [-[27:11] What I figured we would talk about something really important: If your goals […]

Episode 107 — Dave Walvoord — VFX Supervisor, DreamWorks

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 107 — Dave Walvoord — VFX Supervisor, DreamWorks Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 107! I’m speaking with the VFX Supervisor at DreamWorks Dave Walvoord. He’s worked on a lots of cool projects: Kung Fu […]

Episode 106 — Redshift Renderer

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 106 — Redshift Renderer Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 106! I’m speaking with Nicolas Burtnyk, Co-Founder and CEO of Redshift, and Rob Slater, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering. Let’s dive in!   FIRST […]

Episode 105 — Ruben Mayor — Senior FX TD at Weta

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     Episode 105 — Interview with Ruben Mayor, Senior FX TD at Weta Digital Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 105! I’m speaking with Ruben Mayor, Senior Technical Director at Weta. I’m excited for this one. […]

Episode 104 — Victor Navone — PIXAR — Making Your Short Films Go Viral!

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 104 — Interview with Victor Navone — PIXAR: Making Your Short Films Go Viral! Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 104! I’m speaking with the one and only Victor Navone, a Supervising Animator at Pixar. […]

 

Episode 103 — Forced Exile — Burning Everything to the Ground to 10X Your Growth!

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 103 — Forced Exile — Burning Everything to the Ground to 10X Your Growth! Hi, everyone! Welcome to Episode 103! This Episode is actually about why I left Los Angeles and moved to a city with no VFX […]

Episode 102 — Bay Raitt, Reflecting on the Genesis of Gollum

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com Episode 102 — Bay Raitt, Reflecting on the Genesis of Gollum Hey, everyone! Welcome to Episode 102! I’m speaking with Bay Raitt about being one of the first employees at Weta, his involvement in developing Gollum; working at Valve Software; creating […]

Episode 101 – Interview with Ben Snow, ILM VFX Supervisor — Iron Man, The Mummy, Star Wars, mother!

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 101 — Interview with Ben Snow, ILM VFX Supervisor — Iron Man, The Mummy, Star Wars, mother! Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 101 with Ben Snow, a VFX Supervisor at ILM.   We just […]

Episode 100 – Interview with Allan McKay, Emmy-Winning VFX Supervisor

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 100 — Interview with Allan McKay, Emmy-Winning VFX Supervisor Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 100! This Episode is actually with me. I can’t believe we’re actually at Episode 100. I started this Podcast about […]

Episode 99 – ‘Art is NOT a career?’ – Interview with (my fiance) Christina Burton on her path to success

Audio wasn’t working – corrected now. Thanks! 🙂   Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     Episode 99 — Interview with Designer Christina Burton Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 99! I’m speaking with Christina Burton, a Vehicle Wrap Artist for exotic cars. […]

Episode 98 – Interview with Disney’s Senior CG Animator Nicolas Prothais

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 98 — Interview with Senior CG Animator Nicolas Prothais Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 98! I’m speaking with Nicolas Prothais an Animator from Disney. This is a fun Episode. Nicolas was at the IAMAG […]

Episode 97 – Interview with Nerdstrong Gym Founder Andrew Deutsch

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 97 — Interview with Nerdstrong Gym Founder Andrew Deutsch Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 97! I’m speaking with Andrew Deutsch from Nerdstrong Gym in North Hollywood, CA. Health is an interesting subject because so […]

Episode 96 – Interview with Motion Graphics Designer and Director Niels Prayer

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 96 — Interview with Motion Graphics Designer and Director Niels Prayer Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 96! I’m speaking with Niels Prayer who is a Motion Graphics Designer and Director. He’s worked on Minions, […]

Episode 95 – Interview with Concept Artist Nathan Fowkes

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 95 — Interview with Concept Artist Nathan Fowkes Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 95! I’m really excited to be introducing Nathan  Fowkes who has worked for Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney, Digital Domain, Blizzard, Blue […]

Episode 94 – Interview with Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author David Allen

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 94 — Interview with Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author David Allen Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 94! I’m speaking with the bestselling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert David Allen. I’m really excited […]

Episode 93 – Interview with Matte Painter and Art Director Nikolai Lockertsen

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 93 — Interview with Matte Painter and Art Director Nikolai Lockertsen Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 93! I’m speaking with Nikolai Lockertsen who is an Art Director, Matte Painter, Illustrator. And the best part […]

Episode 92 – Interview with Director Freddie Wong

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 92 — Interview with Director Freddie Wong   Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 92! I’m speaking with Freddie Wong from RocketJump. I’m really psyched about this one! Freddie Wong is a director who has the […]

Episode 91 – Round Table with Image Engine’s Creature Supervisors

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 91 — Round Table with Image Engine’s Creature Supervisors   Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 91! I’m speaking with Image Engine’s creature department. This is going to be an awesome Episode! Image Engine is a […]

Episode 90 – Interview with VR and MR Artist Patty Rangel

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 90 — Interview with VR and MR Artist Patty Rangel Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 90! I’m speaking with Patty Rangel, one of the leaders in hologram technology, VR and so much more! I’m really […]

Episode 89 – Valerian’s VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 89 — Interview with Scott Stokdyk, Oscar-Winning VFX Supervisor Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 89! I’m speaking with Scott Stokdyk. I’m really excited about this Episode. Scott is a VFX Supervisor who’s worked on […]

Episode 88 – A Live Career Intensive with Allan McKay

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Join the FXTD Mentorship at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 88 — A Live Career Intensive with Allan McKay  Hey, everyone! Welcome to Episode 88. I’m doing a Live Career Intensive. Let’s dive in!   FIRST THINGS FIRST: I. [-[1:44:28] This going to be […]

Episode 87 – Interview with Arman Yahin, CEO of Main Road Post

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out Fireball Training at allanmckay.com/fireball Join the FXTD Mentorship at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 87 — Interview with Arman Yahin, CEO of Main Road Post Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 87. I’m speaking with Arman Yahin from […]

Episode 86 – Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Bestselling Author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out Fireball Training at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   EPISODE 86 — Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Bestselling Author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”   Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 86. I’m speaking with Laura Vanderkam. […]

Episode 85 – Interview with Philippe Leprince, Senior Field Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   In this Episode, Allan McKay interviews Philippe Leprince, Senior Field Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios. He currently works as an Engineer on the RenderMan Software. Philippe has a Lighting and CG background and has worked at Framestore and Double […]

Episode 84 – Interview with Dennis Mejillones, Senior Character Artist at Bethesda Game Studios

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Dennis Mejillones is a Senior Character Artist at Bethesda Game Studios. He is responsible for creating models for characters like Sole Survivor, Preston Garvey and most all the robots in Fallout 4. During the course of his career, he […]

Episode 83 – Everything you need to know about visas for working in Canada

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   In this Episode, Allan McKay interviews Catherine Sas, an Immigration Lawyer at Sas & Ing Immigration Law Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is the leading immigration practitioner according to Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in […]

Episode 82 – Edwin Braun of Cebas – Developers of Thinking Particles

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     Edwin Braun is the CEO and co-founder of Cebas Visual Technology, the developer of Thinking Particles for 3DS Max, as well as other plugins. Cebas’ software has been used in a number of influential films such as […]

Episode 81 – id Software’s FX Lead on DOOM, Wirginia Womanowska

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     In this Podcast, Allan McKay interviews Wirginia Romanowska, a VFX Lead for id Software. Wirginia’s extensive experience as FX lead at id software on Doom, as well as working on many other major titles around the world. […]

Episode 80 – Live Hardware Q&A

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     This episode dives right into a subject that we all are probably guilty of not applying. Eyes glazed over during book consumption, clicking away on Facebook while watching tutorials, or playing around on our phone during lectures. How […]

Episode 79 – How to learn and retain information from tutorials, books, talks and podcasts

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     This episode dives right into a subject that we all are probably guilty of not applying. Eyes glazed over during book consumption, clicking away on Facebook while watching tutorials, or playing around on our phone during lectures. How […]

Episode 78 – Jeff Okun – VFX Supervisor – 38 Years in Hollywood

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Jeff Okun is a Visual Effects Supervisor who has worked on wide-ranging effects in award winning films such as Blood Diamond, Stargate, Sphere, Red Planet, Deep Blue Sea, The Last Starfighter, and many more. His career spans for nearly […]

Episode 77 – Action VFX – From a Kickstarter campaign to a successful business shooting pyro stock footage

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 77 – Interview with Action VFX NOTES Check out the special promo for Action VFX at www.ActionVFX.com   ActionVFX (www.actionvfx.com) is a website that provides stock footage for visual effects, from smoke plumes to fire, from sparks to […]

Episode 76 – Dreamworks Director Andrew Schmidt talks his career at Pixar, Dreamworks, Amblin and beyond

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Andrew L. Schmidt is a Director of Trollhunter (DreamWorks Animation). With a 20-year experience in the industry, he has a long list of credits to his name: The Iron Giant, Monsters, Inc; Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and many […]

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