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ZBrush Character Design Studio — Aaron Sims Creative (2019)

In this episode, I’m speaking with Aaron Sims, the Founder of Aaron Sims Creative. I’m really excited for this one! Aaron and I discuss his career history as well as his company Aaron Sims Creative. His resume goes on forever: from Wonder Woman to Logan to Wrath of the Titans, to Clash of the Titans, […]

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Build Your Personal Brand as an Artist

This is one of the most critical episodes so far in our journey to grow our career and multiply our successes. Something so critical yet overlooked is defining our name and our niche and building our brand. Associating ourselves in a way that will resonate with others and key ways to introduce ourselves that will […]

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Work from Home 2019 (Side Hustle Graphics Jobs in Design + VFX)

This is a Live Stream discussing the benefits around working remotely in visual effects, design and game development. Whether from home or on the road, the flexibility and advantages of being off site are great. We even talk about changing careers, moonlighting on the side and more.

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Realism in Hollywood Visual Effects (3D VFX in 2019)

Do you think CGI looks fake? Let’s talk realism in Hollywood Visual Effects! Free City Destruction VFX Class (8 lessons + project files): https://www.vfxcourse.com Thank you for subscribing to my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/?sub_confirmation=1 Over 60 Free VFX Tutorials on our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/ This is a topic that gets brought up a lot “that shot looks […]

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Harmon Brothers – From Poop To Gold (Viral Filmmaking)

This is a recent interview I did with the Harmon Brothers, who are the leaders in directing intentional viral commercials. I have been following these guys for some time, also recently attended multiple talks of theirs. It’s been really fascinating to see their creative process. As not only have they nailed what works, they approach […]

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How Would I Start My Creative Career Today (2019)?

I’ve been in the VFX and Games industry for almost 25 years, but the landscape has changed. What would it look like TODAY if I were to start over? What would I do if I were to want to get a job as fast as possible, and land a career in visual effects or game […]

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Should You Go to College to Study 3D (3DS Max Houdini Maya)?

The big question I get asked a lot is “What’s the best 3D school?” or “Should I go to college to study 3D?” I’ve asked a lot of people both in the industry, as well as teachers at VFX schools that I trust about what their opinions are on this. Because I have my beliefs […]

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Car Destruction Class

If you’re interested in more of these lessons, please click the video’s title (to visit the YouTube page) and leave a comment requesting more of these. Even a simple “YES” in the comments to let me know I should put out more of these in the coming weeks. Thanks so much! -Allan (and thank you […]

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VFX Job Interview Questions – Top 5 Tips (For 3D Artists)

In this video I answer the top 5 toughest VFX Job Interview Questions that you’re likely to run into. As we discuss not only what to say to these questions, but also the real meaning behind them — and why these job interview questions are asked in the first place. This is not the corporate […]

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How to Learn CG and VFX

The most frequent question I get asked from VFX artists starting out is: “How to learn VFX?” Or: “How to learn CG & VFX” Where to start learning VFX? In this video I share some tips about 3D and Animation software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and zBrush. I also talk about how […]

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Traveling the World as a Digital Nomad (3D Artist and VFX)

Traveling the world as a Digital Nomad – for 3D Artists, Designers and all other creatives. This is a live stream with Sergio Paez (previously Lucas Film and other studios – check out https://storyboardart.org/) and Mitch Bowler (previous of Activision – check out www.pencilkings.com) and Allan McKay. We dig deep into the lifestyle of artist’s […]

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A Call to Level Up (in Our Creative Career)

This is a difficult one to put out, as I’ll be honest I’ve been putting off posting this for some time. However, I was just in Paris the past week at the IAMAG Masterclass event talking with some of my students and friends about the pain points they’ve had in their career. And it’s something […]

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Writing the Perfect VFX Job Email in 2019

Crafting the perfect E-Mail Cover Letter is a science. Your cover letter is everything! It sets the tone for you as you introduce yourself. I’ve watched many amazing artist’s VFX or motion graphics demo reels get completely overlooked because they failed to write a captivating cover letter. No matter how great your reel is, without […]

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What’s the Best Way to Learn VFX? – Ask Me Anything #3 [3DS Max]

Recently I held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for the Allan McKay’s Podcast. This is one of the many questions answered. More to come! Whether it’s on whether to use 3DS Max , Maya or Houdini as your primary VFX software or where best to learn visual effects, tutorials or school (i.e. Gnomon, Video Copilot, […]

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Specialist or Generalist in Your Career as 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, […]

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Demo Reels You’ll Have Over Your Career (in VFX)

I wanted to hit the subject around portfolio’s and demo reel shard this month. Mostly because there is so much information, I wanted to shed light on some of it here. Also, as mentioned in the video — check out www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ for the Ultimate Demo Reel Guide, which all of these videos are built around. […]

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VFX Job Hack – How to Get Any Studio’s Personal Email Address (2019)

Typically when we see a job posted, we instantly jump to their website and fill out the job application, upload our reel and pray to the VFX gods that you are considered for the position. The problem is — so is everybody else. And all the things that we do to make ourselves stand out […]

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VFX Career Goals for 2019 – Setting Goals That Stick!

Check out my website for more content: www.allanmckay.com Get the FREE Demo Reel Guide at www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ Please take a moment to subscribe for future content! As Designers, Film Makers and Visual Effects Artists — we all set out with big goals to conquer every single year. Typically we let these goals atrophy, as we get […]

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REAL Emails I Get Applying for VFX Jobs!

As a VFX Supervisor and business owner, I want to be BRUTALLY HONEST and deconstruct everything wrong (and right) with emails I receive on a daily basis from artists applying for visual effects jobs. As VFX Artists, Designers and Game Developers — a lot of us make the mistake of assuming people will just click […]

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What 20 Years of Failing in VFX Has Taught Me

Follow me / Get daily updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allanmckayofficial/ My website (tutorials): https://www.allanmckay.com Get the FREE Demo Reel Guide at: www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ Throughout my career I’ve had a lot of successes. But what most people don’t realize, and what most of us in general try not to dwell on — is that we have a lot of […]

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