Ep. 029: Michael Yates – Story Artist for Pixar Animation Studios

If you love storyboarding, you’ll love today’s interview with Pixar Story Artist Michael Yates! Michael worked as a Story Trainee at both Disney Feature Animation and DreamWorks Animation, as well as working as a Story Intern at Pixar, before taking a full-time job as a Story Artist on Cars 3 at Pixar. In today’s interview Michael discusses the importance of working on personal projects, learning as much as you can in and outside of school, and developing a thick skin in order to improve your storytelling chops. And check out his amazing student film, The Legend of the Flying Tomato!

Michael Yates’ Websites

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The Legend of the Flying Tomato
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Continuing Education

I am taking courses at two online schools — check them out:

The Oatley Academy – The Storyteller’s Summit

Schoolism – Alex Woo’s Gesture Drawing Course

Awesome find of the week: The Gnomon School

Check out their live stream, Bringing “Stranger Things” to Life: An Evening with Aaron Sims Creative, and see how the Burbank, CA studio created the terrifying Demogorgon!
http://bit.ly/2c7XIsw

Ep. 020: Daniel Chong – Creator and Executive Producer of ‘We Bare Bears’

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In today’s interview ‘We Bare Bears’ creator and executive producer Daniel Chong discusses what it’s like running a hit animated television show. Daniel is no stranger to hard work and dedication, having storyboarded for ten years in feature animation at studios including Disney, Pixar, Blue Sky and Illumination before pitching his ideas to various studios. His story demonstrates the importance of taking charge of your career and persevering through the ups and downs that come with company layoffs, mergers, films getting shelved, pitches being turned down and ultimately, crafting and creating a hit series for Cartoon Network. It’s a fascinating journey that you won’t want to miss!

Daniel Chong’s Portfolio

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Ep. 014: Pat Marconett – Disney TV Animation Background And Layout Designer – Part II

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In part two of Pat Marconett’s interview, Pat discusses his work on Adult Swim’s Mr. Pickles, Fox ADHD’s Axe Cop and Disney TV Animation’s Sofia The First. He also talks about the importance of having a personal project and how that helps fuel your personal creativity as well as enabling you to become a better employee , balancing work and family life, and keeping self-doubt at bay. It’s an excellent conclusion to this two part episode!

Pat Marconett’s Portfolio

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The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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www.sketchysoul.com

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Ep. 013: Pat Marconett – Disney TV Animation Background And Layout Designer – Part I

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Pat Marconett worked his way up from learning how to draw at San Jose State University to interning at PDI/DreamWorks and Nickelodeon, working in the mobile gaming industry and working on shows like Mr. Pickles, Friends Night, VeggieTales, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! and Sofia The First. In part I of our interview he talks about his journey from being a videographer in high school to deciding to major in animation,  how he landed his internships and how he started working for Adult Swim on Mr. Pickles. It’s a fascinating tale that you won’t want to miss!

Pat Marconett’s Portfolio

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www.patmarconett.com

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@PatMarconett

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@PatMarconett

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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Ep. 011: Tamara Lusher-Stocker – Animator, Visual Development Artist, Storyboard Artist – Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm Animation and more!

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This week on Episode 11 of The Animated Journey I interviewed a true super star in the field – Tamara Lusher-Stocker! Tamara has the illustrious distinction of working as an animator on the BIG THREE Disney Renaissance films – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King! She also worked on Hercules, Dinosaur and Treasure Planet in story and visual development, and she’s worked at several other studios including Pixar, Wildbrain, Rainmaker Entertainment, Blue Sky, and Lucasfilm Animation. She’s worked with other industry titans including Joe Grant, Joe Ranft, Burny Mattinson, Chris Williams and she once met Princess Di and Michael Jackson!

Tamara discusses what’s it like to work at various studios, how she got her internship to work at the Disney Florida Studio and the Disney Burbank Studio, how to pitch, and what’s it like to option your own movie, the joy of teaching, the importance of building your own brand and much more!

Tamara Lusher-Stocker’s portfolio

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http://www.tamara-mara.com/

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@TamaraLusSto

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The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

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The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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