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Reflecting on Lessons & Life in Animation with Chris Wieme

Chris Wieme is an incredibly capable and efficient animator, and he has carved out a lifelong career in 2D animation in central and western Canada. In this episode Chris talks about some of the key lessons he's learned as an animator. For anyone embarking on a career...

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Animating From Saskatoon to Kelowna with Chris Wieme

Canadian animator Chris Wieme trained in animation and fashioned an early career in the most unlikely of places: the prairie provinces of Canada. Yet his work is as strong as any who have trained at the more prestigious animation schools or worked at the bigger...

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The Steadfast Animator – Phil Lockerby Part 2

Phil Lockerby has managed to carve out a long and successful career as a character animation outside of Hollywood. And though he has long distinquished himself in animation, he still works hard to grow in his craft, and can find child-like joy in the little things of...

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Surviving 20 Years as a Character Animator Phil Lockerby

Animator Phil Lockerby is a highly talented animator who has survived some of the roughest years for 2D character animation. From humble beginnings training at Michael Mills Studio, Phil is among the best animators working today.  He was an animator on The Triplets of...

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Recreating History in Painting with John Stobart

I've always admired people who do one thing in life and they do that one thing well. It's even more admirable when they still have that same spark of passion in their twilight years. Maritime painter John Stobart is just such a man. In this episode John talks about...

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John Stobart Maritime Painter

My guest is John Stobart. John studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art in London, and has enjoyed a long and successful career painting pictures of ships, focusing period harbor scenes during the age of sail. He is meticulous with the historical accuracy and...

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Disney & The Death of 2D Animation: Mike Surrey Part 5

Mike Surrey lived through one of the most unthinkable moments in animation history -- the day that Walt Disney Feature Animation would close it's door to an 86 year lineage of hand drawn animation. The Princess and the Frog was the 49th, and final, 2D animated feature...

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From Disney to Dreamworks with Mike Surrey

After the huge success of The Lion King, Mike's involvement with Disney began a slow decline, beginning with his next role of Clopin on Huntchback which took him to Paris. From there the roles and shows became a tiring grind that eventually led him to Dreamworks which...

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The Lion King with Mike Surrey

Mike's big break came on Disney's animated production of The Lion King, but it wasn't smooth sailing for Mike to land the role. The Lion King wasn't expected to perform well at the box-office, the big film was Pocahontas where all the heavy hitters were. And to...

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