“Animation Fascination” Episode 58: Farhan Qureshi – Visual Effects Artist

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In this special episode, Stanford and Marc interview visual effects artist Farhan Qureshi. He’s worked on everything from the Harry Potter films, to Batman Begins, and of course Aardman’s The Pirates: Band of Misfits.

Also Discussed: Farhan’s short films Digitopia: Discover Me, NitroDust and his book VFX and CG Survival Guide for Producers and Filmmakers, as well as the Oscar nominations for animation.

(Recorded on 01/19/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 54: Top Ten Animated Disney Films of All Time with Tom Fonss

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It’s a Walt Disney Animation Top Ten episode, so who better to join Marc for this best of list other than Tom Fonss himself. Are any of your favorite films on either of their lists? Maybe… probably. But you can’t know for sure unless you listen.

Also discussed: Doctor Who, Rocky and Bullwinkle returning to the big screen, the 19 films that may or may not get nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, and trailers for The Lego Movie, Maleficent, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

(Recorded on 11/24/13)

“Animation Fascination” Episode 53: Jessica Forer – DreamWorks Animation

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For the first time on the podcast we’re joined by an employee of DreamWorks Animation! Jessica Forer, a production coordinator at the studio joins us to co-host the entire episode as well as discuss her career.

Amongst things discussed are: Ms. Forer’s love of classic animation, the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse!”, and the closure of Pixar Canada.

(Recorded on 10/20/13)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 49: In the Pacific Rim with Hal Hickel

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Join Marc and guest host Jon Hueber as they head to the Pacific Rim to talk with returning guest Hal Hickel, of Industrial Light and Magic.

Hal discusses in-depth the production of the film and what it was like to work with Guillermo del Toro, who he’d co-pilot a Jaeger with, what Kaiju was his favorite, and where he’d like to see the story go in a sequel.

So sit back and enjoy, because today we are cancelling the apocalypse!

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 48: Arik Ehle – Pixar Animator

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We journey back to the land of Emeryville, CA in this episode to interview another amazing Pixar employee. This time we were lucky enough to speak with Arik Ehle who started as a production assistant and has worked his way up to become an animator.

Filling in for Matt this week is our site writer, Stanford Clark. Join us as we discuss the Studio Ghibli documentary, the new Mickey Mouse shorts, and the newest animated Disney films.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 47: Monsters University Orientation with Chris Chua and Austin Madison

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Hop on the bus with Marc and Matt as they head to Monsters University for orientation. Joining them on campus are Pixar story artist Austin Madison and animator Chris Chua to give us an in-depth look at the production of the film as well as a little bit about The Blue Umbrella.

Hear it here first: details about the MU short that will appear on the Blu-ray this fall, Party Central directed by Kelsey Mann.

Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous, so stay tuned!

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 46: Yuri Lowenthal – It’s Hero Time!

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Strap on your Omnitrix, contact the Legion of Superheros and head with us to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

In this episode Marc and Matt are joined by voice actor Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Naruto, Wolverine and the X-Men) to discuss his voice acting career. We talk about his original web series Shelf Life, geeking out around other actors, and how he joined John Connor to fight SkyNet.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 44: Peter Lord – Aardman Animations

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Get ready to board the Pirate Captain’s ship and head across the pond as our site writer Phil Shenton interviews Mr. Peter Lord, the Co-Owner and Creative Director of Aardman Animations.

Peter Lord has produced many of Aardman’s films and television series, as well as directing The Pirates! Band of Misfits (or The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists) and Chicken Run.

Marc and Matt also discuss Pixar’s first holiday special, new Disney Animation Blu-ray releases, MeridaGate, and much, much more.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 43: Tara Platt – Voice Actress

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Ready for a bad pun? No? Well here it is anyway…

On the “Platt”-er for this episode is our awesome guest, the mile-a-minute voice actress, Tara Platt (Naruto, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien).

Tara joins Matt and Marc to discuss the acting industry, what it’s like to run your own production company, and how life is awesome when you’re married to someone in the same profession as you.

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An Interview with the Captain of the Despicablimp

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Recently the Despicablimp made a stop near Phoenix, AZ close to where I live, so I brought my son Patrick with me to check it out and to speak with the captain of the airship, Alan Judd. The blimp was an amazing site to see firsthand and if it makes it way to your neck of the woods I would suggest searching for it’s location.

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