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25 Great Podcasts for Artists & Animators #BrownBag25

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  • Posted by Anahita Tabarsi on September 25 2019

We're continuing on with our #BrownBag25 picks this month, and this time we thought we'd take a look at some of the great podcasts out there that our creatives love to listen to.

Whether you're looking for a little something to tune into on your daily commute, while you're working away on your latest project, or looking to hear about the animation process from industry pros or just be entertained, we’ve compiled a great list of staff suggestions to add to your queue!

Take a scroll through and be sure to add your own favourites in the comments below:

1. DRAWN: The Story of Animation

A studio favourite, the DRAWN podcast, hosted by Holly Frey, is a must have for all animation lovers featuring great interviews with various industry heavyweights and discussing a wide and fun range of topics like The Villains of animation, Music of 'Toons, and How Cartoons Get Made, to name but a few.

2. Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast provides an entertaining and educational look at animation. Tom Bancroft and Tony Bancroft, two ex-Disney animators, discuss the art and business of animation with some of the industries biggest talents from Glen Keane to Brad Bird to Don Hahn.

3. Nick Animation Podcast

Hosted by Hector Navarro, the Nick Animation Podcast takes you behind the scenes and into the brains of some of the animation creators, artists and voice talents of Nickelodeon shows.

4. Skwigly Animation Podcast

From the awesome Skwigly Animation Magazine comes The Skwigly Animation Podcast! A great place to get your dose of animation news, interviews and reviews from the UK. The series features interviews with some of animation's greatest talents, focusing on their personal perspective of the artform and also takes you through the history of animation, right up to the present day!

5. The Animation Podcast

This series was set up by an animator Clay Kaytis whose credits include Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph and Frozen! And, although no new episodes are being created, the series features some notable interviews with animation legends Glen Keane and Ray Harryhausen and other creatives that Clay has worked with in the past.

6. Talkin' Toons

In this series, accomplished voice actor Rob Paulsen sits down with various other voice actors to discuss their experiences, reading scripts, and re-enacting famous film scenes with cartoon voices!

7. Meet Your Maker

Hosted by Liam Geraghty, Meet Your Maker is a show about the people who make the things we love. From board game designers to video game music composers and from city architects to animators, it goes behind the curtain, inside the mechanics and onto the pages of scribbled on, ink soaked notepads to hear stories of how people make the things they make!

8. The Visual Storytelling Podcast

Hosted by Chris Oatley, the Paper Wings Show podcast features terrific interviews with creatives from all aspects of the animation process, with great advice for artists and writers alike. And also some helpful tips for dealing with creative roadblocks, like anxiety or fear of failing.

You can also check out more from Chris on his YouTube channel which includes The Oatley Academy ArtCast series which features artistic insight and career advice from the most inspiring voices in Animation, Games, Comics, Illustration and Children's Books. 

9. Chiustream

Hosted by Emmy winning creator and award-winning artist, Bobby Chiu, the Chiustream podcast discusses art and life as an artist. Bobby interviews top artists working in film, animation, tv, illustration, games (Iain McCaig, Craig Mullins, Brenda Chapman) and shares his own thoughts and philosophies about art and being an artist.

10. The Animated Journey

Hosted by Angela Entzminger and Jeff Schuetze, The Animated Journey is a bimonthly animation podcast featuring animation professionals currently working in television, film and games. Veterans as well as newly minted professionals in the field share their tales of becoming a part of the animation industry and how they continue to enjoy the journey!

11. Surviving Creativity

Hosts Cory Casoni, Brad Guigar and Scott Kurtz have been creating and publishing content online for a very long time. And they are pretty good at it. In this podcast series they discuss art, test new media technologies, talk to other industry professionals, and share some laughs.

12. Make It Then Tell Everybody

Hosted by Dan Berry, this is a great podcast for anyone interested in illustration and storytelling! Featuring some terrific interviews with comic artists as they discuss how they approach their work and make stylistic decisions. There's some great inspiration for Storyboard Artists and also some great advice for creatives on their journey!

13. Allan McKay Podcast

The Allan McKay podcast is a creative and career related podcast focused on artists in Design, Film, Visual Effects and Video Games. Each episode typically features Allan 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 more!

14. School of Motion Podcast

A show for MoGraph artists by MoGraph artists, featuring interviews with Designers, Animators, Producers, and other folks in the Motion Graphics industry. Get deep into the geeky world of Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator and learn a whole bunch of new tricks.

15. Scriptnotes Podcast

Not specifically an animation podcast but Scriptnotes, hosted by John August and Craig Mazin, is a super awesome series all about screenwriting (and occasionally, writing for animation). Useful for any and all storytellers!

16. Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Podcasts

SDGI have great updates on the Irish animation industry and recently they have published a second round of Directors in Dialogue Podcasts including an interview with our very own Bronagh O'Hanlon. These are an amazing source of knowledge!

17. The DIY Animation Show

The do-it-yourself guide for independent animators featuring interviews with indie creators like Alex & Lindsay Small-Butera (Baman Piderman). It's all about making what you can with what you've got!

18. Animation Industry Podcast

A podcast about how to develop your career in the animation industry. Hosted by Stop Motion Animator Terry Ibele, the podcast features interviews with industry professionals with a focus on how to pitch your project, market your work and the skills you need to make in in the industry.

19. The Peg Bar and Grill Podcast

Hosts Tim McCourt and Sam Taylor, members of The Line Animation Studio, talk to some of their favourite filmmakers and animation creators in this nifty podcast series.

20. Podcast

Started back in 2012, decided to invade the airwaves with their podcasts and since then have talked with many industry pros! They talk about animation, the industry, workflows, and wisdom picked up throughout their careers. You can also find these podcasts on iTunes.

21. BroGraph Podcast

Dave Koss & Matt Milstead of discuss the world of Cinema 4D and Motion Graphics. With many regular, big-name guests from the industry. Regular topics are anything from Cinema 4D tips & tricks to features & woes. After Effects, Render Engines like Octane, Redshift, and Arnold, or even Hardware configurations. They even get into industry discussions like clients, contracts, and work efficiency.

22. Greyscale Gorilla Podcast

This highly-skilled, highly-motivated team produce tools, content and share their highs and lows from within the industry! They also help at all levels, so whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro these guys will have something for you!

23. Creative Pep Talk

Hosted by Andy J. Miller, an American full-time freelance illustrator with a background in graphic design, this series is designed to help creatives 'make a good living, making great art.'

Each episode is all about the creative, and features some great interviews and useful tips on how to step up your creative game and get your work out there.

24. Design Life

Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. The show covers a whole host of issues young creatives face, such as managing time, career development and overcoming creative block. While it is targeted to designers, the show has plenty of relevance for all sorts of creatives with great insights from the two hosts Charli Prangley and Femke Van Schoonhoven that will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.

25. The Science of Social Media

Your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and learning. While not strictly a creative podcast, this series is a great resource from the gang at Buffer for artists looking to improve their social media skills and get some great tips on how to market their work on social.

There you have it - got your own favourite animation/creative podcasts? Pop them in the comments below!


Anahita Tabarsi

Anahita is Brown Bag Films' Marketing Director, Digital & Social and drinks more than five coffees a day...

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