Shaffer Creative: Conversations with Creatives

Shaffer Creative: Conversations with Creatives

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Conversations with artists, animators, filmmakers, writers and other creatives about their careers, their craft and their creative convictions. This podcast is born out of the conviction that those in one field of arts can learn much from those in a different creative discipline. Our goal is not aspirational, it’s grounded in creatives who work in their craft professionally. There are no starving artists here.


Cinematic Revolution of the French New Wave with Richard Neupert
May 12 • 35 min
Bazin. Truffault. Godard. Varda. What do they all have in common? They were part of the French New Wave. What are they doing on this podcast? Plenty. All creatives can learn from the the audacity of their convictions that created a movement that changed…
Reflecting on Lessons & Life in Animation with Chris Wieme
Apr 28 • 25 min
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…
Animating from Saskatoon to Kelowna with Chris Wieme
Apr 21 • 41 min
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…
The Steadfast Animator - Phil Lockerby Part 2
Apr 14 • 25 min
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…
Surviving 20 Years as a 2D Character Animator Phil Lockerby
Apr 7 • 31 min
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…
Recreating History in Painting with John Stobart
Apr 3 • 26 min
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…
Maritime Painter John Stobart
Mar 24 • 23 min
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…
Disney & The Death of 2D Animation: Mike Surrey Part 5
Mar 17 • 29 min
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…
From Disney to Dreamworks with Mike Surrey
Mar 10 • 25 min
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…
The Lion King with Mike Surrey
Mar 3 • 20 min
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.…
From Sheridan to Disney, A Conversation with Mike Surrey
Feb 24 • 18 min
From the Sheridan Animation program to Supervising Animator on The Lion King. Michael Surrey’s fascinating journey continues in part 2 of our conversation. BECOME A PATREON FOR THIS PODCAST PATREON: www.patreon.com/shaffercreative FOLLOW SHAFFER CREATIVE…
A Conversation with Disney Animator Michael Surrey
Feb 17 • 28 min
He was Supervising Animator for Timon on The Lion King, Clopin on Huntchback, and Ray on Princess and the Frog. In the first part of my conversation Mike talks about his development as an animator, his years at Sheridan, and his first contact with Disney…
Carrying the Hensche Vision with John Ebersberger
Feb 10 • 26 min
Henry Hensche believed he was part of the painters of the future who took the lessons of the Impressionists to the next level, and John Ebersberger has spent his career trying to carry Hensche’s vision forward with his own art. This is part 3 of my…
The Hensche Influence with John Ebersberger
Feb 3 • 24 min
The second great artistic influence in John’s life, was a man who not only shared Charles Hawthorne’s perspective on color, he took it to a new level. Get ready for a fascinating look at color and an artistic lineage in the grand history of American Art.…
A Conversation with Oil Painter John Ebersberger
Jan 27 • 22 min
One of the things that fascinates me about artists is how they got to where they are a creative professionals. What were the formative influences that shaped them as artists, and What were the major challenges they faced, and what drove them to overcome…
The Value of Personal Animation Projects with Michael Greenholt
Jan 20 • 21 min
In this episode, Mike shares with me a sneak peak at a personal animated project that he wants to make into a feature film. The beauty of this project is not just in it’s artistry, but also in it’s leveraging of today’s technology to achieve it’s old…
Navigating the Studio System with Animation Supervisor Michael Greenholt
Jan 13 • 18 min
Michael Greenholt has been working in animation for some time and has lately become a sought-after Animation Supervisor among the bigger studios. His career path is fascinating, and in this episode Mike shares some very helpful words of wisdom from…
Straight from Ringling School of Art to Disney: Animation Supervisor Michael Greenholt
Jan 6 • 28 min
Michael Greenholt is a CG Supervisor on an upcoming TV series for Disney Toons, and was a 2D animation supervisor on a soon-to-be-released series for Warner Bros. that you are going to hear a lot about very shortly. A Ringling grad, Mike was one of the…
Looking Ahead to the New Year with Shaffer Creative
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
We gather our family around microphones in Grandma’s kitchen to introduce our children, talk about where we are creatively as a family, and what we plan to pursue in the new year. BECOME A PATREON FOR THIS PODCAST PATREON: www.patreon.com/shaffercreative…
Ten Words of Advice to Animators from an Animation Director
Dec 24, 2018 • 20 min
Here are ten things animators need to know about working on a production from an Animation Director with almost 30 years of experience in production. BECOME A PATREON FOR THIS PODCAST PATREON: www.patreon.com/shaffercreative FOLLOW SHAFFER CREATIVE…
Todd Talks The Promise: The Animated Musical
Dec 16, 2018 • 24 min
The Promise: Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical that presents Luke’s account of the nativity story. It was written and directed by Todd, while I (Melissa) had a hand in the production as a motion-capture performer. Todd tells us how this film was…
Sam Cabanac Meets His Hero Glen Keane
Dec 9, 2018 • 25 min
Sam Cabanac is a young animator of great skill, and it’s been my joy to work with Sam and watch his exponential growth. In this second part of my conversation with Sam we talk about how he uses social media to network, how he met his hero Glen Keane, and…
Young Superstar from Cégep du Vieux Montréal Sam Cabanac
Dec 2, 2018 • 33 min
Sam Cabanac is a young animator who I’ve had the pleasure to watch blossom into a senior level animator within a remarkably short period of time. In this edition of Conversations of Creatives, Sam shares with us his artistic development in childhood, his…
Mom-blogger turned Photographer: Missy Shaffer
Nov 24, 2018 • 10 min
Todd interviews Melissa about how the launch of her new photography business and it’s origin in a mom blog. shaffercreative.studio BECOME A PATREON FOR THIS PODCAST PATREON: www.patreon.com/shaffercreative FOLLOW SHAFFER CREATIVE WEBSITE:…
Guillaume Blackburn, the Storied Character Animator
Nov 18, 2018 • 35 min
Guillaume Blackburn is a character animator with a storied-analytical approach, fueled by a bull dog spirit. I worked with him for the past year on a 2D animated project for a major studio. His growth as an animator has skyrocketed in the past few years,…
Animator Alain Seguin on Talent and Creativity
Nov 10, 2018 • 17 min
Character Animator Alain Seguin and I discuss the concept of talent and it’s relation to hard work and artistic growth. We attempt to provide students and entry level animators with advice on getting ahead in a competitive industry. This is the second…
Alain Seguin, the Animator’s Animator
Nov 8, 2018 • 17 min
Montreal character animation veteran Alain Seguin has an ease and proficiency as a character animator that other animator’s envy. In this conversation Alain shares about his artistic influences, schooling, first job, and other thoughts on the animation…
The Fledgling Animator, Sawyer Shaffer
Nov 2, 2018 • 8 min
He’s the baby of the family but that doesn’t stop him from knowing his craft. See if you can guess how old he is when he discusses animation. Hint: Too young for a learner’s permit, but not too old to catch frogs in the backyard. SHOW NOTES: George…
Introducing to Shaffer Creative
Oct 27, 2018 • 8 min
Our inaugural episode. What the heck is Shaffer Creative? Family life with six creatives pursuing animation, film-making, painting, illustration, photography and writing. BECOME A PATREON FOR THIS PODCAST PATREON: www.patreon.com/shaffercreative FOLLOW…