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A show for MoGraph artists by MoGraph artists. We interview Designers, Animators, Producers, and other folks related to our industry. We get deep into the geeky world of Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator. We talk about the business and art of Motion Design. Dig in.

A show for MoGraph artists by MoGraph artists. We interview Designers, Animators, Producers, and other folks related to our industry. We get deep into the geeky world of Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator. We talk about the business and art of Motion Design. Dig in.
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A show for MoGraph artists by MoGraph artists. We interview Designers, Animators, Producers, and other folks related to our industry. We get deep into the geeky world of Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator. We talk about the business and art of Motion Design. Dig in.




Episode 55: An Epic Q&A with Sander van Dijk

In this episode, Sander van Dijk answers questions from... YOU, the School of Motion community. We collected tons of great questions and tried to pull out the ones that Sander could really dig in to! See the Show Notes:


Episode 54: Learn Through Failure with Simon Fiedler

In this podcast episode we sit down with Simon Fielder, an advanced 3D artist who has made a name for himself in the Cinema 4D and Houdini community. On the episode, we chat about the value of learning difficult things, we hear how Simon has developed his Houdini skillset, and learn how he embraces the pain that often comes along with developing new skills. Simon lives in Mainz, Germany where he freelances for studios and clients around the world. Simon's understanding of 3D is impressive...


Episode 53: Get Weird & Get Paid: A Q&A with Nick DenBoer

Today we talk with Nick DenBoer about his unique entry point into the professional world of motion design, how he landed a dream gig working for Team Coco, and how his short passion project landed him at the Sundance Film Festival; and on the radar of gigantic brands and ad agencies. There is a lot for you to geek out on in this episode!


Episode 52: Building a Motion Design Community with Hayley Akins

On today's podcast episode we sit down with Hayley Akins. Hayley is the founder of Motion Hatch, a very cool online community that focuses solely on the business side of things. She's the host of the wonderful Motion Hatch podcast, and has recently released a Freelance Contract Bundle.


Episode 51: The Economics of Motion Design with TJ Kearney

TJ is currently an Executive Producer at Instrument, a VERY cool digital agency out in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that he was EP and co-founder at a studio called... Oddfellows, yes, THAT Oddfellows. Before that he worked in ad agencies, big post-houses, and everything in between. His experience in this industry has given him an incredible perspective on the economics of Motion Design. He's been on the client side, hiring studios, and he's also been on the vendor side, trying to woo and work...


Episode 50: Do You Have What it Takes? A Brutally Honest Q&A with Ash Thorp

50 friggin' podcast episodes. It's insane to think how many ridiculous Motion Designers have volunteered their time to appear on the podcast. Naturally, for episode 50 we wanted to make the podcast extra special, so we asked the talented Ash Thorp on to speak his mind. On that podcast, we talk about the work ethic required to operate at the level of the best in the business. We talk about the way he organizes his work so he can be super productive. We talk about motivation and how an artist...


Episode 49: Invest in Yourself, w/ Ryan Connolly of Film Riot

Film Riot is a YouTube channel with, at the time of this recording, 1.3 MILLION subscribers. It's an incredible resource that teaches you the art and science of film-making in a very entertaining way, and the mastermind behind it is Ryan Connolly. Ryan's a filmmaker, and I really think that word fits him well because after talking with him it's clear that he is obsessed with filmmaking and has been pretty much his whole life. In this interview we talk about the brilliant model behind Film...


Episode 48: Animate Until it Hurts, an Interview with Ariel Costa

In this episode, we go into Ariel Costa's past and find out how he ended up finding his unique style, how he got on the radar of GIGANTIC bands, and what the economics behind animated music videos. He also drops TONS of wisdom about freelancing, balancing paid and unpaid work, and lots more. Seriously, this episode is PACKED, so get a notepad. Did we mention he's a Buck Alumni?...


Episode 47: The Houdini Wizard, A Chat with Simon Holmedal

On today’s podcast episode, we sit down with Simon Holmedal, a Motion Designer and Technical Director who spent a big chunk of his career at the legendary studio, Man vs Machine. Simon’s work is insane and there’s a good chance that you’ve drooled over his work in the past few years. Simon recently transitioned from MvM to work with some friends at a studio called Panoply.


Episode 46: Refugee to MoGraph Expert, An Interview with Sergei at Ukramedia

Our guest today is no stranger to determination. Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Ukrainian born MoGraph artist who was forced to leave his home as a refugee at the age of 12 along with his twin brother Vladimir. After landing in the United States (and not speaking any English) he would go on to work on MoGraph projects including the Fox Sports Robot for the Super Bowl. Recently Sergei and Vladimir quit their full-time jobs to exclusively work on Ukramedia, an online Motion Design education site....


Episode 45: How Cinema 4D Became the Best 3D App w/ Maxon CEO Paul Babb

In this week’s podcast episode we sit down with Paul Babb to discuss his role as CEO of Maxon. Along the way we’ll get to know a little bit about Pauls background and talk about why Maxon is ‘artist first’ instead of ‘feature first’. This is one of our favorite episodes ever.


Episode 44: Cinema 4D Q&A w/ EJ Hassenfratz and David Ariew

We understand that learning Cinema 4D can be a challenge. So we asked EJ Hassenfratz and David Ariew to Answer common Cinema 4D questions from the School of Motion community.


Episode 43: Perception is (Almost) Everything with Mitch Myers

Mitch Myers is an art director, Motion Designer, and artistic celebrity in the Motion Design world. Mitch has done work for Universal, GoPro, the NFL, and Southwest Airlines. On this podcast episode, Mitch talks about your worth and value as a Motion Designer, how to build a strong brand, and why consistency is important to aspiring MoGraph artists. Get your notepad out. You’re going to want to take a lot of notes.


Episode 42: Crossing the Creative Gap with Carey Smith

In today's episode we sit down with Carey Smith the creative mastermind behind Division 05. Carey is arguably the best tutorial creator in the world and a huge advocate for learning Motion Design the 'right' way, with an emphasis on essential skills like composition, art-direction, and inspiration.


Episode 41: Crafting a Creative Lifestyle with Monica Kim

Monica Kim left her home at age 14 to pursue her dreams without a clear career objective. Over time her hard-work and determination have led her to work in amazing places like Google in New York City. Her incredible career has spanned two continents and her lifestyle crazy fascinating. In the podcast, we'll talk about everything from meditation to her love of birds. We're stoked for this one. Enjoy!


Episode 40: Does It Matter Where You Live? An Interview with Terra Henderson

Today’s podcast guest is Terra Henderson. Terra is a freelance Motion Designer who has lived in Texas, New York, and Georgia. Despite growing up in a small Texas town, Terra pursued her dream of becoming a Motion Designer by moving away. After completing school at SCAD she took the ultimate professional leap and moved to New York City. Over time Terra has learned valuable lessons in networking, specializing, and the freedom of being freelance. Terra’s laid-back perspective on work and life...


Episode 39: Growing a MoGraph Studio with Michelle Ouellette

Yeah Haus's fun and colorful style is certainly a reflection of owners Michelle and Chad. In this podcast episode, Michelle Ouellette talks about the process of creating and maintaining the studio in Detroit. Along the way, we'll learn about Michelle's background in Graphic Design and Illustration. You're going to love this one.


Episode 38: How Hobbies Impact Your Craft with Angie Feret

In today’s episode, we talk with Angie Feret, a pioneering MoGraph artist, who uses her hobbies to rejuvenate her 3D work. Angie’ background in modeling (the real-life kind) and motorcycles led her to become a unique 3D artist and even a presenter for Maxon. Angie's first-hand experience with female discrimination is also a helpful reminder that our industry has a lot of room for improvement. We promise you’ve never met a 3D artist like Angie. This is a really fun...


Episode 37: How to Be a Hand-Drawn Hero with Animator Rachel Reid

What's it take to be a master of hand-drawn animation? In this interview we sit down with Rachel Reid, one of the best animators in the Motion Design world. Rachel's work at Gunner, one of the hottest Motion Design studios on the block, has been seen all over the world. Her animation work has been staff picked by Vimeo, picked-up on Motionographer, and we frequently talk about her work here on School of Motion. Rachel was kind enough to sit down and chat with Joey about her experience in...


Episode 36: Beyond MoGraph Mentor: Q&A with Michael Jones

It’s pretty common knowledge at this point that the world of Motion Design education is changing. From online bootcamps to tutorials, the need for brick-and-mortar schools is slowly fading. You can thank this trend, in some part, to today’s guest Michael Jones. Michael is the founder and CEO of MoGraph Mentor an online education platform that is designed to help Motion Designer’s grow their skills and become hirable in the modern era of freelance. The work Michael does at MoGraph Mentor has...