Episode 43 – Talking with the 2014 GDC Bootcampers

TOPIC: GDC 2014 Animation Bootcamp GUESTS: Oh So Many Welcome to the Annual ReAnimators Podcast. Or at least, it feels that way eh? Just like last year, we rounded up all the bootcamp presenters to chat about themselves and their talks. If this doesn't make you want to attend the bootcamp, then you probably don't care about animation. Or games. Or this...

Episode 42 – An Indie Approach to Animation

TOPIC: Indie Games & Animation GUEST: David Rosen, Founder of Wolfire Games A New Episode! I could type something or you could just go listen. You should do that. You should also check out David's games, which include Overgrowth, Receiver and Lugaru. You should also check out all the games in the show notes. And finally, you should smile, because it looks so...

Episode 41 – Meet the GDC Bootcampers

TOPIC: GDC 2013 Animation Bootcamp GUESTS: Animation Bootcamp Presenters The GDC 2013 Animation Bootcamp hype train barrels forward! But instead of just listening to the conductor, we have all the on board entertainers getting into the specifics of their talks. With this episode you will get to know what each presenter and their talk is all about in preparation for the bootcamp...

Episode 40 – Outsourced

TOPIC: Outsourcing Guest: Jon Jones, Art Outsourcing Manager with smArtist Sooooo, how have you been these last five months? Did you do something new with your hair? It looks great! Nothing too crazy new from our side of things. A couple of us shipped some games and we all still live in the same places as the last episode. So anyone that...

Episode 37 – Game-Imation

TOPIC: Animation Inside and Out Guest: Daniel Floyd, Animator at Pixar Canada and Host of Extra Credits "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives." Let's play a game. Guess why we went months between episodes. A. We got busy B. Mike/Ryan/Both moved jobs/homes C. We couldn't get our crap together D. Any of the above Yes, those are all proper answers. This episode...

Episode 34 – E3OMGLOL

What's this?! A new episode in just one month's time?! INSANE! Thanks to the excitement of E3 and all the great comments we received after the last show, we were motivated to kick out a show sooner than we expected. We have no guest and Rick couldn't make it, but Ryan and Mike still covered 4 first words. We talk about whether mocap is...

Episode 32 – Design-imation

TOPIC: Where Game Design and Animation Meet GUEST: Steve Bowler, Lead Combat Designer at Phosphor Games So I guess this time we are Re-Re-RE Animated?! This is a show I've been wanting to do for a while, and Steve is a guest I've been wanting to have on for almost just as long. Steve started as an animator but has transitioned to...

Episode 30 – Saved Game

TOPIC: Faith and Religion in Games GUESTS: Christian Sheppard, Animator at Junction Point Caleb Zart, Animator at Raven Software Paul Robbins, Animator at Insomniac Games With both Rick and Ryan off experiencing the true meaning of turkey, I recruited the ghosts of jobs past to help me out this episode.  And even though there is a common adage about talking politics and religion being the...

Episode 29 – Nothing Personal

TOPIC: Balancing Professional and Personal Work GUEST: Michael Cawood, Lead Animator at Armature Studio, Director of Devils Angels and Dating Oh. Hey there!  How ya been?  Yeah, sorry we haven't talked lately, I've been real busy.  You know how it is.  Busy with work and what not.  I haven't been avoiding you.  I promise.  It isn't personal.  Just work ya know. What...

Episode 28 – It’s all a Blur

Once again it's on. In this episode we bring in Rocky Vanoost, Lead Animator at Blur Studios, to talk about Cinematics in games. We also hit on Mike's newfound lust for mocap, Rick's oldfound lust for strippers (just kidding honey), and Ryan's general lust for all things German. And don't forget to Follow Rocky on twitter so you that you might win a VIP beta...

Episode 27 – Re-RE-Animated

TOPIC: Animation and general BS And here ya go.  We just delivered on a promise. Rick, Ryan and myself got together to catch up and decided to record some first words while we were at it.  Beyond what we have been up to, we talk about E3, Developer Celebrity, and Animation Tips.  And we quabble about software packages because... well... thats...

Episode 26 – More Breaking In Stories

TOPIC: Breaking In Stories GUESTS: More than you can shake a stick at That was a long weeks wait eh? Without further adieu, here is the second part of our breaking in stories. We jump right into them, because, well, we've been crazy swamped finishing our current games. But give it a listen, and if you are going to GDC,...

Episode 25 – Breaking In Part One

TOPIC: Breaking In Stories GUESTS: More than you can shake a stick at We are BACK! After a 4 month break, we have lived up to our name and returned with a new season. And as promised, we have a cavalcade of guests! But, before that, we give a quick update to what we have been up to and of course give...

Season 2 Finale

Listen as season 2 comes to a close! Much as was the case last summer, this summer has been a rather eventful one for us ReAnimators. Be it vacations, new work, games being released, what have you, getting together is never easy from June through September. So, to wrap us up, we recorded this little diddy. We...

Episode 24b – Reanimators World Tour, part 2

Topic: Living and working abroad (cont'd) Guests: Espen Sogn (Ninja Theory), Neil Alphonso (Splash Damage), Aaron Butler (Yager Development) The epic expat get-together continues! Download link (right-click and save as)

Episode 24a – Reanimators World Tour, part 1

Topic: Living and working abroad Guests: Espen Sogn (Ninja Theory), Neil Alphonso (Splash Damage), Aaron Butler (Yager Development) Listener Will du Toit pointed out that as awesome as the ReAnimators Podcast is (paraphrasing), it's been mostly Amero-centric and I have to agree with him. It's a big world out there and there are opportunities to work in games and animation...

Episode 23 – ANIMATION-APOCALYPSE!

Topic: Evolution of Game Animation Guest: Jay Hosfelt, Lead Animator at Epic Games Super Animation Dance Party Time! We get back to our roots hardcore this time with an animation centered podcast, joined by Epic Lead Animator Jay Hosfelt, from Gears of War fame. We also ponder the important things in life, such as, "Is it possible to have a...

Episode 22 – Start Me Up

Topic: Starting up a game studio GuestS: Bryan Jury and Scott Fabianek of Epicenter Games The gang's all here for Episode 22, overcompensating with not one but TWO guests: Scott Fabianek, Art Director and Bryan Jury, co-founder, both of Epicenter Studios. We pick their brains about something that so many game developers dream of; starting your own studio and...

Episode 21 – Tight Rope of Life

With Ryan away on his beer eating assignment, it was up to Mike and me to record Episode 21 with guest Christian Sheppard, animator at Disney/Junction Point Studios. Our main topic this week was balancing family and work. Our esteemed guest tells a tale of his first animation job and having to live in a barn away from his wife...

Episode 20 – Geek Freak OUT!

Topic: Whatcha been up to fool?! To celebrate episode 20 and approximately 1 year of doing the show, we decided to kick it old school, and record with just the three of us. It is a trail of broken dreams that leads us to many questions. Is ending your series a good thing? Should we really be...
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