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Shaffer Creative: Conversations with Creatives

29 EpisodesProduced by Shaffer CreativeWebsite

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 asp… read more

29 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Cinematic Revolution of the French New Wave with Richard Neupert

May 12th, 2019


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? …

Reflecting on Lessons & Life in Animation with Chris Wieme

April 28th, 2019


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 …

Animating from Saskatoon to Kelowna with Chris Wieme

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Steadfast Animator - Phil Lockerby Part 2

April 15th, 2019


Phil Lockerby has managed to carve out a long and successful career as a character animation outside of Hollywood. And though he has long …

Surviving 20 Years as a 2D Character Animator Phil Lockerby

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Recreating History in Painting with John Stobart

April 3rd, 2019


 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 …

Maritime Painter John Stobart

March 24th, 2019


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 …

Disney & The Death of 2D Animation: Mike Surrey Part 5

March 17th, 2019


Mike Surrey lived through one of the most unthinkable moments in animation history -- the day that Walt Disney Feature Animation would close it's …

From Disney to Dreamworks with Mike Surrey

March 10th, 2019


 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 …

The Lion King with Mike Surrey

March 4th, 2019


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 …

From Sheridan to Disney, A Conversation with Mike Surrey

February 24th, 2019


From the Sheridan Animation program to Supervising Animator on The Lion King. Michael Surrey's fascinating journey continues in part 2 of our conversation. 



A Conversation with Disney Animator Michael Surrey

February 18th, 2019


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 …

Carrying the Hensche Vision with John Ebersberger

February 10th, 2019


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 …

The Hensche Influence with John Ebersberger

February 3rd, 2019


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 …

A Conversation with Oil Painter John Ebersberger

January 27th, 2019


 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 …

The Value of Personal Animation Projects with Michael Greenholt

January 20th, 2019


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 …

Navigating the Studio System with Animation Supervisor Michael Greenholt

January 13th, 2019


Michael Greenholt has been working in animation for some time and has lately become a sought-after Animation Supervisor among the bigger studios. His …

Straight from Ringling School of Art to Disney: Animation Supervisor Michael Greenholt

January 6th, 2019


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 …

Looking Ahead to the New Year with Shaffer Creative

December 31st, 2018


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. 



Ten Words of Advice to Animators from an Animation Director

December 24th, 2018


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. 



Todd Talks The Promise: The Animated Musical

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Sam Cabanac Meets His Hero Glen Keane

December 10th, 2018


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, …

Young Superstar from Cégep du Vieux Montréal Sam Cabanac

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Mom-blogger turned Photographer: Missy Shaffer

November 24th, 2018


Todd interviews Melissa about how the launch of her new photography business and it's origin in a mom blog.





Guillaume Blackburn, the Storied Character Animator

November 19th, 2018


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 …

Animator Alain Seguin on Talent and Creativity

November 10th, 2018


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 …

Alain Seguin, the Animator's Animator

November 9th, 2018


Montreal character animation veteran Alain Seguin has an ease and proficiency as a character animator that other animator's envy. In this …

The Fledgling Animator, Sawyer Shaffer

November 3rd, 2018


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: …

Introducing to Shaffer Creative

October 28th, 2018


Our inaugural episode. What the heck is Shaffer Creative? Family life with six creatives pursuing animation, film-making, painting, illustration, photography and writing. 




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