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Where we celebrate women and non-binary folk working in animation, and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

May 18, 2022

IPF-150, Deda Daniels, Comic/Story Artist and Lecturer

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Kira Rodrigues and Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is comic/story artist and full-time lecturer, Deda Daniels!

Deda grew up in Italy, studied in San Francisco, worked in Los Angeles, and now teaches in Singapore. While Deda is a retired storyboard and visual development artist, she is still deep in creative work with her comics and teaching young minds. She feels empowered to choose what she works on now- inspiration for us all! In today’s episode, she shares why there’s no such thing as art block, how she balances comics and teaching, how teaching inspires her to continue learning, how she used art to process grief, and more.

 

Find Deda online:

www.instagram.com/dedasaur/

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ AnimatedRise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

 

March 31, 2022

IPF-149, Animation Director and Illustrator, Fernanda Frick (part 2)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is animation director and illustrator, Fernanda Frick!

 

Fernanda is the creator of the short film, “Here’s the Plan”, the graphic novel, “Trazos”, with many more stories in development. In this episode, she shares with us how she finds motivation to push through big projects, how she learned how to write and develop a tv series with no prior knowledge of how to do it, why it’s good to have multiple ideas in our back pocket, and how every pitch is practice for the next.

 

Find Fernanda online:

https://fernandafrick.com/

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ AnimatedRise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

March 29, 2022

IPF-148, Animation Director and Illustrator, Fernanda Frick (part 1)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is animation director and illustrator, Fernanda Frick!

 

Fernanda is the creator of the short film, “Here’s the Plan”, the graphic novel, “Trazos”, with many more stories in development. In this episode, she shares with us how she finds motivation to push through big projects, how she learned how to write and develop a tv series with no prior knowledge of how to do it, why it’s good to have multiple ideas in our back pocket, and how every pitch is practice for the next.

 

Find Fernanda online:

https://fernandafrick.com/

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ AnimatedRise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

March 16, 2022

IPF-147, #PayAnimationWriters & #NewDeal4Animation with Chad Quandt

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s topic is #PayAnimationWriters and #NewDeal4Animation!

And today I’m joined by fellow writer, Chad Quandt to talk to you about #NewDeal4Animation and #PayAnimationWriters.

 

You may have seen these hashtags on social media where folks are sharing some harsh truths and inequalities about working in animation. And to be honest, it’s been really depressing to realize that some things that have been challenging for me or my colleagues have also been challenging to many! Cassie and Chad break down what writers want addressed at negotiations in this episode, but every animation craft has their own action items they're fighting for, too.

 

Support us all by signing the #NewDeal4Animation petition: https://t.co/tLY2dNFubA

 

If you're local to Burbank, attend our rally on March 20th! More info here: https://twitter.com/TAGwriters/status/1502331283581460480

 

To hear stories direct from the folks who make animation, check these links out:

The Animation Guild (TAG): https://twitter.com/animationguild

TAG Writers: https://twitter.com/TAGwriters

TAG POC Writers Committee: https://twitter.com/TAG_POCWriters

TAG Color Designers: https://twitter.com/colordesign839

TAG Story Artists: https://twitter.com/TAGStoryGroup

TAG Queer Committee: https://twitter.com/QTag839

TAG Young Workers Committee: https://twitter.com/TAGYoungWorkers

*Also check out their "What's the Union Got To Do With Me?" comic: https://twitter.com/TAGYoungWorkers/status/907728106743488513

 

Len Uhley's thread about why animation writers are not part of Writer's Guild of America (WGA): https://twitter.com/LenUhley/status/1461523983761911815

 

 

 

March 9, 2022

IPF-146, The Return of Jasmine Katatikarn, Co-Founder of the Academy of Animated Art

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is Jasmine Katatikarn, Co-Founder of the Academy of Animated Art!

 

Jasmine has previously been a guest on the show and was excited to come back because a lot has happened! For 10 years, she was a Senior Lighting Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios. But now… Blue Sky is closed. What do you do? While it’s a chapter closed, Jasmine’s here to share how she stays optimistic and focuses instead on the exciting moves happening within the industry. Jasmine’s now a CG Lead at Framestore and she still loves helping new artists break into animation and VFX. In today’s episode, she’ll share some stories and valuable takeaways she’s learned through all this, discuss the state of the industry within the health crisis and WFH orders, and more.

 

Update* Jasmine has moved on from Framestore and is now the 3D Tech Artist Manager at Amazon!

 

Learn more about the Academy of Animated Art:

https://academyofanimatedart.com/

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

February 23, 2022

I&PF-145, Nate Carvalho, Visual Development Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Kira Rodrigues

 

Today’s guest is Visual Development Artist, Nate Carvalho!

Nate’s career is just getting started in their home country of Brazil. They balance freelance work in viz dev and children’s book illustration, while still continuing their education as they’re eager to better their skills. They believe that animation is a tool that brings out magic and this keeps them moving forward. Nate chats keeping 9-5 hours as a freelance artist, how they keep focused while managing ADHD, and is ready to beg you to have hobbies alongside your work! Nate’s cheerful optimism is infectious and I’m so excited for you to meet them.

 

Find Nate online:

https://nathfuryc.artstation.com

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

February 9, 2022

IPF-144, Monica Lago-Kaytis, Veteran Creative Producer and CEO of Frogbot Films

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Kira Rodrigues and Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is Veteran Creative Producer and CEO of Frogbot Films, Monica Lago-Kaytis!

She’s worked in the animation industry for over 25 years, 23 of them with the famed Walt Disney Feature Animation where she started as a production assistant on Pocahontas. Since then, she’s climbed the production ranks managing and producing some of your favorite Disney films such as Hercules, Wreck-It Ralph, and Zootopia… okay, so those are a few of my personal favorites! But she was never looking to break into animation, it was a pleasant surprise! Growing up with an artsy mother, Monica was used to managing and making space for artists. Today, she shares her personal experiences, struggles, and how she evolved to the person she is today and gathered the courage to break away from the biggest animation studio to start her own production company, Frogbot Films.

 

She’s also an active mentor volunteer and the president of the non-profit organization, Rise Up Animation, which we also chat about in the ep!

 

Check out Rise Up Animation, and be sure to learn more about Frogbot Films!

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

January 28, 2022

IPF-143, Blacklisting with Megan Ferguson

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday and guest host, Megan Ferguson

 

Today, we discuss the fear of BLACKLISTING.

 

 

Learn more about Megan:

​​https://megan-ferguson.com/

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

January 26, 2022

IPF-142, Megan Ferguson, Director

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is director, Megan Ferguson!

By this time, who hasn’t seen Hilda on Netflix? If you have, you’ve seen Megan’s work! She’s also worked on Wander Over Yonder, Star vs the Forces of Evil, Stella and Sam, and Jimmy Two Shoes and all produced at Mercury Filmworks in Ontario, Canada. Out of college, she worked as an animator, she now supervises other animators as she’s climbed the ranks to directing. Today she shares how she believes we have to be actors and filmmakers- not just animators, how you don’t have to be passionate because stubbornness is just as useful a driver, and how fear plays a role in our learning experience that can stay with us our entire career.

 

Find Megan online:

​​https://megan-ferguson.com/

 

Local to Ottawa or wanna join in on virtual events? Join OATS!

https://www.ottawaanimators.com

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

January 13, 2022

IPF-141, Liza Singer, Storyboard Artist and Director

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is storyboard artist and director, Liza Singer!

 

Liza has worked across TV, feature, games, and, honestly, they've done a little of everything! From working at Warner Brothers on “Harley Quinn” and "DC Super Hero Girls" to "Disenchantment" at Rough Draft Studios, and even some preschool titles. But before all this, they got their start animating and illustrating for clients like Coca Cola, Prudential, and the Broadway Musical “Big Fish”. Today, Liza shares how they broke into animation, focused their storyboarding portfolio and skills, overcame a hand injury to continue doing what they love, and transitioned from storyboards into directing. So much to share today! Dive in when you're ready.

 

Find Liza online:

http://www.liza-singer.com

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk