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Animation Industry Podcast 81: Aaron Long's Journey from Student to Director of BoJack Horse

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This episode features Aaron Long, BoJack Horseman Director and current Supervising Director on Netflix’s Tuca and Bertie. He shares how he got his first job animating on TripTank fresh out of Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto, and how he worked his way up to Director on BoJack.


You’ll also learn:

*The number one skill Aaron worked the hardest at to get where he is now

*The ins and outs of producing and animating his animated series - Sublo and Tangy Mustard

*The biggest piece of advice that Aaron followed throughout his journey


~[Sponsored Message]~


This episode is sponsored by Bloop Animation, which is an animation learning platform packed with premium online video courses for aspiring animation filmmakers.


They have courses for all major animation programs like Maya, Animate CC, Toon Boom, Blender, TVPaint, and many others, as well as some non-software courses like a storyboarding course, Animation foundations course, and even one about making graphic novels, which covers absolutely everything you need to know from start to finish.


The courses are all in video-form, so there’s no deadlines or application process, you simply pick a course and start learning in seconds. They even offer a free ebook titled “Making an animated short”, which covers their entire process, step-by-step, of how they made one of their films, from coming up with the idea, to storyboarding, animation and all the way to exporting the film. You can get that book for free at www.bloopanimation.com/animationindustry. You can check out their complete course library at www.bloopanimation.com/courses.


*Free ebook on making a short film: www.bloopanimation.com/animationindustry

*Bloop Animation’s course library: www.bloopanimation.com/courses


~~


More about Aaron Long:


Aaron graduated from Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design in 2012. Since then he has worked as animator, storyboard artist, writer, animation director, and director on a number of animation series including TripTank, Greatest Party Story Ever, Bojack Horsesman, Tuca and Bertie, and his independent series Sublo and Tangy Mustard.


*Check out Aaron’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7lcnjujJaRfbpYyHce-gbQ

8Check out Aaron’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/_aaron_long/

*Watch the first episode of Sublo and Tangy Mustard: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSFyIy9FbK8&t=124s

*Watch Fester Fish: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-1IXGpD244

*Watch TripTank: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrBJDlY952Q

*Watch stuff by Masaaki Yuasa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrBJDlY952Q

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Haha firstly i did not put that together that your name comes out as a sort of pun that is hilarious.

This was actually my favourite episode so far. I really enjoyed the industry talk and the desire for transparency in general strokes not just with regards to industry practice but creatively speaking. Was super interesting to hear both of your thoughts on it.

I've got to say I got a decent kick out of the Canadian talk too funnily enough. As an Australian a lot of our tv was imported from CA but 'The Raccoons' did not make it over here so that was a great discovery for me lol.

Definitely going to look up sluglife and take the lesson on pacing to heart.
I think I have a habit of trying to emulate what I see on TV rather than celebrating my difference in sensibilities.
Was inspired hearing about the creation of Sublo and Tangy Mustard on top of Aarons day job. Although I was somewhat aware of the fact it only just clicked for me really listening to this. Its a pretty phenomenal feat to make a series on top of working as a director on a prime-time series.
I've got no excuses now better go make something :)

terryibele responds:

Hey! Thanks for listening and commenting. Glad you got a lot out of this episode.

The Raccoons is certainly a different type of show - it's about some forest creatures trying to save their home from a greedy corporation.

Best of success with your journey :)

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