Podcast EP 163: How Karen Disher Became the First Female Director at Blue Sky
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals – how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 163 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is Episode 163: How Karen Disher Became the First Female Director At Blue Sky
This episode features Karen Disher, the first female director and story artist at Blue Sky Studios. At Blue Sky she worked on Robots, Ice Age: Dawn on the Dinosaurs, and Ferdinand. Currently the creative director, development at Spire Studios, Disher is working on the company’s new feature film.
In this chat Disher will share how she got her start, what she’s learned about story, and provide guidance on how to find the confidence to build your own path.
Tune in to Ibele and Disher to hear:
- The perchance way Disher got to design the characters in Daria
- The skill that will send new opportunities your way
- How to actively work your way up the corporate-animation-ladder
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.