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

October 9, 2020

I&PG-113, Fadia Alhallak, Storyboard Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

This week is all about the writers and artists of the Amazon series “PETE THE CAT” produced at Surfer Jack.

Today’s guest is storyboard artist, Fadia Alhallak!

 

Fadia’s journey has taken her from being a child of war in Syria to an animation professional in America. She shares how having survivor’s guilt from the war torn area inspired her emotional college thesis film, Jasmine, and she continues to carry the weight of the people she wants to give a voice to. While she’s at the start of her career, she is proud to have made it this far! In our conversation, we discuss why quitting was never an option, how she adapted along the way, how every experience- success or failure- leads you to becoming a stronger person-- they don’t call it growing pains for nothing.

 

Find Fadia online:

https://www.fadiaalhallakart.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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

October 8, 2020

I&PG-112, Patricia Pham, Storyboard Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

This week is all about the writers and artists of the Amazon series “PETE THE CAT” produced at Surfer Jack.

Today’s guest is storyboard artist, Patricia Pham!

 

She straddled academics and pursued animation in college until she was sure she could follow her heart and commit full throttle. While she didn’t quite know where she wanted to be inside the industry, an internship at Nickelodeon exposed her to all the variety of roles there are that aren’t always discussed in college. Though she never thought she wanted to be a storyboard artist, she found herself crossing over from production to art clean up and a couple gigs later, she’s a storyboard artist!

 

Find Patricia online:

https://www.artbypatriciapham.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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

October 7, 2020

I&PG-111, Whitney Tang, Storyboard Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

This week is all about the writers and artists of the Amazon series “PETE THE CAT” produced at Surfer Jack.

Today’s guest is storyboard artist, Whitney Tang!

 

In college, she was undeclared, starting out in industrial design until she found her way to animation. She’s worked on projects for Warner Brothers like Young Justice and some of the Lego DC movies like Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis, and DC Super Hero Girls, as well as Amazon’s “Pete the Cat.” In our chat, she shares why networking is so important to thriving in the industry, how she boards action sequences, pre-school song sequences, and why she enjoys both!

 

Find Whitney online:

http://www.whitneytang.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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

October 6, 2020

I&PG-110, Lexie Kahanovitz, Writer

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

This week is all about the writers and artists of the Amazon series “PETE THE CAT” produced at Surfer Jack.

 

Today’s guest is writer, Lexie Kahanovitz!

From New York to Los Angeles, Lexie climbed the ladder from production assistant to story editor over the course of working on various animated tv shows. She shares how creating her own show, The Super Fun Show with Learning, along the way opened doors, about her long journey to getting a foot into the industry, and the joy of working on the adorable Amazon Prime show, Pete the Cat.

 

Find Lexie online:

@superfunshowwithlearning

 

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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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

October 5, 2020

I&PG-109, Eva Konstantopolous, Writer

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

This week is all about the writers and artists of the Amazon series “PETE THE CAT” produced at Surfer Jack.

 

Today’s guest is writer, Eva Konstantopolous!

Eva’s journey from development assistant to staff writer for beloved preschool animated shows is a winding one. One that includes a horror novella and a film adaptation along the way that you can now see on Netflix. She shares how she won’t stay in one lane, how writing genre is similar to writing for animation, as well as her optimistic and healthy views on rejection.

 

Find Eva online:

@robot_eva

 

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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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

September 24, 2020

I&PG-108, Jasmine Katatikarn, Senior Lighting Technical Director & Co-Founder of The Academy of Animated Art

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is Senior Lighting Technical Director, Jasmine Katatikarn!

 

Jasmine currently works at Blue Sky Studios and her lighting credits span multiple projects that include Ferdinand, Peanuts, Rio 2, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ghost Town, and The Nanny Diaries. But the project that really lights her heart up is the online school that she created along with fellow lighting artist, Mike Tanzillo, called The Academy of Animated Art. 

This is a different way of educating students on the non-animation disciplines of animated features and visual effects. Their Academy is designed to be affordable and accessible to everyone looking to get started in computer graphics or expanding their existing knowledge in this ever-changing industry.

Find The Academy of Animated Art online:

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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

September 17, 2020

I&PG-107, Thandiwe Mlauli, Founder of Studio Yezi & Creator of “Sola”

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is producer, director, writer, and artist, Thandiwe Mlauli!

Thandiwe founded Studio Yezi to focus on developing animated stories for African audiences and is passionate about equalising the playing field for black creatives on the continent & in the world. Her first development is a short film called "Sola"!

In this episode, we discuss her thoughts on not seeking permission, leadership as a role of service to others, animation as play, the importance of having a support system, why it's important for us to show up for ourselves and be willing to transform, and so much more.

 

Here’s how you can help make Sola happen!

  1. Donate to their fundraising campaign on Jumpstarter
  2. Follow @StudioYezi and share their Sola graphic and tag your post with #makesolahappen

If you’re unable to make a donation, sharing the word with your friends is free and still helps!

 

Find Thandiwe and Studio Yezi online:
https://www.studioyezi.co.za

@studioyezi

@heythandi

 

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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!"

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkNPaintGirls
Instagram: @inkandpaintgirls

September 7, 2020

I&PG-106, Jessica Kleinman, Background Painter & Illustrator

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

 

Today’s guest is background painter and illustrator, Jessica Kleinman!

From pre-school to adult animated series, Jessica has worked on shows like "Disney Jr. Nursery Rhymes" to "We Bare Bears" to "Thundercats Roar" to "Bojack Horseman" and more! She talks about hoping for freelance to lead to in-house gigs, moving to LA with her significant other who’s also in animation, as well as how she’s been able to adapt to each new experience along the way in this ever unpredictable landscape of animation.

 

*Please note that this interview was recorded in December 2019

 

Find Jessica online:
jessicakleinman.com

 

 

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Women in Animation
Website
womeninanimation.org

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter
@InkNPaintGirls
Instagram
@inkandpaintgirls

September 4, 2020

I&PG-105, Anime and Manga with Vivian Lee & Vanessa Yee (part 5)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday and guest host, Adam Holmes

 

This is part 5 of our Anime & Manga conversation with Vivian Lee and Vanessa Yee!

 

Vanessa Yee is a Chinese American female and third generation Angeleno. She directed "The Laundromat", a documentary about issues of silence, shame, and cyclical family dynamics for Asian Americans and hosts "The Bull and The Badger" podcast which further explores this conversation. Vanessa is passionate about giving tools to the Asian American community!

https://www.thelaundromatdoc.com

https://www.thelaundromatdoc.com/podcast

 

Vivian Lee was born in Japan and grew up reading manga and watching anime. She is an associate producer at Walt Disney Imagineering and is passionate about storytelling and animation!

https://www.instagram.com/vyumemi/

 

Adam Holmes is a storyboard artist working in the Animation industry. He and our guests met in college at UCLA where they bonded over anime and manga, and brought us all together for this series!

http://www.superadamworld.com

 

 

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Women in Animation:
Website
womeninanimation.org

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter
@InkNPaintGirls
Instagram
@inkandpaintgirls

September 3, 2020

I&PG-104, Anime and Manga with Vivian Lee & Vanessa Yee (part 4)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday and guest host, Adam Holmes

 

This is part 4 of our Anime & Manga conversation with Vivian Lee and Vanessa Yee!

 

Vanessa Yee is a Chinese American female and third generation Angeleno. She directed "The Laundromat", a documentary about issues of silence, shame, and cyclical family dynamics for Asian Americans and hosts "The Bull and The Badger" podcast which further explores this conversation. Vanessa is passionate about giving tools to the Asian American community!

https://www.thelaundromatdoc.com

https://www.thelaundromatdoc.com/podcast

 

Vivian Lee was born in Japan and grew up reading manga and watching anime. She is an associate producer at Walt Disney Imagineering and is passionate about storytelling and animation!

https://www.instagram.com/vyumemi/

 

Adam Holmes is a storyboard artist working in the Animation industry. He and our guests met in college at UCLA where they bonded over anime and manga, and brought us all together for this series!

http://www.superadamworld.com

 

 

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Women in Animation:
Website
womeninanimation.org

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter
@InkNPaintGirls
Instagram
@inkandpaintgirls