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Story Driven Arts

Story Driven Arts

By Todd Shaffer
From paintings and illustration to animation and cinema, great art is great storytelling.
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Armand Baltazar | The Timeless Storyteller Part 1

Story Driven Arts

Tom Bancroft | From Disney to Indie
My guest in this episode is Tom Bancroft -- who was the Supervising Animator for Mushu on Disney’s animated feature Mulan. He was also an animator on Pocahontas, Tarzan, Young Simba on Lion King, and Iago on Aladdin. You might know Tom has a twin brother named Tony, who has also worked on many Disney films as a character animator. Tom and Tony produce a podcast, well-known in the animation industry, called the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, which has over 150 episodes. If you enjoy the month-long Instagram event in May called MerMay -- Tom was the one who started that. He continues to animate as a freelance animator and teaches in the animation program at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
December 10, 2020
Navigating Art Education with Valery Mihalkov
If you’re a student looking for a good school to teach you art or animation, where do you begin?  My guest today is an Instructor in the Animation Program of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. His name is Valery Mihalkov. Valery came to Concordia after many successful years making a living as a fine artist, and working in the animation industry at studios such as Cinar and Cinegroup. He was awarded an Emmy for his work for Sagwa. Valery’s reputation as an artist and instructor is well-known in the Montreal community. When my daughter was a major in the Drawing & Painting program at Concordia, she added a minor in animation just to be able to take classes taught by Valery.
July 30, 2020
The Creation of Timeless with Armand Baltazar
This is the second part of my conversation with the legendary painter, film designer, and now author, Armand Baltazar. Armand has written AND illustrated a novel called Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic. This is an achievement that is rare in the history of art and literature. The author/illustrator is a rare breed that is usually only found in Children’s literature.  Armand stands alongside author illustrators such as James Gurney and the great Howard Pyle. Not only is Timeless a best selling book, it is being produced as a film at Disney, and the Executive Producer on the film is Ridley Scott. In this episode, Armand talks about how Timeless came about, how it found a publisher publication, and how the film deal with Disney has come together.
July 1, 2020
Armand Baltazar | The Timeless Storyteller Part 1
My guest today is the legendary painter and background designer, Armand Baltazaar. Armand has worked on numerous animated features from Dreamworks Prince of Egypt to Pixar’s Inside Out. And Armand has recently released a novel that he both wrote and illustrated.. The book is called Timeless, and the movie rights have been purchased by a major studio and an A-list director has been attached. I first met Armand when I was new to the animation industry. He was teaching a painting course at a school called Associates in Art, in the LA, and I had the joy of studying under Armand.
June 8, 2020
The Storyteller as Artist - Episode 01
Throughout history the artist has been a storyteller. And that's more true today than it ever has been. This is our glorious heritage.
May 26, 2020