Animation, Interview, Movies, Television

Episode 154 — A Composer’s Mindset with Kevin Manthei

Ali interviews TV, film and video game composer, Kevin Manthei. He shares about his musical influences, how he got his start composing for video games, his process for scoring an episode of TV, working as the series composer on Invader ZIM and stepping back into the world for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, what went into creating “Peace Is Nice,” his thoughts on creative block, advice for aspiring composers, current projects and more!

Check out the following links for more of Kevin’s work:

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 117 — The Structure of TV with Shauna McGarry

Ali interviews TV writer and producer, Shauna McGarry. She shares how she got her start in the industry, what it was like working on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, details about the award-winning Tuca & Bertie episode she wrote, “The Jelly Lakes,” a deeper look into the two BoJack Horseman season 6 episodes she wrote, “The Face of Depression” and “Angela,” her advice for writers and much more!

Be sure to follow Shauna on Instagram.

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 111 — TV Writing with Alison Tafel

Ali interviews TV writer, Alison Tafel. She shares how she got her start in the industry, her first day in the BoJack Horseman writers’ room and insight into each of the episodes she wrote for the show: “Stupid Piece of Sh*t,” “INT. SUB,” “Feel-Good Story” and “The View From Halfway Down.” She also talks about her experience writing for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she gives advice for writers trying to break into the industry as well as when you’re in the industry.

Be sure to follow Alison on Twitter and Instagram.

Alison Tafel

Animation, Interview, Television, Web Series, Writing

Episode 104 — All Things Animation with Aaron Long

Ali interviews animator and director, Aaron Long. He shares how he became a director on BoJack Horseman, memorable episodes and scenes he’s worked on for the show, his favorite contributions to Tuca & Bertie thus far, the inspiration for his indie cartoon series, Sublo and Tangy Mustard, favorite episodes and funny character names, as well as the character he relates to the most from his show. He also shares his thoughts on cartoon reboots, some of his all-time favorite cartoon characters and advice for young animators and creators.

Be sure to check out Aaron’s site, aaronlongcartoons.com, as well as his YouTube channel. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Sublo and Tangy Mustard
Animation, Television

Episode 103 — Bottle Episodes

Ali discusses some of her personal favorite bottle episodes from various TV shows and what makes them so interesting, whether it’s hilarious character interactions, building tension between two characters or raising the stakes as an episode plays out in real time.

Bottle Episodes

 
Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 89 — Network and Niche TV with Nick Adams

Ali interviews author and TV writer, Nick Adams, whose writing credits include New Girl, black•ish, People of Earth, Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman. Nick shares what his process was for writing his book, Making Friends with Black People, what it’s like working in a TV writers’ room, favorite jokes he’s contributed, hitting a crucial story beat in one of the final episodes of BoJack he wrote, “Xerox of a Xerox,” plus his advice for aspiring TV writers.

Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter.

Nick Adams

Animation, List

Episode 30 — Favorite Animated Antagonists with Patricia

Ali and special guest, Patricia Miranda of Old School Lane, each share their top 5 favorite animated antagonists.

Check out Old School Lane on YouTube and find updates on Facebook and Blogspot, as well as by following Patricia on Twitter. Also, be sure to give Ali’s blog interview with Patricia a read: An In-Depth Chat with the Co-Founder of Old School Lane.

animated antagonists

Television

Episode 26 — Selfie

Ali discusses the witty, heartfelt, yet unfortunately short-lived series, Selfie, created by Emily Kapnek. She shares funny lines and heartwarming moments from each episode while referring to the show’s timely commentary on the pitfalls of social media obsession.

Selfie