This episode changes gears a bit with a talk from an Industry Veteran. Dimos Vrysellas started animating professionally at the age of 17 and its been the only trade hes ever known. Its been 25 years of making magic from pencils, seeing the rise of software, learning from some of  best, and now starting passionate projects fueled mainly by willpower.

Currently, Dimos is working at AIC Movie a Director on their first CG animated film. Hes also  Director/Co Producer of The Ottoman animated short. Its co-produced by Luckbat Studios and Circus Ink Entertainment Ltd.

If that weren’t enough,  Dimos teaches as well at Animation Mentor, getting a huge kick out of helping new aspiring animators find their way.

He shares a lot of valuable advice in his stories and ‘preaching’ about video reference/proper mechanics. You’ll also hear about an amazing ‘chance interview’ that lead to a major gig out of school and changed his life. So kick back where ever you are and hit play.

Below you’ll find more info about The Ottoman and Links from Episode topics.

The Ottoman Animated Short Film

“A legendary tournament. A brash mechanic determined to defeat a giant mechanical scorpion. And the wife and son caught in the middle.” – Luckbat Studios and Circus Ink Entertainment Ltd

This is just a teaser to the short film.

To earn all kinds of digital goodies, posters, shirts, and even a professional animation critique from Dimos himself check out the kickstarter link below.

Ottoman Kickstarter
Ottoman Website

Ottoman Facebook
Ottoman Twitter

The intention is to finish the short film, and take it through the festival circuit. From there move on to make feature films and/or television series (games too). The characters and storylines are currently being developed for the feature.

The Ottoman Directing Team
Mike Stamm – Director/Producer

Dimos Vrysellas – Animation Director/Co-Producer

dimos and mike
(Left – Dimos, Right – Mike Stamm)

Links from the Episode

AIC Movie Inc.

AIC Movie Inc. is the holding company of a group of Canadian Corporations that specialize in production, post production executive production and distribution of feature films, animated projects and television programs. Based in Toronto, a city famous for fostering innovative and dynamic productions as well as being an important hub for domestic and international film and television industries. Associated companies include AMBI Pictures and 3D Evolution Systems Canada.
LuckBat Studios – Run by Mike Stamm


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