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#192: Stepmates & Michael Cusack: exporting modern Australia

By Jordan Michaelides

My guests this week are Mark Nicholson & Seb Peart of cartoon studio Stepmates, talking all about their recently released show on 7Mate, Regular Old Bogan. 

Michael Cusack also joins us; well known for YOLO, Rick & Morty Bushworld, Koala Man — and more recently — YOLO Crystal Fantasy on Adult Swim.

As repeat guests, it was great to have them back on in general, but also together in the one episode.

In this episode we covered:

  • Dealing with TV networks
  • The animation process
  • Production horror stories 
  • COVID-19: animation renaissance
  • Cultural cringe: Australia

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SHOW NOTES:

00:28 – Welcome to Uncommon
01:11 – Guest introduction
01:33 – Hard questions
03:47 – YOLO: the next level
10:17 – Cusack on working with Jared Wright
11:37 – Parallel development & licencing issues
14:18 – Dealing with TV networks
18:46 – The animation process
27:10 – Processes: Bushworld Vs. YOLO
30:05 – Production horror stories
33:27 – Network control
36:17 – The internet is where the heart is
40:50 – COVID-19: animation renaissance
45:30 – Back to work: more spaghetti please
47:21 – Praying for pandemics & taking breaks
51:13 – Pre-COVID go-to
52:30 – COVID-19: next 6 months
59:09 – Australian animations: US aspirations
01:05:20 – Cultural cringe: Australia
01:10:49 – Film school Vs. ABC: missing the point
01:18:17 – Show recommendations
01:22:34 – Lockdown: fridge staple
01:23:29 – Best COVID-19 purchase

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CREDITS:

Produced by Neuralle
Host – Jordan Michaelides
Executive Producer – Lauren Lopatko
Assistant Producer – Jacob Smith
Audio Engineering – Jason Barkhouse
Videography – Ricards Lacis