Episode 132 – Nic Gregory (Background Painter), Part 2

 

Nic GregoryToday, we conclude our 2-part interview with Disney Publishing background painter Nic Gregory. In part 1, we talked about his artistic influences, how he got into the animation industry, his upcoming projects, and much more. If you haven’t listened to that one yet, you definitely need to hear it before this one or some of what we talk about this time won’t make any sense!

Now, in this episode, Nic talks about…

  • More of his artistic influences
  • Nic Gregory 1The similarities and differences between creating music, visual art, and being a pro wrestler
  • His wrestling persona
  • His favorite comic book characters and a bit of off-topic stuff about super heroes
  • Loving Disney from the other side of the world
  • Working to make his dream come true
  • What inspires him
  • Seeing colors uniquely
  • If he could have any job working for Disney, what it would be and why
  • Fantasia 2000
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time


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Episode 131 – Nic Gregory (Background Painter), Part 1

Nic Gregory

Today, we begin a 2-part interview with Disney Publishing background painter Nic Gregory. I’ve had some interesting guests on this show before, and Nic is no exception. In fact, with his unique background and perspectives, he will be sharing things with you that I guarantee you’ve never heard before! And I can’t wait to bring this to you.

In this episode, Nic talks about…

  • What a background painter does
  • His favorite part of doing that
  • How he ended up in that part of animation
  • What his step in the overall process is, in general and then especially with Disney
  • How he got into the animation industry
  • The supportiveness of his wife, who was also a pro wrestler
  • How he began working with Disney Publishing
  • When his first books will come out
  • Upcoming projects
  • His favorite medium to work in
  • The class he taught at the Walt Disney Family Museum last month
  • The distinctiveness of Eyvind Earle’s style
  • His artistic influences


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

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Episode 130 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 2

Brian Collins

Today, we conclude our interview with former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins. In part 1, we talked about how he got started working for Disney at the front desk of Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, how he worked himself from there to Imagineering, what Imagineering’s headquarters are like and some of his favorite memories from being there, and how he applied what he learned in school to being an Imagineer, including some unexpected ways.

Now, in this episode, Brian talks about…

  • A class he thought he would enjoy but hated … and then it came back to be a huge help to him when working on the Great Movie Ride
  • Writing family-friendly graffiti for the backlot area of Disney’s MGM Studios
  • Experiencing the Magic Kingdom with Disney Legend John Hench
  • Suggestions for how people can develop curiosity in themselves
  • How his Imagineering experience has helped him since moving on from working with Disney
  • What he would do if he could have any job working for Disney
  • Tips for you for visiting the Disney theme parks
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dream
  • Shameless Plug Time


Find Brian:

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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 129 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 1

Brian Collins

Today, we return to our usual format with part 1 of our interview with former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins. Brian started at the Contemporary Resort at WDW working the Front Desk, but moved through several different roles until ultimately he became part of Walt Disney Imagineering. You’ll hear much more about him in the official intro in a couple of minutes.

 

Before moving on to giving you a preview of the interview, I’d like to take a minute to thank some recent reviewers. I actually got 10 new reviews since I last asked for them a couple of episodes ago. So, thank you Shellic2, soccermouse, RachelGuy72, Eagle615, GLUband, WDW_1971, OneLittleSparkPodcast, megan.amarice, DisneyJessica, and Disney Fan4life for your 5-star reviews!

 

Now, in this episode, Brian talks about…

  • How he got started working for Disney and what he did first
  • How he worked himself from there to Imagineering
  • Some cool things he did working for Disney before he got to WDI
  • How he started to network his way around the company while he was working the front desk at the Contemporary Resort
  • The first time he remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special.”
  • How he actually became an Imagineer—it’s not unlike Wesley becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts
  • What Imagineering’s headquarters are like and some of his favorite memories from being there
  • How he applied what he learned in school to being an Imagineer, including some unexpected ways


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 128 – D23 Expo 2017 (Disney Legends Ceremony)

Randy Crane

As you may know, July 14-16, 2017 was the D23 Expo. I was happily able to attend, though not as official Media or Press. Because of that, I wasn’t able to get priority access to anything or set up interviews with anyone. In fact, two of my favorite presentations: The Power of the Princess on Saturday and the Hercules 20th Anniversary panel on Sunday, didn’t allow recording at all. So, I don’t have any audio to share with you from those.

 

However, I can’t leave you empty-handed, my friend. So, I do have two things for you. First, if you go to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page, I took a lot of photos wherever I could, mainly in the Parks & Resorts presentation, and of the Star Wars Land, now called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, model. I will link to those photos below.

 

Also, I recorded much of the Legends Ceremony. I don’t camp out for the Expo like some people do, but I did show up at about 6:00 in the morning to be sure I got a seat for this, as I do every year. I think it’s one of the most important events at the Expo. I did have to record this in segments and then put them together for this episode. Because of that, I missed the first little bit of a couple of the bio videos, but I got 99% of the audio—not counting the performances because, really, who wants to listen to people dancing?   🙂   Even though this is different from what you usually get on this show, it’s in the very same spirit—bringing you the stories of people from throughout the company, what they did, why it matters to them, and why they love Disney. You’re about to get an hour and 15 minutes or so of exactly that.

 

Technically this audio is long enough that I would have split it into two episodes, but I want you to have it all in one. It really does all belong together.

 

In this episode, we have the Legends Ceremony. The recipients are, in the order they appear in the audio …

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Garry Marshall
  • Jack Kirby
  • Stan Lee
  • Gerry Geronimi
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Wayne Jackson
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Mark Hamill
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Julie Taymor

 

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If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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