Cubicle of the Month: The Original Tree House!
When looking back on Blue Sky's history, a certain cubicle comes to mind.
The Tree House is one of Blue Sky’s staples- the first of many creative cubes to decorate the studio and become a significant part of the company culture.
However, before Blue Sky made the move to Greenwich, CT, the studio was based in White Plains on the 17th floor. As the company grew in size, Blue Sky had to move into the basement, which was dreary and uninspiring. Desperate to come up with something to brighten the area, four animators, Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs and Pete Paquette came up with the best solution: a tree house.
According to Animation Supervisor, Scott Carroll, “We make movies for kids and wanted to be reminded of that when we came to work every day.”
“I never had a tree house growing up,” said Animation Supervisor Nick Bruno, “so we thought, what better time to make one than now?”
The four animators devised a plan to build their tree house. During the development stage they took to Maya, a C.G software, to draw out plans to make sure everything was measured proportionally.
Once the plans were drawn, it was time to bring the tree house to life! Supplies were purchased at Home Depot, which lead to endless hours in Nick’s garage putting the tree house together. Once completed, the masterpiece was loaded into a rented Uhaul and driven to the studio. The crew was completely surprised; as they had no idea a tree house was about to be planted in their workspace!
Once in the studio, the tree house became more than just a place for the animators to sit- it became a place for them to retreat. Every Friday The Tree House guys would hold a get together and celebrate the end of the workweek.
“It’s great to have your workplace be an inspiring escape during crunch time,” says Carroll, “we need to be reminded not to take ourselves so seriously.”
The idea to rebuild cubicles soon became infectious as more and more crewmembers began to create oases of their own. These four cubical entrepreneurs helped shape the Blue Sky environment, inspiring the dozens of self-created cubicles that decorate the floor and give life to the workspace today.
“We wanted to remind everyone that they shouldn’t take themselves too seriously about what we do; we are artists and should remember that,” says Bruno, “my wife likes to tell people her husband works in a tree house.”