So, ye want ta be a pirate, eh? As children, a lot of us grow up pretending to be pirates, whether it’s dressing up, building ships out of cardboard boxes or yelling Ahoy Matey every chance you get! If you never got the chance to become a pirate, Tab Burton and Brandon Kern, Blue Sky Animators, will show you it’s never too ...
Many people (even some very seasoned industry veterans) are suprised to find one of the world's most successful feature animation studios, nestled in the wooded hills of Greenwich, Connecticut. We are footsteps away from scenic Westchester County and the gorgeous Hudson River Valley - and yes, the greatest metropolis on earth: New York City.
But what is it like at Blue Sky?
If you’ve ever worked at a major animation studio, you’ll know exactly what to expect when walking in the door at Blue Sky.
Artwork, movie posters and funny sketches line the walls. Desks proudly display action figures, plush toys, movie memorabilia and other bits of eclectic nerdom. Some animation cubes have been entirely rebuilt as replicas of the sets of our movies. A PA might whiz by on a scooter. On breaks, co-workers play spirited rounds of table tennis, pool and Foosball with the athletic fervor of a Yankees-Red Sox game. For the tamer among us, we offer figure life drawing classes after hours as well as yoga sessions during lunch (Zen is no joke during crunch time).
But we are so much more than an animation studio, we’re a community. You’re just as likely to find us agonizing over a single detail in a shot as you are to see us out together for someone’s birthday on a Friday night. Producing incredible computer animated films requires talent and commitment, but it also requires camaraderie. That’s why our workplace is so full of fun perks, a creative environment and of course, a never-ending supply of coffee.
Seriously, there is never too much coffee.
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Figure Drawing, or Life Drawing, as it's often called, is the process of drawing the human figure in a studio environment. In some academic environments this begins with drawing from sculptures or casts of the figure, and over time leads to drawing from a live model, both costumed, semi-clothed and un-draped (nude).
Life drawing is widely accepted as the foundation for fine art ...
John Kalaigian is an Assembly Technical Director. On #Rio2 he dressed the Amazon set by populating trees and foliage to create a visually interesting and lush environment. He has been with the Blue Sky family for 2 years, out of the 8 he has been in the industry. This is his first time presenting at #Siggraph2014 and he is honored and thrilled!
...and have landed in Variety (click here) for Rio 2's top spot on home video sales!