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!
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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One of the presenters taking #Siggraph2014 into the Amazon is Karyn Monschein, Camera & Staging Technical Lead and Final Camera & Staging Artist.
Along with her department, she helped develop the cinematography that captured the grandeur and scope of the Amazon in #Rio2. Out of the 14 years Karyn has been in the industry, she has spent 9 years at Blue Sky. Karyn has presented at ...
Dave Barksdale is the Fur Lead Technical Director and has been grooming and developming fur for the past 8 years at Blue Sky. On Rio 2, Dave was responsible for the support of furred environmental assets from creation to final render. Dave has never presented at Siggraph, he is really looking forward to being a part of the conference this year!