I’ve said in my previous blog that “Art/animation is a medium I have the utmost respect for.” And I still stand by that. I am writing a 2nd part to this blog because I will make it my mission to convince you the viewer and the populace to open various animation studios on Long Island and give animators & story boarding artists young & old job opportunities.
There are plenty of empty building to rent out, next to a local barber shop or a convenience store. And when you do find the right building to open your animation studio, you’ll need a layout of how the office SHOULD look.
I am by no means an architect and it depends on how big or small the building itself is. But when first start out, it’s important to keep the layout of the office simple. Even if it means having 2-4 cubicles, computers, drawing tablets, etc.
This image is from Santa Monica Animation Studio based in California
Keep in mind some things. Santa Monica Animation studio has been around for a long time and have significant changes to their office layouts. I know I said, it’s important to keep it simple but I used this as an example to give you an idea on how an animation office should look like. But you are free to customize it to your likeness.
I would like to use another animation studio office layout as an example. This one is based in Tokyo Japan. Eastern offices have a completely different layout than in the west. But after taking a glimpse of the inside of Studio Mappa’s office, you could surely sprout ideas to you liking.
I’m showing you these examples because it’s important to be presentable. You’re not just showing off your office to animators & story boarding artists who are trying to look for a job, your presenting your studio and it’s employees to inverters, publishing companies who wish to do business with you & to see if your studio can meet their standards.
The company known as Disney are filled to the brim with investors. They currently own the rights to four currently running animation studios such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. When making your own animation studio, you have to essentially “sell” your studio to a publishing company so they may invest into it. The publishing company(sometimes multiple depending on the project) will give you r studio projects to work on and they’ll give you the necessary resources to do so.
The word “outsource” means to “obtain (goods or a service) from an outside or foreign supplier, especially in place of an internal source”. It’s far more common than you think. Office spaces, website structures, advertisements in general. Even your favorite cartoons from early the 2000s were outsourced to studios in the eastern countries such as Korea & China. Western countries do this frequently and vice versa in eastern countries. Japanese animation studios outsource their works to western studios time after time. You even see the name of certain studios in the credits of a show.
Some studios don’t outsource at all. Even the most work that maybe overwhelming to them. But even small studios with limited resources can make a difference in the work they produce. So don’t be discourage when making a studio yourself and don’t be afraid of doing it alone. Try to work with others and they’ll work with you. “Teamwork” is key for success.
We at Springboard Incubators are opening a small animation studio ourselves are are of need of a handful of animators & story boarding artists. Here’s our contact information:
We are also hiring teachers to teach students of all ages on how to be an animator and to work with art programs such as Moho, Adobe Animate & Toon Boom Harmony.
Thank you for reading.