/ by Matt
It’s Friday evening and with the day’s activities coming to an end, we have a rare opportunity to venture out and examine the rare creatures that dwell in their natural habitats in Studio Orange. Come with me, as we see how the various species within the studio adapt their environments in their natural struggle for survival!
Found at the first desk inside the door, the Matt tries to keep a stream of concept art flowing from the desk to the wall beside. The habitat alternates between messy and tidy, depending on the amount of work going through and the amount of spillages and clumsy accidents to have recently occurred.
Seen on the desk is a tablet, rubik’s cube, random notes and notebooks, bags of loose tea, Anthropology by Dan Rhodes, Blade Runner Directors Cut DVD, pencil case of graphic pens and markers, black and white medium format film negatives, headphones, sketchbooks of concept designs, coffee cup and tea set.
Situated across the block, The Toni manages both his own workstation and the studio file and SVN server. On occasions, the Toni can be found staring wistfully at his three monitors as Matrix-like Python code lovingly scrolls by.
On the desk are a variety of monitors, keyboards and an eerily glowing mouse, flyers for interesting places in Amsterdam, notebooks and torn pages of handwritten code and ideas, and a lone tea bag wrapper.
Continuing clockwise through this stark and dangerous environment we find the natural abode of the Bassam. The sign of a creature with more pressing things to do than tidy up, books and script breakdowns are piled high, which have been carbon dated back from the first weeks of the project.
From left to right, we see gloves and hat for those chilly late Amsterdam nights, an enormous tablet that’s so unwieldy it’s only used for threatening the others with violence, Egon Schiele Drawings and Watercolours, the most current broken down script of the day, topology sketches, monitors perched high above an empty graphics card box, coffee cup, and Stop Staring by Jason Osipa.
Next, near the only openable window in the room is the home of The Lee. Strangely seen here without the usual stack of plates used to fill his black hole of constant ravenous hunger, the desk is adorned with his ceremonial headband for anime super power.
Seen on the desk are pencils for direction and notes, a monitor full of keyframes, mini DV tapes for capturing interesting footage of the team along with animation reference material, speakers, The Making of Final Fantasy, and a stack of CD-Rs.
High in the corner, casting an ever watchful eye over the room, the Andy keeps a scrupulously tidy habitat. The desk itself is still remarkably sturdy, having endured violent abuse throughout the months as repercussion for slipped schedules, frustrating blender bugs and forsaken dirty dining utensils.
Neatly yet precariously laid out is a bamboo microwave food container full of pens, drawing paper, The Illusion of Life, speakers, camera, coffee cup with traces of wiener melange, watch, cordless mouse house, tablet pen with stabbing lump and various other input devices.
Finally, our expedition has come full circle to the native roost of the Basse, forever covered with coffee stains, ink blotches, old typewriters, and lots and lots of paper. As he does in Finland, the Basse prepares his nest with hundreds of drawings and paintings as insulation against the harsh winters, their warmth only matched by the warmth of Finnish Cheese.
Perched on the desk is a coffee cup, water bottle, script breakdown for the current scene, Dutch liquorice, interesting and eclectic audio CDs, sketches and artwork of all kinds, tablet, and script/idea/sketch/storyboard sheets.