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What's Going On Here?

By John Pavlus
Brandon Oldenburg, who cofounded the studio with William Joyce, explains the space his staff works in.

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1 // PRINTED MATTER

“Often nobody gets to see all the hard work that’s made every day on a computer, so we’re constantly printing things out and hanging them. You have to surround yourself with your work.”

2 // JET PACK

“We built this, and Bill uses it on children’s-book tours. He tells kids he took the jet pack there, and just arrived. Kids believe so many stories are real, so why not go one step further with the author?”

3 // BILLY'S BOOGER

“Bill wrote a book in fourth grade about a kid whose boogers help him with homework. His parents were called into the principal’s office because of it. Now it’s in develop-ment with us.”

4 // "OZ"

“This guy is from a story in development. It’ll be animated, but we’re puppeteering him. Why not? We save costs, and the audience will sense a level of handmade craftsmanship.”

4 // "OZ"

“This guy is from a story in development. It’ll be animated, but we’re puppeteering him. Why not? We save costs, and the audience will sense a level of handmade craftsmanship.”

5 // Morris Lessmore

“Every animated environment in Lessmore contains something physical that we built, like this chaise. A computer does things so perfectly, but we love seeing imperfections. That’s what makes it much more real.”

6 // Spider bot

“This toy is from the film Meet the Robinsons, based on a Bill Joyce book. It combines elements from many characters Bill and I developed in the past. No idea stays in a fixed place.”

Photo by by Daymon Gardner