Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tradition Studios Set to Open New Campus

Photo by Hobie Hiler/TCPalm
The newest major animation studio on the block, Tradition Studios, will be officially opening its production facilities in Port St. Lucie, Florida on January 3.

A division of visual effects house Digital Domain Media Group, Tradition will employ over 550 artists and CG animators at the new campus in an effort to rival Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Artists have already begun moving in.

In an in-depth article on the opening, local news outlet reports that unlike most studios, Tradition designed its space to be as accessible as possible for the general public.

Tours will be offered beginning in February; two soccer fields and an outdoor movie amphitheater are also meant to bring in members of the community.

"We make movies for children and like the idea of children visiting and playing at the facility," Digital Domain CEO John Textor told the site. "It's not only exciting for kids in the community, but it brings artists closer to their audience."

Be sure to take a look at the article's gallery of a dozen pictures of the 115,000 sq. ft. campus, including the one shown above of the building lobby.

The first Tradition feature will be The Legend of Tembo, about a young African elephant taken from his family to be used in battle. It's scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.

(via @Bauerpower)


Nini said...

Yup, good luck to 'em.

Anonymous said...

In the words of the great Cam. "there are two people in this world. Employees and Employers"

Congrats to all who got hired. Now draw me 500 storyboards lol

Anonymous said...

its a long way to see its first feature film

Anonymous said...

Disappointing, when I saw "Tradition Studios," I was thinking a new studio dedicated to hand-drawn animation. Boo.

simmy25 said...

" an effort to rival Disney/Pixar"

"We make movies for children"

do I need to say more?

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

Well, the way I look at it, maybe there needs to be a studio 'for children' - that way, other studios can focus on gearing their films to the older audiences. If one studio fills the 'children niche,' I mean.

It's annoying when parents complain that just because it's animated it should be appropriate for kids. I'd like to see animation go more in the way of live-action - some are for kids, others aren't so much.

Moni said...

simmy25 - you hit the nail on the head.

Nate said...

Im still scratching my head as to why they are working with CG if they're calling theselves "Tradition".
Not to mention that hand drawn could provide against Pixar/Dreamworks.

Mike Bastoli said...

simmy25 & Moni: "... in an effort to rival Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation" were my words, not the studio's. And I didn't mean it in a disparaging way.

Anonymous said...

But Mike it is their words, there are several interviews with people from the studio that say they want to be in direct competition with Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks and proclaiming they are making films for just children. I feel if they are going to go that direction and don't appeal to the four quadrants of movie goers like several Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks films do, the studio is already dead in the water.