|Photo by Hobie Hiler/TCPalm|
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 TCPalm.com 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.