An Oscar heralded the studio’s arrival on the animation scene in 2012, but there’s more to Moonbot than movies…
Some businesses thrive on structure, others thrive on joy. It’s all about balance, according to Moonbot Studio’s co-founder and creative partner, Brandon Oldenburg. “When you have the right balance, respect for both sides of the skill sets business and art, you’re able to do great things.”
Great things are what defines Moonbot, which has just added two Emmys to its growing list of awards. Yet, with the studio’s lobby resembling a paediatrician’s waiting room, and monthly drink and draw gatherings at the local microbrewery, you can’t question that the balance is working. With an approximate ratio of 20 per cent admin and the rest “incredibly talented, gifted, disciplined and (tongue in cheek) mature artists”, there’s an obvious emphasis on childlike joy. As Brandon explains: “We look through the eyes of our younger selves, to keep
Christina Ellis sketches with Beavan Blocker. “I get really fired up about the culture of the art team, and want to foster relationships between artists, ” she says.