Today was DreamWorks Animation 401(k) day, where I rolled on campus to perform one of my mesmerizing, rib-tickling 401(k) enrollment meetings. After the meeting (held on DreamWorks' patio since I got bumped out of my usual meeting room), I rambled over to the freshly expanded Lakeside Building (pictured above) ...
The building has a lot more footage and two new floors. I didn't know about the new floors until a story artist told me a week ago he was now working "on the fifth floor."
Turns out there is one, and The Croods development teams are up there working on the new DWA picture, with lots of board artists drawing on Cintiqs. I ran into a guy I last saw at a different company across town, who told me:
"I've worked at every studio in L.A., and DreamWorks has better morale than any of them. [Studio X], my last place, just seemed totally directionless. The artists kept wondering what we were doing, where we were going. We just seemed to go in circles and the managers were clueless*.
"But here? They have an actual plan."
* I'll keep the identity of the studio of which the artist speaks under wraps. For all our sakes.