Photos &Richard Williams 21 Feb 2010 08:59 am

Sunday Photo recap – My Space

- I’ve had a number of different spaces over the years, and I’ve loved them all. Here’s a recap of a post I did back in Feb. 2007 which showcases a couple of those spaces.

These are the only pictures I have of my very first studio. Originally I set up in an apartment leased by Richard Williams. I took care of his apartment while he was out of town (most of the time), and we did Woman of the Year out of that space. (You can see photos of that space here.) Once it became clear that I needed my own space, I found one in a building at One West 30th Street.

It was an historic building and a very interesting site. Every floor was decorated differently, and except for the second floor it was completely housing. The second floor had about half dozen office spaces. Two of them were Persian rug dealers with whom we spent time drinking a lot of Turkish coffee. (This area of NY features quite a few rug sellers.)

My office looked like something out of Sam Spade. All these steel and glass partitions broke the space up into two parts. In the photo above, I’m standing in the larger space (maybe 20 foot squared) which leads into the back area, my space. This was possibly 10×20. I loved it.


The B&W photo above left is the only other picture I have from that space. The framed cels are from Woman of the Year; it sits above the end title image from Morris’ Disappearing Bag. Both of these were done in 1981-82. Hence this photo dates back to 1982. The color image above was taken this morning from the vantage of our current studio’s front door. The flowers are on the front desk.

Last week we saw a day of heavy snow/rain/sleet which left the City covered with 3-4 inches of iced snow. A week later it still covers most of the town. Garbage is piling up a bit more than usual and construction has slowed down – just a bit.

This is the front of my building. A gypsy fortune teller sits just atop the entrace to my space – down a dozen steps. There’s a knitting shop (red for Valentine’s Day) next door. They have a cafe wherein many women seem to gather to knit. (I’ve only been in the store once, but it’s usually filled into the late hours.)

This is the actual entrace down some icy steps.

Once you go down these steps you have to walk down an icy, outdoor corridor. On the left you can see this corridor from the street side. On the right it’s from the studio side.

Finally. from the front door of this studio you see this space. (I’m literally standing in the doorway.) This room has four stations equipped with drawing tables and computers as well as two other computer setups. The editing station is all the way in the back right. Matt Clinton, our principal animator on staff, works to the back left with Katrina Gregorius working just to his front. Christine O’Neill, my assistant, sits behind the flowers, up-front.

My room is in another room to the right.

3 Responses to “Sunday Photo recap – My Space”

  1. on 21 Feb 2010 at 9:26 am 1.Dustin Grella said …

    Hey thanks Michael! I wouldn’t have been able to navigate all of those icy stairs and that crazy snowy corridor, but this is the next best thing. In fact, I’m surprised to see you navigating it at these early hours on a Sunday morning.

  2. on 21 Feb 2010 at 10:32 am 2.Michael said …

    Hi Dustin. These photos, as I mentioned in the post, were resurrected from a 2007 piece (hence the snow being everywhere when today it’s all just about melted from our most recent snowfall.) I am in most days, including weekends, from about 7:30am to 6pm. I have a cat in the studio that needs attention and I’m a workaholic.

  3. on 22 Feb 2010 at 9:10 pm 3.Jenny Lerew said …

    I just love these posts–and I wish I’d seen these photos before looking for your studio…I had to follow those movers in to find you.
    There’s a wonderfully otherworldly feeling making one’s way to the door. Then again I get that vibe all over the Village.

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