Image at top: Dreamworks Animation campus in Glendale, California
— Sabrina Alberghetti (@TheRealSibsy) February 28, 2021

While there does seem to be a lot of support for a hybrid approach, the responses to Gutierrez’s question are interesting for how varied they are. We’ve reproduced tweets from leading artists below (with their permission). They reveal that people’s preferences can be conditioned by a range of factors, from union affiliation to the kind of work they do…

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— Henrique Jardim (@henriiscrap) February 28, 2021

— Michael Ruocco (@AGuyWhoDraws) February 28, 2021

I think writing over zoom goes a lot slower, and makes it harder to learn and reach a creative hivemind. The benefits are great, but I think a hybrid would be nicer – as a writer, not being able to pop into an artists office to kick around ideas together has def been a bummer

— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) March 1, 2021

Last month, we spoke to Tom Box, co-founder of major U.K. animation studio Blue Zoo, about the future of working. Box told us of his vision for a post-pandemic hybrid model that will combine studio and remote work, freeing staff to live further from the city. As he puts it, Blue Zoo, a long-time pillar of the London animation industry, “is no longer really a London-based company.”

Henrique Jardim, director at Titmouse:

After receiving a flurry of replies from industry artists, Gutierrez concluded in a later tweet that the general mood was in favor of a flexible hybrid model, like the one Box described to us:
— ben mekler (@benmekler) February 28, 2021

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