San Francisco expands digital arts hub with opening of Orphanage
October 14, 2005
San Francisco expanded as an emerging digital arts hub yesterday,
as the newly launched Orphanage Animation Studios hung out its
shingle in the Presidio.
The company slates soon-to-be announced feature projects, directed
by award winning animation director Genndy Tartakovsky.
Tartakovsky created the Cartoon Networks animated series Star
Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory.
"After 13 years of television animation I've had the good
fortune to work with some of the finest talent in the industry,"
"Now my story team and I have an opportunity take the experience
into feature films.
"Bringing together the Orphanage's expertise in visual effects
and computer animation and our creative vision in storytelling
and design will form a unique and fulfilling partnership,"
Films will be produced in the $50 to $75 million range, with
"discussions currently underway with several distribution
channels," explained Scott Stewart, Orphanage co-founder
Scott Stewart, Orphanage co-Founder
Carsten Sorensen, CEO, The Orphanage
"We're definitively going to hire from where we can find
them. There might be a fair number of folks who do not fit the
mold for starting at working at a Pixar," stated Stewart.
The mayor estimated $1,760 in tax revenue for every new San Francisco
High paying industries produce even higher revenues. Stewart
noted the Orphanage has one 24-year-old making an income of six
"Our friends across the Bay at Pixar have set the creative
bar very high for features. We knew if we wanted to achieve that
level of quality in our films, we needed a visionary story teller.
"We found a storyteller in Genndy. Whether by stepping into
George Lucas' shoes to write and direct the acclaimed Star Wars:
Clone Wars series, or by establishing his trademark sense for
cinematic action in Samurai Jack, Genndy has proven himself to
be one of the most innovative and exciting voices in animation
today," Stewart noted.