WeTransfer Studios partnered with the Clio Awards to explore how and where creatives work best. Rather than another studio visit feature, we asked five creatives around the world to describe their dream workplace, which illustrator Owen Gatley brought to life for us.
Cybel Martin is an award-winning director of photography based in New York city. She’s worked with the likes of Netflix, ESPN and National Geographic and shot commercials for Sony, Reebok and Timberland. Her films have premiered at Sundance, TriBeCa and the Berlin Film Festival.
"The beauty of film production is my that my 'work place' is always changing – filming on a beach in Belize one week. downtown Los Angeles the next. I'm a kid in a visual candy store. My creativity thrives when there is order and structure. I love containers, folders, clocks, anything color-coded and alphabetized. My meditation and yoga practice is also very important. I wouldn't be opposed to a gong on set – and a band of yogis to practice sun salutations with me during my breaks."
"Sunlight is vital to my happiness and creativity. My perfect workspace would provide me with sunshine on demand. Not artificial – I know the difference. You know that cartoon character who is followed by one rain cloud that affects only them? I want the sun version. Either a tiny planet, or a quantum-physics-engineered sunroof so I can always look up and feel the sun, without it altering my lighting on set. Coffee. Must have strong coffee. Nothing fancy. If Craft Services could perform an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony (simply pick the raw coffee beans, roast & grind them) three times a day, I'd be pleased."
"Film crews are fun people. We laugh often. Sometimes we do stress out and could use an instant injection of joy. Nothing does that better than puppies. Especially Pomeranians for me. A portable, temperature-regulated Pomeranian Dog Run, complete with Poms, sound proof walls (don't want to upset our Sound Mixer), plush toys and puppy snacks would be a reasonable request. All of the chairs should be massage chairs. For those who have to stand all day, I'd like a masseuse to circulate amongst the crew members – do a quick shoulder rub and dab essential oils on our brow."
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