Art by: Michael Surrey
Our goal is to build a long-lasting, healthy, vibrant studio where artists and stories come first.”
Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer
How We Work
We recognize that with the right people, structure, and systems in place, we don’t need to be in a studio five days a week. Today, we collaborate across borders through our production hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Mumbai. Talent has no borders, and we are devoted to supporting artists wherever they are located.
While we have a seamless, cloud-based work environment that can support artists across the globe, we love collaborating in-person. Between town halls, social gatherings, and working side-by-side in production hubs, we strive to build strong bonds in a hybrid office culture. These interactions create a distinctive opportunity to communicate, brainstorm, and obtain feedback from colleagues in a way that supplements our virtual meetings.
Our leadership team regularly asks, what can we do to make your life easier? We want our talent to shine and we work to ensure our team has the tools and opportunities to both grow and to support others in their growth.
At Spire we embrace:
- An owner’s mindset of taking initiative and responsibility
- An inner child’s spirit of playfulness
- A craftsman’s passion for pursuing excellence
- A musician’s dedication to the symphony
- An athlete’s courage to face challenges and risk failure
Everyone plays an important role at Spire. We have created a merit-based organization with minimal hierarchy. Every Spire employee is treated like an owner of the business, and we make sure all voices are heard. We hold weekly meetings to share updates and talk about the direction we’re going, while giving the team an opportunity to weigh in and ask questions. We want all team members to feel empowered in their role.
Micromanagement, tracking PTO, and big egos are not in our vocabulary. We trust our people to be good to each other and to make smart decisions. We have a no-asshole policy. We’ve seen this approach motivates and energizes our team, and that’s when great things happen.
Diverse and Inclusive Environment
Spire aims to tell beautiful, original stories. We have focused on bringing diverse creative and technical individuals together. By drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, we can explore a broader spectrum of creativity and develop films that appeal to global audiences.
Moreover, we are committed to a transparent and honest culture where everyone feels valued. We have open lines of communication at all levels within the studio and strive to be a close-knit group of people who treat one another like family. It’s this combination of voices and relationships that will allow us to tell the best stories while leveraging the latest technologies.
Read more about our diversity and inclusivity efforts in the article, “Spire Animation Studios Helps Lead the Way for Gender Equality.”