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Its official guys, Buck has just launched a new studio in Sydney Australia. The world beating New York and LA animation studio have made their official launch with opening titles for Canadian creative conference Blend Fest.

Blend – Opening Titles from Buck on Vimeo.

New Zealand born designer/creative director Gareth O’brien made his way to Sydney from the New York office to lay the ground works for the Australian studio at the beginning of 2015. O’brien spent the last 12 months hiring talent and scouting studio space as well as working remotely on projects back in the US. We had a quick chat with him about the move.

OZ-London and Vancouver seem like hubs at the moment, what was it about Australia and Sydney in particular that made you want to set up here?  

GO- The move to Australia was based on a few things.  Buck had been flirting with the idea of opening an office outside of the US for a while but nothing ever stuck. Coming down under made sense to us partly because of the culture here. Antipodeans know how to work and party hard; this work/life balance suits Buck’s culture. It was also serendipitous – a few things fell into place making it feel like the right decision.
Personally, I had an amazing time in New York and will always look back on that time with fondness. My wife and I recently had 2 kids, which played a big part of our decision to move closer to home.
OZ- Setting up a studio is hard, even with the support of an established company. What sort of challenges are you facing? Do you think they are unique to Australia at all? 
GO- We have massive support from Buck and a lot of experience to lean on. So far things are going smoothly, largely due to this support system. I’ve found it a challenge to have a much smaller team than I’m used to, but at the same time I’m enjoying that. It’s satisfying and a really fun time to be involved in an office in its beginning stages. We’ve also got some great talent which is exciting. The whole team is killing it which makes life easy.
OZ- Are you missing New York? It must a pretty big change in pace for you.
GO-I miss my friends in New York the most. I do miss the city, but nothing that I can’t go back and experience again one day. Ultimately I’m loving the change of scene and pace. We spent Saturday looking for crabs in rock pools and then spent Sunday in the park. I love the life my girls are going to have here. My wife Victoria misses the Big Apple more than me, mainly it’s her friends and their kids that she misses. We’re pretty pumped with the move though and excited for the future.
OZ- What can we expect from the studio in the coming months? Any fun projects in the works?
GB- We’ll be moving into our studio space sometime over the next fortnight which is exciting for us. Work wise, we’re currently working on a fun character-driven spot which we’re excited to share with the world.
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