Cube Biz...StoneDog Studios!
We sat down with Quinn Stone, the owner of StoneDog Studios, located at 17 Bannard Street, Freehold, NJ. StoneDog Studios is a full-service fabrication studio.They have over forty years combined experience in entertainment fabrication, production and installation. They offer design and/or fabrication of sets and props. Taking care of your whole project or just one small piece. They are woman-owned and operated, and pride themselves on quality work with a personal touch. Check out their website or contact them for a full list of services and clients.
A little about the Owner
StoneDog Studio’s owner and principal, Quinn Stone, earned her BFA from the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She possesses twelve years of classical arts training and over twenty years of film and theater experience.
What inspires you?
Firstly, many forms of art. I spend more time than I should at galleries and museums. Second, people's ability to come together and work hard and long hours to create amazing things.
How did you get started in this business?
I got into theater by happy accident in High School, I got into film by happy accident in College, I started my business when I had my son.
I went to a fine arts grade school; the drama teacher wouldn’t cast me as much, so I ended up on stage crew. I liked being behind the scenes and developed my skills into high school. One of my teachers was directing a show and mentioned we could get tickets for free, so I called and the guy that answered asked me if I knew how to run lights and I did. I ended up being a backstage assistant stage manager. That was my sophomore year in high school. I worked there behind the scenes until I left for college.
I got really into video in college. I learned all the equipment and my teacher ended up hiring me on a couple music videos. I met a guy in one of the videos who asked me to help with one of his features being a grip. I worked as a grip all over NYC and started talking to the art department people on shoots asking if they needed help with anything.
How did you decide on the name StoneDog Studios?
My last name is Stone and we are huge dog people. Also, I am from a fine art background. Studios just made sense for the name because we can do all of your art.
We are women-owned and operated. I also hire a lot of women for our crew. We run the company and we are also both moms. We know how to multitask and make sure things get done on time. Everyone’s freelance but we are a family here.
What job would you do if you didn't have your business?
Dog trainer, there have been many points throughout my career I considered scraping everything and doing animal wrangling.
What has been your favorite project you worked on?
There are so many it’s hard to pick. For the Food Network’s 20th birthday party we had a week and a half to do everything. We had to make a chandelier out of macarons, which was fun. We also made a 14ft by 12ft wall of Mondrian styled squares of fake and real herbs for behind the bar, as well as a curved wall covered in fake apples.
Another memorable project was when we had to do 20 window displays for Pink during the holiday season. It was crazy, we built all these pieces that would go into all these different stores, and then we shipped them all over the country.
So often designers of companies will say, "Here is a Photoshop or a random drawing, figure out how to make it work as a real piece". This company wanted floating lights to radiate LEDs, we had to first figure out how to do that then fabricate, and engineer all these elements and pull them together into one piece.
What would be some advice you would give someone starting in the industry?
Show up on time, work hard, do as much as you can. I still use the grip and electric I learned 25 years ago. You never stop learning you just keep building on it.
What have you gained from being a part of ArtCube?
We have found crew, jobs and advice on ArtCube.
Thanks Quinn! #vivalacube!