Our Studio are very proud to have been nominated for a Big Chip Award this year!
Although we didn’t win this time around – our Congratulations go to the winners of the Best Use of Digital Design 2017 award with their entry.
Our Studio were lucky enough however to be shortlisted in this category for our Interactive application & CGI work for marketing the No1 Spinningfields development, alongside our friends at 90degrees agency.
The app formed part of a marketing campaign showcasing the latest development to be added to the Manchester Spinningfields scheme by developers Allied London.
The Project Brief
Our brief was to develop highly realistic 3D visuals with enhanced panoramic viewing to be made accessible via a downloadable, bespoke app. The app was well received by property agents and potential occupiers and as a result – the scheme is almost fully let!
Along with high quality office space the scheme offers retail and leisure opportunities with a roof top terrace, restaurant, coffee bar and food market. Our Studio developed all the CGI assets within the app which also feature in a unique 360-degree panoramic tour function. All of the Our Studio team worked very hard to collaborate on the many 3D assets required to populate the app, which resulted in a highly detailed, high quality visual tool for communicating the statement design.
The app is free and available to download on iTunes and is one of many bespoke apps we have developed for our property clients.
Sam and James attended the awards ceremony hosted at the Hilton on Deansgate for an evening of glitz and glamour which was followed by the after party at cloud 23 for more celebrations.
Here are a few pics from the evening. (I am sure you will agree – they all scrub up very well!)
Very well done to the team and 90degrees for a great project collaboration and a Big thanks to Big Chip for a great night all round. We are proud to be recognised as one of the many talented and creative digital companies working together in the North West!
This week has been a sombre one following news of Monday evenings events at the Manchester MEN Arena.
Although business has returned to normal for some, our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of the people affected by the incident, and recognise the hard work of the emergency services and the local people who bravely and kindly responded to the aftermath.
Despite the atmosphere and the difficulties – within hours’ stories and images started to emerge that captured acts of kindness, strength & sprit of the people Manchester. The outhouse in Stevenson Square is a popular spot for graffiti artists and they were quick to show support.
The #WeLoveMCR charity campaign has raised almost a million pounds for the victims’ families. A just giving page has been set up where people can donate here:
The team took some time out for a relaxed lunch in the gallery café and spent the afternoon exploring the current photography exhibition on show there.
The exhibition titled: Women and Children; and Loitering Men, documents the work of Salford born artist Shirley Baker. Baker used the medium of photography to document urban, post war communities living and working in Manchester between the 1960’s and the 1980’s.
It was great to see previously unseen photographs of historic Manchester architecture and a fitting exhibition to reflect on our city’s strength, creativity and resilience.
(The Shirley Baker Exhibition is open until Monday 28 August 2017. Details can be found here. )
We like to keep fit and healthy in the Studio but our Senior 3D Artist is going the extra mile and will be running the London Marathon for charity this Sunday the 23rd of April.
This is not the first of Marc’s Marathon journey – in 2015 he ran the Manchester marathon for the Macular Society, and raised £800 for this charity who provide emotional and physical support to people suffering with Macular eye conditions.
Marc has gone even further this year and raised an incredible £1255 of his £1350 total and we are very proud to be supporting him. This year he is proudly fundraising for the charity – VICTA. A charity supporting blindness in children and young adults.
Marc has been training hard – here are some pictures of him in action …
It’s been a busy start to 2017 – we kicked off the new year with lights, cameras and action during a recent Green Screen shoot!
Our project began last year when we filmed lifestyle footage on location for a commercial project we have been working on for several months.
We created a shot list based on our clients brief and set about hiring our talented crew and production team to assist with our location shoot preparations.
The team spent a busy three days outdoors on location (dodging the rain) and moving from one location to next. Our crew included our senior 3D artist/production manager, directors, a producer, lighting technician, runner, hair and makeup, kit and professional actors.
Green Screen Studio – behind the scenes
Back at Our Studio the next stage was for our 3D artists to generate CGI scenes which would act as back-plates for the green screen footage.
Our professional director and technical crew spent some time framing the shots and setting up the lighting for our scenes. Once the props were in place, make up had been checked and our actors had rehearsed – filming of our shots began…
Our team were on standby to ensure every action shot and detail was captured – we were very pleased with the outcome and the experienced team and well equipped studio meant the day ran very smoothly indeed. Here are some shots from behind the scenes on the day.
The final stage in our production is editing all the rushes from the shoot, compositing with our CGI renders and adding the finishing touches in post-production.
(We can’t reveal the client or the name of this project just yet but watch this space for more news on the final film…coming soon).
With special thanks to @JustinAtBigShed for hosting our shoot at big-shed.co.uk studio in Trafford Manchester.
If you would like to discuss a film or green screen project with Our Studio, please contact one of the team as we would be happy to discuss your requirements.
OS has grown since our last photoshoot, so we thought we’d get some more snaps done for our website to show our new team members, Owen Mason and Andy Charlton. As we made our way to Cutting Room Square from our office, the Manchester heavens typically opened! We managed to find shelter in a little coffee shop whilst waiting for the sun to come out. And thankfully it did! We also had some photos taken of our lovely new office in the newly refurbished Sevendale House – you can see more of these on the ‘about’ page of our website.
Our Studio is seeking a talented Junior/Mid-level 3D artist that is capable of creating high quality visuals. We are looking for someone with an eye for detail and good at creative problem solving. This is an exciting role within a small team of highly motivated 3D artists working collaboratively to achieve the best result for every project.
– Proficient in 3DSMax, V-ray and Photoshop.
– Good eye for detail in modelling, lighting and texturing.
– Positive attitude towards learning new skills and techniques.
– Good understanding of architecture and interpreting architectural drawings.
– Passionate about architecture and creating believable environments.
– Animation experience is beneficial, but not essential.
competitive salary, 23+ days holiday, staff development and training, company bonus scheme, childcare voucher scheme
Last week we spent a morning having Our Studio photography done for our new website. Photographer and friend, Neil Shearer suggested a few places near our office in the Northern Quarter, one of them being Cutting Room Square next to the beautifully converted St Peter’s Church in Ancoats. Hardly ever venturing out of the Northern Quarter, we were all so amazed at the development in this area – a true example of what restoration and urban regeneration can do to a place. This square was where factory workers used to cut large swathes of material in the olden days, but now provides a focal point for people living in and working in the area to get together.
The Bee is Manchester’s symbol and has been ever since seven bees were incorporated into the city’s coat of arms in 1842. In the 19th century Manchester was a hive of activity, its mills and factories swarming with hard-working citizens. There is even a blog that documents the appearance of the Manchester bee. http://themanchesterbees.tumblr.com/