Nothing Like a good launch

May was a very busy yet exciting month for us as it marked the launch of our brand new studio! After months of renovating we are now in the position where everything is finally up and running. It was great to launch our new premises with a bang last week and we have a few people to thank for all their help and hard work along the way.

First of all we would of course like to thank all of our guests for coming along to share the excitement and space with us. We had well over 100 smiley faces turn up and it was a real honour and privilege to be in a room with such highly accomplished folk within the industry who shared their passion for Yamination Studios. Emotions were high, especially during Drew’s speech, being surrounded by so many people that are part of the past, present and future of the company which made him realise how much how blessed he is to be in this industry.

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Thank you to both the new and old faces of the Yamination Team for all your dedication with trying to get the studio up and running, with a special thanks to Yossel Simpson-Little. Without his Tom Hardy nature and prowess to help smash through the studio and build doors and frames bigger than fifth scale, the studio wouldn’t be what it is today (our hero!).

A big thank you to Lucan Gray for finding us the space to begin with and allowing us to make it into our own. Also thank you to the tradesmen; Billy Hughes, Scott Pearson, David Pugh, Rob Edgar, Robbie Edgar, Jet Singh and Mark and Craig (Homeserve) for all their hard work. Thanks to them we now have designated areas for specific roles within production, which enables us to work on incredible projects with a much better workflow.

Another special dedicated thank you to the wonderful Juliet Carmen Teksnes for not only putting up with Drew but also helping market the launch and for all her hard work and time with getting the studio ready and finished. We heart you!

We were very excited to have had the very talented instrumentalists, The Waste Paper Players, perform live as guests arrived up the art deco stairwell. We would like to thank Christine Cornwell and the musicians; James Oldham, Paul Zaba and Josh Herring for entertaining our guests and playing some incredible film and animation scores. You really helped make the night!

We were also very fortunate to have the guys from Central Scanning in to present their work to our guests and explain how their innovative business can be adapted in animation. We are very much looking forward to working with them soon!

And finally a big thank you to some freshly graduated film students and some still in the thick of it, Carolina Nunes, Christian Wells, Connor Woodey, Daniella Ritson and Kelly Abbey for helping out on the night of the launch. You’re all stars!

We have had some lovely feedback on the event and we know you enjoyed the night as much as we did because we had to kick you out to the pub as we ran out of booze! We have already had some enquiries for future projects, which we can’t wait to begin working on and we are very much looking forward to sharing them with you soon!

Stay tooned!

You can check out the rest of the photos from the launch night on our tumblr!

Kelly Abbey
Tuesday, June 30, 2015