With London based post house Evolutions outsourcing up to 40 rooms to meet demand they felt is was time to build a third London facility, boasting 24 Avid Media Composer suites, two audio post production Pro Tools studios, three Symphony suites and grading facilities. Evolutions Operations Director Owen Tyler tells us how Avid dealer Jigsaw24 helped them make it happen and met their tough deadlines.
Evolutions are one of the most prestigious names in TV post, with a diverse credit list including QI, TOWIE, Tipping Point, and The Apprentice and almost every fixed rig show on the air, such as 24 Hours in Police Custody, One Born Every Minute and Secret Life of 4 Year Olds. To accommodate this workload, the aim was to build and open a third London based facility as well as expanding their Bristol operations with the purchase of natural history specialists Big Bang.
Previously we’d have had to outsource 30 or 40 rooms in our busiest quarters, which didn’t allow us to have the direct engagement with clients that’s so important to Evolutions’ ethos,. We have a very loyal client base and established suite model that works well for us and our clients, and we wanted to be able to offer everyone the same consistent – and consistently excellent – level of service.
Evolutions secured a facility on Berwick Street, Soho, but had just six weeks to get ready before major clients needed projects underway.
It was a bit of a scramble, Jigsaw24 were very supportive, coming up with workarounds and loaning us video cards and other kit so that we could hit client deadlines despite disruption to the install.
Building an Avid Pipeline
Evolutions’ decision was to equip Berwick Street with 24 Avid editing stations running on HP Z840s and two Pro Tools S6-based audio suites with DAD monitoring. The suites are all linked by “hundreds of terabytes” of Avid ISIS 5500 storage which, combined with the uniform setup of each cutting room...
We like the grunt of multicore processing. and we’re an Avid house, and we always go with the latest and best Avid solution available. The Avid S6 is the next step on from the ubiquitous ICONs. There wasn’t another desk we’d have considered in terms of price and suitability.
We worked with Jigsaw24 around the studio design and the DAD AX32 monitoring solutions’ which allowed us to configure the studio in such a way that we needed fewer audio interfaces. It was interesting to draw on the team’s knowledge of the film space and implement a film box into television – it’s worked well and our guys are very enthusiastic.
We can switch people around and accommodate more clients as and when they need us. Our clients want to work with specific creatives on our team, and this new facility makes it easier to accommodate that.
Our directors and owners are on the floor working with clients every day, which helps us be very reactive to our customers needs. We evolve custom workflows to help the client deliver what they want to deliver. For example, we’re working on pretty much every significant fixed rig show at the moment, and that’s using technology we developed ourselves using off the shelf hardware, to give clients something that had previously been
Creativity in this marketplace isn’t about just onscreen creativity – it’s about technology, and while the rate at which new formats and codecs appear is challenging, it allows us to develop closer relationships with clients, because they want more engagement prior to shoot. Jigsaw24’s combination of expertise, efficiency, support and competitive pricing is key in allowing us to deliver that.