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The 8,200 sq. ft. visual effects post-production facility is located in a generic office building in downtown Santa Monica, California. The Moving Picture Company is a UK-based visual effects post-production company, a forerunner in the visual effects and animation fields for the feature film, advertising, music and television industries. The Santa Monica facility serves as their United States Headquarters.

The company is highly regarded for its work in the field of color manipulation in film. With this in mind, the project explores the notion of light as it relates to color. The forms and patterns developed are produced using studies of light. Light is analyzed and modeled three-dimensionally. Frames from the animation are chosen and layered to organize spatial qualities and movement throughout the office environment.

An organic, sinuous spine weaves its way through the suite. An appendaged soffit grows from the serpentine walls serving as an armature for cable trays, mechanical and electrical systems. Light portals pierce the organic forms and are equipped with programmable LED lighting. Patterns derived from the animated studies are projected onto the laser cut walls and circumscribe the interior.

Movement is expressed throughout the space in numerous ways. For example, the lighting scheme reinforces the notion of movement. Groupings of LED lights penetrate the serpentine wall and emit color. The aluminum pieces are custom fabricated to house the LED fixtures. The housings are flush with the outside -public face of the wall and protrude into the private rooms. The fixtures add texture and create a more intimate scale to the larger context. The lighting is programmable, offering various intensities and color options. The otherwise colorless scheme is constantly in flux according to the client’s wishes. Grading rooms, edit bays, conferece rooms, open and closed offices, client areas, production spaces, entertaining areas, tape vault, mechanical rooms, machine rooms, exterior terraces and support spaces comprise the program of the facility.
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