Acoustic design consultancy White Mark Ltd has helped Jumbuck, a boutique audio post production business in London's West End, transform its main studio into a facility with full Dolby Atmos capability.
Jumbuck works across audience comedy, single camera comedy drama, drama and film. Established in 2001, the company is headed by Glenn Calder, Richard Davey and Anne Pamphilon and its main clients include the BBC, ITV and major independent production companies.
The decision to upgrade to Dolby Atmos was taken at the end of 2018 when Jumbuck signed a new lease on its current premises, giving it the security to think about investment and future planning. In addition, the company had just completed Bounty Hunters, its first Dolby Atmos series for Sky, produced by Tiger Aspect, and was about to start work on Top Boy Series 3, a Dolby Atmos drama series produced by Cowboy Films for Netflix.
“We had been looking for alternative premises for a long while before we renewed the lease on our current premises, and during that time the team at White Mark were always happy to join any viewing and give their input and advice, which was gratefully received,” said Anne Pamphilon. “They were naturally our first choice to handle the refurbishment because they are legendary in their field and because they design studio spaces with great attention to detail.”
As well as transforming the main studio into a facility compatible with the requirements of Dolby Atmos HE, White Mark was also tasked with relocating the existing machine room and using part of the newly available space to enlarge and reshape a second studio. A smaller studio for pre-production editing was created in the remaining space of the former machine room.
“The main studio was already a very successful room so we tried to apply a light touch with our alterations,” said White Mark’s managing director, David Bell. “The result is a very attractive room that feels much lighter and brighter than before. The biggest challenge we faced was the low room height because the ceiling channels required Atmos. This produces problems in many rooms, with the conflict between practical issues like doors, coverage of client areas, compliance with the standard and the aesthetic desire to create a great working environment that feels spacious and light.
"We are particularly pleased with this room as we have worked over a number of years with Jumbuck towards creating a space that they are happy to be in for the foreseeable future. During the rebuild, we took the opportunity to improve the basic response of the space to offer a creative environment that gets the most out of the significant equipment and monitor investment that Jumbuck has made.”
Pamphilon said everyone at Jumbuck is delighted with the new studio, which took seven weeks to complete. “We are now well into mixing our first Dolby Atmos jobs,” she concluded. “We are continuing with our refurbishments and looking forward to a formal re-launch later this year.”
Other projects recently completed at Jumbuck include Afterlife, Fleabag, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Hatton Garden and The Bay.