Last month was Red Arrow’s anniversary. Three years ago, Ryan and I decided to leave the freelance world and join forces to create a company so we could better serve our growing client lists. We planned to combine our independently owned equipment, hire additional editors, and of course, move our editing systems out of our basements and into an office space.
At the time, 95% of our work involved editing offline cable television shows with no producers sitting alongside us. Projects were usually brought to us already digitized on firewire drives, so we rarely had tape decks alongside our edit systems. So to continue the work we’d been doing, our rooms would really just need to have enough space for a desk and an Avid. We found the perfect space with one large “client-sized” bay and 3 smaller “edit-sized” offices. A few days after signing our lease, rushing up a couple coats of paint, and transferring over our equipment, we were up and running.
In the three years since, Red Arrow has grown and adapted as we’ve added new clients and as the needs of our old clients have changed. We upgraded our Avid suites in comfort and technology. It’s now possible to stretch out on a six-foot couch while watching the output of your casino spiele HDCam master on a 56 inch TV. Or you could challenge one of the editors to a game of foosball while transcoding your RED footage for your 1080i project. With multiple producers in-house and a bevy of decks floating from room to room, at times it can feel like we’re busting at the seams. So with three years under our belts, and a newly expired lease in our hands, Ryan and I decided it was time to re-evaluate the needs of Red Arrow and start looking for new office space.
After much searching, we found the perfect spot. We’ve been working closely with our new landlord to modify the space to better fit our needs. Construction has started on the interiors. Floorplans are being created for every room of the office. Custom Avid desks are being built. Over the next 6-8 weeks, I’ll be updating the blog periodically with pictures, leading up to our move to the new space. Here are a few shots of the work so far.