After 15 years at its current Makati, Manila location, Pasi (Philippine animation studio inc.) is packing up to move its production facilities to the Legaspi Village business district of Metro Makati. The new 6-floor studio offers 3709 square meters of production and office space.
The search for a new facility began in 2002 and has been spearheaded by studio manager Mimbi Eloriaga, CFO Jun Camerino, exec producer Frank Saperstein and general services supervisor Lito Rillo. The management team has been working closely with architectural firm ES Calma & Group, which will be providing the interior design, layout and build-out of the facilities.
Saperstein comments, “The location and presentation of the building lends itself perfectly to the corporate and creative image of pasi. Its central location allows easy access by public transportation for artists and staff lessening their commute times to allow for greater productivity. Its proximity to fist-class hotels, restaurants and shopping make it extremely user-friendly for visiting clients and partners.”
The six-story layout permits each production unit to be housed on a separate floor. The company says this allows management to more efficiently monitor production flow and control utility costs. Execs also hope to attract new talent with the lure of a more modern workplace.
An entire floor will be dedicated solely to Pacific Digital, pasi’s digital ink & paint and Flash unit, allowing it to expand by more than 100 new workstations. There will also be artist lounge areas that encourage creative exchange between artists.
The move is expected to begin by March 1 but the company will keep its current facilities until the end of 2005, operating out of both locations. pasi will also maintain its U.S. business and marketing offices in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Currently in production at pasi’s are Benjamin Bear for Ottawa-based Amberwood Prods., the Leapfrog home video series for Porchlight Ent. and several new projects to be announced in the coming months.