The Imaginarium Studios makes three key hires

Member News  |  31 August 2023

The leading mocap and performance capture facility has appointed Alex Hill as Business Development Manager, Dan Baybutt as Post Production Supervisor and Lucy Pennington as Operations Manager.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3

The Imaginarium Studios has announced the appointments of Business Development Manager for gaming Alex Hill, Post Production Supervisor Dan Baybutt and Operations Manager Lucy Pennington. All will report to CEO Matt Brown.

We are delighted to add such qualified and talented new members to our team. Alex has great connections within the video games sector and he’s a proven commercial leader; his arrival consolidates our strategy which aims to keep on developing services for gaming projects but also to expand our content to target other creative sectors. Lucy … previously will be such an asset to our clients and I’m thrilled to have Dan return to us after years of him honing his craft on a range of impressive film, video games and music projects.

Matt Brown, CEO of The Imaginarium Studios

Working out of both company facilities at Pinewood Studios and Ealing, Alex’s immediate focus will be to strategically strengthen and further position the studio to service existing and new gaming clients. He will also partner with existing film and TV clients to provide them with top quality services while procuring new clients and identifying fresh business ventures and opportunities.

Prior to joining The Imaginarium Studios, Alex has experience managing asset creation for games such as Star Wars Hunters, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Words with Friends, CSR2 Racing and FarmVille 3. Before this, he delivered localised artwork assets in 15 to 20 languages for all AAA Franchise titles globally on PlayStation, XBOX, Nintendo, PC and Mobile.

It is a very exciting opportunity to join one of the most iconic and ground-breaking performance capture studios in the world. Working with The Imaginarium Studios creative and technical talent provides endless creative ideation. I can’t wait to work closely with the creative teams at games studios and AAA Franchises, to be able to showcase our industry leading expertise to new clients and also helping The Imaginarium expand the scope of their amazing portfolio.

Alex Hill, Business Development Manager
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3

Dan Baybutt returns to The Imaginarium Studios as Post Production Supervisor having originally started his career with the company back in 2015. In between, he worked as a Motion Editor and as a mocap TD. Throughout his career he has played a pivotal role in bringing memorable performances to films that have heavily relied on motion and performance capture such as Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Batman and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. He has also been instrumental in many gaming productions and virtual concerts like ABBA Voyage.

I am delighted to be re-joining the team, my love for the art of storytelling through performance capture fits perfectly with The Imaginarium Studios. I’m looking forward to building on the established legacy and bringing my knowledge and expertise to support clients.

Dan Baybutt, Post Production Supervisor

In her operations role, Lucy will be based at Pinewood and the company’s offices in Ealing, she will be responsible for all aspects of logistics and planning support to the production clients before, during and after their residency at the studio.

The Imaginarium studio was formed in 2012 by legendary actor and director Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars franchises) as a stand-alone facility focused on performance-led Capture and Virtual Production services. Andy’s revolutionary approach to performance capture has created numerous innovations and new methods that have changed the industry and the company continues to push the boundaries of what is possible. It was announced in May that the company had joined the Cinesite group of companies. Recent credits include: the upcoming Napoleon (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 (Marvel Studios) Stormzy’s Rockstar ‘Press Play’ concert, Netflix’s Dance Monsters and Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

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