There’s nothing like the prospect of a new home to inspire all sorts of ideas. A fresh space can be like a blank piece of paper – ready to be made useful and filled with life and vibrancy, a place to reveal the ingenuity in all of us. But for the Canon Creative Services team, moving offices was more than just an exciting new era. It was a golden opportunity to turn a dream into reality.
The Bower, Canon UK and EMEA’s new head office, is a truly impressive 150,000ft2 office space. Bathed in natural light and with impeccable sustainability credentials, it was officially open for business from April last year with a warm welcome to colleagues in a fabulous and fun opening party. As you might imagine, film and photography play a huge part in daily life at Canon, so the sight of creatives at work, camera in hand, is simply business as usual in the office. Studio space, therefore, is not a luxury but a necessity for a business that is image-driven. However, before the move space was at more of a premium and there were limited locations suitable for private filming or photography. “We set up what was, I guess, a temporary studio,” recalls Gonçalo Rodrigues, Senior Photography and Video Specialist. “But the vision was always to have a space where we could produce content at a higher level.” Looking back, he can see that the first studio wasn’t, shall we say, ideal… “it wasn't the most practical. Sometimes when you were filming, you would hear people passing by,” he laughs.
Gonçalo and his manager, Cecilie Harris (Canon EMEA’s Head of Creative Services) daydreamed that when Canon imminently moved premises, they would create in-house studios that could rival anything that Canon customers or creative agencies use. It wasn’t simply a personal pipedream – the demand for their work had risen exponentially and it was becoming increasingly important to be able to accommodate serious levels of photography and filming for events, campaigns, social media and more. The daydream turned into a business case. And the business case made sense. “As well as dedicated in-house studios, one of the big decisions we made was to invest in cinema range equipment,” explains Cecilie. “And broadcasting facilities within the new a conference centre.” As a result, the studio is kitted out with some seriously enviable kit, such as the Canon Cinema EOS C500 Mark II, the C300 MKIII and a C70.