Builders Club’s reputation for creating beautiful imagery for some of the world’s coolest brands has been growing amongst the international creative community. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the company has continued to grow at a rapid pace and has expanded its London team with the hire of Sophie Gunn as executive producer.
Sophie joins the company from MPC (The Moving Picture Company), where over the past five years she helped grow MPC Creative, working across a diverse range of projects both direct-to-brand, and alongside agencies, for the likes of Palace, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Audi and Asics amongst many others. Sophie also oversaw the successful growth of the MPC’s Motion Design Studio, growing it from a handful of designers into a bustling department of over twenty artists. This led to her promotion as Executive Producer of the London office’s MPC Creative, focusing on any production project that was ‘outside of the traditional VFX division’. Prior to MPC, Sophie worked at HHCL Agency, crossing over to work as a VFX producer.
As part of her responsibilities at Builders Club, Sophie will oversee the production processes and will also ensure the continuous growth of the business and its success story. Sophie will play a crucial role in ensuring the flow of new projects.
Even during the pandemic, the creative production agency has been at work non stop with an abundance of new projects including Dutch electric bike brand VanMoof’s first TVC, a campaign for Adidas China’s new ZX range, Nike ISPA’s campaign and most recently an interactive campaign for Mercedes Benz’s Project Geländewagen. With an increase in projects, Builders Club has grown its portfolio with not only CG projects, but also live action shoots, strictly following government and industry health guidance.
During the past six months, the company welcomed five new CG artists and a marketing and sales person, in addition to Sophie Gunn’s hire, further cementing its growth trajectory.
Founders Julien Simshauser and Jonas Hegi added: “Despite 2020 being a strange year for some, Builders Club has been incredibly fortunate to be going from strength to strength. For us, it’s been perfect timing to grow our team and welcome Sophie on board. Her experience spanning agency, production and post production roles will be an invaluable asset to both us and our clients. Sophie’s experience with clients at agencies and at post houses and finally at a production company gives her a great global perspective on the different ways we can help our clients and their businesses”.
Sophie Gunn, EP, Builders Club commented: “I’m delighted to join the team at Builders Club. Jonas and Julien have really challenged the structure of a high-end traditional studio model, whilst delivering amazing results every time. They really care about maintaining creative standards and embracing new technologies - in all mediums - to achieve the best results. They are genuine in their plight to be authentic and cut through the noise. It's very refreshing and I am delighted to be a part of it.
I’m really looking forward to helping the business Builders Club to further establish and cement their reputation as world leaders in their craft. I have always had a real passion for a live action look, combined with high-end motion design and animation and I love how our artists can push the boundaries of modern software to create a visually arresting hyper-real aesthetic, that completely captivates the audience. Brands love it too.”