Meet the Mainyarders: Charlie, Ben, Joe and George of Brutal Snake Pit production studio

Meet the Mainyarders: Charlie, Ben, Joe and George of Brutal Snake Pit production studio

Welcome to Mainyard Studios, would you gentlemen please state your names and briefly tell us about what your business is and does.


I’m Charlie. I’m Ben I’m Joe and I’m George. And this is BSP. Hello. Welcome. Welcome. BSP are a production studio. We specialize in film, theatre and other creative mediums. And we’re also a collective. Yeah, we’re a kind of creative community that just facilitates all different artists in what they’re trying to achieve.

Mostly. Video work a lot of sound design from the other side of things, and then moving into the real space as we come out of COVID the real world


How did you guys start out? 


we made an EP, uh, a few years ago. And since then, we just realized that it was a good idea to work creatively in a space together. And that was the best way to go forward. Yeah. Yeah, it was just a group chat name, brutal snake pit. Uh, and we went to Jake’s house of lip drop, who are part of the team who aren’t in the building right now.


And we made an EP together and we’ve all been boys since young. Um, we’ve known each other since nursery, and then we picked Charlie up at uni. So, he is been a good addition. So, it just made sense to be working together really. We all realized that we worked very well together. Creatively. Everyone had their own little niche skill that they brought to the table, such as illustration animation, where writers and we met at drama school.


Why did you start Brutal Snake Pit?


Um, so actors as well. Um, and I guess we created the business.  because we felt that there was a, a big hole in the industry for the work that we like to make. And we thought we’d fill that whole, yeah. We had projects to launch as well. We’ve been launching, um, lip drop. So we’ve been making sure that all their videos are ready to be released, getting all of their content sorted, to match with the sound.


And then they’ve been producing the tracks for Charlie. Who’s been releasing under bear R darker. So we’ve been making sure we’ve got all the artwork and videos ready for that. And then yeah, trying to move into the theatre world as it moves forward. So it is just kind of being able to do things off our own backs and on our own terms, really.


How do you build and sustain relationships with customers?


banter, energy. Yeah. And coffee, coffee is. Yeah, yeah. Bringing people in and just trying to have a good time, you know, getting ’em to put a record on and just chilling. I think it’s all about whom do you want to work with and who would you want to work with again, because you can work with loads of people, but if they never wanna work with you again, then you’re not gonna have the longevity in the industry.


Yeah. And I think we’re, we’re fortunate enough to, to be, you know, very respectful individuals when, when people are telling us about what it is they do, we take a genuine interest in. We get excited, you know, we have more and, uh, yeah, invite ’em around, they put vinyl on, have a coffee, we have a chat and see where our crossovers lie.


Try and take the pressure off them as well as creatives, you know, try and help them in what they need to get done, what they really want to do, but they, you know, try and get them forward in the way that they fit or comfortable. Mm.


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the guys at BSP in their South Wimbledon production studio

What problems do you solve for your customers or clients?


Would you reckon a lot of them? Um, I dunno, I can’t really think of any specific, but um, if we are like, oh fuck, I dunno, mum. Sorry. Well, we do a lot. We do a lot of idea development don’t we, a lot of people will come to us. We’re a production studio so

they will have an idea that they don’t necessarily know how to facilitate or even they’ll come to say us.


And they have an idea that they don’t how to facilitate, and we don’t know how to facilitate, but George does know how to facilitate. So that’s why it’s good to keep the, the team so broad in what they do. Because one question that I definitely wouldn’t be answered, be a question that George would know all about a famous line from our director is.


I think that’s a George question.  he likes to pull that one out before George has, uh, been called upon I guess it’s, it’s not really problems as such that we solve. It’s more facilitating creative imagery. Um, so it’s kind of like someone would be like, how would we go about this? And it’s not like, oh, you do this, this and this.


We sort of conquering a great as a community and help them solve it together rather than telling them what to do to solve an issue.


What has been the company’s biggest milestone?


Aside from COVID yeah (laughs). Yeah. That was a great thing for us. Think every release we’ve put out today is, uh, you know, it’s getting better every time that’s, you know, the last thing we put out was harmonic transmissions was an EP for lip drop. George did a, an entirely animated video for that. Yeah. Our first fully animated video.


So that was quite a, a good milestone, right? Yeah. Yeah. It’s a big achievement for the whole collective, but yeah. Move forward onto the next one. Yeah. Yeah. We look forward to seeing what that is. We do. It’s like every project has been the most challenging project. So each one is like very satisfying and it’s almost a milestone within itself.


What tools or software do you use on a daily basis?


What do you it’s most impressive? It’s a lot. It’s, uh, it really depends on what the job is. So like on bare-bones, if I’m just doing animation, I’ll pro we maybe sketch something up on Photoshop to get like a storyboard going, and then I’ll just take you straight into, um, 3d S Mac. Which is like my bread and butter for animation.


Yeah. Um, editing, like after effects and all, all that sort of stuff you use as effects. Yes. We’re on DaVinci resolve for the editing, uh, and the colour grading, uh, uh, Ableton for the soundtracks and final draft for, or the writing for the scriptwriting for the formatting for that. Yeah. But lip drop, who are our main sound guys?


Uh, they do use Ableton for live, but they use pro tools to make records.


What does your ideal workspace look like?


(*gestures around their office) welcome. Welcome. Yeah, no, this is our space, you know, it’s just somewhere where there’s like a good chilled vibe for everyone to be getting on with what they need to be doing. I mean, realistically, the B shadow P would be ideal. The shadow of an office would be very good. I think like you can always need more room; you know like we could be green screening.


We could be like moving into a load of different things that down the line we do look on, but for, we fortunate enough to have access to a warehouse, that’s just down the road in Mitch, that we do a lot of ours. Need more space things in, um, yeah, I guess, uh, for a big thing we were talking about when moving into this space was having it malleable, being able to move the space around, depending on what we need from it.


That’s why we’ve kept this wall clear. If we need to do cell tapes or a bit of photography, you know, we can dress it. Um, this is why we have this table, we can change the Leafs. We can invite people around and everything. Obviously, George is more of a permanent set up in the corner for his massive, massive computer.


Um, but yeah, I guess, uh, because we grew up, or me personally, I grew up in such a shoebox room. I know that’s the case for Joe and maybe a couple of the others as well. So we’ve always been very like changing the space frequently and, and being as creative as possible with the four walls you’ve got. Mm.


How has the company grown in the last 12 months?


Well, 12 months is our milestone for when we became a limited company. Yeah. Yeah. So, this month will be a year of us officially trading with com under company’s house. Yeah. Um, so we were obviously a company in the sense of the word before that, but in terms of officially trading, it had, has been a year.


So, we’ve, as we, as Ben saying, we’ve just gone from project to project and now we’ve ended up. Here and we are a month in and realistically everything’s just becoming a bit more efficient, a bit easier to get done. The conversations are happening quicker. So yeah, the growth is there.


How has Mainyard Studios helped you grow your business?


It’s given us a space.

Yeah. Yeah. The space is, um, it’s not. You know, through the roof in terms of financing as well. And it’s a, it’s good, the purpose’s a good us. There are good people in this building. The community’s a big part of it. Yeah. It’s, it’s really like we’ve, we’ve gone around, we’ve knocked on a few people. People come in, you say, hello, you know, they respect our boundaries and stuff like that.


And that was a that’s a big thing. Definitely come out. COVID you know, being stuck in your house, not being able to talk to one, the sociable side of this is really, really a big thing for us. And networking is always yours. Your thing, moving, moving forward into the industry. And if you’re part of a group of people, not necessarily regimented you don’t have to be part of the same company, but to have people that are just down the hall that you can call on and they can call on you, it just gives you a scene and it gives you a good community to work.



What’s the best thing about Mainyard Studios?


uh, see right? The free apples, the free, the free apples. Yeah. The free, free they right outside our door, which is, which is four, seven. Brilliant. So we can be here at stupid o’clock in the morning, knowing that we’re not yeah. Which we are knowing that we’re not disturbing anyone. And knowing that, you know, we have a license to still be here and.


And be as creative as possible. Like we can write our own schedule. It’s not like the building shuts at 10 or anything like that, because then we’d have maybe a bit of a crossover if we wanted to be a bit noisier. And then there are people trying to do some sit down work, and yeah, we can really sort of go on our own timetable, which is, I think my personal everything about this space.


I think it is. Yeah. Yeah.  the live set lit drop live set coming out soon. Yeah. BSPs concrete campfires, a filmed poetry performance. That’s gonna be coming out soon. Seriously. Keep an eye out for the yard, which is in R and D for theatres come in next year. Yeah. And check the socials. BSP on everything.

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