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Entry to the building was off Camden St. A commissionaire sat at a small desk as security. The production initially had two floors of the building, but expanded quickly to occupy the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. As people were hired, they sat whether there was open space, but the various departments were eventually consolidated… with Animation occupying the 5th floor. Access was generally by means of the elevator. This is the ground floor elevator entrance… in 2015.
It is an old Georgian warehouse building, with high ceilings… so there were a lot of steps. The crew used the stairs for more creative purposes.
Each floor had a central foyer. Arrival on the 3rd floor brought you to the main studio entrance. This is how it looked in 1988.
Early in the production you would have been greeted by Holly Russell. In 1988, you would be greeted by Nicola Jane Moylan.
In 2015, the 5th Floor plan can be seen in the fire/security system panel. In 1988, there was a drawing to let the crew know where everybody else was after the departments were consolidated.
Here are some earlier layout drawings of how things were set up on the 5th and 3rd floors.
Here are some photos of the 5th floor…
And here is how the 5th floor looked after ‘Who framed Roger Rabbit‘, when the building was occupied by Richard Williams Animation for the production of ‘The Thief and the Cobbler.‘