We had the awesome opportunity to ask Carmen Granger from Bla Bla Bla studios about the work they do and what they’re all about. If you haven’t heard of them before, you will certainly enjoy this read as they are one of the leading game studios in Cape Town and they are only getting bigger.
Please tell us about Bla Bla Bla Studios – what do you do and what are you all about?
Bla Bla Bla Studios is a Cape Town based animation house servicing the land based and online casino gaming industry with creative, world-class game concepts, design, illustration and 2D, 3D and hybrid animation. Our capabilities span the on-line spectrum as we cater for PC, mobile and tablet platforms. We are expanding into application and card game development as well at stop motion educational animation videos for the private sector.
While I was studying 3D in 2012, I heard about Bla Bla Bla Studios and I heard from numerous artists that your studio is a nice studio to work for. How does it make you feel to hear that your studio has such a good reputation among professionals who have worked with you?
I love empowering young, talented and creative people by creating opportunities for them to realize their potential.
Mobile games and online games have been increasing in popularity and that is something that you specialise in – please tell us about your views on mobile and online gaming currently.
The gaming industry is extremely competitive. Essentially, we are competing against studios all over the world. Not only do we have to produce creatively stunning work, we also have to be on top of the latest game technology as the gaming operators have various platforms and operate their games for PCs, mobile and tablet users. We have to really understand what each operator is looking for the so the graphics we provide assist them to market games which attract players and keep them spending while online. And also regional markets have different characteristics that we have to understand – even down to some colours and images meaning different things to different cultures
How would you describe a normal working day at Bla Bla Bla Studios?
Insanely busy. Creative explosion of ideas and visuals
What do you think is the biggest inspiration behind the work that you do as a studio?
We stay on top of game design trends globally by attending international gaming conferences and current gaming trends. We look at game mechanics and push design to create a fresh new approach to characters and screen interface — that’s how we create our competitive edge. Creating a world class product.
What is the preferred drink in the office? Water, tea or coffee?
All of the above
Do you have any office traditions or events that you host weekly or monthly, like a staff social or Friday drinks at the local bar?
Friday is cake day
If someone would like to get in touch with Bla Bla Bla Studios to produce a game, where can they get in touch with you?
Please tell us about some of the best achievements that Bla Bla Bla Studios has accomplished and what you feel has contributed to the success of your studio to date?
We have gaming platform operators and other on-line gaming clients in Europe, South America, UK, Hong Kong and Australia, and pride ourselves on world-class creative product, high-reliability delivery and production, and the ability to add creative and player experience value in terms of characters, features, effects, game mechanics
What has been the funniest memory for you at Bla Bla Bla Studios?
Our company name says it all
What would you say are some aspects about Bla Bla Bla Studios that sets you apart from other studios?
Focus, determination, consistency and a strong production background. Understanding the cost per hour to produce animation helps to determine the price and profit margin. We have been designing games for several international clients over the past 3 years and have a proven track record of quality design
Where can we follow Bla Bla Bla Studios online?
Do you have any thoughts for artists looking to work in the game industry and to apply to Bla Bla Bla Studios?
If you are talented and experienced with a passion for design, animation and gaming, contact us !