We Moved Into Huddle!

IMAGE: 8 upper case H letters arranged in a circle to form the Huddle logo

Hello friends, Romans, country-people: we moved! The X Gene is now based out of Huddle, Level 6 90 Williams Street, Melbourne. After doing some work with Huddle, and knowing their fine people for a few years, the awesome team discussed the need for video and digital communication in their work. Simon, at the same time, had been going through the stages of learning about human-centred design through their¬†Huddle Academy that we suggest you check out to get better and more open about the future of how we work and think. The rad thing about these Huddlers is they really believe in taking the world head on; their knowing the adventurous experiments we’re doing and radical changes The X Gene and Simon want to make, they invited us to join them so that they could learn from us, we from them, and together mix all the colours to create rainbows.

One of the reasons we looked for a space is we’re now working so hard and so regularly on our long form narrative work in film, web and 360 video, we needed a place the various teams could meet together, put things on walls and be immersed in the projects. That’s what we’re doing here, bringing together these incredible technologists, creatives, communicators and innovators to what we like to think of as The Tipping Point. The goal of The X Gene is to change the screen industry into an open, international, financially sustainable powerhouse bringing compelling stories to niche audiences around the globe. This is the place to start that mission in earnest.

IMAGE: Desk setup at Huddle, with two monitors showing images from Pixar films
The longer story of how we got here starts with Paul Fairhead – Paul was the manager of Kindred Studios, our old digs. One of our collaborators and friends Ben McEwing had been in Huddle for a while, which is how we met their fab peeps, and when Paul asked if we’d heard of the place, we leapt forward with enthusiasm that it’s exactly where Paul would really shine. He got the job, we kept chatting and a couple years later, here we are.

It’s really beautiful seeing Paul, as general manager of Huddle, do what he was born to do. This company is global, they do incredible things with strategic human-design of servicee, products and business. They generally want to untangle the most complex problems of we people. Can’t wait to see what we cook up together.
IMAGE: Front of Huddle Scottish House, grand old columns and tan brick facade