Image of Distant Future's Hugh Robertshaw

New London studio base for projects nearer to capital

Following on from our win of 'Media Business of the Year' at the 2018 Keighley & Airedale Business Awards, we recently welcomed back CG generalist, Hugh Robertshaw, to help steer our London projects.  

We say "welcomed back" because Hugh is one of Distant Future's former team members.

Hugh originally joined the studio back in 2011, fresh after graduating from the University of Bradford with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Animation & Special Effects.

Distant Future's founder, Bill Beaumont, explains, "Hugh joined the studio on an 11-week paid placement and we were so impressed with him we offered him a job."

"Hugh's artistic and technical skills were an immediate asset to us and while he was here it was great to see him and the company grow together."

"When he left, I was naturally sorry to see him go but at the end of the day, tried to see the positives for him and for Distant Future."

It is at this point in the story you might think, "Well how can talented staff leaving an animation company be seen as a positive thing?".

Distant Future's Emma Ashcroft believes that creative people need space to try out new things.

"Embracing the flux and enabling team members to know they would be welcomed back benefits the company massively when new techniques come back with those who've had a sabbatical from DFAS."

Hugh left Distant Future in March 2016 and after heading up CG Animation Production for a video production company in Wakefield, joined Jellyfish Pictures in March 2017.

"Jellyfish's recent projects include 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and Netflix's 'Black Mirror'," Emma continues, "so it's hard not to get excited about the calibre of skills Hugh will have honed during his time there."

The timing couldn't really have been better for Distant Future as we've had our sight set on London as the next logical step of our growth strategy, so were eager to make a move.

Bill Beaumont continues, "Whilst it's true that we're going to be one of many animation studios in London, it's also true that our size and location means we offer a more economical option to other studios based in the capital."

Funny, but as Channel4 potentially comes to the Leeds city region - less than 20 miles from our Keighley office - we're flipping the move and increasing our reach in London.

Exciting times for all of the team.


If you have a project that is based nearer to London than Bradford, why not get in touch?

Contact our London studio on 020 3773 3246 or send an email to