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Skupics Stuidos

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Skupics Studios' continued growth over 2021 was fueled by many businesses' needs to expand their product lines for ecommerce. We had our busiest year to date, and because of that, we have had the pleasure of growing our team. Dominic Tannehill joined the team in October of last year. He brings a fresh perspective, creative ideas and new energy into the studio. We look forward to growing further in 2022, while continuing to serve our valued long-term clients.

Partnering to Create Special Memories

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We had a great opportunity to work with Hershey’s Chocolate World’s Guest Service Team and Manager, Roger Sansoni, to create a lasting memory for a special family. “A guest, Dan Adamson, reached out to Hershey’s Chocolate World a few weeks ago wanting to “re-propose” to his wife of 12 years (Heather) on our Chocolate Making Tour Ride. As Dan explained to me, his family had suffered the loss of their home and all of their family’s belongings in a devastating house fire late last year and was looking to create some new memories here at Hershey’s Chocolate World - one of their family’s favorite destinations. Additionally, Dan was really hoping that we could somehow display a picture of him proposing to Heather on the digital photo wall inside of our Chocolate Making Tour Ride while he surprised her with a new engagement ring.” - Roger Sansoni, Mgr, Guest Experience GTP’s, Justine McCarty and Felicia Metze gladly assisted with the plan to surprise Dan’s wife. Roger r

New Partner - Knoebels

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The 2020 season presented some of the most daunting challenges ever seen in our industry, but we at GTP have many reasons to be proud of our achievements. One of the accomplishments we are most proud of is successfully starting photography services at Knoebels Amusement Resort. With dynamic shots and colorful branded graphics, we brought some new flare to their classic rides Giant Flume, Impulse, and Twister. Next season we will add Flying Turns to that list when it reopens. GTP’s unique CamLNX wireless camera rigs were used to increase the efficiency and quality of their roaming photographer system. Every photo booth could act as a photo hub for their photographers so guests could view any captured photographer photo at any photo location. We also added extra layers of support and reliability to their photography systems. It has been a joy to work with and get to know the Knoebels team this year. We are very impressed with how successful their souvenir photography season was, desp

Keeping up with the Claus’ during COVID

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The ongoing pandemic has created many limitations on our normal operations, as it has for so many other businesses this year. However, canceling a visit with Santa just was not an option for us. We needed to find some creative ways to adhere to new safety procedures, but still keep the magic of Santa during the experience. As an added challenge, we needed to create a different experience across all of our different venues! 1) Distancing - When designing multiple sets, we needed to take into account the area itself in which Santa will be located. Maintaining the recommended 6 foot distance is required, so we’ve used sleighs or workbenches to create visually interesting aesthetics in order to create a barrier between Santa and our guests without it feeling forced or arbitrary. 2) Masks - Everyone wears a mask, even Santa, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and festive! 3) Increased interaction - While our venues have limited attendance policies, this actually means that our guests c

Pivoting Operations to Combat Covid-19

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Emergencies can bring out the best in people and corporations.  Manufacturers are converting their facilities to produce ventilators, gowns, and masks.  Non-profit organizations are collecting and distributing food and essentials.  Artists are releasing free content for those stuck at home.  In short, we're all in this together. While a portion of our business continues to support eCommerce operations, namely SKUpics and Sweet Personalization, the vast majority of our resources are idle.  So, with an array of computers with decent graphics capabilities sitting there, we began rolling out Folding@Home on some of our idle equipment.  This adds our computer power to a worldwide network aimed at finding additional therapeutic options to  combat and treat Covid-19 . At present, Folding@Home is processing at 470 petaflops, double the capacity of the next closest traditional supercomputer. Will it solve the problem?  Definitely not in its entirety, but it's at least a

Did Somebody Say “Camel-LNX”?

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Over the past few years, GTP has developed a wifi based proprietary system that we use throughout the company to upload photos without having to do so manually. Recently, we have been utilizing it in the Snow Tubing park at Camelback Mountain Resort and it has made day-to-day operations much more efficient. Quick turnaround times are often essential to the guests who are trying to make the most out of their time in a venue. Our previous transfer process relied on running memory cards back to the stand each hour which caused a delay for guests to view photos. This delay left some guests forced to view photos through our website. Now, guests no longer need to wait till the top of the hour before pictures are available to view and purchase. CamLNX is able to upload the photos automatically by using WiFi to transfer them directly from the camera to our system. Photographers no longer need to leave their location and are now able to capture more of our guests’ special moments. CamLN

A Sweet Experience Updated for You!

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Hershey’s Chocolate World is known for its Chocolate Tour Ride experience and the sweet treat you get at the end of the ride. Since the tour originally opened in 1910 at the factory, from its transition to the new building called Hershey’s Chocolate World in 1973, there have been many changes to keep the ride trending with the time period. There was even a redesign in 2016 which added in the digital animations of everyone’s favorite characters - Mr. Hershey Bar, Reese, and Miss Kiss. You can find the characters explaining the chocolate process throughout the ride. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors come from all over the world to see what Hershey is all about and take a trip through the famous tour ride. As the ride has changed over the past 30 years, Get the Picture has seen the technological advancements it has undergone. It was only fitting for us to update the photo experience for our guests as we entered the end of the decade to create an additional chocolatey experien