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July 2016
In this month's edition:
  • Goldcrest Post: Bringing Dolby Atmos to Dean Street
  • UK Screen on Brexit: Keep calm, it's BAU
  • Pinewood adds stages in expansion
  • London VFX Apprenticeships are go!
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Goldcrest Post: Bringing Dolby Atmos to Dean Street
When Goldcrest Post opened Theatre 1 in their Dean Street facility back in April, it caused a big stir. Now with London's biggest purpose-built Dolby Atmos Premier mixing theatre having been in action for a couple of months, Victoria Johnson (right) catches up with Goldcrest Post MD Patrick Malone. 

Goldcrest is a successful company, even in the very competitive Soho area – can you give us an insight into the company?

Goldcrest’s approach is to provide facilities of the highest creative and technical standards whilst retaining a personal, boutique feel. Film-making remains a creative, collaborative venture throughout the post production phase but can all too often be encumbered by the corporate agendas of larger companies.

Goldcrest Post MD, Patrick Malone

Do you think maintaining the Soho Post/VFX culture is important – is that why Goldcrest is expanding here?

I think it’s crucial. Soho is steeped in motion picture and television heritage and has been a centre of excellence for feature film and broadcast services for decades. Culturally the area is enjoying a renaissance and the film community is a vital component of that.

We anticipate that creatives will continue to head to Soho to complete their projects for years to come and have expanded here accordingly.

Was the Dolby Atmos premier mixing theatre a pet-project of yours and how big was it?

It had long been a desire of the owners to improve the facility and groundworks had started before I took over the reins at Goldcrest. As soon as I arrived however I was absolutely sold on the concept. We took on a major engineering challenge to create the extra space required. The entire five story building complete with tenants on the upper floors had to be supported safely whilst we removed roughly 500 cubic metres of earth from the basement.

Once that had been accomplished the main structural columns had to be relocated to create a clear line of sight within the new space. This required the construction of a structural steel framework embedded within 15 metre deep concrete piles all around the perimeter of the site to distribute the load. Only once all of that was accomplished could we commence construction of the stage. And all of this was achieved with very restricted access to the site.

What else might be on the horizon for Goldcrest?

The goal at present is to establish ourselves within the global film making community as the premier theatrical post production facility in Soho. This is no small aspiration considering we’re a comparatively small, family owned business in competition with the multinationals. We are already making headway though. Once we’ve achieved this we’ll consider our next move.


Keep calm, it’s BAU

There’s no denying that the referendum result and subsequent events were historic and significant for everyone and not just the politicians and psephologists. It's still early days to know exactly what impacts the decision to leave the EU might lead to. However as UK Screen’s CEO, Neil Hatton points out, for facilities servicing overseas clients, it is business-as-usual.

“I'd like to emphasise that the UK remains an attractive destination for international production. We still have great talent, great facilities and great tax incentives. The creative sector tax credits are part of UK, not EU law and so we don't anticipate them disappearing any time soon. Whatever government we may have in future will surely welcome the significant inward investment the tax credits bring to boost our economy. One immediate effect of referendum result is that VFX companies and studios benefit from the lower value of the Pound, making them more competitive for clients who have US Dollars to spend.”
“UK Screen will be working hard to influence government policy to continue and enhance the success that the post, VFX, studios and production services sector has enjoyed in recent years. Change can often bring opportunity.”


Pinewood adds stages in expansion

Pinewood Studios has officially opened five new sound stages, providing another boost to a London TV and film studio market that two years ago was said to be in ‘crisis’.

In August 2014, with Wimbledon Studios entering administration, it was widely viewed that the demand for shooting space was outstripping availability (Broadcast 15.08.14). Almost 24 months later, things have changed considerably.

The additional 150,000 sq ft of space at Pinewood becomes available to hire from 1 July and is Phase 1 of the Pinewood Studios Development Framework. It takes Pinewood’s total TV and film shooting space at its Buckinghamshire site to 478,962 sq ft.

A further 170,000 sq ft could arrive in Phase 2, along with more workshops, offices, streetscapes and 14.21 hectares of backlots, although this is so far unconfirmed. Having now taken full ownership of Shepperton Studios, Pinewood is also reviewing the existing development plan for that facility.

View the FULL article here from Broadcast


VFX Apprenticeships are go!

The London VFX community now have Apprenticeships available for those wanting to get into the industry!
VFX Apprenticeships available in two roles: Junior 2D Artist and Assistant Technical Director
The apprenticeships are at level 4 which means that they are suitable for school or college leavers but not for graduates

There will be apprentice positions available at five companies, including UK Screen Members BlueBolt, Double Negative, Framestore and The Mill, with availability also at Lexhag.

Starting in September 2016, the courses will consist of 80% on-the-job learning with the rest being formal college education. Assessments will then be carried out at a central London location.

Amy Smith, Head of Global Recruitment for Framestore, says: "'Framestore is really thrilled to be working with Blue Bolt, Double Negative, Lexhag and The Mill to pioneer apprenticeships for the visual effects industry. Being able to offer an alternative to graduate entry allows us to work with a greater diversity of young, talented individuals and to ensure that we are securing a talent pipeline in the UK to enable the continued success of our businesses."

For more information

(Applications close 25th July)

UK Screen New Members!

Core Post from Salford and The Other Planet, based in Leeds, follow Flix Facilities in joining UK Screen as we start to build a northern cluster of members.

Next month's UK Screen Spotlight will be a regional-focus on our members in Wales and the North.


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