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.
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