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August 2016
In this month's regional focus edition:
  • Spotlight on...Regions & Nations
  • Nesta: The Geography of Creativity in the UK
  • Record breaking year for filming in Liverpool
  • BFI awards national funding to 'Creative Cluster'
  • Grant Thornton Unveils Faces of a Vibrant Economy in Scotland
Spotlight on...
Regions & Nations

Contrary to what many think, there is life outside of London. Lots of it, in fact!

While business is certainly booming in the more traditional locations for the creative industries; a recent work mapping the UK from Nesta, reports 47 'creative clusters' from across the breadth of the UK. These clusters grew their employment 28% between 2007-2014.

In this edition we feature the excellent work done by UK Screen's out-of-London members.

CORE POST - Salford

Core Post is located in Salford at MediaCityUK and is a “boutique” style post house. Trading for three years, one of their first major projects was “Peter Kay’s Car Share”, for which Core won the RTS North West award for “Best Post Production”.

Following on from the fantastic success of Series 1, Series 2 is now in post production and promises to be better than ever. This year Core Post are even closer to the project, having housed the full production, cast and crew from the outset! From a post perspective the series will include a lot of the same challenges as last year, including hidden VFX and edit techniques to keep the journey consistent, but there are also a few new ones as some of the boundaries are being pushed for the second series.

Peter Kay's Car Share Series 2

Core Post are also anticipating more London based productions coming to the North West; they are currently working on a series for BBC2 from a London based company, with the offline split between Core & a London facility. Core will handle and ingest all the media, half of which is then sent to the post house in London, this will be sent back once the edit is completed and all the final post will be completed at Core, who are very optimistic that more of this work will come their way.


GORILLA - Cardiff


Gorilla is a full service post production house specialising in broadcast media and film. Based in bustling Cardiff Bay, their facilities and friendly team of staff combine creative excellence and technical innovation – all served up with a warm Welsh welcome.

Gorilla's new HQ is equipped with 40 Avid suites, Baselight Grading suite and Pro Tools dubbing studios with ADR/VO - and they have recently installed Wales' first Avid S6 audio consoles. Upcoming projects include:

Decline and Fall – Tiger Aspect and Cave Bear Productions for BBC Two  
With an all-star cast including Jack Whitehall, David Suchet and Eva Longoria, Decline and Fall is the first ever televisual adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic comic novel. Produced by Tiger Aspect and Cave Bear Productions for BBC Two, the three-part comedy will be broadcast later this year to mark 50 years since Waugh’s death. 

Having recently been commissioned to work on the production Gorilla will be producing dailies, backing up media, edit assisting and working remotely with an offline editor, using Signiant peer-to-peer file transfer to grade, finish and deliver to the broadcaster. They are working in collaboration with fellow Cardiff-based companies Bang Audio Post Production and Milk VFX.

In Parenthesis – Rondo Media/Welsh National Opera 
A special collaborative project bringing the Welsh National Opera’s latest cinema screen across Wales and to online audiences worldwide via The Opera Platform website. Gorilla produced encrypted DCPs of the production and distributed to selected cinemas across the country.


Above: In Parenthesis

IPC World Athletics Championships 2016 Coverage – Boomerang for Channel 4 
Gorilla has provided facilities and on-location editing services to Boomerang for their coverage of three IPC events following GB’s Paralympians as they prepare for Rio 2016.   

First up were the IPC Swimming European Open Championships from Madeira, followed by IPC Athletics European Championships in Italy in June and culminating in the Anniversary Games 2016 from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, London in July. 

Elements of each event were broadcast live on More 4, with additional highlights packages shown on Channel 4. 


OUTPOST VFX - Bournemouth

Bournemouth-based Outpost VFX houses, within their 3,000 sq ft studio, 30 core artists capable of delivering VFX across feature films in parallel with commercials and broadcast projects. Services include concept design, VFX supervision, Previz and 3D and 2D animation and compositing for both animation and visual effects.

Recently, Outpost VFX have said that they are "thrilled" to have completed a slice of the VFX on Universal's Jason Bourne – currently on general release.

Jason Bourne, the fifth installment of the Bourne film series, sees Matt Damon reprises his role as former CIA assassin and psychogenic amnesiac Jason Bourne, trying to uncover hidden truths about his past.


Above: Matt Damon in 'Jason Bourne'

Outpost said that working on the film was "a significant award" for them and is the biggest feature they have worked on to date. 

CEO Duncan McWilliam said: "Bringing a little bit of Bourne to Bournemouth was hugely exciting for us and the beginning of Outpost being involved in tent pole movies. This is another example of us proving that you don't have to be in Soho to compete with the big boys!"

VFX Supervisor Marcin Kolendo and VFX Producer Gez Hixson and their team worked on a varied range of shots including digital matte paintings and crowd replication for the Bourne Escapes sequence and the Vegas Chase sequence.

For the Bourne Escapes sequence their task was to reduce and improve the quality of the blood on the side of Matt Damon's face across a number of shots. 

Outpost VFX currently have a record 7 film projects in house including iBoy (Wigwam Films) and Interlude In Prague (Stillking Films) and Final Score (The Fyzz Productions) as well as numerous commercial and VR projects. 



Leeds post production facility The Other Planet have deployed Quantel Rio v3 as the centrepiece of their elegant new finishing theatre. Complemented by the Neo control surface, fast shared storage by Elements and a Barco 2K projector, the system benefits from the latest 2016 hardware, boosted by an additional GPU, offering clients an interactive realtime 4k grading experience.
The Other Planet have established a reputation as the go-to shop for quality drama and feature film finishing in the region and the new build is in response to a boom in indie production based in Leeds.

Head of Operations Chris Davey says; “DOPs, particularly on features, are looking for more of a cinematic client experience with a 4K pipeline and projection. For us it's about saying ‘yes’, and offering something that wasn't previously available in the north.”


Currently in Post Production is the third series of The Yorkshire Vet (10 x 1hr plus 2 specials) for Daisybeck Studios which will TX on C5 later this autumn. 
Dominic Brunt’s latest feature film is also in the Edit suite and will complete finishing and Audio Post at The Other Planet.
The past 12 months year have been the busiest ever at The Other Planet with Edit suites running at capacity and saw the completion of The Syndicate 3 & In The Club 2 for Kay Mellor shown on BBC One, A Feature film ‘Gloves Off’ in Edit for Molifilms, Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge for C4, India’s Frontier Railways for BBC 4, Body Donors for C5 as well as providing support for Swallows & Amazons and ITV’s Victoria.



BFI awards National Lottery Funding
to 'Creative Cluster' 

Yorkshire Film 1

The Yorkshire Screen Hub bid was awarded National Lottery funding from the BFI through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund in March 2016, which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London and the South-East.

Matched by funding from a Yorkshire-wide consortium, Screen Yorkshire, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, is spearheading the hub’s mission to build sustainable, long-term growth in the region’s burgeoning film, TV and games industries and maintain its competitiveness in a global industry.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub will receive £127,000 through the BFI’s Creative Clusters Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure and skills base. ‘Creating the Production Powerhouse’ is a nine-month programme of work beginning March 2016, that will identify the investment required for skills, training, infrastructure and knowledge sharing, to enable the Yorkshire and Humber region to compete globally. The BFI Award is matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.



Grant Thornton Unveils
Faces of a Vibrant Economy
in Scotland

Grant Thornton UK LLP has unveiled its inaugural list of people who are helping to shape a vibrant economy in the UK, one which realises the shared potential of businesses, cities, people and communities across the UK.

The list has been curated as part of Grant Thornton’s purpose to shape a vibrant economy, and unlock the shared potential of the nation by working together with government, businesses and communities.

Above: Marie Owen, CEO, LS Productions

One of the six Scottish ‘Faces’ is Marie Owen, CEO at Edinburgh-based LS Productions, which focuses on providing production service and shoot locations for advertisers, brands, directors and photographers wishing to shoot in the UK. Marie added:
“Our shoots create employment as well as highlighting the beauty and diversity of the UK itself. We also encourage people to get involved in the creative industries from a young age, giving them confidence that the creative industry is a career option. Entrepreneurialism should be encouraged and supported. It takes businesses like ours to take a chance to succeed as a new business. We should celebrate those – like ourselves – who take a chance and set an example to others that you can take a stand and achieve your dream.”



The Geography of
Creativity in the UK

That the creative industries make important economic contributions at the national level is gaining increasing recognition in the UK. The official statistics put their Gross Value Added contribution at £81.4 billion or 5.2 per cent of the whole economy. While it is equally well known that the creative industries are engines of growth in cities like London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, their importance in other parts of the UK is less widely appreciated.

A collaborative report between Nesta and Creative England have revealed clusters of creative activity in all nations and regions of the UK. While it is well known that the creative industries are engines of growth in cities like London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, their importance in other parts of the UK is less widely appreciated. As well as highlighting where in the country we find concentrations of creative activity, the report presents a rich account of the important differences that exist between creative clusters too.

The report finds that:
  • The creative industries are growing more rapidly than other sectors in most parts of the country. In fact, between 2007 and 2014 more than nine in ten of the 228 metropolitan areas (or Travel-to-Work-Area geographies) that make up the UK experienced faster growth in the number of creative businesses than in the whole business population.
  • In total, they identify 47 creative clusters in the UK.  
  • The map confirms that creative clusters have a dominant presence in London and the South-East of England (which together comprise around a third of clusters identified). But just over one-fifth of clusters are found in the North of England, and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all feature too.
  • The map also suggests that there are several creative agglomerations which encompass more than one metropolitan area: for example, around Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff. In the South-East of England, there are similar agglomerations along the coast around Brighton, Southampton and Bournemouth too.


Record breaking year for filming in Liverpool

A record number of film and TV productions were made on location in Liverpool last year.  

A report going to the Culture and Tourism Select Committee on Tuesday 9 August reveals during 2015, 257 film and TV projects came to the city, resulting in 1,067 filming days and bringing in £11.5million to the local economy.
This is a 50% increase on the previous year, with the main rise being the number of days of filming per project.  
One of the major productions filmed in 2015 was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – a Harry Potter prequel, written by J.K Rowling and starring Eddie Redmayne. Liverpool was the only non-studio location used, and key scenes were filmed inside St George’s Hall and the Cunard Building. The Warner Brothers film hits cinemas in November, and during its time here more than 1,000 cast and crew stayed in ten city centre hotels, resulting in over 5,000 bed nights and generating more than £1.5million directly into the local economy.

Liverpool Film 3



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