Today is was announced that Twickenham Studios are teaming with property developers CAPITAL&CENTRIC to deliver a major filming facility for Liverpool. The city’s iconic former Littlewoods building is to become home to new sound stages. The full press release: “CAPITAL&CENTRIC announce major new deal to make Liverpool the home of the UK’s film and television…

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ScreenDaily reports on the new study, funded by the London mayor, Film London, the London Local Enterprise Panel and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The full ScreenDaily article is here

The key findings were:

Demand: Due to the city’s world-class skills, locations, crews and expertise, demand for studio space has never been higher. The value of feature film production spend in the UK in 2016 was £1.6billion, an all-time record. The large majority of this was associated with inward investment feature films, most of which are big-budget US-financed pictures. Much of this growth is focused on studios in and around London.

Capacity: Trends in the film and TV markets currently favour large, permanent studio spaces. Big-budget productions typically look for at least 125,000 square footage of stages, which this study demonstrates Dagenham East can accommodate. Other successful UK film studios are planning expansions but will not meet growing demand on their own, with modelling suggesting that the UK could need a further 800,000 square feet to 1.22m square feet of studio space by 2032.

Jobs: A studio of this size at Dagenham East could generate around 780 full time jobs in the local area and £35million for the economy.

Location: Barking and Dagenham is well connected, and the proposed site is midway between the City and the M25. It’s directly opposite the tube station and close to the A13 and M11 motorways, providing excellent transport links for cast, crew and industry professionals. Its location would provide a clear trajectory for studio South East.

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BBC Studioworks, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, today re-opens the studio doors to the ‘home of British television’ at the Television Centre site in Central London September 2017: Television Centre, originally opened in 1960 and the biggest TV production facility of its kind in the world at the time, has been undergoing major redevelopment…

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Pocket Films has launched The Camera Map – the innovative resource for anyone looking to hire or buy professional cameras for film, broadcast or video productions in the UK. It is launched as a web site and a printed guide.

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Which is the best camera? A budget Canon DSLR or an Arri Alexa Mini? A comparison between low-end and high-end cameras explored, courtesy of Simon Cade and DSLRguide. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSp46ZxHXXI&feature=em-subs_digest Published on 25 Feb 2017 Which is the best camera? A budget Canon DSLR or an Arri Alexa Mini? Cheap Camera comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_Eg3… Download the…

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New additions to the 2015 updated site include  Tower Bridge TV Studios, Kentish Town Studios, Pinewood Studio Wales, The London Studios, MenaMedia UK, Dairy Studios and Parkside Mediahouse. Do mention “The Studio Map” when contacting these facilities!

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Pocket Films are supporting our friends at Flickreel who have created a brand new online movie magazine, which is beautifully designed, easy to use and has a strong emphasis on video-based content: www.flickreel.com

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The 12th edition of the pocket guide for the UK’s screening rooms and cinemas for hire was published this summer. Distributed inside Televisual, Screen and Broadcast magazines, the handy printed guide sits alongside it’s web site and provides a comprehensive resource for screening venues. The printed guide is free and obtainable by sending a SAE to Pocket Films.

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BBC News reports Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog and will form part of the company’s global network. The deal was announced on Monday by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy. The Welsh government hopes the 180,000 sq ft complex will generate an estimated £90m for the economy. Click for link to BBC News

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