Distortion Studios opens brand new virtual production studio in Bristol

Apr 5, 2024

Award-winning visual content production company Distortion Studios has acquired and fitted out brand new studios in Bristol, the current UNESCO City of Film. The (200m2) studios will enable producers across all disciplines – television, film, advertising, music, corporate and events – to create original IP utilising the cutting-edge technology of Virtual Production and the power of Unreal Engine.

This initiative, supported by funding from Creative UK and in partnership with iMAG Displays, will see the first permanent Virtual Production studio in Bristol and the South West.   At the forefront of creative and technological development, the new studio is run by a multiple award-winning creative team, including a group of highly experienced Unreal Engine Experts and specialists in immersive digital arts. 

With veteran Studio Manager Pete Martin overseeing daily operations, Distortion Studios are decked out with state-of-the art equipment including 11x4m curved LED Volume, ROE Black Pearl 2 V2 LED panels, 2x2x3m wild wall mobile led panels, 2x Stype RedSpy tracking system, Stage Precision, Pixera Media Servers and Brompton processing.   

Later this month, Distortion Studios will open its doors to all delegates attending the Creative Cities Convention hosted by Kirsty Wark and taking place in Bristol 23/24 April, offering hands-on demonstrations and explanatory talks to small groups. In addition, Distortion Studios aims to educate and inspire creatives on the many ways the pioneering technique can enhance their new productions and lower their costs by hosting bespoke ‘how to….’ sessions at the studios 25/26 April.*   

Jonathan Brigden, Managing Director of Distortion Studios comments, “We’re thrilled to have set up our studios in this great City in the South West.  Situated on the junction of the M4 and M5 and 10 minutes from Bristol station, we are based in an incredibly viable and accessible location for up-to-the-minute production for the entire country.  Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, the benefits of VP are simply infinite.  We can’t wait to show how our top of the range technology, highly-skilled team of engineers and artists and this unique space can change productions and their budgets forever.” 

Hannah Long, Portfolio Manager at Creative UK adds “We are absolutely thrilled to have been a part of this journey with Studio Giggle and see the development of their brand new state of the art Virtual Production studio, Distortion Studios, in the vibrant City of Bristol. Jonathan, Steve and their team are such a talented and friendly bunch and a delight to work with. We are proud to have them in the Creative Growth Finance portfolio and as their Portfolio Manager, I cannot wait to see the exciting projects that lay ahead.” 

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