“I would return to shoot in Bristol in a heartbeat” says The Outlaws producer

Set and filmed in Bristol, Stephen Merchant’s new six-part comedy thriller The Outlaws took place at The Bottle Yard Studios and on location across Bristol assisted by Bristol Film Office. Made by Big Talk Productions and Merchant’s own company Four Eyes, the production team behind the new BBC One and Amazon Prime series based its headquarters at … Read more

A conversation with boomsatsuma course leader Freya Billington

British Cinematographer‘s Tom Williams caught up with Freya Billington on the cusp of welcoming a new cohort of students at boomsatsuma. The course leader filled us in on what to expect from the new boomsatsuma BA (Hons) Filmmaking (pathways) Production & Post Production degree and the ideal candidate in her eyes. Are you excited to … Read more

The Bottle Yard studios supports Kickstart youth employment scheme

The Bottle Yard Studios team has welcomed its first Kickstart Scheme placement, 24-year-old Jack Price, who has begun a six-month Runner placement, marking the first Bristol City Council position to be filled under the scheme. The Kickstart Scheme, which has been underway since September, is a £2 billion UK-wide government initiative aimed at helping young people, who have been among the hardest hit by the economic … Read more

Zac Nicholson BSC / The Pursuit of Love

PASSION PROJECT Despite having read The Pursuit of Love thirty years ago, Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel remained clear in cinematographer Zac Nicholson BSC’s mind. “Although it was set amongst a tiny section of society and in a rarefied world, I felt it dealt with themes that were universal, such as the choices we make and … Read more

Industry Wide Shot: Studios

SPACE TO CREATE Despite the obstacles presented by the pandemic a number of new UK studio locations have been announced recently. We round-up some of the latest developments and the role they will play in filmmaking’s future. The shockwaves of 2020 are still being felt throughout the film industry, even though a number of productions … Read more

Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios on track for expansion following investment

The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol is on track for expansion following an investment by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). An outline business case submitted to WECA by Bristol City Council for expansion of The Bottle Yard Studios into the neighbouring Hawkfield Business Park was approved today by the WECA Committee, which greenlit … Read more

Gary Shaw / Mute

Future-noir Gary Shaw / Mute Future-noir Gary Shaw / Mute BY: Ron Prince Mute , the latest feature from director Duncan Jones, is a dark, despairing thriller, exploring themes of parenthood and hope. Set in a futuristic version of Berlin, circa 2050, the story follows a mute bartender played by Alexander Skarsgård, who goes up … Read more

Another successful filming year for Bristol

Bristol Film Office has released figures for 2015-16, reflecting another positive year for film and TV production in the city with a 65% increase in location filming days. In the year 2015-16 Bristol Film Office issued 370 filming permits and hosted a total of 943 location filming days (65% more than 2014-15). Total inward investment … Read more

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