Heslington Studios will be officially launched at the Broadcast Video Expo 2012 in London.

Posted on 10 February 2012

Heslington Studios will be flying the flag for Yorkshire film and television production at its official launch at the Broadcast Video Expo 2012 in London.

Heslington Studios, the commercial arm of the University of York’s new £30 million Department of Theatre, Film and Television aims to promote Yorkshire as a major film and TV broadcast production region with facilities to rank with the best. The new £30M Theatre, Film and Television building was designed following extensive consultation with industry professionals, academics and students and is purpose-built to support and foster interactions between the University and the film and industries.

It boasts two HD broadcast TV studios, a 140-seat preview cinema, a multi-purpose sound stage, as well as superb audio and video post-production facilities.

Carole Dove, Commercial Director for Heslington Studios, said: “As well as offering fantastic facilities just a two-hour journey from London, Heslington Studios can provide everything from technical support to front of house, and will help broker relationships with other industry professionals.

“We have an excellent technical team of industry professionals at York able to provide support and advice, as well as competent, enthusiastic students willing to take on work experience to boost their chances of success in the production industry. Our aim is to provide seamless facilities hire and to increase the profile of the region as a vibrant production centre.

“We’re offering something very new and different at York compared with other UK universities. The Theatre, Film and Television building was completed to the latest industry standard specification to provide opportunities for commercial partnerships with production companies. This in turn enriches the experience of our students and provides them with a competitive advantage in pursuing their careers."

High profile clients who have already benefited from York’s unique facilities include:

  • Al Jazeera carried out post production work for the seven part series – Slavery: A 21st Century Evil at the University.  Three episodes were shot on location in India, Pakistan and Haiti by David Hickman, a Senior Lecturer at York.
  • Kudos Film and TV used audition and rehearsal space, plus several locations on campus for shooting the ITV drama series Eternal Law, which aired in January 2012. Around 30 Theatre, Film and Television students acted as extras, while one student worked as a camera trainee.
  • Green Screen Productions Ltd are using RED camera shooting kits for their new feature film The Knife that Killed Me, which is being distributed by Universal Pictures in the UK. They are employing several Department of Theatre, Film and Television graduates to work on the film under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership agreement.
  • The Press Association used the TV studio to run a three day training course.

Notes to editors:

Notes to Editors:

For more information on the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, visit www.york.ac.uk/tftv

For more information on BVE Expo 2012 visit www.bvexpo.com/bve/website/home.aspx?refer=1