A brand-new film and TV studio with a difference was opened by the West of England's Metro Mayor Dan Norris last week.
“Box 7”, the new £1 million one-stop-shop film and TV studio based at creative campus Skyline Park, has been created in a large industrial warehouse in Brislington with its set piece being a 5,500sqt blackout studio room, heated soundstage plus podcasting rooms, production offices, and more.
Because it has lots of different facilities on site, it’s perfect for different kinds of Bristol creatives - whether that be TV production companies, podcasters, video shooters, and more.
With lots of film and TV crews operating in Bristol, the demand for more studio space has been growing, even with the opening of the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority-funded second Bottle Yard studio earlier this year. ITV and other big names have already filmed at Box7 ahead of its opening.
But what makes Box7 stand out is that it will also host club nights and other events in its fully blacked out and ‘acoustically treated’ studio perfect for playing music, with the first one planned for next month when it hosts hundreds of revellers at a party organised by Bristol institution Alfresco Disco.
Mayor Norris cut the ribbon on the launch day, which included private tours, hands-on demos in virtual production, live music and more. He said: “This is a massive vote of confidence in Bristol’s world-leading creative industries, and our amazing West of England region.
“Box7 is a really unique space, hosting all manner of West of England creatives, whether that be podcasters, filmmakers or DJs. It sends yet another strong message that our amazing creative sector here in the West of England is thriving.
“Our region has always been one of innovation and imagination. Only recently, Disney+ have checked in to film at the state-of-the-art, West of England Mayoral Combined Authority-funded Bottle Yard Studios. And now we’ve got another brand-new studio for creatives in this city, and across the country, to come make use of, and do what they do best.
“I’m truly proud to back our fantastic creative talent here in the West of England”.
Johnny Palmer, founder of PYTCH, who have funded the new studio, says ‘This studio is our contribution to the creative scene of Bristol - we are excited to see commercial filming happen as well as supporting pro-bono work for local artists and indies.
“The property the studio is in was formerly a kit storage warehouse, but we have invested heavily in acoustic and light treatments to make it an ideal filming location.
“It has been a big investment for us, but we really believe in the creative scene of Bristol and are honoured to be part of the ongoing development of the UK’s creative scene”.