New film studios open at Winnersh
A new film studio in Winnersh that will house the world’s largest virtual production stage is now operational, set to host productions from next year.
Located at Winnersh Triangle, Thames Valley, Winnersh Film Studios is Stage Fifty’s second film studio in the UK, and comprises more than 120,000 sq ft of studio space, 25,000 sq ft of offices and 50,000 sq ft of workshops.
The offices and workshops are now open for pre-production, with the stages due to host production from next year.
Among the new facilities is the world’s largest VP stage, at 30,000 sq ft. Created in partnership with Fin Studio Pictures, the fully-encapsulated virtual production volume will feature an 84m x 7m screen with over 140 million pixels and tech from disguise, infiLED® EM, Unity, Unreal Engine, Brompton Technology & Target3D.
James Enright, CEO, Stage Fifty said: “We’re developing a world-class creative tech hub for the film and TV industry at Winnersh Film Studios.
“Together with our manufacturing partners, SPANTECH, we’re building the new sound stages, including a 30,000 sq ft facility to house the world’s largest VP volume, which we’re developing with the team at Fin Studio Pictures.
“Our stages are robust, high-quality and quick to build. And as 90% of the construction materials are reusable or recycled, they’re more sustainable too.
“We worked with Frasers Property to secure the space for the new studio at Winnersh Triangle Park. It’s in a great location with fantastic facilities already in place. Wokingham Borough Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership are investing in the transport infrastructure to support more sustainable travel, which was another reason for choosing Winnersh.
“One of the biggest challenges our industry is facing is the availability of skilled crew. We have exceptional talent in the UK, but there are not enough people to meet demand, so we’ll work with the local community to offer training and apprenticeships to support the next generation of great British filmmakers.
“The substantial investment in the site will grow the UK economy, support existing local businesses and create hundreds of new jobs at the studios and throughout the wider supply chain.
“We’ve redeveloped existing spaces on the site to create offices and workshops that are in use now, and the stages at Winnersh Film Studios, including the VP stage, will be operational in 2022.”
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of the British Film Commission, added: “Today’s announcement of the opening of Stage Fifty’s Winnersh Film Studios is brilliant news for the UK’s screen industries.
“Our industry is experiencing a phenomenal growth period. Indeed, the demand for content has never been greater, which in turn is driving the need for greater skills development and additional studio space, services and facilities. The creation of additional stage space capacity such as that at Winnersh Film Studios will help considerably in ensuring that the UK remains a global leader in international screen production.”
Winnersh Film Studios is easily accessible from the M4 motorway, 25 minutes from the M25 and less than 30 minutes from Heathrow airport. The campus has a dedicated rail station providing direct and frequent rail services to central London and Reading.
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