Cornwall is shining a spotlight on the screen sector at FOCUS

3rd December, 2019

This week Cornwall Trade & Investment are attending FOCUS, a production show on 3rd & 4th December at The Business Design Centre, London. Billed as ‘The Meeting Place for International Production’, the event attracts thousands of professionals from the creative screen industries for two days of networking and global production intelligence. Supported by Cornwall Trade & Investment and in partnership with Charlestown Harbour and Cornwall Council, Screen Cornwall will be encouraging productions and businesses to consider Cornwall as a potential location.As the regional production sector continues to build capacity and capability in response to industry demand, the offer in Cornwall combines world-class locations with local support.

Meet the businesses from Cornwall attending FOCUS:

Engine House Animation Studio is a Cornish animation studio working across advertising, social media and immersive and interactive content. Remaining as a small and autonomous team, Engine House is the catalyst for creativity on projects, working with other freelancers and studios when necessary to scale up. Over the last two years, Engine House has moved into the feature film industry; with their first feature Back From The Dead Red in pre-production, and another due to start in the New Year.

Engine House Studio

Meanwhile, the studio has produced a slate of developed ideas, based off existing and internal IP. Engine House also love being based in Cornwall “Being based in Cornwall means a huge amount to us. Not only does it inspire creativity, but it allows us to be flexible & autonomous. We offer clients a different package to London-based studios with our hands on approach, that delivers efficiency both across budget and timescales”-  Natasha Price, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Engine House.

Why FOCUS?

“We understand the importance of connections and collaborations within this industry – this is why we are attending FOCUS to help grow our network, meet film boards & research incentives available to allow us to create a thriving animation features studio within the UK”- Natasha Price

Charlestown Harbour is set on the stunning, South Cornish Coastline. Charlestown is the last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK and is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site. Charlestown has been the location for many film and television productions, including Poldark, The Three Musketeers and Dr Who. Its unspoilt Georgian Harbour is adaptable and flexible and the Inner Harbour functions as a unique controllable marine tank. There is an experienced team on hand to assist with any size production.

Charlestown harbour Ariel view

The Team also offer marine coordination on productions that take place in other locations, including studio work. “As a UNESCO world heritage site, Charlestown Harbour has deep roots in Cornwall’s heritage, and using it as a production location means we can help to build the screen sector here” – Daithi Dempsey, Harbour Marine & Film Coordinator, Charlestown Harbour. The Harbour’s vision for the future is to maintain and retain the heritage of the harbour, keeping it’s Georgian heritage and popularity with traditional wooden ships. They plan to expand their position as a key, unique filming location with marine tank and extensive historical maritime knowledge and skills, such as shipwrighting.

Why FOCUS?

“Charlestown Harbour are attending FOCUS to showcase the harbour as a unique & historical location for Film/TV productions – and to meet those in the industry that are looking for a location for their next project, as well as building our network” – Daithi Dempsey.

Charlestown harbour boat

Cornwall’s Screen History

While most recognise Cornwall as the natural home for the epic period drama of POLDARK and bucolic village life of DOC MARTIN, it has been the backdrop for a surprisingly diverse range of screen work including Film London/Film 4 short NAPTHA by writer-director Moin Hussain, iFeatures debut MAKE UP from award-winning producer Emily Morgan and writer-director Claire Oakley and BAIT, the breakthrough feature from homegrown talent Mark Jenkin.

Recent TV includes three series of DELICIOUS (Sky / Bandit TV), The Trouble with Maggie Cole (ITV / Genial Productions) and a staggering 120 feature-length dramas by German FFP New Media who set up a production company in the region in 1994. Factual series also regularly shoot in the region, with visits by popular brands such as Countryfile and Location, Location, Location. As well as a broad range of established creative and technical talent, and an exciting range of emerging talent, Cornwall also punches above its weight in games and animation. BAFTA-nominated and Breakthrough Brit 2018 studio Triangular Pixels is the tip of the iceberg with innovative projects underway right across the region.

Dawn French as Gina Crew

FOCUS

Screen Cornwall and Falmouth University’s School of Film & Television will present an emerging talent showcase at the BFI Stephen Street Screening Rooms on Wednesday 4th December.

Work in talent development includes being the Cornish producer on the BBC Arts / Arts Council New Creatives scheme and developing work in the Cornish Language in partnership with Cornwall Council.

For further information or to arrange a meeting at our FOCUS stand M8, please contact info@cornwallti.com





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