Film Office Christmas News!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Film Office extends seasons greetings to one and all for the festive season - its been a busy year for all, and so we believe everyone deserves their mulled wine and mince pies over the yuletide period. 2013 has been a fantastic year for filming across the capital with Tower Hamlets maintaining its status as the go-to borough in the capital with a record breaking year of filming days - approaching 2,000!
FilmHub - welcome to the future of software application.
With the introduction of FilmHub in May this year Film Office introduced the most advanced film and photography management system available in London. Offering the fastest, most user-friendly and flexible on-line environment on the market, applying and obtaining permissions for filming in London has never been easier. Met with overwhelming praise and voted the best and preferred system of choice by industry personnel, FilmHub has resolved the issues faced with previous systems and we look forward to seeing it grow and develop in 2014 for the benefit of all.
Film Office continues to provide a complete one-stop shop approach for production's needs and filming in Tower Hamlets. Our dedicated and experienced team is always on hand to deal with all requests. Our unrivalled local knowledge and work with the local community ensures that filming takes place balancing the interests of the whole community and maintains filming in Tower Hamlets in the long-term ensuring the benefits are experienced by all. Increasing revenue for our client boroughs, making filming easier for the industry and ensuring filming is professionally managed at all times continues to maintain Film Office at the forefront of the industry. With a large amount of borough film offices and film service providers across the capital introducing and raising fees/charges - especially that negatively impact smaller productions - Film Office has not raised any fees/charges in 2013. We continue to support our industry by not charging to send in applications, obtaining notices of no objections and ensuring that our service levels have not been diluted on any front - only improved.
Tower Hamlets continues to grow from strength to strength on all fronts. In 2013 Film Office reduced lead-in times for road closures and traffic management in the borough, ensuring productions benefit and film in the borough with film friendly policy in place. We continue to increase the number of fantastic locations available for filming with some gems being introduced in the New Year for multiple production use (filming, production office space, unit parking...). Keep up-to-date with all our new locations and news by signing up to our newsletter.
Supporting creative talent
Supporting the BFI-funded short 'Mohammed' in Tower Hamlets enabled Film Office to provide on-set work experience for the entire Cutting East Steering Group - nothing more is satisfying than providing local young people with opportunities to learn, gain experience and inspire budding filmmakers. All at the same time as supporting a publicly funded production in need of help. We continue to support up and coming filmmakers at all times.
With new tax incentives for film, high-end television & animation programmes introduced by the UK's creative sector, it has aided the increase in the number of big budget feature films & TV dramas filming in the capital this year. Film Office has ensured that with industry leading film friendly policy in place we have accommodated more that our fair share in Tower Hamlets.
What's been happening in Tower Hamlets - well in brief and to pick a choice few we've welcomed:
Feature Films: Muppets Most Wanted, Mordecai, Pride, London Fields, The Secret Service, iBoy, The Theory of Everything, Hello Carter, Still Waters.
TV Dramas: Top Boy 2, Luther 3, Whitechapel 4, Burton & Taylor, The Smoke, Mr Selfridge 2, The Bletchley Circle 2, Elementary, Lucan, Call The Midwife 3, Silent Witness.
Commercials: Google, Samsung, EE, BT, TFL, H&M, Footlocker/Converse, Scottish Widows, McDonalds, Barclaycard, First Direct, Asda, Tantrum Jewellery, Kellogg's, Rimmel London, Gum Tree, Intel. Tower Hamlets seems to be the most fashionable borough in London for the fashion industry. The still shoots for fashion brands and houses in 2013 has been immense - take a look a brief selection:
Still Shoots: Fashion - Boyd London, Pierre Cardin, Boden, Teen Vogue, Zara, New Look, Next, Debenhams, Jo Malone, Primark, Matalan, Vogue Italia, American GQ, House of Fraser, TK Maxx, Net-a-Porter, Burton, German Vogue, US Vogue, River Island, M&S, Jack & Jones, Italian Elle, Laura Ashley, Alexander McQueen, Farrell Apparel - we could go on…
Film Office Favourites
We very much enjoyed having Feature Film Mordecai close down an entire area of Bethnal Green for 6 days straight for the film's car chase action sequences, whilst welcoming Mr Depp to east London. Rumors of a reunion with ex-girlfriend Kate Moss were fuelled when the British Fashion icon was shooting for Alexander McQueen in the borough during the period. Having those cheeky chaps 1D shoot their music video was fun and welcoming back our favourite TV dramas who return year after year to Tower Hamlets is always a please - Luther, Whitechapel, Call the Midwife & Mr Selfridge to name a few.
That's it for now - enjoy Christmas and look forward to working with you all in the New Year. The Film Office team.