Television & Film
Long sought after as a film & TV location, Oxfordshire is rapidly developing its own dynamic moving image industry. Watch this space for news, events and network opportunities in the county.
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As rents continue to rise in the big cities and talented creative’s seek a better quality of life elsewhere, Oxfordshire and Oxford in particular are well placed to capitalize on their growing reputation as a creative hub. And Oxford will soon become one of only 12 super connected broadband cities in the UK. The city and county of dreaming spires is wide awake and ready for business.
Well connected and strategically placed within easy reach of the London, Bristol and Birmingham production hubs Oxfordshire continues to be an attractive base for freelance production talent. Whilst simultaneously hosting its own vibrant film and TV cluster and remaining one of the most desirable and instantly identifiable locations in the world (Harry Potter, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders etc).
From an ongoing broadcast perspective, Unreported World (Quicksilver Media), QI (Quite Interesting Ltd) and CNN MainSail (Sunset & Vine) are all produced by Oxfordshire based producers. While the county is also home to characters as diverse as Horrid Henry (Novel Entertainment), Judge Dredd (Rebellion Developments) and TV series and films such as BBC2’s Brain Doctors (Landmark Films) and Old Street Films’ multi-award-winning feature, Enemies of the People.
Unsurprisingly, there’s also a wealth of high end corporate production houses from sports and entertainment specialist Indigo Dingo Ltd (Red Bull, Honda, Guardian Media) and Juice Moving Images (BP, Inter Continental Hotels, Rolls Royce), to smaller boutique operations such as Angel Sharp Media.
Meanwhile, the sector is well-served by a growing production facilities industry, from Europe’s largest motion capture studio (Audiomotion Studios) and high-tech manufacturers such as Vicon (motion capture systems) and Solid State Logic (global leader in mixing desks), to post-production houses such as The Hall, which boast facilities on a par with Soho.
Tony Henderson celebrates the life of our friend Cally: For my friend and fellow OTMFN board member Cally Robson who tragically died of cancer on Tuesday 19 May. The Invisible Force The Invisible Force that beset you That you fought and you never gave in Has lifted you up from beside us Though your presence remains here and within. We know you so well as our teacher Our coach, our parent, our friend. We’ll have to write it all down now To which address can we now send? It’s not questions that really need answers But your voice...
We welcome this guest post from OTM member Larry Sider of The School of Sound Through its seminars and workshops dating back to 1998, the School of Sound has created a unique forum for exploring the use and creation of sound in media and the arts. It’s masterclasses by innovative, visionary practitioners, artists and academics, have created an on-going ‘conversation’ about the connections between creativity, technology and audience perception that define 21st century sound design. As Diane Sider of the School of Sound explains, the SOS began...
This is a guest post (hopefully the first of many) introducing the Invest in Oxfordshire service Invest in Oxfordshire is a free, confidential inward investment service. With partners, we support new companies to move into Oxfordshire; and existing companies to grow. To date we have focused predominately on three key sectors; life sciences, advanced engineering, and space-related technology. We are now actively researching, and looking to support the Creative Industries, Environmental Technology, and IT sectors. If you are such a company...
We live in a world obsessed with images. Sight has precedence over all the other senses. Yet sound is what we experience first, and last, in our lives.
We’re quietly launching the new website for The Oxford Technology Media & Finance Network today at http://www.otmfn.co.uk. For the sake of transparency, this has not been funded, but set up as a ‘starter site’ to be a place to capture news about the network and its members. It has been developed by David Harris (who you may know as a marketing and strategy expert or as a director of local IT Support business, The Oxford Knowledge Company with input from the other OTMFN Board members. Over the coming months, we’ll...
A heads up for you on the new Creative Industries Strategy and Investment Programme 2013-14 from the governments innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board – which includes upcoming project areas they’re looking to invest in – Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media Frictionless Commerce (as an online shopper, I do like that one 🙂 Hyperlocal Media Demonstrators (hmmm. Anyone?) Location Based Services Valuing and Pricing Digital Assets Big Data Exploration (if you must) Large amounts of dosh involved, non-matched...
Sponsored by the Uni of Oxford, Science Oxford and the Local Enterprise Partnership, this 92 page report was published early October. Seems well researched to me (by SQW group) and includes some great recommendations and direction for the future of the county. Particularly around the need for stronger leadership and vision, and improved networking opportunities. The gap for me, however, is that the “high tech” areas cover really only the conventional areas we’d associate with Oxfordshire – bioscience & medical,...
We welcome guest bloggers to write articles in any of our topic areas in the new site. Contact us if you would like to contribute. This is sample OTMFN post. Each post will be a news item that can be added to various parts of the site and can have one or more category. It can, however, only have one author.