West London’s Garden Studios has announced partnerships with MetFilm School and Mission.

Both companies will be situated on-site in the Unit 16 space of The Townsend Campus at Garden Studios.

MetFilm School will deliver four 6-month courses at their new home at Garden Studios which are offered twice a year. These are: Acting for Film, Digital Animation & VFX, Post Production, and Practical Filmmaking.

Students will have access to the studio facilities, including the Virtual Production stage and on-site VP technician team.

MetFilm School’s Director, Jonny Persey, said: “There are times in the growth of an organisation when something just makes so much sense, you don’t need to think about it. Opening a second London campus in Garden Studios was one such time. Our long-time partners, led by the co-founder of MetFilm School, Thomas Hoegh, have a vision of a new studio complex that embraces so many of our core values – innovation in filmmaking, doing so in a sustainable way, and creating opportunity for new and emergent talent.

“Our educational philosophy is predicated on a drive to be at the heart of the film industry and to demonstrate to our students that their ambitions in film are achievable. We do this by being situated in working film studios – and with Garden Studios and Ealing Studios in London, Prime Studios in Leeds, and BUFA in Berlin, we are now in 4. We do this by building a relevant industry curriculum, taught by working professionals, and responsive to emergent trends. Our presence in, and our partnership with Garden Studios is core to these values. And we are tremendously excited to explore the opportunities the relationship will bring in the months and years ahead.”

DIT and digital dailies specialists, Mission has new offices in Garden Studios’ Unit 16 space which will bring them up close to the Virtual Production landscape and to MetFilm School’s students. Mission now has offices at Garden Studios, Shepperton Studios and in Cardiff.

Mission’s Founder and CEO Mark Purvis said: “The move to Garden Studios marks an incredible chapter in the life of Mission. Having just celebrated our tenth birthday, we are now embarking on a journey of growth that focuses on both human and technical development. We are excited to partner with Garden Studios, and in doing so will share a love for production, education and innovation.

“Utilising the facilities of Garden Studios and working in partnership with our new neighbour MetFilm School, we now have access to a pool of talent and can provide positive input to the curriculum in order to meet the future needs of the industry.

“To have these stages within a 25 minute commute from Soho gives Mission an opportunity to completely redefine the approach to digital production. With an ability to thoroughly test digital cameras and lenses, and to further explore what can be achieved right through the post pipeline, we are looking forward to a much closer engagement with cinematographers as we look to the next ten years.”

Thomas Hoegh, CEO and Founder Garden Studios, Co-Founder MetFilm said: “We are delighted that both Mission and MetFilm School have decided to make Garden Studios their long-term home. We all share a passion for talent development, inclusion and innovation with an ambition to create a community of like-minded entities on campus. We look forward to the great opportunities for cross-collaboration, practical learning, and innovation throughout the whole production process that our partnership will bring.”

Garden Studios recently announced the expansion of the site to 146,100 sq.ft in total with the addition of the Lily Campus and Units 13&14 in the Townsend Campus, allowing Garden Studios to be fully functional to host large-scale feature productions.


Jon Creamer

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