Welsh post house Gorilla has now opened another facility in Bristol’s Finzel’s Reach.
The new facility sits alongside BBC Studios and Channel 4, and was “designed from the ground up to reflect the needs of a changing Industry.” The facility can operate locally with all the usual onsite post house services, but also provide remote editing all backed up by Gorilla’s 24/7 Welsh HQ.
That facility currently has 10 offline rooms, 2 online, 1 grade, 1 dub, 1 track-lay and at present, 20 remote suites. The first phase of expansion has involved a £1m of investment in equipment, infrastructure, technology and property.
The facility currently has 7 new staff supported by the Cardiff team of 60 with the number expected to increase as the client base grows. Arun Hall is leading picture finishing with Colin Chipchase in Audio. Post Producers Katelin Rice and Cass Corbett are supported by Operations manager, Tom Arnold alongside Technical Operators Angus Taylor and Susanna Lee.
Managing Director of Gorilla, Rich Moss said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to build a brand new facility that’s relevant to the times we live in but backed up by the decades of experience, resources and infrastructure we have in our Welsh base.
“During the pandemic, our market opened up through remote working. Following several successful projects, word spread and we were invited to tender for new projects outside of Wales, this opened up a new market for us.
“Coming out of a pandemic, with many companies focussing on home working, the idea of building a new facility may seem at-odds with current trends, but it made complete sense to us. While remote working allows for wider talent choice and provides a quick solution to capacity issues, there is now a greater demand than ever for teams to physically come together and work in a creative environment. Every production has different needs, so getting the balance right and offering choice is what this new facility is all about.”
Gorilla’s Bristol Operations Manager, Tom Arnold said:“Bristol has always been at the forefront of programme making. It’s such an exciting time to be part of brand new cutting edge facility with a close knit team. Our departments from project management and technical support to picture and audio finishing have vast amounts of experience across multiple genres and formats. We are also looking forward to providing opportunities to new and diverse entrants to mould our future industry.”
Rhodri James, Gorilla Technology and Operations Director said: “Our latest facility, provides the best in class in modern Post Production creative services. It not only uses the latest technology, but it’s connected to Gorilla’s private cloud infrastructure enabling a smarter way of working. This is the first Bristol facility designed for hybrid Post Production, allowing our clients to choose a menu of options that best suits their production needs.”
Arun Hall, Colourist and Online editor said: “What’s always appealed to me about Bristol is the diverse selection of work we’re lucky to have here. The scope creatively to really embrace and invest in a project is something our creative departments will thrive in.”
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