It's now been two months since Sparkly Light Productions have settled in its own official headquarters. At the beginning of the year we set up shop in a wonderful office space at the heart of Ealing Studios. And what a location!
It reminds me of when I started my career at BBC TV Centre. I remember I often heard the generation before me waxing lyrical about how 201 Wood Lane used to be buzzing with every studio working to capacity, and corridors filled with personalities - on screen talent and those behind the camera. But even in my era, the place was magical. Walking around the 'doughnut' and stumbling across the Tardis or Strictly set, was commonplace.
We all know TV Centre is now a pile of rubble, so imagine my delight when we were able to move into Ealing Studios. It's got that same crumbling character to it. All you have to do is look at the classic films that have been made here - The Ladykillers, Dead of Night, Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Cruel Sea. I know I sound nostalgic, but it's tangible - what tales could the bricks and mortar tell I wonder? Film stages with their doors mysteriously shut to closed sets, the car park filled with catering buses and Winnebago's, and random props emerging out of workshops hinting at the latest Tudor drama being shot - or is that Elizabethan?
Anyway, the point of this article is not to paint a picture of a studio that has retained its sense of history (unlike TV Centre - but that's a completely different article!). Yes, the atmosphere of Ealing Studios is one thing - but there is a natural synergy to the way it's set up. And that synergy is energizing, and good for business.
Timeline Television is a few yards away, and already it has been natural for us to engage with them on a number of projects that are in the development stage. The Metropolitan Film School is next door, as is Delamar hair and makeup college. Mad Dog Casting can always be held responsible for the hundreds of wannabe actors streaming through the gates for casting shots. And Andy Serkis has a studio here, where no doubt his latest motion capture creation is being developed as I type (he has his own parking spot too - I'd say he's "made it"). Just knowing these industries share our working space creates options for the future - and that's exciting.
It's a great feeling to be a part of a creative media community again - one that perhaps I took for granted at the turn of the century when Greg Dyke led the BBC.
I've just read that last sentence and realized I sound like that generation before me.....I better stop then, but you get my point!