Today: February 25, 2024

Black Hangar Studios

From the closure of the UK Film Council to the government’s disappointing decision to block the planned expansion of Pinewood Studios back in January, the morale of British filmmakers has taken hit after hit, of late.

From the
closure of the UK Film Council to the government’s disappointing decision to
block the planned expansion of Pinewood Studios back in January, the morale of
British filmmakers has taken hit after hit, of late.
But fear not! Black Hangar Studios offers a beacon of hope to all those jaded by
the apparent, and often misleading news proclaiming the death of the British
film industry. Peter D Marsay visited the bold and exciting new venture and
discovered that it is very much open for business.

Even before its official opening on the 3rd of May, business
was booming for Black Hanger Studios. This year’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was one of the first productions made
on site. In fact, filmmakers were so keen on using Black Hanger’s services that
completion of the Basingstoke-based studio’s brand new facilities had to be
postponed so that filming could press ahead!

The project was conceived and funded by a group of private
investors, who saw an opportunity, in the UK, to offer a top quality facility
which would rival even the long-established, major studios. The investors
realised that the host of talented filmmakers now resident in the British Isles
needed a reason to perk up, and keep making movies in good old Blighty.
Underlining the infectiously positive vibe of this new venture, Black Hangar’s CEO Carole Siller said, “I don’t think
there is a threat to the industry here, the UK has great film technicians.”

The main studio, as one would expect, is a former aircraft
hangar and – yes – it is black. With 32,000 square feet of studio space, and a
5,000 square foot outdoor water tank, the studios can cater for a wide range of
needs. ‘Flexibility’ was one of
the watchwords when the studios were designed (by filmmakers, reassuringly)
with the site also featuring a complex of offices, kitchens, screening rooms
and multifunction spaces, enabling clients to use them however best suits their

The impressive water tank has two shooting platforms for
filming either under or above water, and the main studio is more than large
enough to accommodate multiple sets, enabling a full feature film or television
series production to be wrapped on site.

Situated at Lasham Airfield, a mere forty minutes from
Central London, clients can, with permission, access aircraft landing
facilities to bring in the stars.
Additionally, the range of local World War Two era buildings could save
legwork for a client’s location department.

The real icing on the cake though, and a real bonus for
productions, is the onsite team of renowned film making professionals. From legendary special effects
supervisor Digby Milner (Star Wars, Harry Potter (Main Picture)) to award-winning art director Simon Lamont (Casino Royale,
The Dark Knight) any customer of
Black Hangar Studios will be able to draw upon decades of experience and
expertise to ensure their productions are completed to an impeccable standard.

The studios offer a refreshingly positive outlook on what
some have cynically called the doomed UK film industry. With business certain to take off
before you can say “Digby’s your uncle”, plans to expand and a business model
designed to keep costs down and professionals employed, Black Hangar looks set
to earn a place in filmmakers’ hearts and film history in no time.

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