Another ‘UK Studio Watch‘ post – this time on Shepperton Studios in Surrey.
Shepperton is owned by the Pinewood Studios group (since 2001) and it has 15 stages including some underwater tanks for filming aquatic scenes. It is now (since 2019)the UK production hub for Netflix, and – at the time – it was reported that…
“…earlier this year, Pinewood gained planning permission for a £500m expansion of Shepperton, which will make it the second-largest studio in the world. The existing Shepperton site will be expanded five-fold and will include 16 new sound stages due to open from 2021.”
The lack of studio space has been a lingering problem (that looks like it is being solved now by the big new studio in Broxbourne and other expansions). The Pinewood Group has claimed that the UK was losing [pdf] £2.8bn in revenue due to tight capacity. How the planning of the expansion progresses will be worth watching – the local authority supported it back in 2019 but I’ve not seen any subsequent announcements.
The site has a long and illustrious history that reads like a tour of the UK’s finest cinematic moments (Orson Wells’ The Third Man, Olivier’s Richard III, 2001, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and more recently Gravity and 1917 (check the list on the Wikipedia page though – very impressive).