Creative England is to launch free crew and locations databases at a forthcoming crew networking evening at Elstree Studios in an attempt to stimulate the film industry in the British regions.
The support agency has been developing and populating the two databases for the last year, after it assumed the work of the regional screen agency network in October 2011.
The databases will hope to offer a comprehensive service to productions, from assisting with finding locations for a shoot to providing a list of local, available crew, anywhere in England outside London, as Creative England attempt to become a one stop shop for productions filming in the English regions.
The Elstree event on September 19 will be the eighth in the nationwide programme, as more than 1,200 professionals in film, TV and digital media have attended events in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Brighton and Sheffield, and further events are due to take place in later in the year.
The events are part of Creative England’s remit of encouraging a regional film industry and their convergence with the digital media sector.
Creative England’s Head of Location and Production Services Kaye Elliott said: “We’re really excited to be able to launch the database at Elstree, which has been the home of so much terrific TV and film production. The crew nights have really taken off as they offer a variety of ways to help people get on and develop their careers. The databases will be an extension of this service, for both those working in crew and facilities and those looking to source crew and locations across England’s regions. We’re all about encouraging TV and film production in the English regions, and with these databases we’ll be able to help with everything from finding crew to hotels and facilities. It’s all part of the one stop shop service we are aiming to provide.”
Creative England’s team will be at Elstree on Wednesday, September 19 from 6pm-9pm.