Sprocket Rocket Soho is fast becoming the friendliest and most productive networking event in London. Although its founders and core attendees mainly work in post production, the doors are open to the wider filmmaking community, with producers, directors, composers, film students from Southampton Solent university and pre-vis specialists in attendance.
After announcing its launch in October 2015 on Moviescope, the intervening events have mixed talks, masterclasses and meet-ups in and around Soho.
There are few opportunities for relaxed, informal networking events for professionals in London, certainly an event that looks beyond the borders of individual disciplines or guilds. In the absence of a welcoming networking event organised by the backward-looking GBFTE, new events such as Sprocket Rocket are a welcome opportunity for film and TV people to socialise, and attendees take it with both hands.
Moviescope attended their recent ‘Summer in the City’ event earlier this week on the new rooftop bar at The Farm post production on Newman Street, London. There was a welcoming atmosphere AVID donated copies of Media Composer and ProTools for a raffle giveaway and a prize was awarded to the best Hawaiian shirt of the event. The night is organised Joke van Wijk and editor Mick Audsley, who was taking the evening off from co-editing the new Robert Zemeckis/Brad Pitt film, Allied, alongside the US editor, Jeremiah O’Discroll, who was also in attendance.
Another US editor at this week’s event was Craig Cobb (30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), who has just arrived in the UK, was discussing working with the likes of Tina Fey and veteran comedy producer Lorne Michaels.
So new was the venue, that the paint had barely dried on The Farm’s Newman Street building when the event took place. The Farm provides world-leading creative and technical post production services to the Broadcast and film industry. The Newman Street site is The Farm Groups first facility north of Soho and Oxford Street, unofficially referred to as Noho. While known primarily for their TV factual facilities, the Farm’s drama department is expanding with providing post facilities for The Discovery Channel’s first venture in Drama.
General Manager at The Farm, Mark Wynter, welcomed Sprocket Rocket, saying “It was a pleasure and a privilege to assist Joke and Mick’s “Summer in the City” event on the 3rd-floor terrace bar at our latest and greatest facility “Big Farm”. It was a lovely evening. I met some very nice and very talented people”
For more about Sprocket Rocket Soho, visit their website https://sprocketrocketsoho.com/