The past month has been busy for our project! We have made the cover story of Hertfordshire Life magazine with a story about the centenary, and an interview with Howard Berry about our forthcoming documentary. Newsquest, publishers of the Elstree and Borehamwood Times, have produced a fantastic souvenir publication called Screen 100. The booklet contains the story of the studios and the town, and features a profile of The Elstree Project, with quotes from some of our interviewees. The October 1st edition of the Welwyn Hatfield Times features an article on page 38 devoted to the documentary. The BFI presented a special screening of Blackmail, for the centenary, and Elstree Studios donated a bust of Alfred Hitchcock to the BFI. This was followed by a presentation by Howard about the 100 years of the studios, and featured project interview clips. BBC Arts have posted a clip online from our documentary, with an article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027vf9p On Friday at 18:35, Howard will be interviewing Sir Roger...Read more
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On Sunday 7th, Bob and I travelled into London to record our 55th interview as a project! We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to film with Louise Gold. We spent just over two hours with her, and asked her about her time working at ATV Studios in Borehamwood when she worked on The Muppet Show. Louise told us about Jim Henson and how he encouraged his whole crew to do well, and getting to sing with Jerry Nelson, as well as when she met Danny Kaye. After The Muppet Show ended, Louise continued with the production team across the road to EMI Elstree Studios, where they made The Great Muppet Caper and The Dark Crystal back-to-back. ...Read more
There are just four weeks until the world premiere of our documentary! From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree is in the last stages of editing, though we still have a couple more interviews to film - including a special interview tomorrow with British Muppeteer Louise Gold! The film tells the story of 100 years of film and television production in Elstree and Borehamwood. Covering the founding of Neptune Studios, talkies and Hitchcock at Elstree Studios, the backlot of MGM-British studios, Lew Grade and ATV, the loss of British and Dominion's studio, Roger Moore's exploits in The Saint, the LucasFilm era at Elstree, Danziger's studios, the demolition of MGM, the Gate and part of Elstree Studios and the current studios and their exciting future prospects. You can book tickets now from www.thearktheatre.co.uk - there are screenings at 15:00 and 20:00, and tickets are FREE!Read more
THE ELSTREE PROJECT REUNITES THE SHINING CREW TO CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF KUBRICK’S HORROR CLASSIC “Come play with us. Forever… and ever… and ever…” When the Grady Twins said those words at Elstree Studios 35 years ago, they really meant it. And to prove it, they are returning - by invitation of The Elstree Project - on 25 May 2015 to celebrate the original release of The Shining. Supported by the Kubrick family and Warner Brothers, “Forever and Ever: 35 Years of The Shining” will bring back many of the original crew and cast of the film to the very studio where the film was made. Already confirmed guests are Stanley Kubrick’s wife Christiane, and: Assistant director Brian W Cook Camera assistant Doug Milsome Steadicam inventor and operator Garrett Brown Assistant editor Gordon Stainforth Executive producer Jan Harlan Location researcher Katharina Kubrick Camera operator Kelvin Pike “The Grady Twins” Lisa and Louise Burns Camera technician Mick Mason Steadicam operator Ray Andrew Post-production sound editor Ray Merrin Scenic artist Ron Punter Co-director of The Elstree Project...Read more
Tomorrow morning Bob Redman, Howard Berry and University of Hertfordshire student George Nicholls are attending a meeting of the BECTU History Project. BECTU (the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) runs the largest oral history project in the world related to film and television production and post-production, with over 650 interviews recorded since the History Project began. The trio will be talking about the recent interview recordings conducted by The Elstree Project, including our trip to California in December last year, the ongoing centenary celebrations, and the forthcoming documentary. They also hope to share information about the way in which the interviews are conducted and the recent collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute. After the meeting, Howard and George are to visit the BFI to meet and film an interview with Senior Curator of Silent Film, Bryony Dixon. Bryony has researched the Neptune Film company, which opened the first studio in Borehamwood in 1914....Read more
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