So who is responsible for all of this?
Howard Berry is Senior Lecturer in Post-Production at the University of Hertfordshire. For over three years he was programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production undergraduate course, and he previously worked as a visual effects editor at one of the top VFX companies in the world. Howard also has production experience in dramas and shorts, including the award winning Paper! Paper! which was highly commended by the Commonwealth Visions Awards, and on the feature length drama Impirioso. Howard is responsible for all the film production and editing on the project. He organises the crews and equipment, directs and produces each shoot, and has even been known to take a turn as interviewer every now and then.
Paul Welsh MBE is the Chairman of Elstree Screen Heritage. He has lived in Borehamwood for over 60 years and his father worked in the studios as a foley artist. Paul has been the official Elstree Studios historian for over 35 years, and was Chairman of the Save Our Studios campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Paul’s local knowledge has been invaluable to the project. Our initial group of interviewees were Paul’s friends – people he had known for many years, though his connection to the studios. Paul was responsible for organising many community events with the studios and the residents of the town, and led the celebrations in the 75th anniversary year of film production at Elstree and Borehamwood. In 1996 Paul was awarded the MBE for the campaign to save the film studios, and in 2013 the University of Hertfordshire awarded him an honorary Master of Arts for his work in film history and heritage.Bob Redman is Secretary of Elstree Screen Heritage. Together with Paul they founded the group after observing the demolition of The Gate studios, near Borehamwood railway station.