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New documentary gets underway, celebrating 100 years of filmmaking in Elstree and Borehamwood

Yep, you read that correctly!  We are into production on a very special documentary - celebrating the centenary of filmmaking in Elstree and Borehamwood.  The film will be called From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree.

We are aiming for a 90-minute film, which will tell the story from the opening of the first studio in 1914 to the present day.  Content will include interviews filmed for The Elstree Project, but we will also be specially filming additional material exclusively for this documentary.

We are also planning to have a very special person provide the narration for us.  So watch this space for news and updates, and we are going to dedicate the middle blog section on the front page to news about the film and its progress.

Our release date is September 2014, so we have a lot to do!

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Interview excerpt: Walter Murch recalls Michael Sundin’s Performance as Tik-Tok

Here's a nice mid-week treat for you all - a five minute excerpt from our interview with Walter Murch. Walter directed Return to Oz for Disney at Elstree Studios in the early 1980s.  Michael Sundin, who was the World Trampolining Champion at the time, was cast to perform as Tik-Tok - actually physically operating the robot character from inside.  In this clip, Walter recalls quite what Michael had to go through in order to be able to perform as Tik-Tok, including standing with his head pointing between his legs, his arms back to front and walking while watching himself on a TV monitor! During the filming, the BBC's flagship children's show Blue Peter visited the set and filmed a profile about Michael.  This subsequently led to him becoming the 14th Blue Peter presenter.  Michael sadly died in 1989. ...
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The Elstree Project badges arrive for our interviewees and alumni

For a while we've been thinking of ways of saying thank you to our interviewees and close supporters, and we came across the idea of giving each interviewee a "welcome pack" when they agree to be interviewed - telling them about the project, the history, aims, who else we've met etc. - and also a "thank you pack" after we finish filming with them. To go with the latter, we thought it would be a nice touch to give each interviewee a pin badge, so - with thanks to the help and support of UH Arts and Paul Upson - we've just received a whole bunch of lovely badges! Let us know what you think in the comments below!...
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Elstree Film Season 4, our next season of films arrives in early 2014

We are preparing a fourth Elstree Film Season with UH Arts.  Starting in February, we are screening three films all having a special anniversary during this centenary year for Elstree and Borehamwood. The films are:
  • A Shot in the Dark - 50th Anniversary Screening
  • Murder on the Orient Express - 40th Anniversary Screening
  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - 30th Anniversary Screening
We will publish dates closer to the season beginning, and be sure to look out for UH Arts' Spring events guide....
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2013 in Review

What a year 2013 has been for the project.  We have done so much, it's easy for us to forget some of our achievements, so we thought the best way to remind ourselves would be in a neat and tidy blog post! We started the year with hits already increasing rapidly on our short 17-minute film Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'.  We'd screened it in October at our first film season, and it had become an unexpected hit for us. TEFS2 In February, we visited the village of Letchmore Heath to make comparison shots between the scenes filmed for Village of the Damned in 1959.  We also visited Edgwarebury Manor and filmed shots of the building as it has appeared in countless Elstree productions including Danger Man, Department S, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and A Clockwork Orange. We released both short films in March, as part of our second Elstree Film Season....
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