Sky Studios Elstree announces new partnership with the academy
Creative students will document the construction of a new film and television studio in Hertfordshire in a partnership just announced.
Sky Studios Elstree and BAM have partnered with Elstree Screen Arts Academy (ESA) for a nine-month project to celebrate the borough’s rich film and television heritage.
As part of the partnership, students will create four 10-minute documentaries centered on the new Sky Studios Elstree site currently under construction at Hertsmere in Rowley Lane, Borehamwood, off the A1.
Each documentary will focus on a particular theme – film and television heritage, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and the building process itself.
To mark the start of the partnership, teachers and students from the Elstree Screen Arts Academy met with Sky Studios Director of Operations, Caroline Cooper, onsite to sign a steel piece.
This will be part of the structure of the first studio erected on site, marking a key milestone in the construction of the state-of-the-art complex.
Caroline Cooper said: “We want to support the next generation of young creative talent, and this partnership will allow us to share some of Sky’s film expertise with local students at Hertsmere.
“I can’t wait to see the films created by these talented young people and hope it inspires them for a career in film and television.”
As part of the nine-month project, local ESA students will also receive masterclasses and workshops from Sky and Sky Studios team members on documentary research, marketing, public relations and research. distribution, as well as planning and production.
Each class will develop their skills and help them advance their films.
When it opens in 2022, Sky Studios Elstree will house 13 sound stages, creating 2,000 jobs in the region. It is expected to attract £ 3bn in production spending in the first five years of operation alone.
This new partnership with the Creative Academy for the Cultural Industry aligns with Sky Studios Elstree’s commitment to supporting new and diverse talent at Hertsmere while helping fuel the local economy.
Lauren Christy, Deputy Director of ESA, said: “ESA aims to give young people industry experience through meaningful partnerships with industry professionals.
“This project will provide students with relevant experience and develop key skills to enable them to advance to careers in the creative industries.
“Additionally, the memoir students work on allows them to explore Elstree’s history as ‘British Hollywood’ and the contexts they face as young creatives.
“We are delighted to be working with Sky Studios Elstree and delighted that in the future we will provide the necessary training to provide access and opportunities to work in the industry.”
Construction company BAM creates Sky Studios Elstree, which it hopes will be the most sustainable film and television studio in the world.
June Wilkinson, Education and Community Coordinator at BAM, said: “Our partnership with Elstree Screen Arts is a great opportunity for local students.
“Documentaries and site visits will provide valuable work experience and glimpses of a career in the film and television industry.
“I hope this will inspire the students to make their dreams come true and that one day some of them will be back there, creating the films of the future.”
Once operational, Sky Studios Elstree will not use gas or fossil fuels to power the day-to-day operation of the site.
Instead, it will source renewable energy with the ability to produce up to 20 percent of the energy on-site using solar power.
Sky Studios Elstree will also not allow single-use plastic in its on-site operations and will harvest rainwater.
About Sky Studios
Sky Studios develops, produces and funds original dramas, comedies and documentaries for Sky’s 24 million customers and beyond.
Building on the critically acclaimed Sky Originals success including Emmy winner Chernobyl, BAFTA Laureate Patrick Melrose, and international successes Das Boot, Riviera and Britannia, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky Originals, as The third day with Jude Law, I hate Suzie, co-created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper, and BAFTA-nominated hit comedy Brassic.
With commissioning talents and production capabilities in the UK, Germany and Italy, the bosses further plan to double Sky Studios’ investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and supported by Comcast NBCUniversal.