This week we look at past photographers, filmmakers & theatre companies that have booked our Brighton studios for their creative endeavours
We are accepting bookings & offering tours from the 12th of April. Also we are beyond excited to announce that from the 17th of May, we will be opening our studio doors again! This is a huge relief and we can’t wait to see our creative spaces whir back to life. This week we look back at three groups that used our Brighton studios to their full creative potential.
Big Egg Films
Big Egg Films are a Brighton & Hove based award-winning full-service production company. Founded by Adam Sheldon and Dave Richards, they specialise in artistic and commercial filmmaking. Charlotte Vivian, Producer of Big Egg Films, says that they facilitate a wide range of projects such as promo videos, animation, documentaries, adverts and crowdfunding videos. They collaborate with a range of companies and have strong interests in the charity sector, saying “we love beautiful images and we’re excited by new ways of telling stories. Our commercial and artistic work feed into one another, keeping us fresh and enthusiastic in all we do.” Big Egg Films used our space to create films and record interviews. Situated on a quiet side street, Copperdollar studios is often used for interviews due to its great acoustics.
The Simple Folk
Our bright studios also look beautiful for commercial adverts for catalogues or social media. ‘The Simple Folk’ created a lovely campaign capturing their eco-friendly children’s clothes against our rustic studio backdrop. As a company, their work creates a “minimalist line of nature-inspired, ethical, organic, and high-comfort play clothes that are easy to wear, easy to wash, and easy on the senses, so they can support your children for years to come.” In their own words, they “wanted versatile, timeless pieces that were luxuriously soft, practical, pattern-free, made with non-toxic fabrics and dyes, and created in an environmentally and socially conscious way.” We have a range of props that many photographers use that are in keeping with the studios’ rustic feel.
Many people also use our studios as a theatre rehearsal space. It’s a brilliant location to block scenes and practice movement. CryHavoc Theatre did just that, rehearsing their roles ready to transfer their performance to The Kings Head Theatre in London a couple of years back. They also spent that time developing their piece to suit Brighton Fringe and then Edinburgh. They loved the studios’ size & aesthetic, describing it as a “Rustic and ideal for the backdrop of our play.” They praised the studios’ location, saying “we will always use the studios for everything we do if we can as it’s so convenient.” The theatre company is co-ordinated by Artistic Director, Claudine Sinnett, who has worked in many UK theatres and also the Edinburgh Festival and Brighton Fringe.
It’s been hard to keep a positive mindset in such a bleak period of time but it’s been wonderful to see how artists have kept going behind closed doors, and now after all this time you can use our studios and bring your ideas to life. We’re firm believers that you don’t have to have written a book during this time, just looking after yourself is enough. And as that chapter closes, looking ahead, if you’re a performer, dancer, poet, musician, photographer, come and visit our studios for a tour.
In light of the government’s four-stage plan announced yesterday, we have a provisional studio re-opening date of Monday 17 May 2021. This is subject to change if the number of active Covid-19 cases has not deteriorated enough by this point. In Step 3, it is suggested that indoor mixing will be permitted of no more than six. Copperdollar Studios will be following this rule if the data allows it. We will be looking to lift the restrictions to normal studio capacity by 21 June (if the data permits this).
We will start accepting bookings from 12 April. As always, if you have any questions please get in touch.