Elstree Studios has firmly established itself as the number one Film and Television Studio in London. In its 90 year history, Elstree has been the studio of choice for many legendary producers and directors from Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick to Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
Some of the most famous feature films have been produced at Elstree over the years which include the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, Superman, Moby Dick, The Dam Busters, The Shining, Ice Cold in Alex, and Labyrinth. Over 800 feature films, and similar numbers of television programmes, have been produced at Elstree Studios.
Most recently Elstree has been the studio of choice for The World’s End starring Simon Pegg, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jnr, Brian Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson and, of course, multi award winning The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth. Paddington Bear was released in November and was named the highest grossing British independent film of 2014. Grimsby and Suffragettes are soon to be released.
Not only are major feature films produced at Elstree, but has always been home to some of the highest rated TV shows in the UK such as Big Brother for Channel 5, Dancing on Ice, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Red or Black for ITV, The Voice for BBC, My Mad Fat Diary for E4, television specials such as ITV’s Michael Buble; Home for Christmas and children’s shows such as The Slammer for BBC and Bunnytown for Disney.
Elstree is also home to BBC Studioworks, whilst Television Centre is being redeveloped. The BBC’s commercial facilities arm has upgraded a number of Elstree stages, so they are now fully equipped for HD multi-camera television production. Productions that have utilised the new facilities include the popular daily quiz show Pointless, The Chase and Celebrity Juice. BBC Studioworks has also built brand new HD gallery facilities for the George Lucas stage, which now hosts the BBC’s flagship entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing. This exciting project makes Elstree even more desirable for television production. Other recent TV shows include The Voice, A League of Their Own, Not Going Out, Room 101, Yonderland and many more.
The Studios are also very popular for commercials having recently provided stage space for Morrison’s, Gucci, Stella Artois, Littlewoods, BT, River Island and NatWest to name but a few. Most recently Burberry shot their Christmas Commercial featuring Romeo Beckham in George Lucas Stage 1.
Elstree Studios boasts seven film and TV stages, plus a green screen stage, providing over 60,000sq ft. of stage space with stages ranging from 3,844sq ft. to 15,770sq ft. and from 25ft. to 50ft. in height. The George Lucas stages are two of the tallest in Europe offering excellent grid loading and power. Internationally famous acts such as Take That, Alicia Keys, Kylie, Muse, Rihanna, One Direction, Jay Z, The Chemical Brothers, Chase & Status and many other artists find these stages ideal for their tour rehearsals enabling them to accommodate a full size stadium stage and lighting grid and rehearse within a secure location.
Elstree also offers extensive production offices, workshops, dressing rooms, a 28 seat preview theatre, wardrobe and make up rooms, rehearsal rooms and post productions facilities. With 24 hour, seven day a week manned security, together with a comprehensive CCTV camera network, the Studios are specifically designed to give you total peace of mind during your stay.
Located in Borehamwood Elstree, the Studios are uniquely located for productions who wish to use central London and outer London locations. Elstree Studios, in association with Creative England, have compiled over 100 varying locations from Victorian prisons and stately homes to nuclear shelters and rural settings. This has been a great bonus for both feature film and drama producers.
The Studios are very convenient for central London; just 20 minutes by rail from St Pancras, a ten minute walk from the Elstree and Borehamwood train station plus excellent connections via underground and bus service. The Studios are superbly located close to the motorway network (M25, M1 and A1), serviced by two airports (Luton and Heathrow) and only ten minutes from the Elstree Aerodrome. There is also excellent access to local amenities for building materials, shops, restaurants and hotels. Elstree Studios has access to over 900 car parking spaces, special entrances and holding areas for audiences, space for film trailers and heavy good vehicles plus on site catering.
At Elstree you have a conveniently located internationally famous Studio, easy to get to, easy to work with, first class stage and supporting facilities plus a fantastic Media Village community with over 40 specialist media related companies based on site. With a wealth of expertise at your fingertips, Elstree’s Media Village can provide you with all the back-up services you may require from lighting, AV hire and action vehicle suppliers to post production, special effects and prosthetics.
Located just 20 minutes from the heart of London, Elstree Studios is without doubt London’s No.1 studio for any film or television production, tour rehearsal or promo.