Celebrity 100% Hotter Filmed in Studio 1

Over the last 6 weeks TV production company, Naked Entertainment, have been filming the second series of ‘Celebrity, 100% Hotter’ in our studios.

The Channel 5 programme is an inspirational make-under show that asks the public what they think about unique, individual styles. To help people understand more about themselves a team of stylists experiment with new looks for the guest.

Naked Entertainment filmed the show on a set built in studio 1, using our in-house lighting and lighting technicians. They also shot in our newly refurbished Green Rooms and we provided the crew with a catering van which has been parked in our courtyard, making everyone hungry!

Watch the show tonight on Channel 5 at 10pm and tweet using hashtag #CelebHotter.

Studios Reopen with a Full House after Refurb!

After a few weeks of renovation at Spectrecom Studios, we are pleased to announce we have officially re-opened!

We’ve refurbished the studios, green rooms, make-up rooms, prop-store, toilets and corridors as part of the revamp and to make our facilities even better.

Today we’ve opened with a full house, with all 3 of our studios being booked, including ITV in Studio 1, Thalia Bespoke in Studio 2. We’ve also got Spectrecom Films client, Media Planet, filming in Studio 3.

We’re welcoming visitors to come and have a look around, so get in touch today to book a tour on 0203 405 2263.

 

Posh Prize Unveiled in Studio 1

Ever wanted to sink your behind into David Beckham’s exquisitely moulded bum print? Well, you’ll have literally no choice if you enter and win Good Morning Britain’s new competition which offers entrants the chance to win Posh Spice’s Range Rover Evoque along with £30,000.

studio 1 white screen car shoot

Spectrecom was delighted to have ITV in to film the competition ad in studio 1 and, while Mrs. Beckham didn’t show up herself, her Range Rover was nice enough to make an appearance.

This special edition model is the perfect vehicle to spice up your life with its vintage-inspired leather and rose gold accents – and that £30,000 of petrol money will come in mighty handy, what with all the inevitable fleeing you’ll be doing from mistaken paparazzi.

To enter, check out the details of the competition in the video.

(A few members of our London film company have entered already and we don’t think we could bear the gloating that would ensue if they won – so please feel free reduce their chances)

*To the tune of Spice Girl’s ‘Stop’:

“Hey you, wanna have some fun,

Come and win a car, baby, with Spectrecooooooom”

studio 1 white screen car shoot

studio 1 white screen car shoot

Game of Thrones is back!

Last Sunday, fans everywhere rejoiced as blood, battles, bastards and boobies finally returned to their screens in the form of the wonderfully gratuitous ‘Game of Thrones’, now in its sixth season.

Here at Spectrecom Studios, we soon discovered that the game’s reach wasn’t just limited to Westeros. Our London studios facilities have hosted many legions of the show’s cast and crew over the years, and while spending any amount of time in the world of ‘Game of Thrones’ will see a marked decrease in life expectancy, the atmosphere in the air here has generally been one of inflated excitement.

The Iron Throne itself moved from its usual residence in King’s Landing to Studio 1 for a promotional stills shoot back in 2012. This proved to be something that not even Senior Scriptwriter Paul could resist the allure of – bending words to your iron will is not nearly as fun as bending the realm apparently.

Paul Game of Thrones

Grab yourself a horn of mead and check out the series 6 trailer below if you’ve got some catching up to do. As for the rest of you, episode 2 “Home” will air on May 1st – you know what to do.

Spectrecom Studios hosts photoshoot for ‘The Caretaker’s’ Timothy Spall

On 26 January, Peter Pettigrew took time off from his usual hobby of serving He Who Must Not Be Named and instead paid a visit to Studio 2 for a photo session.

However, when the Old Vic Theatre made its way to the London film studio Timothy refused to transform into Ron’s pet rat (disappointing, I know), and instead chose to become ill-tempered tramp Davies, the protagonist of Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking ‘60s play ‘The Caretaker.’

Studio 2’s white screen proved the perfect place to shoot Timothy’s talented portrayal of the irritable bum.

Timothy Spall

See? Look how grumpy and scary he is! It’s great, right?

If you would also fancy having a few photos taken (FYI, they don’t have to be grumpy and scary) or anything else film related for that matter, contact us today for more information about our three studios and green room facilities.

Channel 4 gets its kinky on at Spectrecom Studios

Spectrecom Studios strapped on for a wild October last year as Channel 4 slipped into the latex, grabbed the whip, and entered Studio 1 to film its raunchy new show ‘The Great British Sex Survey.’

Thanks to a specially commissioned survey, the programme strips itself from any sense of modesty and divulges on the top ten kinks, fetishes and sexual practices of the Great British public.

As a result, the London film studio saw the whole corridor outside Studio 1 closed down to shield the innocent eyes of our employees – libido-induced heart attacks are bad for business after all.

Spectrecom Studios enjoyed the rather intimate few days it had with Channel 4, and certainly hopes they remember to call again. Watch the clips of the episode here

(Lies back on bed and lights cigarette.)

Victorinox use Studio 1 for sharp look to new Spring/Summer Collection

Back in October, we were approached by the creative folks over at Thomas Traum looking for a large green screen studio to shoot their stylised promo for the Swiss giants Victorinox and their latest outdoor fashion collection.

More than just a studio with lights and gaffer, they also looked for us to source camera kit, grip equipment and key grip crew as well as a green treadmill, wind machine, and an array of other green props and boxes.

We of course obliged and what followed was a long, fun, and very green shoot!

We often get asked for a full repaint of our largest Studio 1 – it gives a huge degree of flexibility for larger green screen set ups, with a great ability for subject and camera movement with out lighting and space restrictions.   Used for fashion shoots such as this one for Victorinox, through to entertainment spoofs such as the X-Factor’s take on the Christmas John Lewis ad, we can cover it all.

 

We play host to DJ EZ 24 Hour Set in Studio 2

On Saturday, DJ EZ came to Spectrecom Studios to perform a 24 hour DJ set to be streamed live via his website, all in aid for Cancer Research UK, in partnership with The Boiler Room. EZ’s decks were set up in our white screen studio 2, whilst the production offices were used for the Flux Broadcast team, and the green rooms for EZ’s family and friends to stay comfortable.

DJ EZ 24 Hour Set

Our large studio 1 was also set up with a TV and speakers so spectators could watch and enjoy the party atmosphere. Some of our studio team also stayed the full length to ensure the event ran smoothly, so well done to them too!

DJ EZ 24 Hour Set

DJ EZ powered through the 24 hours successfully and danced his whole way through, raising so far £58,784. Donations are still flooding in, so if you haven’t donated yet, and you want to, visit https://www.justgiving.com/dj-ez/.

Miss Moneypenny helps young authors write stories to thrill

In early January we welcomed Miss Moneypenny herself to Studio 2 for a shoot with RunHire for Chris Evan’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition.  Naomi Harris, of James Bond Spectre fame, worked with a group of young writers to explore the importance of a great plot whilst writing a story.

Shot in a fully repainted, green screen Studio 2, as well as a walkthrough in our largest Studio 1, Naomi worked through the basics of plot and story writing with the young wordsmiths.  The studio was lit by our in house technicians with our top end broadcast lighting stock, ensuring a simple and painless live key for the vision mixer.

Green Screen Infinity Curve

Take a look at her hints and tips here, as well as a few glimpses of what happens behind the camera on a studio shoot.  

Find out more about BBC 500 Words here.

BBC Three moves online with powerful film shot at Spectrecom Studios

BBC Three made the momentous move online yesterday, with the terrestrial channel winding down at the end of the month.

With the significant response received from the Professor Green documentary, ‘Suicide and Me’, BBC Three wanted to look further into the subject with a focus on the pressures of being a man in today’s society. The short film, now released across social media platforms as well as on the BBC Three site, gives a powerful insight into the difficulties faced by men in Britain today.

With the personal nature of the shoot, privacy and facilities were essential. Not only was Studio 2 the perfect size for the main scene, our quiet and secluded green rooms were ideal for the contributors to relax in whilst not shooting. The showers came in use as well – you’ll see why at the end of the video! Watch it here…

Shot in studio 2 on white cyc wall

If you’d like to take a look at our 3 studios, as well as the superb support facilities and services, please do get in touch to arrange a tour on 0203 405 2263 or email studio@spectrecom.co.uk.

Star Green Room

 

Spectrecom Studios features in Televisual 2016

This year’s essential guide to UK production was released earlier this month and we’re delighted that Spectrecom Studios has been listed up there with the best of them.

Nestled next to Pinewood and Warner Bros. on the ‘Top Studios’ page, Spectrecom Studios is listed as ‘the previous HQ of Cactus TV, once hosting Richard & Judy and Saturday Kitchen’.

Our three studios, plus amenities, are mentioned in the article:

Studio 1 at 3,500 sq ft

Studio 2 at 800 sq ft

Studio 3 at 300 sq ft

And with our credits now including BBC’s ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘The Keith Lemon Sketch Show’, we’re excited that Spectrecom Studios is getting recognised in the industry.

Contact us today for more information about our three studios and green room facilities.

An ‘Unbelievable’ Start to the Year at Spectrecom Studios

A very happy, if rather belated, New Year from all of us here at Spectrecom Studios!

We trust you all had thoroughly gluttonous Christmases and New Years and have returned to work brimming with fresh resolutions, cheese-withdrawal and an urgent need for studio space.

Well, here at Spectrecom Studios, we’re off to an unbelievable start to the year… literally!

Towards the end of 2015 we welcomed renowned British journalist and newscaster Alastair Stewart to our studios to shoot a brand new series of ITV’s ‘Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera’.

ITV Shiver green screen studio

Shot over the course of two days in Studio 2 Alastair Stewart hosted a selection of some of some of the most amazing moments ever caught on camera by members of the public.

Produced by ‘Shiver’, our 800 ft² studio 2 was painted green for the occasion and can be seen in all its glory, every Sunday at 6pm on ITV. Watch the first episode here.

For more information about our studio offering, contact our studio team and take a look around.