Film Studios were first founded in 1995 when current chairman David
Bill, wanted a new site as a location base for films that were coming
into the Gloucestershire and Bristol area.
concept was to provide a location for media industries as an alternative
whole of the CFS site could be a film backdrop in itself. With its
19th Century Gothic mansion, beautiful landscaped gardens, lake
and woodland area, it is a stunning location.
gardens at CFS have been used as set locations.
to Mr Bill: "It's not just used for its soundstages it has
also been used as a location for films, fashion shoots and car launches."
site has two fully equipped sound stages with production offices,
make up rooms and green rooms.
currently has 30 on-site companies providing a rich skills base
including production companies, such as P4 films and Blue Bug TV.
of the soundstages at CFS.
these is an eclectic variety of companies such as independent film
producers, animators, model makers, lawyers and arts and crafts
Little Entertainment Company is the animation company that created
the pre-school series, Merlin the Magical Puppy.
at the studios, Merlin is filmed in a 6,500 square foot state-of-the-art
studio with some of the largest and most detailed sets ever built
for pre-school stop-frame animation.
was commissioned by CiTV in the UK, and Entertainment Rights PLC
has taken the series to a worldwide audience. It
is hugely popular and a second series is in production.
we are a haven for excellence, we don’t want to be seen as an
elitist centre for film making. We are more a home for the creative
to be stimulated and to be energised
chairman, David Bill.
Little Entertainment Company are also working on a new children’s
project for the BBC, but the title is being kept firmly under wraps.
companies include two documentary companies, a commercial company,
a set construction company and IT and virtual reality businesses.
Bill believes the studios have developed organically rather than
being chairman led.
initial concept was to emulate the style of the Bauer house, with
a vast mixture of skill bases brought together under one roof.
are what’s known as a cluster group. We have a vast mixture of all
disciplines that you would meet in every day life. Financial services,
IT companies, training companies, and we want to encourage creative
people to come here."
chairman David Bill.
whole atmosphere at CFS is very cosmopolitan and has the air of
an university campus.
an onsite bar and restaurant, financial whiz kids and information
techies can mingle with artists and sculptors in a relaxing and
we are a haven for excellence, we don't want to be seen as an elitist
centre for film making. We are more a home for the creative to be
stimulated and to be energised."
has serviced four feature films on site including ITV's adaptation
of Cider with Rosie and a couple of childrens' films.
the studios were involved in the film adaptation of Spike Milligan's
book Puckoon, which was previewed at the studios in mid April.
published in 1963, Puckoon was about the partitioning of
an Irish village, and when he wrote it, Spike Milligan had never
even been to Ireland.
made in Ireland CFS had a small financial investment in the film.
don’t have to be sitting in Cheltenham to be making Cheltenham films,"
said Mr Bill.
film which stars Sean Hughes, Richard Attenborough and Elliot Gould
will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
have many more films in the pipeline but David Bill is remaining
tightlipped over what they are. All he will say is: "Watch
to our film reviews and maybe you could be the next Jonathan