Jam Jar Studios, the North East’s largest commercial green screen studio, will open its doors later this month, providing a much needed asset for the region.
The project, led by Gateshead-based video marketing agency Superkrush, has seen a former working men’s club transformed into the 1,200 sq ft state-of-the-art, commercial film and television studio, which will also be home to a range of creative and digital businesses.
Based in Gateshead, Jam Jar studios is the brain child of Chris Taylor, founder and commercial director of Superkrush, who was both looking for larger premises to accommodate his expanding workforce and becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of commercial studio space available to film companies in the North East.
Established in 2001, Superkrush, produces film and video content for some of the region’s leading businesses and marketing firms but has often been forced to take its business outside of the region in to studios in the north west and across the border.
Jam Jar Studios is the result of Chris’s ambition to fill the void whilst creating a hub for other creative businesses.
Designed by Simon Grundy Ltd, the architects behind Newcastle’s hugely successful Generator Studios, Jam Jar Studio will offer eight spacious individual units and has been designed to promote collaboration.
Chris said: “In the past only big businesses would invest in film but in recent years, thanks to the growth of sharing platforms, film has become an integral part of the marketing mix. As a result more and more companies now require value for money, quality film and video content. Marketing campaigns no longer require one-off, hugely expensive TV commercials but require a series of different films, appropriate for use across traditional and online platforms. To do that cost effectively requires green screen facilities.
“We are very excited about having a TV Studio with supporting facilities, such as a controlled lighting rig, full sound-proofing and editing suites as this allows us to control our film shoots which means we’re more innovative and cost effective. We know there is a real need for such facilities and expect it to be a well-used by production companies and marketing professionals alike.
“It will be great to base Superkrush within such a creative hub and we’ve already received a lot of interest from other creative businesses for the other units.”
John Tulip, managing director at Northern Film & Media added: “Jam Jar Studios will be a welcome addition to the region’s space. The North East lacks purpose built, commercial studio space and businesses are forced to go elsewhere to find what they need, which is undoubtedly to the detriment of the regional economy. We receive a lot of requests for studio space and whilst existing facilities can meet some of the demand, Jam Jar Studios will greatly enhance what the region has to offer.”
Jam Jar Studio will be available for commercial use from April 2015. To enquire about services or space click here.