SANDSTORM FILMS

    ABOUT US

      SANDSTORM FILMS

    ABOUT US

      SANDSTORM FILMS

    ABOUT US

We’re an independent, world class film production facility for advertising content, based in the UK. From studios to motion control, Alexa to Phantom, edit to grade and everything in between, we have it all in-house, on one site.

Back in 2000 we began creating a content production service that breaks away from the traditional advertising model. Why? The old, fragmented approach to production – via multiple stakeholders, locations and teams – simply didn’t work.

The only way to take full control of the creative journey was to bring the entire process in-house, so we built the bricks-and-mortar facilities and invested in industry-leading equipment to do so.

Fast-forward 20 years and it’s the reason emerging brands choose Sandstorm to make their creative vision a reality, and household names trust us with their most important work.

 

We’re an independent, world class film production facility for advertising content, based in the UK. From studios to motion control, Alexa to Phantom, edit to grade and everything in between, we have it all in-house, on one site.

Back in 2000 we began creating a content production service that breaks away from the traditional advertising model. Why? The old, fragmented approach to production – via multiple stakeholders, locations and teams – simply didn’t work.

The only way to take full control of the creative journey was to bring the entire process in-house, so we built the bricks-and-mortar facilities and invested in industry-leading equipment to do so.

Fast-forward 20 years and it’s the reason emerging brands choose Sandstorm to make their creative vision a reality, and household names trust us with their most important work.

OUR STORY

Founded by Tom Ward in 2000, Sandstorm Films began life like so many creative companies, in London’s Soho. It was back then whilst working on feature films and TV commercials that Tom anticipated the rise of digital content and how the traditional production model would struggle to fulfil client demand for moving image assets in particular.

Tom kept the company’s foothold in London but moved production to an easily accessible site just outside the M4,  transforming a disused dairy farm into an end-to-end studio complex that, at a fraction of the cost of renting a modest office in Soho, today produces the highest levels of cinema and TV commercials both directly with brands and in partnership with the world’s leading creative agencies.

Tom’s vision was simple: build industry-leading facilities, equipped with the very best cinema-quality cameras and lights and a full-time core team who are all hands-on experts in their field.​

This unique – and brave – approach gave clients for the first time a facility to produce branded content that would match their flagship above-the line campaigns, but at a much lower cost and shorter turnaround time.

Today, along with offices in London and New York, Sandstorm Films produce over 80% of their work from this custom-built facility just an hour from Heathrow airport.

2000

SOHO

Sandstorm Films started as a production company in Soho, specialising in commercials and visual effects led cinematography – very little has changed on that front. The office block has since been demolished to allow for Tottenham Court Road CrossRail.

2007

SCIENCE MUSEUM

Setting up a creative production hub with the Science Museum on a disused 600 acre airfield on the edge of the Cotswolds was a bold move, which provided the space needed to produce films on a much larger scale; quickly and affordably.

2009

CUSTOM BUILT HQ

The search was on to find a more customisable and long-term solution to cater for the digital revolution (not just large scale productions) – the solution was an old dairy farm just by the M4 motorway, which Sandstorm converted into fully equipped film studios and post-production facilities.

2019

STUDIO 3

In 2012 we moved all production and post from our London and New York offices to the old dairy site and in 2019 we opened our third studio stage and additional offices. Converting an old orchard next door into a 10,000 sq ft facility in just 3 months.