SANDSTORM FILMS

THE UK’S LEADING PRODUCTION FACILITY

SANDSTORM FILMS

THE UK’S LEADING PRODUCTION FACILITY

When it comes to film production facilities, we take an end-to-end approach. As well as three incredibly versatile studio stages and the A-Z of cinema-quality kit we have on-site crew, full postproduction facilities including grading and a cinema as well as the cherry on the top, Director Club, where you’ll find meeting rooms, lounges, a bar, barista coffee, massage therapy and a sauna.

STUDIOS

Fully scalable – you can bring everything yourself or allow Sandstorm to provide it all for you, or anything in between.

STUDIO 1

The first studio we built at The Old Dairy in 2009 – endlessly configurable and versatile for small studio production. You name it, we shoot it here: vehicle exteriors and interiors, one, two and three walled room sets, live action with sync sound, Technodolly, multi-camera live studio, photography and both large and small scale product shoots of every description.

  • ​1360ft2 / 126m2 
  • 44ft x 31ft x 10ft / 13.5m x 9.5m x 3.2m(h) 
  • L shaped infinity cove (9x9m) 
  • Sound-deadened w/excellent acoustics 
  • Diffused white canopy over stage (can be removed) 

    STUDIO 2

    The tough one, built to do everything we couldn’t do in Studio 1. We’ve specced this studio to handle the rough stuff – we do all kinds of special effects shooting here including pyro. It’s also beautifully equipped for shooting motion control, live action, smaller sets, stills photography – the space and height is a dream for all tabletop. If visuals are priority over sound on a small scale production, this is the stage for you.

    • 860ft2 / 80m2 
    • 30ft x 33ft x 13ft (h) / 9m x 10m x 4m (h)  
    • Greenscreen/Bluescreen Infinity Cove 7m(w) x 4m(h) 
    • Water Resistant 
    • Fully Blackout 

    STUDIO 3

    The big one, we opened this stage in August 2019. With seven-metre high double-decker access, this sound stage boasts a full over-head lighting gantry, hoists, cherry picker and scissor lift, a huge floor space and extraordinary head height. Take everything you can do in Studio 1 + 2, combine it and times it by two and soon you realise why this is the best production stage in the UK for the money.

    • 5100ft2 / 480 m2 
    • 82ft x 62ft x 33ft / 25m x 19m x 10m(h) 
    • Sound-deadened (not soundproof) w/excellent acoustics 
    • Double Decker Bus height vehicle access 
    • Water Resistant 

      SET-BUILD

      We have a full set build facility on-site, ready to go, with a lot of pre-configured room setups too. From a six room set; built, painted and ready to shoot in just three days to huge greenscreen rigs or small single room sets. We’ve done most things here and are on-hand, without any hassle.

      KIT / EQUIPMENT

      CAMERAS

      • ​Alexa Mini
      • ​Alexa Mini LF
      • Phantom 2K + 4K
      • Alexa SXT
      • Alexa Classic
      • Blackmagic Ursa
      • GoPro Hero 7+8
      • Canon 5DSR
      • Canon 5Diii

        LENSES

        • Cooke S4i 8 lens kit (12mm, 18mm, 25mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm)
        • Arri Master Prime lens set (T1.3 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm)
        • Arriflex Super Speed prime lens set (T1.3 35mm, 50mm, 85mm)
        • Cooke S4i 3 lens kit (see above for options)
        • Cooke Anamorphic/i prime lens set (32mm, 65mm macro, 135mm)
        • Arri Master Macro 100mm
        • Alura Studio Zoom lens 18-80mm T2.6
        • ArriFlex Zeiss Vintage set

        LIGHTING

        • Arri Skypanels
        • Arri Orbiters
        • Astera Titans
        • 12K to 125W HMI/MSR
        • 12K to 150W tungsten fixtures
        • Stands, rigs and scaffolds
        • Broncolor Strobe Lighting
        • TourHazer and Smoke Machines
        • Moonlight remote DMX
        • DMX control (normally requires a Sandstorm operator)
        • Frames, diffusion, flags, drapes and rags

        GRIP

        • TechnoDolly
        • ST50+ aka SuperTechnoCrane
        • Elemack ride-on dolly
        • Skater dolly
        • Easy rig
        • O’Connor heads
        • Tracks, crates and wedges

        SOUND

        • Voice-over facilities
        • Superb sound-devices kit

        • Radio mics and discrete in-ear
        • Boom mics

        ACCESSORIES & NICE TO HAVES

        • High-end AutoCue system available with operator
        • Follow focus setups including PRESTON MDR4, WCU-4 and traditional Arri FF-5
        • Lots of lovely lens filtration, matte boxes, camera accessories
        • Teradek wireless video
        • On-set monitoring
        • Ambient timecode system including digi-slate

        • Remote viewing system
        • Q Take / playback (normally requires a Sandstorm operator)

        • Gantry systems, scaffolds, hoists and winches

        • Greenscreen / Bluescreen drapes

        • High lift kit including scissor lifts, cherry pickers, telehandlers all on-site
        • Generators for safe, reliable power

        CREWING

        We have a large team on-site, ready to go, so before pricing up your previous crew plus their travel and hotels, speak to us. There may be a simpler solution – the added bonus, our team know the stages and the kit and each other. We’re also very happy to hybrid a crew from your own team and ours to ensure politics, creative and budget are met – book as little or as many of our team as you need.


        Full list of crew available in the Sandstorm team.

        • Director
        • Photographer
        • Director of photography
        • Assistant director
        • Producer
        • Production manager
        • Line producer
        • Production assistant
        • Camera operator
        • Focus puller
        • Hybrid self-shooter / editor (for BTS etc)
        • Gaffer
        • Spark / electrician
        • Lighting desk operator (with kit)
        • Audio technician / sound recordist
        • Video operator / Qtake op (with kit)
        • DIT
        • Art director
        • Props master
        • Set builder
        • Scenic painter
        • Make-up artist
        • Wardrobe lead and assistants
        • Studio assistant
        • Runner
        • Barista

        POST-PRODUCTION

        The post production team at Sandstorm has over 30 years of industry experience between them and bring that depth of knowledge, creativity and technical expertise to every project.

        Fully air conditioned, custom-built rooms that are also sound-treated with all the mod cons. Attended edit prices include food and drink from the superb Director Club.

        POST OFFERING

        The post production team at Sandstorm has over 30 years of industry experience between them and bring that depth of knowledge, creativity and technical expertise to every project.

        • Grading suite with custom build desk and fully air conditioned
        • Open plan edit suite
        • VFX, 3D, online in one room
        • Dolby approved cinema sound mixing suite
        • Dedicated voice-over booth
        • Video assist and DIT
        • VFX supervision
        • Free to use FTP / file delivery system and asset management system

        EXPERIENCE

        ALL ON ONE SITE INCLUDING:

        • Production
        • Studios
        • Set Build
        • Props store
        • Location vans and generators
        • Equipment – Cameras, lighting, lenses, electrical distribution, sound.

        EXPERIENCE

        • Barista Coffee Shop
        • Bar
        • Lounges
        • Meeting Rooms
        • Massage Therapy
        • Sauna
        • Outdoor Seating

        RECENT FACILITIES WORK


        ITV’s Dancing on Ice 2022 – Titles and Idents

        ITV came to Sandstorm to create their titles and idents for the 2022 season of Dancing on Ice because of our unique ability to offer studios, kit, crew and hospitality through Director Club. When the celebrities weren’t in front of the camera they were enjoying massages on our treatment floor and delicious chef prepared food in the Director Club Lounge.



        Milk & More – Good Morning Idents

        We produced this set of idents for Milk & More’s sponsorship of ITV’s Good Morning utilising our own Studio 3 as the location.



        Nespresso – New Freddo

        For Nespresso Sandstorm collaborated with Dir. Mark Emberton, supplying set build, crew and kit as well as post production including visual effects and grade.



        Lego Sonic The Hedgehog: Gamer Through the Years

        Sandstorm filmed this celebration of the history of Sega’s iconic blue hedgehog for a new line of Lego. We used the TechnoDolly to create an immersive first person perspective, following our gamer as he grows up playing Sonic games throughout his adolescence and into adulthood.



        Bastille – Those Nights

        Thanks to the incredibly versatile TechnoDolly and Sandstom’s expertise in Technodolly post production we could bring this incredible vision to life: a single unbroken take featuring Dan Smith singing as the camera explores the pile of bodies that surrounds him.



        Black Dog Soda ft. Keira Knightley

        For Black Dog Whisky the TechnoDolly took to the streets of London for a classic MoCo shoot. Moves were repeated at different speeds to create the effect of walking through a timelapse.


        TESTIMONIALS

        Dyson (In-house film producer) – Fantastic facilities. Top of the line kit. Talented Crew. Relaxed atmosphere and very accommodating team. Not to mention very reasonable prices. I highly recommend Sandstorm.

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        Andrew Dennis (Voice-over artist) – You guys are such a breath of fresh air when it comes to working with media companies – great to work with, super pro.

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        Jason Laroza (Film producer) – I have worked with Sandstorm Films on a few projects and highly commend them on their professionalism, knowledge and execution of high end video production. There are 3 studios to choose from along with a multitude of high end equipment, their Dolby audio mix suite needs to be seen (and heard) to be believed!

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        Andy Lewis (Producer) – State of the art media facility. Filming for commercials. Photographic studio’s. Post production. More tech than you can shake a stick at. Very accommodating and highly professional. Thoroughly recommended. Oh and Curtis makes great coffee as the added bonus.

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        Neeta Madahar (Artist) – I love Sandstorm’s honesty and knowledge, they never try to blind you with jargon or science, they just help you make really beautiful films.

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        TEAM

        With 18 full-time team members, 100 collaborators and a business that’s been in operation for 22 years, you’re in very safe hands. This is some of the core team that you’ll be working with:


        MARK PATTERSON

        Head of Production

        18 years with Sandstorm both in a full-time and freelance capacity, he has an in-depth knowledge of production, post production and CGI. He has a proven track record for delivering consistently above and beyond expectations.



        JENNY CHAPMAN

        Head of Bookings

        9 years with Sandstorm full time, she was a freelance producer before she joined. Jen pins all aspects of Sandstorm’s offer together for you, from the first quote through to delivery, she’s an essential point of contact.



        KITT POPE

        Head of Construction

        Our wonderful on-site head of construction looks after all set builds and studio maintenance. He’s worked with Sandstorm for almost 10 years now, both in a freelance capacity and more recently full-time.



        CAM SMITH

        Lighting Tech & Camera Op

        His title doesn’t do him justice, although still relatively young Cam looks after lighting and cameras at Sandstorm, which makes him a wonderfully flexible and knowledgeable member of your team regardless of which department you need him in.