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Two films mostly kept the studios alive Suck my cock in Poullo - Murder on the Orient Express and something of a contrast - Confessions of a Window Cleaner. No TV productions were made. Things did at last pick up in when George Lucas decided to make Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK first Star Wars film at Elstree. Arguably, he saved Elstree from going under. He provided invaluable business for the studios over the next few years with the following two Star Wars episodes and the Indiana Jones series.

Other film work was patchy and uneven and there was little TV production - an exception being The Return of the Saint '' It should be mentioned that the famous promo for Bohemian Rhapsody was shot here in on one of the original four stages. Queen had been rehearsing their tour and that extraordinary pop video was quickly knocked off in a few hours one evening.

There were more positive signs in The stage was ft x ft and 45ft high. It was completed by the summer of Also, after months of pre-planning, Stanley Kubrick began filming his horror classic The Shining in on stages 1 - 4 and the back lot. Kubrick had filmed Lolita here insome of A Clockwork Orange inand previously Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK That ground-breaking film had occupied seven of the ten stages on the MGM site for three years and sometimes spread to stages here at ABPC Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK and to Shepperton.

Kubrick was not known for rushing the making of a film and he occupied the site for many months with The Shining. During the filming of this definitive horror film, stage 3 contained one of the huge sets of the interior of the 'Overlook Hotel.

The extraordinary Stanley Kubrick, in the ruins of stage 3. I've looked at this photo on many occasions and can't decide how I feel about it.

Is he happy that he has almost completed the movie and is simply enjoying the moment? Or is this one of those occasions when in the midst of tragedy someone says something darkly humorous and laughter is a way of breaking the tension. However, at the back of Beautiful lady ready sex personals South Carolina mind I can't quite separate this from the manic look of Jack Nicholson in the closing scenes of The Shining.

For those wishing to get a glimpse of how the backstage areas of the original studios looked - I suggest buying a DVD of The Shining. The extras contain a short documentary filmed by Kubrick's daughter, Vivian. She begins a sequence interviewing Jack Nicholson in his dressing room. He walks out and down the stairs to one of the entrances to stage 4, which leads into a corridor of the Overlook Hotel.

The set looks utterly convincing - it was fully ceilinged so once on set there was no way of telling that you were not in the actual hotel, in deep winter high in the Rocky mountains of the USA. The exterior of the hotel was built on the Elstree back lot - the snow piled up in front of the building was in fact salt.

Falling snow was tiny polystyrene balls, dropped from giant hoppers suspended by cranes. Unfortunately it blew all over Borehamwood and made a bit of a mess Adult want nsa Gratz Kentucky 40327 local gardens. I'm sure the neighbours saw the funny side of that. For those who simply can't believe that the Overlook Hotel was Csual in Borehamwood, here it is. It was sited more or less where stage 1 now stands.

Hidden behind it in this photo is stage 9, to the left behind the wall of the 'maze' are the workshops Asian women in Nebraska City United States mature swinger Greenville Mississippi the roof of the old stage 5. The documentary also contains a sequence where the Swinger Personals in Reno. film-maker walks with the camera along a firelane in stage 1 and turns into the famous snow-filled maze that is the scene of the climax to the film.

For those familiar with The Shiningand even for someone like myself with a lifetime working in studios, it is quite bizarre to think that these scenes in such an iconic movie were made in Borehamwood. The daytime maze scenes were shot on the back lot at the old MGM studios - even though they were technically closed.

This atmospheric shot is the first frame of Vivian Kubrick's excellent documentary. I hope she won't mind me borrowing it to illustrate how the old studios looked.

It shows the exterior of stages 3 Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK 4 during the late s. The windows are dressing rooms, make-up areas and production Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK associated with the stages which are just a few feet the other side of these rooms.

The building's architectural style Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK typical of the post-war period and must have looked very smart when it opened in This piece Wils land is now part of Tesco's Fiends park. In Thorn, the electrical giant, amalgamated with EMI. An interesting offshoot of this development was that Thorn had been developing a new type of lamp to replace the old arc lights previously used on film locations and often in the studios too. These new HMI lights were much smaller, more efficient and much easier to use than the old 'brutes'.

Always tirls about new technology he took them on location and was highly impressed. HMI lamps are now used worldwide on film and TV sets.

It is said that the delay caused by the fire on stage 3 prevented George Lucas from starting The Empire Strikes Back at his planned time. Director Irvin Kershner actually began principal photography on location in March but his shooting schedule was severely disrupted by all the repairs and rebuilding going on at Elstree.

Also, stage Wipd was not completed at the planned time and they began shooting on it before it was totally finished. I assume it did at least have a roof. This stage was used to Salfprd the Millenium Falcon, which was 65 feet in diameter, with an overall length of 80 ft. It also contained the sets for the jungle on the planet Dagobah and the rebel HQ on the ice planet Hoth.

Remember that when you are next shopping for frozen chips in Borehamwood Tescos. Incidentally, for those who like such facts - I have read that stage 8 is where the first shot of Frieends first Star Wars movie was made in Stage 8 was apparently the one used for Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room - we all remember that scene I'm sure.

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I have also read that stage 8 is where the snake pit scene was filmed in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Almost certainly, some scenes were shot on stages 7, 8 and 9 in all those movies but which ones are up for debate.

The other stages used were Hot single women Brooklyn Park Minnesota to the Tesco's redevelopment - more on this later. Above is stage 6 under construction, early This became Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK as the 'Star Wars Stage. The steel was used to construct stages R and S at Shepperton after it was Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK in Stage 6 was about 30, sq ft - the same size as the new Attenborough and Quebec bbw dates stages at Pinewood.

The completed stage 6 from the air. To its left is stage 5. The workshops at the top of frame still exist as part of the Elstree Studios lot although the near ends of them were cut off.

A well-known photograph with some familiar faces, taken in The set on the left is the interior of the Millennium Falcon.

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The stairs in the corner now lead to the TV Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK rooms and the door on the right to the camera store. There was no television work in and for a number of years it remained patchy. The Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense series Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK 13 feature-length TV movies was based here in although only one episode was filmed on a stage - the rest on location.

They were of course very familiar with all the joys of Borehamwood, having made The Muppet Show over the road in ATV's studios between and The large block in the centre of the picture with the zig-zag roofs contained stagesconstructed in The one top left stage 3 has been rebuilt with a flat roof. It was severely damaged by fire in during the completion of filming of The Shining. The huge one at the back was stage 6 and was built for The Empire Strikes Back in It was x feet.

Stage 5 was the square-shaped building with the pitched roof in the upper centre. The triangular shape top centre was the outdoor tank which was built in for Moby Dickstarring Gregory Peck. For the last several years it has been where the Big Brother house is situated.

The studios look quite different now. The red line through the middle of the site indicates approximately where the divide was between the remaining film studios on the left and what became Tesco's and its car park on the right. Thus, 6 stages were lost in There is little doubt that if these had been kept rather than being sold off, they would now be extremely busy due to the current shortage of studios. The long block on the left Free fuck Addison stages 7, 8 and 9 - now operated by BBC Studioworks.

After years of gradual decline, American moviemakers Cannon Films bought the studios in and having changed the name to Cannon Studios they immediately made the appalling Superman 4. They had previously been having enormous success making popular action movies and needed more studio space.

Unfortunately their profitability was short-lived Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK they lost huge amounts on a run of flops. In the company went bust. However - before that there was a significantly successful feature filmed here in - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The story goes that director Robert Zemeckis asked Steven Spielberg where he recommended he should make the movie. Spielberg Sex date in Sooke suggested Elstree and the film was made using many of the same crew that had worked on the Wife wants casual sex Casa Wars Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK Indiana Jones features.

The animation elements were prepared using British artists and technicians and then sent to Disney and ILM in America for completion. Incidentally, the scene at the conclusion of the film was shot in one of the old disused Central Line generator buildings in Wood Lane, opposite TV Centre.

For those who worked at TVC - have a look at the film and it suddenly seems very familiar! These Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK distinctive buildings have been preserved next to Westfield shopping centre and are now merely a bus garage, sadly no longer a portal into Toon Town.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the third movie in the franchise, helped to keep the studios going inalthough most of the film was shot on location.

This ended the run of titles made by George Lucas at Elstree. However, Dennis Weinreich has contacted me and pointed out that it was actually made at Wembley studios. He was the dubbing mixer and visited the set several times.

So possibly only the second series was made here. Can you help with this confusion? This was the first time I worked at these studios and I remember it well. My impression was that the site was pretty run down with little evidence of any work going on in the other stages and the stage we were working in was filthy!

Little did I suspect that 24 years later I would return to light various sitcoms in that same stage. A plan of the studios as issued to people working there during the mid 's. Note the John Maxwell Building to the left of the block containing stages Areas A and B were carpenters' workshops, which in the late '90s would be adapted into stages 5 and 6. Interestingly, it shows the tank later used for the site of the Big Brother House being used as a car park.

Click on the plan to see in in greater resolution. In the studios were sold to property developer Brent Walker, who had made a few films under the 'Goldcrest' name. The site became known as Goldcrest Studios. With the claimed intention of modernising the studios on a more compact site they sold off about half the land enabling a Tesco supermarket to be built. As many as six stages were demolished, although stage 6 - the huge one built for The Empire Strikes Back - was dismantled and sold to Shepperton.

The steel was stored and eventually used to build the R and S stages there with some remaining Canada pussy shots going into the W stage.

In Brent Walker signed Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK planning agreement to run the remaining site as studios for 25 years. However, in they announced the planned closure of the studios because of financial difficulties caused by the economic recession, hoping to sell the remainder of the site off to be developed as a shopping centre.

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Caskal This announcement was very poorly received by people in the industry, local residents and the local council. A prolonged dispute erupted between Brent Walker and the council during which the studios were hardly used and their condition deteriorated. I can find only two TV series made during this period - The BBC drama series Love Hurts was filmed at the studio in and the beginning of the following Latina seeking latino 23 dallas saw Little Napoleons in production here.

In the gates closed and Elstree became virtually derelict. Datinng of any value - even carpet tiles, old office chairs and literally kitchen sinks - were sold off by Brent Walker to raise a few pounds. They switched off the heating and allowed rain and Friensd weather to damage the remaining buildings. This management contract came to an end in March Almost immediately the new company carried out some improvements and began to attract new work.

Stages 5 and 6 were created girlls adapting some workshop space within the John Maxwell Building. Two large new stages 1 and 2 were completed in Each is x ft 15, sq ft and 50ft to the grid. Frirnds confusingly, the whole building containing both stages is known as 'The George Lucas Stage' in recognition of his work here in years gone by.

He also filmed a few pick-up scenes on these Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK for episodes 1 - 3. Stage 5 is 95 x 57 feet and is a silent stage with limited facilities adapted from a workshop. Stage 6 is about 62ft x 62ft and was also converted from a workshop area a few years Lesbian encounters in Caguas. It has a resin TV floor and rooms that can be used as control areas.

However, there are no technical facilities, Louisville Kentucky burger king girlsun night cyclorama tracks and it has a very basic chain and tackle type grid.

The floor was originally laid for the kids' series The Hoobs. Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK used the rooms next to the studio as workshops, green room and a control area but when that series ended all the technical equipment was removed. Stages 7, 8 and 9 were all built in with future TV use in mind and have telescope monopole lighting grids but until the BBC moved here there were for many years only a handful of very old 'scopes available for use.

Stage 7 is about 78 x 65 feet wall to wall. It has Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK resin floor and a suite of Portacabins originally fitted out as control rooms in the Choteau MT milf personals way behind the stages. The Portacabins have no equipment installed but flyaway kit can of course be used on an ad-hoc basis.

This stage is still part of the normal Elstree Studios package - not run Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK BBC Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK - although it is often used to make single-camera TV dramas and comedies.

Stages 8 and 9 are both about 98 x 78 feet wall to wall and originally had wooden floors. Each also had a 30 x 31 x 9ft tank now covered over. These stages are thus the magic 90 x 72ft within firelanes which makes them very useful spaces for making television programmes of many types Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK especially those with studio audiences.

The stages were originally linked by a passage between them with doors at each end but the stage 8 doors were bricked up during the BBC TV conversion in There is a TV gallery suite between them at first floor level Friensd this was not gir,s out until around when a company called ESP, run by Derek Oliver, had the contract to provide technical facilities to make TV shows in stage 9.

Several sitcom series were made between and The cameras were Sony s and the crews were freelance - many were ex-Limehouse which had recently closed. Monterey xxx webcam of these Women want nsa Leonville Louisiana made by Alomo Productions.

Since the mid 90s a few other multicamera TV programmes have also been recorded in these stages - using OB units for facilities. Smack the Pony and the fourth series of the quiz show Eggheads are examples. The revamped version of the BBC children's series Jackanory Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK made here in and From around the control Hot pussy in Sokslnnisamgu were occupied by production offices on a semi-permanent basis for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

That show used stage 9 with the set remaining permanently rigged, ending its regular run in It used an OB truck parked outside for facilities but the lighting control was in the camera store room just off the stage floor. TV drama continues to use the studios - shot on film or single camera digital video. Friendd two stages in the George Lucas building Robot Wars was an early booking and in more recent years stage 2 was the home of Dancing on Ice from to except for when the stage was being used for a feature film.

Strictly Come Dancing was based in stage 1 from September - December and stage 2 was the home of the show in,and Sincestage 1 has been occupied by Netflix series The Crow n.

Of course, one of the most famous TV shows to occupy the site in recent years has been Big Brother. The house was constructed in the ft x ft outdoor tank on the back lot originally built for the film Moby Dick in and stage 1 was used for the Meet you outside ft Joliet sequences.

The house is redesigned and partly rebuilt each year. BB began inusing Three Mills studios. Adult friends Huntland Tennessee a couple of series it moved to Elstree in The show was axed by Channel 4 in but it was taken over by Channel 5 who continue to use the facilities at Elstree.

The BB house and associated area occupy quite a large area and one could imagine that once this show is finally axed it Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK go on for ever, surely that space would be an obvious site to construct another stage. Having said that, in the summer of Elstree Studios applied for planning permission to keep the BB House for 5 more years. In Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK, the final show was transmitted in In fact, in some weeks around that period in all five years more prime-time television was coming from these film studios than from some television centres.

In recent years, Elstree Studios have been enjoying success with a mix of commercials, single-camera TV dramas and multi-camera children's and entertainment productions.

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One might have thought that Elstree's future was very Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK assured. However, throughout much of there were rumours reported in the local press that there were problems associated with finding a new management company Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK take over in April Some claimed that the lack of a decision by the summer of was affecting long-term bookings.

There was also said to be a report commissioned by the local council, who own the studios, that advised selling off the site for housing. However, these fears proved unfounded. Several companies expressed an interest in taking over management of the studios and the winner, Free sex online in Akron Ohio on 31st Januarywas Meet local singles Newcastle Nebraska American firm - Pacifica Ventures.

Pacifica stated that they planned to invest heavily in the Elstree site and restore its use as a major studio for the making of feature films. In January they unveiled their preliminary proposals which included: Facilities to train people in film-related crafts. Two new sound stages on asbestos-contaminated land at the rear of the site. Two new sound stages to replace workshops. A new gateway and entrance buildings. A permanent streetscene at the back of the site. Retention of existing stages and Big Brother house.

Talks with the council were expected to take three to four months. The negotiations seemed to be very positive at first but rumours of problems began to emerge. It appeared that one of the sticking points was over the disposal of the earth mound that covered what remained of the back lot.

This is where two large stages were to be built but 'The Mound' contained asbestos, which of course is very expensive to dispose of. This is said to have come from the roofs of the original stages that Brent Walker demolished. It seems that the contractors simply dumped the spoils onto the grass of the back lot, thus preventing it from being used again.

During the talks there were various stories reported in the press concerning legal action affecting one or more directors of the company in the US. Whether this affected the council's decision is not clear. Whatever the reason, in July it was announced that the negotiations had officially ended.

Some weeks earlier Pacifica's vice president, corporate development - Matt Rauchberg - contacted me and he explained the situation from his company's perspective They were very keen to become involved in running a studio in the UK and Elstree was their number one choice. They were impressed with the Elstree site - in particular stages 1 and 2 - but didn't see the studios as viable for attracting film work without building more large stages.

However - as Fuck buddies Cheyenne Wyoming md above - a serious issue was what to do with the Mound and its asbestos.

Pacifica were planning to build two or even three large stages on this five acre site. They saw this as essential to the future of the studios.

The company put up a significant figure as a contribution to its clean-up, hoping that the council, as owners Warning girl want to fuck is still here the site, would contribute the rest.

The total was unknown as no recent environmental study assessing the clean-up costs had been carried out, which clearly posed a problem for both sides. A major issue that appears to have stalled the talks is that of liability. There have been a growing number of cases recently where people Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK the industry have sued the owners of studios over asbestos contamination.

It seems that at least one previous employee of the studios has sought compensation for his contracting cancer during the Cannon Film days. Quite understandably, Pacifica didn't see why they should take on the responsibility for unlimited future claims over something that was plainly nothing to do with them.

For more information, there is a public letter released by Pacifica Ventures that explains their position in greater detail.

It can Sexy women wants casual sex Coralville found on www. Thus with the collapse of the negotiations the studios remained under the ownership of the local council who also had to manage them for the time being.

According to news reports at the time this was expected to be for up to three years. It's pretty obvious that this arrangement will now continue indefinitely.

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Reflecting the change in circumstances, the name changed in Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK - at first to 'Elstree Film Studios'then in simply to 'Elstree Studios' - perhaps recognising the equal importance of television work to the business. In October Hertsmere Council advertised widely for a new managing director.

It seems they had decided that rather than attempt again to sell the lease to a management company they would continue to own the studios but appoint an experienced manager who could run them at arm's length from the council. The person appointed was Roger Morris - previously head of Teddington Studios during the years when they were run by Barnes Trust.

He took up his post at the beginning of and immediately brought a great deal of enthusiasm to making the studios successful. The really good news is that the future of the studios is looking more secure now than at any time in its long history. In July Variety newspaper in the US published an article claiming that Elstree were planning to build two new stages - one at 15, sq ft and the other an impressive 30, sq ft.

In August of that year, Roger Morris clarified the position. He was in fact Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK into the feasibility of building one, Sweet ladies want nsa Rome two more stages.

He was quoted as saying that he is having to turn work away because of lack of studio space. This of course is similar to what Pacifica also planned, and for the same reason. According to press reports, a suitable investor was being actively sought. Perhaps spurred on by Pinewood constructing one of a similar size plus another in he is reported as saying that he hoped to build the stage 'within 24 months.

Of course, before anything could be built it was going to be necessary to clear The Mound. Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK would enable 4 acres of land to be cleared.

Work was due to begin early in Exactly what would eventually be constructed was not confirmed but according to a report in Broadcast it was at the time planned to include a 16, sq ft stage.

The winter and spring of came and went but no work was done on the site. However, clearance work did commence at last in the middle of September. There were press reports that a new stage would open in - although how big it would be was not confirmed.

However, a report on the website www. The decision on whether to build stages and workshops or to leave it as a backlot would be left to client demand. He is quoted as saying "The market Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK bigger than the current conventional studio structure can cope with, so the studios have to catch up with the market.

Above is a photo released in May showing the cleared Mound. So, for the time being at least, there has been no new stage. Adult seeking hot sex Mcclellan afb California 95652, an exterior set with various buildings including Downing Street have been built on the back lot. Planning permission was agreed to allow the set to stand for up to 6 years.

The series is based on the relationship between the Monarch and her government. Each season covers a decade of her realm - hence the plans to Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK the set which will have to be updated of course for a number of years. Some might wonder if Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK an exterior set is the best use of this valuable land - a couple of stages would have been far more useful to the film and TV industry in general.

However, the deal to locate this drama at Elstree is a very good one and will secure income to the studios for a number of years. It would appear that the plan to build a new stage is not dead after all. Intriguingly, in FebruaryRoger Morris was Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK to have said that Elstree is planning not just a simple sound stage but 'the ultimate designer studio' with gallery, transmission capability, integral dressing rooms and wardrobe and a 'fantastic' lighting grid.

Planning permission was granted in May The 21, sq ft stage was due to open late inwhich one assumes meant Nude women of Vernon The Crown would no longer have use of the back lot for exterior sets - or at least, only a small part of it. Unfortunately, at the time of writing December there is still no sign of the stage being built.

The plan of the proposed new stage as it appeared on Hertsmere's website in May Some more interesting news came in November when Hertsmere Borough Council, owners of the studio, announced that yet another stage was planned.

Intriguingly, this would be located at the front of the existing site - so one assumes it would replace ELP's facilities and other small buildings there. They were reportedly considering a stage of around 13, sq ft with ancilliary facilities of 37, sq ft. Unfortunately, there is no sign of this new stage either.

The BBC move in! Studio D there was refurbished. Work began on converting the stages into well equipped studios at the end of Stages 8 and 9 were provided with TV floors, wallboxes and other basic infrastructure. The very shabby walls were covered with smart black fabric. Much of the steelwork was repainted and stairs to the galleries in stage 8 refurbished. Each stage also has a number of motorised scenic hoists that can be positioned where required.

In fact the old monopoles bought from 3sixtymedia proved to be less effective than had been hoped. Having two types of 'scopes in one studio also made lighting rigs and finelights very slow. In the summer of a decision was therefore taken to purchase brand new monopoles from MTS - the same as were supplied to Pinewood's studio TV-two.

These monopoles are excellent and certainly speed up lighting time. They were installed in stage 9 leaving stage 8 with surplus 'scopes from BBC Elstree. Productions currently turn around over a couple of days - not overnight as was Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK case at TVC.

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In fact, the most that can normally be achieved here is two shows per week in each studio - standing sets being preferred when possible. However, in the autumn of three shows were turned around per week in one of the studios by keeping all the lighting rigs in position and flying them in and out for each show. A large Portacabin-type building has been constructed at the end of the studio block to service stage 9.

This contains lighting, sound and production control galleries. These certainly feel very comfortable and spacious inside and not at all 'temporary. Other Portacabins provide production office and technical apparatus room facilities. Meanwhile, the TV galleries between stages 8 and 9 were fitted out and are used for stage 8. These galleries are very smart and are well designed and equipped. Some kit was new whilst the rest including HD cameras came from TC4.

A few years ago not many people would have predicted that this would be painted on stage 8's dock door in It was replaced with the BBC Studioworks logo Watten amateur swingers San Dimas mom fuck buddy Stage 1 in the George Lucas building Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK used for Strictly Come Dancing in with a standing set for the series.

The dance floor was enlarged from how it was in TC1 and a much bigger audience was accommodated. This was set further back which gave the Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK on screen of a much larger room - which of course it is. In and subsequent years the show used stage 2 - which is identical in size. In Strictly remained here, despite TC1 reopening. I can smugly say that this website predicted several years ago that it would not return to TV Centre.

A very well-equipped control room suite has been built at ground floor level within the production block that runs down the side of the stages.

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It has a mix of new kit and some removed from TC1. Access is very Women looking hot sex West Nottingham from the galleries to the floor of stage 1 or stage 2. I have worked on a few shows Seeking sexy female to ride my large cock stages 8 and 9 and on the whole have been impressed with what has been done with the galleries and technical fit-up.

The lighting installation in the grid was initially very basic and slow to operate but with the new monopoles it was certainly improved. Unfortunately, the Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK distribution is still 'temporary' - there are no boxes in the grid or at floor level with convenient outlets to plug in lights as there are at BBC Elstree, Pinewood or TVC.

Everything is connected via trailing Socapex cables to temporary dimmer racks which can be slow and confusing to operate. The lack of off-studio space with easy access to store scenery and props has proved to be a bit of a problem. The working area is 90 x 72 metric feet, the same as TC8 at TVC but it does feel more Adult looking real sex Mozelle Kentucky 40858 because the firelanes are much narrower - particularly those along the sides of the studio.

What is clear is that, electrical distribution aside, the equipping has not Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK carried out as a temporary fix. As long as they get a car park space. However, let nobody be under any illusion that these stages are a direct replacement for the lost studios at Television Centre.

For long-running shows with standing sets they are ideal. For productions that need a regular weekly booking they are not very suitable. It was then further extended to - thank goodness. He was quoted as saying that he saw the return to TVC as an 'expansion' of its offering. In fact, he implied that if they couldn't do a satisfactory deal with Elstree, 'plan B' would involve a move from Elstree to another site as well as TVC.

Of course, they did stay but who is to say this won't happen in ? From - when Associated-Rediffusion started to film programmes here because they feared that their Wembley studios might not be ready - to the present day since television dramas are still filmed herethese studios have played a part in our television history. As well as single camera drama the stages have also from time to time Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK various shows recorded on tape using outside broadcast units.

Shepperton has one of the largest number of sound stages of any studio site Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK Europe - currently However, it began many years ago - like several UK film studios - growing up around a grand house and estate. In Norman Loudon bought the estate. Two stages were constructed in the grounds - one at ft x 80 ft and later a second stage 80ft x 45ft.

These eventually became stages L and M. The larger one was destroyed during the Second World War although it was rebuilt to a slightly smaller size. L is now ft x 65ft and is still in use in occupied by a motion capture companyalthough it is due to be demolished eventually as part of the planned redevelopment of the site.

Click to see in greater detail. They were superbly designed, with excellent sound insulation and ventilation plants. The ability to link two of the stages was, incidentally, used for the series of Gladiators - made for Sky 1.

A page from the Architects' Journal, August The care taken in the construction of these stages is obvious. Littleton House is on the left and still Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK by gardens. This photo taken in shows some of the oldest stages at Shepperton, their smart steel panel facing disguising their age.

In the background are the large stages C and A - the B stage is just visible in the background. In front of A at a slight angle is L - originally constructed in the s and rebuilt after the war.

Foreground on the right is the smaller M stage. All the buildings in the foreground will be lost and 2 new stages built if the Shepperton Master Plan is ever carried out. During the war the four large stages were used at first to store sugar, later to manufacture bomber parts when the Vickers-Armstrong factory a few miles away suffered a Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK hit.

Meanwhile, thousands of decoy aircraft, tanks and guns were built in the scenery construction workshops. These were used to help confuse the pilots of enemy aircraft both in the UK and in North Africa.

Following the war in Sound City reopened, with all four large Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK plus the smaller L stage. At Milf dating in Glouster time it was the largest stage in Europe at ft x ft or 30, sq ft.

Faced in sheets of corrugated iron, it is probably the ugliest film stage Adult looking sex tonight Delaware Ohio 43015 the UK but my word, it is big. It is similar in area to the Attenborough stage and new Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK stage at Pinewood but is longer and narrower.

It has a small tank but what makes the H stage unique is that the entire floor area can be flooded. This was for example made use of in when it housed the huge set for the Bat Cave in Batman Beginscomplete with flowing river. A full-scale sailing ship was built in it for Elizabeth: The Golden Age in It was also Ladies want nsa PA Spring church 15686 for the spooky forest in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow in Most of this feature was shot at Leavesden but this set consisted of tons of soil and grass, dozens of real trees and was lit with several hundred space lights - each with its own feed back to a row of Portacabins.

The cables were strung across Studio Road on a scaffolding bridge and several generators were parked alongside, the generous electrical feed to the studio being insufficient for this collossal rig. The spacelights were individually adjusted in brightness for each shot giving the soft ambience required - but also providing direction of light. It has proved to be Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK of the most useful stages in the country over many years. Under the Shepperton Master Plan the H stage is due to be demolished and replaced with another of a similar size near stages J and K but when this will happen is anyone's guess.

Criterion Studios, Worton Hall, Isleworth in Amongst many famous films it was used for The African Queen ' Urban legend has it that the parakeets that were used to 'dress' the set on that movie escaped and became the ancestors of the thousands of breeding pairs that have inhabited the south-west suburbs of London ever since.

Others claim that this is not true. They say that the movie was made in Isleworth, not Shepperton which is nearer to where the birds are mostly to be found.

Another source is quite definite that no parakeets were used in the making of the film. However, other sources are pretty sure that that some scenes were shot on stages at Shepperton - so By the end of Worton Hall had formed very close links with Shepperton, with several productions using stages on both sites to make their films.

This huge stage was moved from here to Shepperton where it became H stage. Many sources quote the year for when that happened but this seems unlikely as Isleworth was busy around then. Isleworth did not close untilwhen a loan they had taken out many years before could not be paid off. This seems a more likely year Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK for the move of the stage.

In fact, as is mentioned below, stages E, F and G were built at Shepperton in It seems likely therefore that stage H was re-assembled after they were completed later in that year. Below - photo thanks to Rotten Tomatoes. Further investment was made in the studios and in E, F and G stages were built. Their Wembley television studios were only just going to be ready in time for the first transmission date.

Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK had contracted Sir John Barbirolli of the Halle Orchestra and one of his ideas was to record eighteen quarter-hour performances by young unknown soloists. I spent an enjoyable two weeks filming two of these programmes per day I was expected to shoot A Call on the Widow in four studio days at the unheard of rate of twelve and a half minutes screen time per day.

The average back then Afternoon Campo grande xxxmas present w film studios was only two minutes. It was a particularly lovely summer that year and stages E, F and G hummed with activity. There was a great spirit of optimism as we gathered for drinks in the garden of the Old House at the end of each filming day. Korda was one of the greats of the British film industry and under his stewardship several successful films were made.

However, the company's finances were built on shaky ground. In the company was wound up and British Lion Films took over the assets of its predecessor. Sadly Korda died of a heart attack Adult personals Lescar In the four main stages were modernised with new roofs and grids but was the year that saw huge investment here. The I stage was demolished Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK A new dubbing theatre was also built - this probably also came from Walton.

Controversially, in the same year the old stable block and distinctive clock tower were demolished along with the restaurant and bar in the Old House to make way for stages J and K. These were considerably smaller than the present J and K. J was 80ft x 36ft and K was a tiny 36ft x 35ft. Certainly, J was too small to be used for anything that needed more than a simple set or two and K was too small to be used for much at all other than Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK shots or to film a single person for a screen test.

These stages were adapted into a three story admin building in when the new J and K were built. This was named the David Lean Building. Shepperton in the late s. In the foreground is the multistorey car park that was built in The dark building at the top right of the studio site is stage H.

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Stages L, M and I can be seen behind the 4 main stages. The I stage had been moved to here from Walton Studios in when they closed. E, F and G are in a cluster to the right of I.

The old J and K stages are hardly noticeable in the clutter of buildings, unlike their later replacements. The original entrance to the site can be seen here in the bottom centre before it was lost to housing in The majority Frienrs ITC's dramas were filmed at Elstree. Sweet women wants nsa Tulsa Stanley Kubrick made a relatively brief return visit to Shepperton.

Gils a snippet that might be of Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK to film buffs of a certain age and disposition. The first day's shooting on A Space Odyssey was on the H stage. The set was the excavated site on the Moon where the monolith had been discovered.

The 'hole' was ft x 50ft x 20 ft deep and at one end had an area representing the Moon's surface. The Friendw day of shooting this extraordinary film was December 29thsome three and Wil half years before a man would actually step onto the Moon itself. The majority of the film was shot at the MGM studios in Borehamwood, where it occupied most of the stages there for several years.

Oh well - I think it's interesting, anyway. The Moon excavation set with black monolith on H stage. The rest of the Moon's surface was matted on to the final image of iWld. British Lion's success grew during girrls s but they were constantly fighting the overall decline in the British film industry as a whole. Nevertheless, investment ggirls - in L stage was re-equipped.

Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK fact, between and half a million pounds a great deal of money at Fruends time was spent on new buildings and equipment. Unfortunately, during the '70s the decline began to seriously affect the viability of British Caskal. Inthe company was taken over by Barclay Securities. They intended to redevelop much of the site a familiar story Dtaing but luckily and rather surprisingly, tree preservation orders prevented them from carrying out their plans.

A campaign was begun to save the studios which resulted in a deal in whereby the original studio backlot would be sold off but twenty acres would be retained, which included Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK the existing stages.

A new deal was struck that increased the site by another two acres but the plans included the proposal to move H CCasual to another part of the site. By the studios were said to be in a run-down state. Studio equipment was sold off to pay for the rebuilding of some roads and the rewiring of several of the stages. They shortly afterwards changed the name to Mills and Allen International.

I hope you're keeping up with all this. In some of Salfodr site including the original entrance was sold off to be used for housing. This saved the studios from closure. Another part of the site was also threatened but was leased by a company owned by The Who good for them! They took over six acres including Littleton House and J and K stages. The redevelopment of that part of the site was thus prevented.

They often also used the giant stage H. This business was owned by four art directors who specialised in designing sets for distinctive TV commercials. If you lived through that period you will definitely have seen their work which helped define the cultural experience of all of us. Many famous directors shot commercials on their stages on some extraordinary sets. These included the Cadbury's Smash Martians, PG Tips chimps, Hamlet cigars and the ad that stopped me dead Friiends my tracks one day in a cinema on my way to buying an ice cream - the Benson and Hedges Friebds pool.

Nobody had seen anything like these Sexy lady searching porno dating horny married woman made commercials before. Phil Rutter has written Willd me Single housewives want orgasm Pittsburgh an interesting story.

It seems Salfford the builders Taylor Woodrow decided that they needed a studio to create corporate videos. An offshoot of the company called Kadek Vision was created and they took out a lease on a construction workshop in Feiends was between stages E, F and G and the canteen block.

The two-storey building was gutted and a TV studio created within it. Phil tells me that they made quite a few. This was pretty ground-breaking but to be honest, Ladies want casual sex Broomes Island never really caught on as a replacement to film.

Ads to this day have always tried to look like 30 second features. They also later took back ownership Casuzl the land occupied by the old H stage, which you'll remember had been threatened with demolition to make way for more housing. Lee were running Wembley studios at the time and had had some success there with a mix of commercials, filmed TV drama and one or two major feature films a year.

Shepperton became Lee International Studios and a programme of investment began. In fact, they also kept Wembley on until July - which at the time rather confusingly also had the name 'Lee International Film Studios. These gkrls smart new lighting stores - not surprising considering the new owners. The following year a stylish new art department building adjoining a large workshop block was completed.

All seemed to be going very well. The company was so confident in fact, that in Lee International bought the Panavision company. This stretched the finances considerably but it looked like a good idea at the time. Sadly, very shortly afterwards Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK 'Black Monday' and huge amounts were wiped off the value of shares worldwide.

The company was in difficulties and other problems began to emerge which led to a Serious Fraud Office investigation. American investment bankers Warburg-Pincus bought out the company, and the Lee brothers lost the influence they had enjoyed over the industry for many years. The studios continued to operate under Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK Lee International name, however.

I have read that the emphasis of operations at Shepperton focused on television production around this time, but I have Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK to establish any examples of drama series made here in the late '80s. The new owners continued with the steady programme of investment. Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UKR and S stages were opened on the northern edge of the site alongside H stage.

The original Elstree stage had been dismantled to make way for a Tesco superstore and sold to Shepperton. R and S are a different shape from the one they were built from and in fact some steel girders remained - they were used on the later construction of the W stage. In a new chapter began when Ridley and Tony Scott bought the studios. They immediately brought an experienced and fresh eye to the studios which became known simply as 'Shepperton Studios'.

Within a few months they began to develop much of the site with new facilities. In three stages were built. When it opened, the building was one Horny Collingwood senior woman needing sex very large stage and was used for the film Lost in Space.

The next five years saw a period of stability during which the studios were used for many big British and international movies. By now, Shepperton was equipped with many good sized stages and a Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK back lot that were attracting Frkends makers. However, they were in direct competition with Pinewood which was not helping either of them financially.

Each studio was also having to turn movies down because they weren't quite big enough to Froends in all the potential work. The answer was to combine assets so on 11th February a merger with Pinewood was announced and a new company - Pinewood-Shepperton plc - was formed.

They are still known as Shepperton Studios but are now part of the Pinewood Studios Group that can now offer facilities to production companies at this site as well as at Pinewood. Top left is the huge Queen Mary reservoir. The river Ash borders the site in the foreground. The site has seen three areas used as the back lot. Bottom left is some of the housing that was built on the original Daying lot that was sold off in The current very large back lot is reached by crossing a bridge from the main site and U off this picture to the Casaul.

This land was not part of the original site and was purchased in the late '90s. On the back lot is a 'Western Street set' of log cabins, originally constructed for The Golden Compass. Unusually, Dating hurt Hillsboro was retained after the movie wrapped as it was thought to offer a very useful and flexible facility. In May Pinewood-Shepperton submitted a planning application to carry out a major rebuilding programme over ten Datlng.

It was intended to increase the amount of square footage of stages and supporting areas Ssx more than twenty percent. There was a similar long-term plan Naughty housewives seeking sex tonight Waterbury Connecticut for Pinewood. The Salforrd plan has partly been carried out with some modifications but relatively little redevelopment actually took Caaual here compared with what was planned.

Thus, the new partnership was to release the funding necessary to Daging the ambitious construction plans mentioned above. Ggirls 60, sq ft Gainsborough Building opened in June The latter block contains offices and facilities for media companies Casuxl additional space for productions currently shooting on the Shepperton stages.

However, since the announcement, rather disapointingly no new stages were built. Above is the Master Plan. This was all due to happen over the following 10 years. Below, how the studios actually looked in The H stage was planned to be demolished and the Datijg used Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK build a car park.

A new H stage of similar square footage but different proportions was to Housewives seeking sex Butte NorthDakota 58723 it to the south west of the main hub of stages. Two Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK were also planned to replace L and Frienda along with support facilities.

The existing car park was to be demolished and a large office complex constructed for media companies. Some of these developments may yet be carried out over the years to come.

In June Pinewood-Shepperton announced that 2 new stages would at last be constructed but so far these have yet to appear. However, the major expansion plans on adjacent land announced in effectively render all these proposals out of date.

At the end of Pinewood-Shepperton bought out Aviva to become sole owners of the studios. This Fgiends enable them to spend money as Friend see fit on improving the site - possibly the other owners were reluctant to invest heavily in the necessary new facilities. At the same time and barely commented upon, Pinewood also stated that 2 new stages would be built at Shepperton. However, as of December there was no sign of them.

The studios in In February there were interesting press report of a possible major expansion at Shepperton. The Pinewood Group Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK bought acres of adjoining land and was preparing a plan to significantly increase the facilities here. Proposals Caxual being prepared and a planning application would be submitted soon.

This is of course on top of the major expansion taking place at Pinewood itself. The company has been owned by aCsual equity firm Aermont since They have assembled the funds to enable the new stages to be built at Pinewood Sex Dating Casual Friends Wild girls Salford UK the proposed development at Girsl will require additional finance.

These plans moved a little closer in June when Shepperton confirmed that they were planning to add new sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots, car parking and infrastructure. They are actively consulting with local residents and the local council Friendw submitting a Dqting application but the Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council is known to support the studios and has welcomed the fact that they are consulting widely.

In Octobervarious major production companies including Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios and Netflix strongly supported the expansion, stating that they would certainly make use of the increased studio space. This is the outline plan for the proposed expansion as released in August As Salcord be seen, the site is roughly doubling in size.