The UK film production industry goes from strength to strength
This year’s BAFTA nominations have just been announced and films with British creative content are more prevalent than ever before. Four of the top five films nominated were either made in the UK or directed by a Brit. 12 graduates of the National Film and Television School feature in the latest list of nominees. BAFTAs aside around 2/3 of visual effects based films made in the last few years have had at least, and often much more than, 50% of their content produced by British talent.
Gravity is widely expected to top the awards list: a US film perhaps, but made in the UK. Almost everything seen on screen, apart from the actors’ faces, has been computer generated in London.
Of course we are proud of our fabulous acting talent – who isn’t looking forward to watching Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years as a Slave? Directed by the fabulous (and British) Steve McQueen by the way. However, the true engine for growth of the British film industry is our equally fabulous creative technical talent, supported by solid financial and production foundations. The creativity, infrastructure and credibility are in place to fuel what promises to be a massive growth industry for the UK in the years and decades to come. However, capacity will be key to ensuring we can meet international demand for our film production capabilities.
And capacity means two things: people and data storage. Furthermore, the need for the latter is likely to ramp up erratically and dramatically as new technologies emerge. So, you production companies out there have the people: don’t get caught short of storage capacity. You are poised to ride the wave, get yourself a Rockstar Data Storage Server. That way no matter how rapidly your content grows, your data storage can grow with it. Future proofed and safe.