|Pilot Project Makes a ‘Reel’ Difference to Local Creative Businesses|
25 May 2012
It was a case of lights, camera and action at Banbridge District Council’s main offices on Wednesday 16 May 2012 when four businesses from the local area joined government and council officials to mark the launch of a new exciting pilot project known as ‘Creative Industries Show Reel’.
Cloud 9 Studios, Linen Mill TV and Film Studios, Mooney Media and Mount Ida Pottery were chosen to represent the district’s diverse thriving creative industries and the considerable growth potential that businesses operating within this sector have especially when they tap into other sectors such as tourism.
Cloud 9 Studios is widely recognised as being one of Northern Ireland’s most successful recording studios having produced over 1,000 label released recordings. As well as music recording and production they also offer first-class services in CD duplication and photography.
Linen Mill TV and Film Studios provide quality film and television film recording facilities on an impressive 28-acre site. The studios have been the location choice for many top productions including the HBO blockbuster and Game of Thrones.
Mooney Media is a thriving, forward thinking design, print and publishing company. Their passion, intelligence, and personal commitment to their work is demonstrated by a portfolio that spans seven decades and is highly regarded within the design industry.
Mount Ida Pottery has become established as one of Ulster’s leading ceramic studios. As well as producing a wide range of unique and stylish ceramic works, they also provide innovative workshops and teaching programmes suitable for all ages.
Local film production company Taggart Media was commissioned to produce a short promotional film for each company, showcasing their business potential and highlighting their creative strengths and abilities.
Speaking at the event, Stephen Magowan, Head of Creative Industries and Innovation at DCAL said: “My department is delighted to fund the Creative Industries Show Reels pilot project, support the development of creative businesses as well as raise awareness about the growth potential of this sector among both the business community and the general public.”
Council Chairman, Councillor Joan Baird added: “A key challenge for the district is the wider business community’s lack of awareness about the creative industries. It is intended that these short films will give a good insight into the different types of creative businesses and the innovative work they do. These short films are a good way of summing up the diversity of the sector and it is hoped that they would serve as an inspiration for other creative entrepreneurs and young people. I would encourage others - especially those who possess artistic skills and are considering setting up a creative business - to watch these films and learn from four highly successful local entrepreneurs who are making a good living from their craft.”
Each of the four short films can be viewed at www.facebook.com/banbridgecouncil