Garden Studios Launches Partnerships With MetFilm School And Mission

Students in one of the new MetFilm studio spaces at Garden Studios

Garden Studios, announced yesterday that they will be partnering with MetFilm School and Mission, with both companies situated on-site in the Unit 16 space of The Townsend Campus at Garden Studios. 

MetFilm School will deliver four 6-month courses at their new home at Garden Studios which are offered twice a year. These are: Acting for Film, Digital Animation & VFX, Post Production, and Practical Filmmaking. Having these MetFilm School courses take place at Garden Studios will allow students easy access to the studio facilities, including the state-of-the-art Virtual Production stage and on-site VP technician team. Such practical learning experiences are at the core of MetFilm School’s offering, allowing students to work closely with leading industry professionals and hands-on with innovative technologies. MetFilm School’s courses this fall began at their Garden Studios campus on September 27th.

MetFilm School’s Director, Jonny Persey, said: “There are times in the growth of an organisation when something just makes so much sense, you don’t need to think about it. Opening a second London campus in Garden Studios was one such time. Our long-time partners, led by the co-founder of MetFilm School, Thomas Hoegh, have a vision of a new studio complex that embraces so many of our core values – innovation in filmmaking, doing so in a sustainable way, and creating opportunity for new and emergent talent.

Our educational philosophy is predicated on a drive to be at the heart of the film industry and to demonstrate to our students that their ambitions in film are achievable. We do this by being situated in working film studios – and with Garden Studios and Ealing Studios in London, Prime Studios in Leeds, and BUFA in Berlin, we are now in 4. We do this by building a relevant industry curriculum, taught by working professionals, and responsive to emergent trends. Our presence in, and our partnership with Garden Studios is core to these values. And we are tremendously excited to explore the opportunities the relationship will bring in the months and years ahead.”

A Mission digital workspace

Mission is the UK’s leading DIT and digital dailies facility, offering start-to-finish digital workflow management for top film and TV productions. Their new offices in Garden Studios’ Unit 16 space will bring them up close to the Virtual Production landscape and to MetFilm School’s students. With offices at Garden Studios, Shepperton Studios and in Cardiff, Mission guides clients through the myriad of choices in modern digital workflow. In a world of excellent finishing facilities, Mission is unique in being the only starting facility, and, armed with experts in workflow management and colour science, Mission makes sure a production’s workflow works.

Mission’s Founder and CEO Mark Purvis said: “The move to Garden Studios marks an incredible chapter in the life of Mission. Having just celebrated our tenth birthday, we are now embarking on a journey of growth that focuses on both human and technical development. We are excited to partner with Garden Studios, and in doing so will share a love for production, education and innovation.

Utilising the facilities of Garden Studios and working in partnership with our new neighbour MetFilm School, we now have access to a pool of talent and can provide positive input to the curriculum in order to meet the future needs of the industry.

To have these stages within a 25 minute commute from Soho gives Mission an opportunity to completely redefine the approach to digital production. With an ability to thoroughly test digital cameras and lenses, and to further explore what can be achieved right through the post pipeline, we are looking forward to a much closer engagement with cinematographers as we look to the next ten years.”

The Virtual Production Stage at Garden Studios

Thomas Hoegh, CEO and Founder Garden Studios, Co-Founder MetFilm said: “We are delighted that both Mission and MetFilm School have decided to make Garden Studios their long-term home. We all share a passion for talent development, inclusion and innovation with an ambition to create a community of like-minded entities on campus. We look forward to the great opportunities for cross-collaboration, practical learning, and innovation throughout the whole production process that our partnership will bring.” 

We're glad to be welcoming MetFilm and Mission to our studio!