Written by Andrew Pavord on Jul 24, 2020. Posted in Contributors / Production News

Production Companies return to London - Snapshot July 2

While Feature and TV Drama productions are beginning to get back into gear, London’s commercials producers are out filming on the streets, providing much needed employment for crews.

Islington was the first London borough to open its doors to a commercial. Leading production company Academy shot a Vodaphone ad, at a bike shop in Exmouth Market on May 21st, days after the lockdown was eased. Since then, FilmFixer has seen 41 commercial productions in it’s 14 London boroughs.

Commercial production by Rogue films for BBC Sounds filming in Southwark

Commercial productions include a spot by Rogue Films for BBC Sounds - shot in East St Market, in Southwark on Monday 20th July. The basketball court (pictured below) was used for marshalling the crew and allowed the public to be kept away from the crew as they went about their business.

Compared with the same period in 2019, when there were 106 commercial productions, we cannot say that London is anywhere near normal as yet.

Features and TV dramas show a very dramatic decline, there were 607 film days in June and July 2019, and only 17 in the same period in 2020.

One was the TV Drama Small Axe directed by Steve McQueen which filmed in several locations in Islington and Haringey on Friday 17th July. North Library in Islington was dressed as a Police Station from the 1960’s for the shoot.

Small Axe filming in Islington

Small Axe filming in Islington

We believe filming will begin to ramp up in September and October.

Several large scale productions have already started booking parking and asking about road closures.

Production companies are showing that it is perfectly possible to operate within the COVID guidelines published by the BFC, APA and BECTU.

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