It’s a gas, gas, gas…

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Sam-Barker-British-Gas-2Back in the summer the Big Shed got a call from Germaine Walker, (who I hadn’t spoken to since we were at Blackpool College some 27 years ago!). She is now a successful photographer’s agent working in London ( and was on a search for studios up and down the country in which to shoot – wait for it… large groups of local gas fitters for a national British Gas poster campaign. (more…)

Proceed… to the top

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Produced by Sitcom Soldiers. Co-directed by Paul Burrows and Ben Thornley

Shot at Big Shed photographic hire studio in Manchester, Sitcom Soldiers filmed Proceeds latest video using lots of “green screen”. Utilising “the cage” for all the falling shots and wind from a garden leaf blower for effect, the final vid is phenomenal and was mostly shot hand held or with a steadycam rig.

The stage set was constructed from pallets and planks of wood over black cloth to key in with the imagery of the rope and plank bridge in the location sequences.

Check out the “making of” video and final version below:-

Call 999, my mouth is on fire!’

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Dominos-meltdownMercedes Crescenti ( produced this ad for Mob Film and the client, Dominoes Pizza.

The Plot: ordinary bloke orders spicy hot pizza, eats it in his flat. Woahh! That’s hot! Hyper-ventilating in his chair, the fire brigade arrive, axing his door to gain entry they burst in, then blast the guy with a fire hose – forcing him and the chair across the room to pitch him over on to the floor in his bay window. (more…)

No slugs were harmed in the making…

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Chris Gaffey of Mob Films directed this set of idents for Eraza which were filmed at Big Shed. It’s the only time slugs were actively encouraged at Big Shed! Check out a couple of stills in the gallery to see the set.

U Switch – U Save – U Smile – Use Big shed

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Shot by Gate Films (Manchester) and directed by Simon Lewis, the latest U Switch ad was filmed at Big Shed photographic hire studio.

The day began with a large van arriving crammed with all sorts of household items (as long as they had a switch, button, dial, or string pull on them they could be used for the ad).

Set builders moved in and created lots of mini wall sets with different decor, tracking was laid to quickly move the camera from set to set and back again. A small room set was also built for the part of the ad where a model extols the virtues of switching on line.

Gate Films chose Big Shed hire studio for it’s large, open space, it’s ease of access and convenient location.
Check out the video:-

Going once, going twice… gone.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

type-57-bugattiWhen Simon Clay (a photographer based near London) was asked to shoot a Bugatti Type 57 and an Alfa Romeo Zagato 8C – both worth lots (and we mean lots) of English pounds, he chose to hire the Big Shed photographic studio to do it in.

Commissioned by a renowned auction house to photograph these two rare cars for a forthcoming sale catalogue, Simon instantly thought the cove and sweep in the Big Shed was the natural place to shoot them. (more…)

Shiny Shiny Shiny

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Summer 2007 we got a call from Stuart Hicks of Airstream Europe…” how would you like to be the first studio in the UK to officially shoot our iconic range of travel trailers ” (they definitely do not approve of the word ‘caravan’ with reference to an

Top job! Bring ’em on.


Not a brick in the wall

Thursday, December 10th, 2009


A recent request from George Barr of Greenroom Films in Edinburgh: “…we are shooting a commercial where we need a huge wall as a backdrop, a pavement and a 20ft silver birch tree, oh, and the wall is distressed – can you do it?” (more…)

How green is my cove

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


A piece of fabric, one test pot, 60 litres of specially mixed paint, several different sized paint rollers, eight hours and two coats of paint.

When a client first asked if the Big Shed could provide a “green screen” background cove for filming against, we thought, “how hard could it be?” Now that we are used to the request and have completed the operation several times, it’s relatively easy. But the first time we did it… (more…)

Shadow Play

Monday, December 7th, 2009


The Chopin Museum in Warsaw are going to have a new exhibit. Shot at the Big Shed by Centrescreen, the exhibit involves actors, dressed in period costume, lit to throw shadows onto a large wall, playing music by the maestro. Several pieces were filmed and will be edited together to create a unique exhibit for the museum