Innovation centre invests in state-of-the-art film hub

Welsh business innovation centre Welsh ICE has launched a state-of-the-art film and video editing suite at its premises in Caerphilly.

The centre is already home to ten companies specialising in film and video production, as well as a host of artists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers.

In a bid to answer the demand for suitable facilities at ICE, it’s teamed up with Truth Department Films to create a 300 square foot AVID editing suite, which is suitable for broadcast-quality projects.

It’ll be available for members and non-members of ICE to rent. Not only will they be able to make use of high-end editing equipment, but several experts will also be on hand to help.

Jamie McGowan, community manager at Welsh ICE, said: “We already have so many film and video production companies at ICE that it seemed like the obvious next step to create this state of the art AVID suite.

“As well as allowing our members to use it, we hope that it will attract more of the south Wales creative community to ICE to see what we have to offer.

“Since Welsh ICE opened, just over four years ago, we have attracted many creative companies and have supported them to grow and flourish. With the addition of this new facility, we can only see this increasing.”

The suite is now available to rent, with prices starting at £100 a day. It’ll be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and ICE has said the prices are affordable enough for people just starting out in the film and video production industry.

This comes as ICE recently unveiled the purchase of a nearby building costing £1 million and the opening of a new co-working area, the Courtyard, to accommodate new members. The Octagon is launching in September.

Jamie added: “This is a really exciting time at Welsh ICE with new buildings, new offices and new facilities opening. It is hoped that we will be able to offer more recording facilities in the near future too, so further help us establish our own creative hub just outside Cardiff.”