Films at 59 Kit Hire Department – Cardiff Wales.
Films at 59’s relationship with the Welsh production industry goes back to 2011 when they opened their Cardiff based hire department to service the BBC Studios at Roath Lock, supplying complete camera packages for Dr Who, Wizards vs Aliens, and Upstairs Downstairs.
Dave Wride – Hire Manager: “We realised that opening a Cardiff office meant we could work closely with Welsh productions and have the support they needed on hand at a moment’s notice. Our clients really appreciate this and it gives them confidence knowing that we’re close by if the need arises.”
“We’ve continued to secure extended contracts with the BBC and now supply equipment and location support to the exciting new series ‘Class’ which is a Dr Who spin off aimed at teenagers”
“Through the working relationships we fostered in Wales we’ve managed to win other prestigious contracts and provide Kit Hire and location services to “Sherlock” and “Lady Chatterley’s lover” for Hartswood Films and “Da Vinci’s Demons” for Starz in the US. We have also worked with BBC on “Mid-summer Nights Dream”, “A poet in New York -Dylan Thomas” and “Aberfan”.
Films at 59 is also involved in Welsh Language programming and supports local production companies shooting for S4C. These include Byw Celwydd ,Gwaith Catref ,35 Diwrnod ,Parch.
And, looking ahead, they’re currently prepping two productions ready for an early spring off: “Requiem” for BBC/Netflix and “Bang” for S4C
“Since being located in Wales we’ve continued to invest in the local workforce. Many of our camera technicians have gone on to become camera assistants, focus pullers etc, after building their experience and portfolios with us. We continue to invest in and help support Welsh based projects and expand the pool of local talent available to all”.
With regular investment in new kit – and extensive training for all camera technicians Films at 59 provide a Filming support set up that’s second to none.
“Our experience and knowledge means we can deliver exactly what productions need. We understand what it takes to build a fully rigged drama camera package including wireless lens control systems, monitoring, lenses and data management. All tested, set up and ready to go.”
Films at 59 Cardiff is based at Cardiff Bay Business Centre in Ocean Park.