How is this Wales business adapting during Covid-19 to grow its turnover?
Gorilla, Wales’ largest post-production house, has unveiled a new remote editing toolkit that allows its team to work from wherever they are. The benefits of the new toolkit are twofold: to bring in more income opportunities, and to retain staff, according to CEO Rich Moss.
The company – which has done the post-production for hit shows including Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, Doctor Who, and One Born Every Minute – plans to commercialise the toolkit to bring more income opportunities to Wales.
While global film and television companies regularly use the country as a shoot location for filming, the post-production elements are often carried out elsewhere. Gorilla’s solution aims to lengthen the amount of time and money international film and TV companies spend on post-production in Wales.
With the new toolkit, production companies can start the editing process whilst on location in Wales then with all media still in Wales, continue editing from anywhere in the world.
Rich Moss comments: “Wales is a popular shoot location for TV and film, however, we often lose out in the post-production stage, as this is often completed elsewhere. I saw an opportunity here – if we could provide a cost-effective way of editing remotely, we could encourage film and TV companies to keep business in Wales and use our services. This would not only boost our business but be beneficial for the Welsh economy.”
Gorilla is currently made up of 70 permanent staff and at many regular freelancers, the number of which often increases in the run up to Christmas – the busiest time of year for the company.
This year, because of the backlog of filming due to the coronavirus outbreak, and as a result of the new toolkit, Mr Moss believes he will need to allow for double the usual freelance capacity.
The new toolkit was funded in part by the government arm, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), which supports screen-related innovation in South Wales through its Clwstwr programme.