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Ealing Studios for Valiant

Date posted: 01.03.2005

Ealing Studios can claim to be the oldest film studio in the world.

The stages and offices are steeped in history having survived the onset of the talkies, two world wars and technological advances in film and TV. Ealing Studios currently has a vast range of resources and facilities available to filmmakers, including workshops, offices and stages between 970 and 9300 sq ft.

In May 2002 Ealing Studios announced a co-production alliance with John Williams of Vanguard Films and Barnaby Thompson, Head of Ealing Studios, to make Valiant - a $40 million CGI animated feature film. It is being distributed nationwide by Entertainment Films on 25 March 2005 (US distribution by Walt Disney Pictures).

The animated comedy tells the story of a lowly wood pigeon named Valiant (Ewan MacGregor), who overcomes his small size to become a hero in Great Britain's Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS) during World War II. The RHPS advanced the Allied cause by flying vital messages about enemy movements across the English Channel, while evading brutal attacks by the enemy's Falcon brigade.

Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, will voice General Keyserlingk, the feared German falcon leader. Other actors lending their voices include Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent, Rupert Everett, Hugh Laurie, John Hurt, and Ricky Gervais.

Computer animation preproduction started on 30 September 2002 in Los Angeles, with production then starting up on 02 January 2003 at Ealing Studios. 

The studios are also undergoing a redevelopment that will transform it into a state-of-the-art production facility, providing clients with the very best environment and services available. The overall redevelopment will see the construction of over 130,000 square feet of flexible new space in 10 new buildings.

For any questions specific to the use of Ealing Studios please contact bookings@ealingstudios.com or call 020 8567 6655.

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