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3 Mills Studio for Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Date posted: 01.09.2005

It has been a busy year for Tim Burton as September brings us yet another release from this acclaimed director. On 30 September Warner Bros release Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a stop-motion animated delight, in screens nationwide.

Following the look and feel of The Nightmare Before Christmas, we are introduced to another dark and mysterious world, full of kooky characters. Johnny Depp lends his voice to the main protagonist, Victor, a jittery bridegroom-to-be.

On the way home to his fiancée Victor stops to practice his wedding vows, placing his ring on a stick poking out of the ground as a joke. He gets more than he bargained for when the stick turns out to be the finger of a dead woman. The Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter) is now after him, claiming to legally be his bride and intent on showing Victor the time of his after-life.

The film, loosely based on an old folkstory, is set in a 19th century European village. The story follows the movements of Victor, a young man who is whisked away to the underworld. It's a tale of optimism and romance, told in classic Tim Burton style. 

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride screens out of competition in the 62nd Venice International Film Festival. It not only has a stellar UK voice cast including Emily Watson, Christopher Lee, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant and Joanna Lumley, but was also shot entirely at 3 Mills Studios in Bow, East London.

3 Mills Studios is central London's major studio complex. A secure 20-acre island site within easy reach of Soho, it has 16 stages, substantial rehearsal rooms and a unique and vibrant media village all designed to meet a diverse range of productions and clients.

Stages vary in size from 3,000 sq. ft to 14,000 sq. ft. The site includes many beautifully restored period buildings, unique location opportunities, extensive office spaces, a preview theatre, construction workshops and en-suite dressing rooms.

3 Mills is London's oldest still-surviving industrial centre. The mills were listed in the Domesday Book and so almost certainly date back to Anglo-Saxon times. It has become a dedicated centre for film and television production, providing a wide variety of production facilities and bringing jobs to the area.