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Recode XR to open new base in Space Studios

Space Studios' Stage 6, courtesy Space Studios

RecodeXR studio has announced a strategic partnership with Space Studios which will bring its Virtual Production services to the Manchester facility.

Virtual Production expert RecodeXR will open up in the 17 acre, six-stage complex in East Manchester in early 2024.

Previously based in Trafford Park, Recode has delivered a broad range of high-end Virtual Production projects for broadcasters, advertising agencies, sport teams and fashion brands.

The team has recently invested in an upgrade to its current volume, with high-spec Absen LED panels with Brompton processing following new wins across a raft of productions including dramas, ‘Protection,’ Sky and a return contract with ITV’s Coronation Street.

Recode’s new facility at Space has also been sponsored with an array of Nvidia workstations from partners SCAN Pro Video.

The new volume will be powered by Absen LED panels, Brompton Processing, Ncam Tracking, Scan 3XS hardware and continuous support from Aximmetry.

Recode will open a permanent dedicated VP studio headquarters within the Space site and will additionally offer custom Virtual Production installation and operation, servicing high-end film, drama and commercials.

The doors of the new space will open for business in February, with industry players invited to a launch event to demo the VP volume.

Gareth Turner, co-founder of Recode said: “We’ve had an incredibly exciting couple of years and we’ve now surpassed the capacity of our current location. We’ve been in discussions with Space for a while and we see this as an ideal mutual move which will help to future-proof productions for us and for Space. The facilities here are really incredible and working together will enable an industry-first alliance allowing us to service productions of any size, which will be a real boost for productions in the northwest.

“This strategic move aligns with Recode’s new ‘install VP anywhere’ approach, enabling us to deploy our VP services at any studio or set location across the UK. By transitioning to Space, we position ourselves to deliver exceptional results and empower clients to bring their creative visions to life.”

Paul McHugh, Turner’s fellow co-founder, added: “We have worked on some amazing projects in our original facility over the past two years which has allowed us to hone our craft, develop our creative input, further develop our technical expertise and build a price point our customers can embrace. We are now delighted to be moving into Space Studios as this brings us closer to our customers and ensures we have room to grow in the future.

“The support from SCAN and Space Studios has been amazing and we cannot wait to start work on the many new projects we are discussing which encompass everything from a sci-fi film, a period drama, multiple game trailers and some very ambitious commercials. The offering will be a real asset to everything going on in the region and we have to thank Space for their forward thinking.”

Space Studios is a purpose build facility for high end TV, film and commercial production. It has played host to household names including Marvel and Peaky Blinders.

Recode XR Studio is a full-service Virtual Production studio providing on-site and on-location Virtual production, real-time content creation and VFX.

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