Pro Motion Manchester opens a new creative facilities house at The Sharp Project
The Sharp Project will welcome a new tenant, Pro Motion Manchester on 2nd March. This forward-thinking facilities house will serve all digital content and shooting needs for the North of England. Run by directors Alain Lolliot and Jessica Reese, the facility will provide a wide range of technical training courses and events, along with digital equipment, crew hire and 24/7 support, supplying an all-round solution.
Pro Motion Manchester aims to create a digital knowledge base for the North of England. The company will offer a collaborative approach to a wide range of digital content providers, and create a freely accessible, open source platform for technical knowledge. Pro Motion Manchester’s training courses and events will include camera workshops, in-depth self shooting courses, equipment maintenance sessions, guides to 4K/UHD, and data management advice. There will also be informal equipment open days allowing the opportunity to browse and see demonstrations of a selection of the latest kit available.
Pro Motion Manchester is a joint venture between its Directors and Pro Motion Hire, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. Pro Motion Manchester becomes the Northern base that will provide the same high levels of service that are seen at the company’s London and Brighton facilities.
Duncan Martin, Managing Director, Pro Motion Hire, said, “Opening a Manchester facility at The Sharp Project represents an exciting opportunity for us to join and support this vibrant, evolving and collaborative community for digital content. Alain and Jess offer a unique combination of production and technical expertise that will help content creators in the region get the most from their equipment and make the best content possible.”
Jessica Reese joins Pro Motion Manchester as Facilities Director. She has 10 years’ experience in production, on set and in facilities, which has given her first hand knowledge of production and crews’ needs. Her passion for technology has ensured that she has developed a wide knowledge base across all broadcast and digital equipment, which is key to providing clients with the right information, equipment and support to ensure that their shoots run seamlessly.
Technical Director Alain Lolliot is widely respected in the industry for his in-depth equipment knowledge, technical expertise and approachable training style. During his 10 years in the film and television industry – the last eight with Pro Motion Hire – he has specialised in digital cinematography, bringing it to the mainstream for the benefit of Pro Motion’s clients. He works across all technical areas from camera matching for studio productions to designing data management workflows.
Lolliot said, “Technology and how we use it is constantly evolving and Pro Motion Manchester will be part of this evolution, building a digital community around our equipment hire and knowledge base. We want to ensure that everyone in the digital and technical industries in this region has an approachable, current and dependable company to call on, a company that can offer a wide range of training and also act as a free resource for education to help individuals and companies alike.”
Sue Woodward OBE, Founder of The Sharp Project said: “It’s fantastic that Pro Motion has selected The Sharp Project for their northern training centre. This not only allows a broad range of content creators in the region to access specialist, tailor-made courses on their doorstep but it also means they can further develop their digital skills, making the most of the latest technology. Pro Motion also plan to provide technical and creative employment opportunities over the coming years as they grow their northern base. It’s also great to see a successful woman playing a prominent part in this very male-dominated tech sector.”