An international award-winning film and television post-production house. Emmy award winning Bang is an important element of a thriving sector of the creative industries, delivering state-of-the-art services in sound, image and visual effects.
Specialising in drama and feature films, Bang Post Production have been scooping awards for their work on shows including Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons and Sherlock. Co-Owner and Director Paul McFadden takes time out from the bright lights to tell us why they’re in good company in Wales. “Wales is a fantastic place to be at the moment if you’re in the creative sector. I moved away initially, about 10-15 years ago, to London because that was the mecca of film and television in the UK. But I got approached to come back to do Doctor Who and other projects, and since 2005 it’s absolutely blossomed. The government has been absolutely fantastic in attracting high-end production companies to come and film in Wales and stay here after they’ve filmed. It’s very vibrant and talent-heavy. We have BAFTA, EMMY and RTS winners.
“Wales is fantastic for a work-life balance. You’ve got the Brecon Beacons 45 minutes up the road. I live up the valleys so within half an hour I can be in Cardiff city centre shopping, at the beach or in the mountains. The people are very friendly and very talented. My message to other companies looking to set up in Wales is straight to the point: do it. In the next three-to-five years I can see Wales ballooning even more. There are major production companies starting to talk to us already about the five or ten-year plan they have. We are looking to create our own talent pool. One of our trainees qualified at The Atrium at Cardiff University and we took him on. Another one of our guys is a Cardiff boy who trained at the University of the West of England.
“The infrastructure – using the train and the M4 – has been absolutely fantastic for us. London is only two-and-a-half hours away, and some producers take that time to go into the centre of the city when they live in London. Executive producers don’t have to go back to the US, London or Germany. They can actually stay here and finish their production from start to finish.”