Media firm touches down at Bentwaters

A COMPANY specialising in making everything from hi-tech games to music videos is celebrating a move to bigger premises.

A COMPANY specialising in making everything from hi-tech games to music videos is celebrating a move to bigger premises.

Bruizer was set up on a shoestring four years ago by co-owners Andy Parsons, 35, a former EADT photographer, and Tim Wright, 23, who previously worked for games company Upstarts.

But they quickly outgrew their premises in upstairs offices at Princes Street, Ipswich, and tired of the parking tickets - which they estimated was costing them somewhere in the region of £1500 a year.

They have now moved to more spacious premises at the former Bentwaters airbase near Woodbridge.

“We basically took over the entire top floor, and when we couldn't take any more space there we knew we had to move,” explained Mr Parsons.

They have leased 7,000 sq ft of space at the old fire station which served the runway, complete with a brick tower, and plan to convert a large part of the open-plan former garaging area into a 2,200sq ft film studio for their own use and to rent out.

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“We laid three miles of network cable in this building,” said managing director Jamie Niblock, 33, who is also an ex-EADT photographer. “We wanted to do it ourselves. We are involved in every single aspect of the place really. The building is bespoke to us.”

The new flexible space was “just brilliant”, said Mr Parsons, who criticised trends towards turning development land and commercial space in Ipswich into homes.

“Ipswich seems very un-business-friendly. It doesn't seem to encourage business. Everywhere you turn where we were they were turning it into flats, people were moving in, there were penthouses springing up,” he said.

“It seems like the council would rather get rid of all the businesses out of town. Out here it's quiet. The noise in town is horrific.”

The company, whose turnover this year is in the region of a third of a million pounds, prides itself on keeping abreast with technology.

One of their more costly purchases has been a 27ft Crane Cam Mate, a £25,000 camera crane capable of capturing images from above, such as crowd scenes. It was also used to capture two architectural gems in the BBC Wonders of the East series, one of which was the ceiling of Ely Cathedral.

The firm has also invested in high definition television technology, and around £40,000 worth of computer equipment. A special server houses 42 hard-drives to power their edit suite.

“We always buy the best equipment we can buy and all the money we earn we plough back into equipment,” said Mr Parsons.

The company has a wide range of customers, from music groups to businesses, councils and health bodies, and carries out a variety of work, from 3D computer-generated animation to filmwork. They have been involved in creating a variety of interactive computer games, the latest of which is based on the hit TV series I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, which they are putting together in partnership with Britannia Games.

They have also shot film for music videos including Colchester-based FuzzFace, who have just been signed to a record label, and Texas-based Polyphonic Spree.

“We don't advertise and we are really not short of work,” says Mr Parsons.

“We are moving into producing more of our own shows. That's what we want to do.”

The company is involving in some filming of the Mongol Rally, an 8,000 mile epic car journey from London to Mongolia. It hopes to take on four more people in the next year as the company grows.

“We do whole programmes for other people, the post production and the actual production. What we are looking to get strong in is pre-production - the whole nine yards really,” he said. “What we want to do as a company is start producing things under our own banner.”