The famous studios in Borehamwood, North London, have honoured more creative talent who have worked at the facilities.
Steven Spielberg’s bust at the Elstree Studios
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are two of many famous directors who have worked at Elstree Studios and now to celebrate their creative contribution to the history of Elstree Studios, busts have been sculpted of both Lucas and Spielberg. On seeing pictures of the bust, Spielberg said he loves the finished product. Elstree is a very special place to him and being commemorated in this way warms his heart.
The busts were made by ‘Lifecast’ who are based on site at Elstree Studios. The Creative Director was John Schoonraad and the Sculptor was Brendan Lonergan. A bust of Alfred Hitchcock was last year, presented to the BFI where it is on display.
The area of Borehamwood was once home to several movie studios and production facilities. Today only two major complexes remain; the iconic Elstree Studios, which continue to be the home of top British produced film and television and the former Neptune Movie Studios which were converted for television-only use in 1959 by ATV Network, and are currently occupied by BBC Studios. The beeb owned centre is the oldest in the town, having opened in 1914.
Elstree Studios first came to life in 1925 when British film producer Herbert Wilcox and Hollywood producer J.D Williams joined forces to build a new motion picture studio.