Mrs Lowry & Son

Tonight is the night!

Not many people know this but our sister company, Apple Video Facilities, offers a service called “Production Accountancy“.

Pam, who heads the production accountancy department has recently worked on a new movie called “Mrs Lowry & Son“, which stars Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave and BAFTA Award Winner Timothy Spall, and is directed by Adrian Noble, formerly of The Royal Shakespeare Company…

… And tonight is the Gala Premiere of the film – and where else could it be held? At The Lowry Theatre and Gallery of course, which is located in MediaCityUK, just outside Manchester at Salford Queys.

The event is a complete sell-out, and joining the celebration of this amazing film are the stars themselves, as well as the director, the producers… and the production accountant herself, Pam!

The Video Copy Company Mrs Lowry and Son PromoPam has been working as a production account for feature films for several years now, whilst also doing her other duties at The Video Copy Company and our sister company, Apple Video Facilities.

Though her schedule is very busy, she has worked on a number of projects for the production company Genesius Pictures, who have produced the award-winning feature films “The More You Ignore Me” written by Jo Brand and starring Sheridan Smith, and “Northern Soul” starring Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas and Lisa Stansfield, as well as “Starfish” starring Joanna Froggat, the award-winning short film “Black Road” starring Michelle Collins, and filmed live productions of “Hamlet” starring Maxine Peake, “The Railway Children” and the musical “Peter Grimes“.

The Video Copy Company Lowry Theatre And Gallery

Pam started working on “Mrs Lowry & Son” in 2016, all the way through the pre-production process, filming on location in and around Manchester, the post-production stages such as editing and special effects, then finally the distribution phase.

When the production was completed, it was important for the film to have a distributor. In this case, “Mrs Lowry & Son” is in the experienced hands of “Vertigo Releasing“, who have produced and distributed over 100 movies since 2004, such as “Football Factory” (which was their first movie), Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9“, the recent “Child’s Play” and “Death Wish” remakes, as well as my own personal favourite, “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil“.

With a production budget of £1.6 million, this can be a tremendous amount of work for a production accountant, who must keep track of every item bought and sold, everybody’s wages – from the top stars to the people working behind the lens, and all the way through to gaining distributors who will make sure this work of motion picture art can be seen all over the world. Once the movie has finished it’s theatrical run, a production accountant’s work does not stop there as potentially, it will always be generating revenue with DVD and Blu-ray sales, TV and digital distribution deals.

Tonight’s event at The Lowry Gallery and Theatre will be attended by Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall and other stars of the movie, the writer, Martyn Hesford, the director, Adrien Noble, many members of the production crew, including the producer, Debbie Grey and our very own Pamela Holt, as well as stars Jo Brand and Joe Lycett, and various other stars of the arts world.

After the screening Timothy Spall and director Adrien Nobel will be holding an “In Conversation” session, in person at The Lowry theatre.

The film is being shown concurrantly in cinemas across the country tonight prior to its formal theatrical release on Friday. To find your local showtimes, click here…

Our First Blog Post!

Well, here we are. Joining the world of blogging and hoping that we’re doing it right, so here is our very first blog post!

Given that this is our first ever blog post, forgive us if we aren’t doing it completely right or as expected, and I’m pretty sure that one day in the future – if we manage to keep up the aim of posting at least 1000 words every month – that these entries will eventually have some kind of narrative structure.

At the moment, the aim of this page is to keep the world at large up to date with the comings and goings of The Video Copy Company, be it with information about the things we do, interesting facts about anything to do with video and related subjects, or even things that might amuse and interest us on a personal level.

I think, to begin, it would important to stress what we do here at The Video Copy Company.

Essentially, we are a service provider. We provide what we feel is a pretty important service to our customers, in that our main focus is transferring old video tapes to some kind of digital format, enabling these old memories to be watched and relived again.

One of the main problems our customers face is having lots of important family occasions stored on old video tapes; whether that be VHS, camcorder cassettes (like VHSc, Video 8mm, Hi8, Digital8 or MiniDV), or even Betamax.

The Video Copy Company Betamax Pic

When these precious memories are on such media, often the players that used to sit underneath the TV set in the living room, or the camcorders that were used to record these occasions, are no longer functioning or even in the house!

And that’s where we come in!

We have a massive collection of video players in all shapes and sizes, which we regularly service to make sure they are still in tip-top condition. After all, a lot of companies aren’t making this equipment anymore.

Using these video players, we can set these precious memories free by transferring them to DVD or even to a digital file like MP4 on a USB pen or external hard drive.

In the past, we have had customers bring in rafts of old video tapes, some of which they didn’t know if they had anything on or not. When we transferred them all to DVDs, they soon realised they had some pretty special moments captured on film – including the first few days of a new baby’s life, or even a relative who is no longer with us but was joking and dancing around at a wedding.

Having such happy times held hostage by old video formats is never a nice thing, but to have the means to free them, so that family members can get together and enjoy them once more is priceless. And we have been providing that service for many, many years now.

So that’s it for our first blog post. And if you’re reading it, hopefully it has given you some idea of the kinds of things we do here – maybe even encouraged you to get in touch with us so we can help you remember some days gone by 🙂

Check out all the types of things we do by clicking here…

And if you would like to know how simple it is to place an order with us, watch this video on our YouTube channel.