Ardmore Studios' Top Ten
1. Ardmore Studios' history of film-making
Ardmore has been home to TV and film productions for over 40 years so optimum productivity is guaranteed. Following its launch in 1958, it played host to such high profile productions as Michael Anderson’s Shake Hands with the Devil in 1959; Francis Ford Coppolla’s Dementia 13 in 1963 and Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in 1965. More information about the history of Ardmore can be found here.
2. Great Facilities
As part of its large lot, Ardmore boasts five sound stages ranging in area from 3,000 to 23,250 square feet as well as impressive storage facilites and a 4,500 square foot props department. Studio & sound stage information can be found here.
3. Ardmore has a wealth of experience
With over 20 fully equipped production offices and access to a large award winning team of crew members, those using Ardmore can avail of some of the most highly trained and experienced crew-members in the world.
4. Ardmore is situated in the garden of Ireland
The studios are based against the stunning backdrop of county Wicklow and a short drive away from the coastline, mountain ranges, rolling fields and Dublin city. The local infrastructure is well maintained with national roads connecting the studios to Dublin Port and Dublin’s International airport. More information about our location is available here.
5. All the basics are covered at Ardmore Studios
Ardmore covers all the needs of cast and crew with make-up, hair and wardrobe departments; stars dressing room; digital sound facilities; workshop and prop stores as well as restaurant, bar and catering services. More about the studio facilities here.
6. Irish tax incentives
Most international co-productions shooting at the Ardmore studios qualify for Section 481 of Ireland’s Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. Ireland’s Finance Act of 2006 means Section 481 approved projects can now benefit from a reimbursement of up to 32% of their qualifying expenditure. Additional information on filming in Ireland is here.
7. An award-winning slate of past projects
Successful features that have been made at the studios include Jim Sheridan’s Oscar nominated, 'The Field', Michael Hirst’s Emmy award winning historical series, 'The Tudors' and Alan Parker’s Oscar nominated comedy , 'The Commitments' amongst many others. A full list of Ardmore's credits can be seen here.
8. Competitive rates
The rates for hiring and making use of Ardmore studio’s wide range of facilities are fairly and competitively priced.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
9. Network of on-site Irish production companies
Ardmore Sound - sound/foley/picture post
Cine Electric - lighting and generator hire
Panavision - camera
Teach Solais - lighting and generator hire
Movie Extras - agency for extras
Independent production companies:
Double Z (comedy/children's/animation)
Ferndale (feature film/documentary)
Octagon Films (TV drama/film)
O'Sullivan Productions (TV drama/film)
South Wind Blows (documentary/music)
Zanita Films (TV drama/film)
More about Ardmore's on-site production services here.
10. Don't just take our word for it!
Filmmakers such as John Boorman (The General, Excalibur); Alan Parker (Angela’s Ashes, The Commitments); Jim Sheridan (The Field, Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and Gabriel Byrne (Excalibur, Into the West) are all full of praise for the facilities, location and professional service they received from Ardmore studios.
The studios have furthermore welcomed A-list actors in the shape of James Cagney, Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in the early years, to Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper and Timothy Dalton in recent years.