Our fabulous main kitchen has marble and wooden work tops, along with many features designed specifically for shooting purposes; including a mobile island with built in hob, and a glass lighting balcony, an extremely useful feature when shooting in the kitchen which minimises the need for lighting cranes. The kitchen has high pitched roofs and exposed Scots pine trusses and sanded wooden floors. Original Crittal windows line the Victorian brick walls to provide an abundance of natural light from the north and the south.
Situated in a private courtyard in the heart of Shoreditch, First Option is a versatile 1790 sq ft converted Victorian zip and suspender factory that has served as a highly acclaimed creative location for over thirty years. Built circa 1870 and renovated in 1986-87, First Option has been designed specifically for film, TV and stills, but is also a great event space.
First Option, right at the heart of Shoreditch, has been a film, TV and photography location to the media industry for close to 20 years and has evolved to be pretty perfectly equipped as such. We have hosted productions with crews ranging from six to 60, lasting from just a few hours to non stop shooting over days and weeks. Being a beautifully converted Victorian factory means that we cannot be fully soundproofed without harming the look of the interior, but our secondary acoustic laminated glazing together with our positioning within a private courtyard means that we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer something pretty close.
With our three-phase power, high speed fibre connection and unusually high pitched, wood-beamed Victorian roofs in both the studio and kitchen, providing a natural lighting rig, there’s not much we can’t handle.
Over the years we have built up a great relationship with Hackney Film Office and our local authority’s film department so we can always help with advice about permissions, parking suspensions and local police services if shooting in the surrounding area.
We can provide a unit base in our private courtyard as well as extra outdoor space, green rooms and a full post-production service all within a minute’s walk.
We can also provide First Option’s famously delicious catering.