Yesterday, we shared the stage at Bristol’s amazing Engine Shed (Brunel’s original Bristol train station from 1841), for the preview of Media Bank.

It’s a brilliant idea which allows local organisations to share their own pre-loved footage of Bristol, Bath and the surrounding region, so that video producers can reuse it.

After months of careful design consultation with the Media Bank project team, we’ve built it as a web-browser based platform which enables users to upload, share and download footage from around the region.

Signed-up Media Bank partners will be able to upload and add useful keywords and descriptions. Using the search and filter functions, footage can be found and downloaded.

The library will be viewable to the general public as well, who can reach out to the content owners for rights and permissions, depending on the intended usage.

Media Bank was conceived by the Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project with funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership, and its aim is to bring the creative communities in the region closer together as they work in partnership to create a cloud-stored collection of high-quality video footage, making it easier for people everywhere to make better videos about this amazing, vibrant, beautiful area.

The session provided the opportunity to learn more about the platform, with a demonstration of the site by our own Rupert Howe to an invited audience of people from production companies and cultural, tourist and educational organisations.

At the end of the preview, people were offered the opportunity to sign up and start to trial Media Bank. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us.

The full public launch of the Media Bank proof of concept project will be next month, and we’ll update with more details then.