A little about us


Elstree Effects was founded by Paul Dimmer, an industry ‘veteran’, with decades of experience as a freelance film technician. Over the last thirty years, Paul has worked on locations that span the length and breadth of the globe. From the UK & Ireland to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North and South Africa and the Caribbean.

Throughout his career Paul has amassed a vast network of contacts that are often called upon to assist in overseas shoots that Elstree Effects are supporting. It is this pedigree and unparalleled experience that reinforces our ability to offer seamless, tailored services to all aspects of a production; from the workshop to shoot location.

In addition to Paul's industry experience we have our Managing Director, Gareth Openshaw. Gareth is a multi award winning business innovator with experience across multiple sectors holding executive and director roles in both private and listed companies. Gareth is known best for creating and scaling multimillion pound businesses with the introduction of cutting edge technology and safe, efficient processes. 

Well that's enough about Paul and Gareth what about the people who really make things tick? Elstree Effects are very proud of the strong relationships we have built over many years with both our in house staff and the vast number of freelancers we have worked alongside with on multiple projects. We work in a challenging industry where there is no such thing as a normal day but that's what we love about it! Thats why its imperative we surround ourselves with the best in the business or what we like to cal, our "A Team'. 

Just take a look at our credits to see what we've been up to.