Hollywood comes to Hebden Bridge

Matt Damon wears a helmet designed by Dan Walker in his Town Hall office

Our beautiful Pennine town of Hebden Bridge is better known for its Victorian architecture than its link to Hollywood, but we can assure you that there’s more going on behind closed doors than you’d expect.  Dan Walker works from his office at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and it’s from here that he has worked on numerous blockbuster film titles, including the latest Matt Damon film ‘The Martian’. “Modern technology allows me to work in a satellite capacity from the film studios... and I can't think of a better place than Hebden Bridge to do that!” explains Dan. “Most days I bring Mildred the dog to work with me, and from the beginning the Town Hall has welcomed her with open arms. Without doubt, one of the main draws of choosing to work here are the amount of other multi-discipline outfits; a whole bunch of very talented independent creatives and design consultancies. So, personally it’s an ideal working environment for me; super friendly and heaps of potential for collaboration.”

Matt Damon in The Martian, released 30 September.

Dan has been working in the film and television industry for over 12 years and has titles such as The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, and The Force Awakens on his CV.  “I was based out of London for many years, as that’s where the bulk of the UK’s design and film industry is based. Considering that, the decision to relocate to the Pennines was quite a risky one. Thankfully, the odd work trip back to the smoke aside, it’s worked out brilliantly. What I really love is that a whole bunch a big international films, feature designs that have been created here, in this little Yorkshire town… it’s just a great thing!”

Mildred the dog, who comes to work in the Town Hall with Dan