Blog

Hear from Glasgow City of Science & Innovation and its partners about the science issues that matter

Focus is on Glasgow as top film location

The cloisters at Glasgow University.

The Glasgow Film Office (GFO) offers a free service to all productions wanting to film in the city. Jennifer Reynolds, Film Commissioner, explains why Glasgow is a popular location for filmmakers and outlines some of the challenges her office faces in supporting the industry.

 

Through BBC Scotland and STV, Glasgow has a long history of producing high quality drama for the small screen. From examples such as Peter McDougal’s ‘Just Another Saturday’ in the 70’s, through the 80’s with ‘Taggart’ and the fondly remembered (and critically acclaimed) ‘Tutti Frutti’ and into the 90’s with ‘Hamish Macbeth’, ‘The Crow Road’ and ‘Monarch of the Glen’ there’s been a regular turnover of network-wide output.

In addition, a number of award-winning feature films such as ‘Gregory’s Girl’, ‘Shallow Grave’, ‘Orphans’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘My Name Is Joe’, ‘The House of Mirth’, ‘Morvern Callar’ and ‘Red Road’ have provided a steady flow of employment and training across all freelance crew grades over the past 30 years.

The new millennium saw Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise successfully bid for European Regional Development to support significant developments in infrastructure such as Film City Glasgow in the former Govan Burgh Hall.

These are just a few of the factors that combined, to some extent or another, to create a highly skilled crew and talent base and, in particular, recognition of Glasgow’s potential as a filming location.

The city’s distinctive Victorian architecture and grid system has proved attractive to many location managers over the years, with World War Z, Cloud Atlas, upcoming productions Churchill and The Wife following other films such as House of Mirth.

The layout of the streets, particularly in the city centre, mimics the grid system in a lot of the major US cities. Glasgow has shown incredible versatility in its ability to double as a location. Philadelphia in WWZ, San Francisco in Cloud Atlas, London in Fast and Furious 6 and, more recently, Glasgow doubled as Stockholm in the soon to be released The Wife, starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater. TV dramas such as Outlander have also found suitable Glasgow locations to double as both 1940s London and mid-20th century Boston, Massachusetts.

It’s not just big budget US productions that benefit from the variety of locations to be found in a relatively compact city; lower budget films can easily schedule urban grime in the morning and leafy suburbs in the afternoon without moving their unit base. You’re never too far from seemingly remote country side or coastal locations either.

Glasgow faces stiff competition from other UK cities when attracting incoming film and TV productions. Having the desired locations is just a part of a successful offer; we have to be able to show that the city wants production to take place and that it also has the infrastructure to support it. We think Glasgow has proven itself on both of these counts in the past few years but we can never become complacent.

Another challenge is working with productions that are facing tight demands on their budget and prep time. Our work often becomes a balance of assisting productions in their search for locations and managing expectations of what is actually achievable.

To a lesser extent, we are kept on our toes with keeping the online location database up to date. The city’s streets are constantly changing and require updating on a frequent basis.

Also, we are always on the hunt for new properties to showcase – if anybody is interested in having their property featured as a potential filming location, please get in touch!

If you’re in TV/film production and are interested in shooting your next project in Glasgow, or would just like to find out more information about the Glasgow Film Office, give Jennifer a call on 0141 287 0424 or drop a line to info@glasgowfilm.com

 

The above blog post has been made possible through the generous support of Creative Clyde and the named contributors.


No Comments...


Add a comment

01 03 03 03 Audio Captcha
Add Comment
 

 

What’s happening

This is a living, breathing website with regular updates on news, blogs and events. It’s the place to come back to again and again if you want to know what’s happening in the science and technology world in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Subscribe to keep up to date on our latest news, blog posts and events.

News

   

Glasgow SME wins prestigious physics startup prize

Novosound, the fast-growing Scottish SME and developer of a ground-breaking technique to mass-manufa...

Read more...


Study reveals dementia risk in former professional footballers

A landmark study led by the University of Glasgow has revealed the first major insights into lifelon...

Read more...


Strathclyde quantum technology partnership secures £4.6m

A University of Strathclyde-led quantum technology partnership, which is aiming to develop some of t...

Read more...

Blog

   

Grounds to create global change

To mark International Zero Waste Week Scott Kennedy, co-founder of Revive Eco and member of Industri...

Read more...


Learning to fuel the growth of a more sustainable world

Rachel Clark from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) encourages students into s...

Read more...


Glasgow City Region – a new European City Region of Innovation

Glasgow City Region is emerging as a new European City Region of Innovation. Kevin Rush, Director of...

Read more...

Events

   

Apollo 11

Documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with never-before-seen footage an...

Read more...


Science Lates: Fright Night

Halloween-themed adults-only night, which explores the science of blood and organ dissection. Fancy ...

Read more...


Offshore Wind Hackathon

Energy technology hackathon and networking event with a prize pot available. UK-based small business...

Read more...

previous post next post