A record year for film and TV production in Fife and Tayside

Mon 3 Dec 18

When it comes to media, it’s been an excellent year for Fife and Tayside. All kinds of film and TV production have delivered £5million in economic benefits. All that screen presence has also helped to drive up tourism with productions like ‘Outlander’ and ‘The Outlaw King’ attracting a huge following of fans eager to visit both the film locations and the historic places depicted.

Production in the region also means jobs and business opportunities for everyone from crew to accommodation and catering, not to mention the diverse activities, services and products that are featured like golf, windsurfing, food and drink.

Regional screen office, FifeScreen+TayScreen, serves the Councils of Dundee and Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross. The office promotes the region to attract production and supports both production and development of the sector.

Councillor Lynne Short, Convenor of Dundee City Council City Development says: “It’s fantastic to see the region’s popularity for film and TV growing year on year. With heads of terms on Tay Cities Deal recently being signed, TayScreen is a great example of all four Councils working together through a longstanding collaboration that brings together the region’s amazing diversity and strengths.”

The office’s latest report shows that over 2017 to 2018 production benefited the region to the tune of £5 million, more than double on the previous year. This translates into hundreds of hours of free on-screen promotion through all the ways people interact with and enjoy content - broadcast, on demand,  Amazon, Hulu, Netflix. The range of channels is ever growing.

Fife and Perthshire are huge favourites for production from drama to factual. The highly popular ‘Victoria’ set up at Blair Castle Estate and Falkland and Culross in Fife are just two of many locations across the region that have hosted ‘Outlander’ with ‘The Outlaw King’ heading to Dunfermline and Tullibardine. Into 2018 and the opening of the V&A in Dundee marks a sea-change in the city’s waterfront as a location that can draw the cameras. The region also benefits when broadcast events choose locations like the Biggest Weekend at Scone Palace and, of course, The Open at Carnoustie.

The office works closely with Digital Dundee to help develop the region’s creative digital sectors.

Together they coordinates a major €3m EU project called Create Converge about using creative digital to show, tell and sell. It’s a way for creative services to work with each other and connect with sectors from healthcare to energy that are looking to use innovative ways to deliver services or for applications like training or marketing.

Heading up TayScreen is Julie Craik who puts success down to persistence, to the amazing and iconic locations she is honoured to represent and above all to the warm and highly professional welcome that productions encounter from everyone from location owners and Council services to universities, colleges and crew.

Even the most unlikely film locations can take on global appeal. That was the case for Restenneth waste recycling facility in Angus. First it was environmentally minded designer Stella McCartney who wanted this type of location for the fashion shoot for her autumn/winter 2017 collection, preferably near some amazing scenery. It turned out that despite a UK search, ones that can be used are hard to find. As the location was highlighted in the global fashion press, next it was Vogue Italia coming to call for video and stills production for their Next Green Talents series. A launch event in Milan, the home of the fashion industry in Italy, even saw the folks who work at the facility being named in the credits. By strange coincidence the shoot was modelled on a 1654 painting by Jan Breughel the Elder and Arbroath Art Gallery is home to two paintings by Pieter Breughel the Younger.   

TayScreen collaborates with new Creative Scotland screen agency, Screen Scotland and other screen offices across Scotland like Edinburgh and Glasgow through the Scottish Locations Network.

The office always wants to hear from people who want to get involved in any way with production and also offers an online directory for promotion of regional locations and services and a Moviemap that shows what has filmed where. Just go to www.tayscreen.com

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