There were eleven film crews working in George Square for the World War Z production which took over Glasgow this summer.
But that feature film was exceptional, said Creative Scotland’s location manager, Belle Doyle, while outlining Scotland’s recent experience of location-based movie-making.
This year has seen some high profile actors and productions come to Scotland to film, using familiar locations as settings for scenes in the movie, the most notable ones being:
So, meeting up was an opportunity to hear about larger movie productions, meeting famous directors, how decisions are made regarding locations and what the North East has which is appealing to moviemakers.
Anyone interested in the moviemaking business will find lots of fascinating insights in this podcast.
One point Belle makes late in the podcast is that a region can contribute to attracting movie productions if it has a vibrant filmmaking scene – particularly people with relevant experience who can act as runners.
How many people are there in the area with the necessary experience? Local film officer Marie Show posted a two-day runner’s job on the IADF Facebook page back in November, but I never found out if the post was filled.
It would be interesting to know what a runner does.
I’m pretty sure there are courses which give an introduction to this job. I’ll try to find someone who can speak about what it is and get them in a podcast interview.