Creative Scotland invests in plans for Scottish film studio
Creative Scotland has invested in the initial stage of planning for a potential studio facility in Scotland. The organisation has put forward GBP75,000 for a feasibility study and an initial GBP1 million has also been set aside towards the cost of the development.
Scotland has had a strong couple of years, hosting major productions like Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman, Cloud Atlas, Prometheus and 47 Ronin. Brad Pitt’s upcoming zombie thriller World War Z spent several weeks doubling Glasgow for Philadelphia.
Caroline Parkinson is Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland: “Creative Scotland has increased its film production budget by GBP2 million since 2010 and Scotland’s producers have an increased number of films on their slates and exciting developments in the pipeline. A studio and facilities village would enable the ambitions of Scottish production companies and attract more incoming productions.”
The UK Government is expected to launch a new TV tax credit in the spring of 2013, from which Scotland also expects to benefit. Glasgow appears to be a strong contender for a studio facility, but Creative Scotland stresses that several locations are being considered.
(Main page image: Glasgow Scotland with Style. Skyfall still: Francois Duhamel/United Artists/Columbia Pictures)
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